simple reads

This is for more advanced students.  These things are from Voice of America Learning English and The Smithsonian.  The words in these stories will not be very difficult.   These are basic but not easy things to read.

You can find some history, American culture, and literature here.


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Cover of book The Best of times by Alan Maley

The book tells about a crash in one happy Malaysian family from Kuala Lumpur by the eyes of a sixteen-year-old teenager. The story begins when the teenager and his aunt came to the hospital to visit his mother. She is in the intensive care unit. The son feels terrible as there is his fault in everything that had happened. The boy pulls himself together and tries to comprehend his life. The starting point is his sixteen's birthday party. His parents arranged a grand celebration and invited many relatives and friends. The family is very famous in the city. They are very beautiful and successful. It was the happiest day in the boy's life. But after the celebration everything went wrong. The guy witnessed one scene to which he tried to close his eyes. It was the end of the best times.

Total words: 28003
Unique words: 2504

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Sat, Nov 11, 2017, Continue reading at the source
We present the short story "A White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett. Dona de Sanctis wrote this version for VOA Learning English. Your narrator is Kay Gallant. The forest was full of shadows as a little girl hurried through it one summer evening in June. It was already 8 o'clock and Sylvie wondered if her grandmother would be angry with her for being so late. Every evening Sylvie left her grandmother's house at 5:30 to bring their cow home. The old animal spent her days out in the open country eating sweet grass. It was Sylvie's job to bring her home to be milked. When the cow heard Sylvie's voice calling her, she would hide among the bushes. This evening it had taken Sylvie longer than usual to find her cow. The child hurried the cow through the dark forest, following a narrow path that led to her grandmother's home. The cow stopped at a small stream to drink. As Sylvie waited, she put her bare feet in the cold, fresh water of the stream. She had never before been alone in the forest as late as this. The air was soft and sweet. Sylvie felt as if she were a part of the gray shadows and the silver leaves that moved in the evening breeze. She began thinking how it was only a year ago that she came to her grandmother's farm. Before that, she had lived with her mother and father in a dirty, crowded factory town. One day, Sylvie's grandmother had visited them and had chosen Sylvie from all her brothers and sisters to be the one to help her on her farm in Vermont. The cow finished drinking, and as the 9-year-old child hurried through the forest to the home she loved, she thought again about the noisy town where her parents [...]
Fri, Nov 10, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Cover of book The Vampire's Tear by Clemen D. B. Gina

A young boy Nick finds a summer job in one of the museums in new York. He decides to invite his two best friends. Bill and Michelle are brothers. They gladly accept the invitation. At this time, there is an exhibition with one of the most expensive and rarest diamonds called Vampire Tear in the museum. At night, the diamond disappears and the security guard is killed under mysterious circumstances. People begin to believe that a vampire committed everything. All the citizens start panicking. They say the vampire wanders in search of another victim every night. The police have no evidence. In addition, three brave teenagers decide to initiate an investigation. They already have an access to the crime scene. This summer will be an unforgettable experience for them. They are going to make a terrible discovery.

Total words: 10074
Unique words: 1441

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Sat, Nov 04, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Cover of book The Testament by John Grisham

Would you like to have a lot of money? Have you ever thought that big money means not only happiness, but also a big distress? Life of an old millionaire is almost finished. He was diagnosed a cancer. The doctors suppose he has about only three months left. Everyone in his place would make a will and say goodbye to his relatives. But the millionaire has not any worthy heir. Or rather, he has four children, but there are no people around, who love him sincerely. Nobody will mourn after his death. The man did not succeed in bringing up the worthy descendants unlike his business empire. Such things happen. The old millionaire acts very clever. He would not let his children spend thoughtlessly that what he built all his life long.

Total words: 26860
Unique words: 2550

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Sat, Oct 28, 2017, Continue reading at the source