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1800s and before Audiobook Available For Free (Open Access) eBook English Fiction High school (grades 9+) Medium Length (up to 8 hrs) Novel Online Physical Format Print

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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It’s the story of a beautiful boy called Dorian Gray that since the day his friend Basil painted his portrait, gained ethernal youth and beauty. Over the years his appearance remained young and innocent while the portrait showed the signs of his evil deeds changing after every crime he committed.

Year of Release: 1890

Author(s): Oscar WIlde

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Further information (link): https://openlibrary.org/books/OL24216682M/The_picture_of_Dorian_Gray

ISBN: -10: 0141439572 -13: 978-0141439570

ebook URL: https://www.amazon.com/Picture-Dorian-Gray-Biographical-Introduction-ebook/dp/B000FC1CUA/ref=sr_1_1?crid=G2V33V758LPZ&keywords=the+picture+of+dorian+gray&qid=1651685859&s=books&sprefix=the+picture+of+do%2Cstripbooks-intl-ship%2C4280&sr=1-1

Audiobook URL: https://www.amazon.com/The-Picture-of-Dorian-Gray/dp/B09VYGHCZL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=G2V33V758LPZ&keywords=the+picture+of+dorian+gray&qid=1651685821&s=books&sprefix=the+picture+of+do%2Cstripbooks-intl-ship%2C4280&sr=1-1

Online text: https://www.planetebook.com/free-ebooks/the-picture-of-dorian-gray.pdf

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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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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

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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



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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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1946-1999 All CEFR B1 Drama English Extracts - Well Suited for Teaching With Extracts High school (grades 9+) Medium Length (up to 8 hrs)

The Giver

Set in a dystopian society where citizens are subdued, a teenage boy named Jonas is chosen to be trained by The Giver, who is the only one who remembers. Secrets keep getting unearthed during Jonas’ awakening in a rebellious and spiritual journey.

Year of Release: 1993

Author(s): Lois Lowry

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Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3636.The_Giver

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1946-1999 All Audiobook eBook English High school (grades 9+) Novel Print

To kill a Mockingbird

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Set in Alabama in the mid-thirties, the novel follows the attempts made by a lawyer and his children to prove the innocence of a black man falsely accused of rape.

Year of Release: 1960

Author(s): Harper Lee

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Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2657.To_Kill_a_Mockingbird?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=II4HJ15lhy&rank=1#

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.it/Kill-Mockingbird-Enhanced-English-ebook/dp/B00K1XOV5G/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=To+kill+a+mockingbird&qid=1639326611&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

Audiobook URL: https://www.amazon.it/To-Kill-a-Mockingbird/dp/B079BF8PBN/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1639326611&sr=1-1

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Graphic novel version available here
https://www.amazon.it/Kill-Mockingbird-Graphic-Novel-English-ebook/dp/B07G14V8S7/ref=sr_1_3?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=To+kill+a+mockingbird&qid=1639326611&s=digital-text&sr=1-3

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2010-2019 All eBook English High school (grades 9+) Novel Online Print

Climbing the stairs

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Set during the last days of British occupation in India, the story provides a different perspective on World War II as well as on the lives of Indian women in a patriarchal society. Readers meet Vidya, a fifteen-year-old girl who’s suddenly forced to live in a more traditional environment, where she’s expected to leave education and marry young, but strongly attempts to resist and negotiate traditional gender norms.

Year of Release: 2010

Author(s): Padma Venkatraman

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Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2011854.Climbing_the_Stairs?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=qITegvdQAU&rank=1#

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.it/Climbing-Stairs-English-Padma-Venkatraman-ebook/dp/B008DR72XU/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=Climbing+the+stairs&qid=1639330570&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

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Can be borrowed on Open Library: https://openlibrary.org/works/OL9003204W/Climbing_the_Stairs

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1946-1999 All eBook English High school (grades 9+) Novel Print

The House on Mango Street

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It’s the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago with her family. She starts by explaining how they got to Mango Street in the first place, and then proceeds to highlight some significant moments for her and her community. As she grows, she changes, develops her own view of the world, faces hardships ad discovers her own identity.

Year of Release: 1984

Author(s): Sandra Cisneros

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Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/139253.The_House_on_Mango_Street?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=1O4ojOzOQR&rank=1

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.it/House-Mango-Street-English-ebook/dp/B00C8S9WJM/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=The+house+on+Mango+street&qid=1639333864&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

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Different varieties of English

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2000-2009 All English High school (grades 9+) Novel Online Print

The sisterhood of the travelling pants

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Four best friends find some old jeans that seem to fit each of them perfectly. Believing the pants to be somewhat magical, they decide to share them over the summer as they each embark on a different adventure

Year of Release: 2001

Author(s): Ann Brashares

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Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/452306.The_Sisterhood_of_the_Traveling_Pants?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=ZcPzkfaB0H&rank=1

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Can be borrowed here
https://openlibrary.org/works/OL16059011W/The_Sisterhood_of_t

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2020-today All Available For Free (Open Access) English High school (grades 9+) Online Poetry Print Very Short Length (up to 20 min)

The Hill We Climb

An inaugural poem for the country

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Drawing inspiration from other political and motivational speeches, the poem depict the U.S. as a nation with both struggles and strengths, and argues that progress doesn’t happen overnight, but rather requires patience and hard work.

Year of Release: 2021

Author(s): Amanda Gorman

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Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56914101-the-hill-we-climb?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=F8asmHMbY6&rank=1

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Online text: http://contentmanager.med.uvm.edu/docs/the_hill_we_climb/vccyf-documents/the_hill_we_climb.pdf?sfvrsn=44a33335_2

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2010-2019 All eBook English High school (grades 9+) Print Short Story

Unbroken – 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens

Short, fictional stories about disability written by young disabled authors. Easy and enjoyable to read, they touch different themes while offering a glimpse into different aspects of the lives of disabled people.

Year of Release: 2018

Author(s): Marieke Nijkamp, editor (several authors)

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Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35120779-unbroken?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=sbLW4VVzoe&rank=1

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.it/Unbroken-Stories-Starring-Disabled-English-ebook/dp/B078X2DD1K/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=Unbroken%3A+13+Stories+Starring+Disabled+Teens&qid=1639166099&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

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Some stories can be read for free on Google Books
https://books.google.it/books?hl=it&lr=&id=KxBGDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PT290&dq=Unbroken:+13+Stories+Starring+Disabled+Teens&ots=7P5Uj3_W09&sig=NX9jHsA6cHsdrQMexQoYgg8jWoA#v=onepage&q=Unbroken%3A%2013%20Stories%20Starring%20Disabled%20Teens&f=false