El portal

El portal
Comprehension-based™ Reader
A mysterious planetary model leads two Venezuelan women on a dangerous journey.

Level 2 and up / Novice High — Intermediate Low

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Frequent electrical blackouts, secret police, and the laws of physics are no match for two strong Venezuelan women. The lives of astrophysicist Dr. Alejandra López and journalist Carmen Elena Rodríguez García become interconnected as a prized possession of Alejandra’s father leads both women on a quest for truth and a journey of danger and discovery, a journey that the oppressive Venezuelan regime most certainly would not support. As the threat level rises, will the women discover the secrets of the mysterious planetary model? Will their worlds collide? Will they live to tell the story?

This Comprehension-based™ reader, El portal, strategically weaves high-frequency vocabulary and language structures into a compelling story. Wayside's readers help learners acquire real language and achieve real proficiency while enjoying the reading process.


  • Level 2 and up
  • Past tense
  • Sci-Fi Adventure Fiction
  • Total word count: 9224
  • Unique word count: 240
  • Page count: 104
  • A 355-page Teacher's Guide is also available!

El Portal Teacher's Guide

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