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Extensive Reading Foundation 2020
Language Learner Literature Award Finalists

Every year, the Extensive Reading Foundation recognises the best new works of language learner literature in English. From readers published in 2019, an international jury have chosen finalists in each of the 6 categories: Very Young Learners, Young Learners, Adolescents & Adults: Beginner, Adolescents and Adults: Elementary, Adolescents and Adults: Intermediate, Adolescents and Adults: Upper Intermediate & Advanced, taking into account Internet votes and the comments of students and teachers around the world.

Very Young Learners Finalists

The Golden Fish

The Golden Fish

Author: Retold by: Andy Prentice  Illustrator: Jesús López
One day, Ned catches a magic golden fish. “You can have a wish,” the fish says. Ned doesn’t wish for anything, but his brother Sam wishes for more and more...
Jurors' Comments: A story with moral values, beautifully illustrated.
Series: Usborne English Readers Starter Level  Publisher: Usborne Publishing  ISBN: 9781474964029  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Here Come the Unicorns

Here Come the Unicorns

Author: Adam Kardos  Illustrator: Omar Iván de Loera Chávez
Jurors' Comments: A multiple-path adventure. Kids have to make choices on which page to read next.
Series: Awesome Adventure Series  Publisher: AAS Press  ISBN: 9784910155074  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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I Can’t Sleep

I Can’t Sleep

Authors: Herbert Puchta & Gavin Biggs  Illustrator: Francesca Assirelli
It’s night time. Josh and Julia are ready for bed. They say goodnight to the moon and the stars. Then Julia closes the curtains and Josh turns on the lamp. Josh is very sleepy, but his little sister can’t sleep. How can Josh help Julia to fall asleep? Find out in this special bedtime story.
Jurors' Comments: Two kids who find it hard to sleep overcome their problem.
Series: The Thinking Train, Level A  Publisher: Helbling Languages  ISBN: 9783990458464  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Young Learners Finalists

The Elves and the Shoemaker

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Author: Brothers Grimm, Retold by: Laura Cowan  Illustrator: Olga Demidova
I know this is magic,” says the shoemaker. Someone is making beautiful shoes every night, when the shoemaker and his wife are asleep. Who can it be?
Jurors' Comments: Sweet and colorful illustrations add more details to talk about.
Series: Usborne English Readers Level 1  Publisher: Usborne Publishing  ISBN: 9781474947862  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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The Sick Dragon

The Sick Dragon

Authors: Herbert Puchta & Gavin Biggs  Illustrator: Andrea Alemanno
Little Red is a dragon. She lives with her family, deep inside the forest. Then people arrive and start cutting down trees and the forest gets smaller and smaller. Soon the sky is full of smoke and the rivers are full of rubbish. One day Little Red’s sister goes missing. Can Little Red find her and how can she save the rivers and forest?
Jurors' Comments: It touches on several themes including the environment, family, and cooperation.
Series: The Thinking Train, Level E  Publisher: Helbling Languages  ISBN: 9783990458549  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Visit Saint Petersburg with Me!

Visit Saint Petersburg with Me!

Author: Silvana Sardi  Illustrator: Arianna Operamolla
Join Ivan in the beautiful Russian city of Saint Petersburg. You’ll discover that there’s lots to see and do and special places to visit for good luck. You’ll also learn about Ivan and how he spends his day.
Jurors' Comments: Shows some Russian culture’s uniqueness in food, clothing styles, weather, and architecture.
Series: Young ELI Readers Stage 4 (A2/Elementary)  Publisher: ELI Publishing  ISBN: 9788853626325  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Adolescents & Adults: Beginner Finalists

The Silver Statue

The Silver Statue

Author: Paul Shipton  Illustrator: Berat Pekmezci
Kate loves singing and playing her guitar - and she's good, too. One Saturday, she goes to the town square with her friend Lucy, and plays there. It's a big thing, playing in front of people, and Kate isn't the only street performer in the square that day. The silver statue is there, and that's OK because she never moves or speaks. But Joe the drummer is there too, and Kate's music and Joe's drums aren't good together. Or are they?
Jurors' Comments: Readers will identify with the situation and with the issues and values involved.
Series: Oxford Bookworms Library Starter  Publisher: Oxford University Press  ISBN: 9780194634083  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Skeleton Island

Skeleton Island

Author: Sue Murray  Illustrator: Paul Fisher Johnson
In this gripping adventure, the cabin boy Davy is stranded on the treasure island of Skeleton Island after a battle between pirates and the English. He lives on the island for several months, making friends with Polly a parrot and builds a raft to leave the island. On the raft trip across the sea they get into a storm...
Jurors' Comments: An entertaining page-turner.
Series: Hueber Lekturen A1 Beginner  Publisher: Hueber Verlag  ISBN: 9783190129713  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Adolescents and Adults: Elementary Finalists

Ellis Island: Rosalia’s Story

Ellis Island: Rosalia’s Story

Author: Janet Hardy-Gould  Illustrator: Thomas Girard
New York, 1925. While her children play, Rosalia unpacks boxes in the family's new apartment. In one of them, she finds her old sketchbook, and when she looks at the pictures, they take her back to her journey to America from Italy by sea in 1910, as a fourteen-year-old girl...
Jurors' Comments: Historic fiction about the people who crossed the Atlantic in the early 20th century.
Series: Oxford Bookworms Library 3 (B1/Pre-Intermediate)  Publisher: Oxford University Press  ISBN: 9780194634441  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Naoko: My Japan

