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2010-2019 Audiobook eBook English High school (grades 9+) Italian Medium Length (up to 8 hrs) Middle school (grades 5-8) Novel Online Physical Format Short Length (up to 2 hrs) Uncategorized

A Monster Calls

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Conor, a thirteen-year-old boy, lives with his mother who just got diagnosed with cancer. His mother disease scares Conor, who starts having nightmares and a visit from a monster, seven minutes after midnight.
The first time he comes, he propose to Conor a deal: he will tell him three stories, after which Conor will have to tell him one of his own.

Year of Release: 2011

Author(s): Patrick Ness

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25480342

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ISBN: 9780763655594

ebook URL: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00D460VJ2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1651489989&sr=8-1

Audiobook URL: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005OZ4Y6M/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1651490182&sr=8-1

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Further comments for teachers:

this book written by patrick ness but the original idea was by Siobhan Dowd, who couldn’t write it because she died prematurely.
there is also a film

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1946-1999 Novel Short Length (up to 2 hrs) Tough Topics

No Longer Human

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This book is a semi-autobiography of Dazai Osamu where he talks about his alienation from society.

Year of Release: 1948

Author(s): Dazai Osamu

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Further information (link): https://openlibrary.org/works/OL3923956W/No_longer_human

ISBN: 978-0811204811

ebook URL: https://www.amazon.it/Longer-Human-English-Osamu-Dazai-ebook/dp/B09XLQLL4K

Audiobook URL: https://fulllengthaudiobooks.com/osamu-dazai-no-longer-human-audiobook/

Online text: https://booksvooks.com/no-longer-human-pdf-osamu-dazai.html

Extract and usage suggestions for teaching:

The book is divided in three parts:
-in the first one, the main subject is the protagonist’s alienation from society
-in the second one the main topic is his first suicide attempt
-the third one mostly talks about his depression



Further comments for teachers:

I chose this book because, even if it covers plenty of difficult topics, I find the protagonist relatable in a lot of things. While I really love this book, which made me reflect a lot about life and mental health, I must admit that it isn’t something for everyone since the author’s way of thinking is very peculiar and it also talks a lot about things such as suicide that might be sensitive for some people.

This book also received two movie adaptations and several manga adaptations, with the most famous one being drawn by Junji Ito.

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2010-2019 All CEFR A2 CEFR B1 CEFR B2 Date of publication Extracts - Well Suited for Teaching With Extracts High school (grades 9+) Language Level Length Other Text Formats Physical Format Print Short Length (up to 2 hrs) Text Format

Jane, the Fox and Me

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Jane, the Fox and Me, written by Fanny Britt and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault is a graphic coming-of-age story for pre-teens and teens as much as it is a story for adults. It is also a great book for language learners. It is easy to connect to the characters, who range from cool-kid gangs to everyday nerds and outcasts. There are also lots of fun language resources to explore. The visual world of the book is a real treat as it will support language learners in understanding the narrative in depth.

Year of Release: 2013

Author(s): Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault (illustrator)

Preview: https://www.walker.co.uk/Jane-the-Fox-and-Me-9781406353044.aspx

Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/17214302-jane-the-fox-me

ISBN: 9781406353044

ebook URL: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jane_the_Fox_and_Me?id=AbRAAQAAQBAJ&hl=en&gl=US

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Online text: https://www.helblinglanguages.com/int/en/blog/beat-the-bullies-through-books-a-review-of-jane-the-fox-me

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Explore the visual world of the book and use it as a starting point for discussions. The typography, the colours and the layout of the pages add new layers of meaning to the written narrative. You can also talk about the intertextual references to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.