Stories from the city: two new readers for teens and adults

9783990453988_The Mystery of the Three Domes9783990453988_cvr.inddThe Mystery of the Three Domes

Would you like to go on a journey across Europe? Would you also like to solve puzzles and explore some beautiful architecture? When you choose a story written by Elspeth Rawstron and illustrated by Nick Tankard, you can be sure that it is going to be an engaging and exciting story with lots of action and illustrations which do not only support your students’ text comprehension but also improve their visual understanding.

What’s the story about?

Architecture student, Sibel Karaman, receives a letter from Great-Uncle Ismail on the day of his death. He leaves her a mystery to solve which takes her and Aunt Sofia on a wonderful adventure to three beautiful cities: London, Venice and Istanbul. Can Sibel solve the mystery of the three domes and find the very special place that Uncle Ismail had in mind for her? Join her, Aunt Sibel and her four friends Holly, Anna, Hermione and Jake on their journey.

Ways into the text

Start The Mystery of the Three Domes just by looking at the cover and the contents. ‘Letters and riddles’, ‘Detectives and clues’, ‘Hours and towers’, ‘Canals and gondolas’, ‘Angels and architects’, ‘Rings and tiles’ are just some of the intriguing chapter titles which suggest that you are going on an exotic journey. Then just leaf through the pages to get a taste to the atmosphere and a view of the cities.

Who is it for?

We recommend this book for teenage and adult readers  at an intermediate level (CEF B1, Cambrdige PET, Trinity 5, 6) or above.

What’s inside the book?

  • Meet the author, Elspeth Rawstron
  • Before reading activities
  • 12 chapters with reflection boxes with questions focusing topics such as detectives, famous women and some architecture
  • After reading activities
  • Creative writing project
  • Audio recording in British English
  • Plus don’t forget to check out free online activities on HELBLING-EZONE.

Here you can read an interview with the author and the illustrator:

See this other reader by Elspeth and Nick, which also takes you on a fantastic investigation and journey in time and space.

9783990453995_cvr.inddFather and Son

What would it be to grow up in a family with a rock star father? Would you want to perform with your dad on stage? Father and Son by Frank Brennan introduces us to the world of music and it also shows readers that making music and being famous is not always easy and glamorous. It also gets your students to think about the music business: what do accountants do, what are the roles of bands managers? The story also tells us about the complex relationships in a family.

What’s the story about?

Have you ever wondered what a rock star’s life can be like? When Nic Wild from the Wild Kats asks his son Andy to perform with him at a concert in Paris, little does he know that terrible things are about to happen to him. Where is Alan Carver, Nic’s manager, when he needs him most? How does Andy save the day with his accountancy skills?

Ways into the text

Find out about famous musicians and how their bands are managed. How many people work on a rock star’s tour? What sorts of jobs do they do? Sometimes we fail to recognize what kind of support our favourite rocks stars need to be able to carry on with writing music and going on tours. Also, sometimes they are cheated on and a lot of people take advantage of them. Have you ever heard about such stories?

Who is it for?

We recommend this book for teenage readers just as well as adults who are at an intermediate level (CEF B1, Cambrdige PET, Trinity 5, 6) or above.

What’s inside the book?

  • Meet the author, Frank Brennan
  • Before reading activities
  • 8 chapters with reflection boxes with questions focusing on topics such as
  • After reading activities
  • Project on capital cities (London and Paris)
  • Audio recording in British English
  • Plus don’t forget to check out free online activities on HELBLING-EZONE.

See Frank Brennan’s other reader:

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