Naoko: My Japan

Author: Gabriele Rebagiati  Illustrator: Tatsuya Hirata (Photographer)
Have you ever been to Japan? Read the story of Naoko, a Japanese girl and discover all kinds of interesting things about this beautiful country. Naoko will show you how she spends her day, both at home and at school and what they do in Japan on special holidays. You’ll also meet her family and friends and she’ll tell you all her secrets!
Jurors' Comments: Through Naoko’s the readers will find load of information about activities, festivals and customs in Japan.
Series: ELI Teen Readers Stage 2 (A2/Elementary)  Publisher: ELI Publishing  ISBN: 9788853626424  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Wonder

Wonder

Author: R J Palacio, Retold by: Jane Cammack  Illustrator: Daniel Fabbri
Although August Pullman was born with a facial deformity, he's a normal ten-year-old boy. He plays video games and loves Star Wars. He has a loving family and studies at home, until his parents decide it's time to go to real school.
Jurors' Comments: A moving story about a boy with a deformed face, who was reluctant to go to school.
Series: Black Cat Green Apple Step 2 (B1/Pre-Intermediate)  Publisher: Black Cat Publishing  ISBN: 9788853018359  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Adolescents and Adults: Intermediate Finalists

The Diary

The Diary

Author: Heather Dixon
Liam finds a diary on the street. The owner’s name and address are written inside. He takes the diary to the owner’s house, but the owner isn’t there. He has been dead for four months. How can a dead man drop a diary on a street in London? Good things happen to Liam when he tries to solve the mystery.
Jurors' Comments: Liam finds a diary on the street but discovers that the owner is dead.
Series: I Talk You Talk Readers Level 3 (A2 - B1 / Elementary - Pre-Intermediate)  Publisher: I Talk You Talk Press  ISBN: 9784909733351  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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The EarthKeepers

The EarthKeepers

Author: Elizabeth Ferretti  Illustrator: Lorenzo Conti
When five young people in Berlin receive a mystery invitation, they begin an adventure that takes them to Greenland, Rwanda, South Africa and South America. It’s an adventure that makes them some important friends... and a few enemies. Will the five find a way to help the Earth? Will the world listen to the “Earthkeepers”?
Jurors' Comments: Hilarious and emotionally expressive stories with pleasant illustrations.
Series: ELI Readers Young Adult Stage 3 (B1/Preliminary)  Publisher: ELI Publishing  ISBN: 9788853626509  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe, Retold by: Terry Phillips  Illustrator: Global Blended Learning
Jurors' Comments: It’s a classic tale retold with engaging and colorful illustrations.
Series: Innova Graded Readers Level 5  Publisher: Innova Press  ISBN: 9781787681422  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Adolescents and Adults: Upper Intermediate & Advanced Finalists

The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

Author: Edith Wharton, Retold by: Nora Nagy  Illustrator: Simone Manfrini
Newland Archer does everything that is expected of him in the New York high society of the 1870s. He is a respected lawyer, he socialises with all of the most elegant families and he is engaged to May Welland: a beautiful, innocent and wealthy young woman. It is a perfect match. But then Newland meets May’s cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska, who has arrived in New York with a bad reputation. Soon the couple fall in love. But what about May? And more importantly: how can they avoid a scandal?
Jurors' Comments: The writing is lovely and well-paced and a clear portrait of each character is drawn with meaningful details.
Series: Helbling Readers Blue Series, Classics Level 5  Publisher: Helbling Languages  ISBN: 9783990459423  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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The Box

The Box

Author: Patricia Murrow
When Lisa’s mother is dying, she gives Lisa a box. What is inside the box? Why is it important? After her mother dies, Lisa’s husband leaves her and she is alone. Will the mystery of the box create a new and better future for Lisa? Or will it create more problems in Lisa’s life? The mystery of the box changes Lisa’s life forever.
Jurors' Comments: The protagonist’s search for meaning and understanding is one that all readers will be able to identify with.
Series: I Talk You Talk Readers Level 4 (B1 - B2 / Intermediate - Upper Intermediate)  Publisher: I Talk You Talk Press  ISBN: 9784909733276  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Not Without You

Not Without You

Author: Gill Harvey  Illustrator: Paul McCaffrey
It is 2088, and life in the city where Sala lives is hard: it's overcrowded, there are no jobs, and no one can leave, because the world outside is contaminated. Sala is lucky, because she has Cham, and they love each other. But when Cham gets the chance for a new future, and Sala begins to make some extraordinary discoveries, will they agree about how to move forwards and what to do with their lives?
Jurors' Comments: The reader is definitely pulled along by the plot and one is always trying to figure out the final resolution.
Series: Oxford Bookworms Library 5 (B2/Upper Intermediate)  Publisher: Oxford University Press  ISBN: 9780194634359  Publication Date: 2019  Format: Paperback

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Previous Winners & Finalists: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
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