Five new classics for 2019

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We have five great new classics coming out in 2019, which will take you on fascinating adventures through imaginary and real places. These five books are packed with fun, mystery, history, excitement and love. In this post we will guide you through the main plot of each of the stories, showing you the extra materials which will help in your teaching and reading.

The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

  • Level 1 – CEFR A1 – Trinity 1, 2
  • Recording in British English
  • Originally published in 1920 in the UK
  • Adaptation and activities by Jennifer Gascoigne
  • Illustrated by Lorenzo Sabbatini
  • Free online activities on e-zone

The plot

Doctor Dolittle is a kind country physician who lives with his friends Dab-Dab the duck, Jip the dog and Polynesia the parrot as well as lots of other animals. One day, he gets a message from the monkeys in Africa. There is a bad sickness and they want the doctor to go there and help them. Can Doctor Dolittle save the monkeys? Who are the Jolliginki? And what is the pushmi-pullyu? Join Doctor Dolittle on his adventures and find out.

Dossiers and extras

  • About the Author, About the Book
  • Before and After Reading activities; Cambridge Exams practice
  • Fact File: Classes of animals
  • After Reading project: Talking Animals

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

The plot

Hank Morgan is hit on the head in America, in the late nineteenth century. When he wakes up, he is in sixth century England,
during the time of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Hank Morgan uses his knowledge of the future to escape from a series of misadventures. But can he help the people of Britain to improve their lives? And does he return to his own time?

Dossiers and extra materials

  • About the Author, About the Book
  • Before and After Reading activities; Cambridge Exams practice
  • Fact File: King Arthur’s Camelot
  • After Reading project: Modern inventions

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

  • Level 3 – CEFR A2 – Trinity 3, 4
  • Recording in British English
  • Originally published in 1901 in the UK
  • Adaptation and activities by Janet Borsbey and Ruth Swan
  • Illustrated by Gianluca Garofalo
  • Free online activities on e-zone

The plot

Kim isn’t like the other British boys in India. He is wild and free and prefers the company of his Indian friends. Then one day a lama from Tibet arrives. He needs help to find the River of Arrows. Together Kim and the lama go an adventure around India, meeting strange and wonderful people along the way. Will the lama find the River of Arrows? What is Kim’s destiny? And what is the Great Game?

Dossiers and extra materials

  • About the Author, About the Book
  • Before and After Reading activities; Cambridge Exams practice
  • Fact File: India’s Endangered Animals
  • After Reading project: All about India poster

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

  • Level 4 – CEFR A2˛/B1 – Trinity 4, 5
  • Recording in British English
  • Originally published in 1897 in the UK
  • Adaptation by Donatella Velluti
  • Activities by Mary Tomalin
  • Illustrated by Paolo Masiero
  • Free online activities on e-zone

The plot

One night, during a snow storm, a mysterious stranger staggers through the doors of a pub in a small English village, wrapped up from head to foot. The people in the village have a lot of questions. Who is the stranger? What is in his suitcase? Why has he come to the village? And why won’t he let anyone see his face?

Dossiers and extra materials

  • About the Author, About the Book
  • Before and After Reading activities; Cambridge Exams practice
  • Fact File 1: From Horror to Science Fiction: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • Fact File 2: What are you looking at? Surveillance society
  • Life Skills: Technology at Work
  • After Reading project: Scientific experiments

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

  • Level 5 – CEFR B1 – Trinity 5, 6
  • Recording in American English
  • Originally published in 1920 in the United States
  • Adaptation and activities by Nora Nagy
  • Illustrated by Simone Manfrini
  • Free online activities on e-zone

The plot

Newland Archer does everything that is expected of him in the New York 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?

Dossiers and extra materials

  • About the Author, About the Book
  • Before and After Reading activities; Cambridge Exams practice
  • Fact File 1: New York Society in the 1870s
  • Fact File 2: The Gilded Age
  • Life Skills: Land of the free? Personal freedom today
  • After Reading project: Personal freedom: Lifestyle and freedom, Love and freedom
  • Free online activities on e-zone

Stay tuned for new articles, lesson plans and projects based on these five new classics in 2019. Until then, browse our blog resources and online catalogue.

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