La Calaca Alegre

La Calaca Alegre
Comprehension-based™ Reader
Chicano teenager Carlos must solve the mystery of his mother's disappearance in order to truly find peace in his own mind.

Level 3 and up / Intermediate Low — Intermediate High

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Does Carlos really suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or are his strange sensations and life-like nightmares much more real than anyone, including Carlos, believes? Determined to solve the mystery of his mother’s disappearance, Carlos decides to return to Chicago to face his fears and find his mother, even if it means living out his nightmares in real life. As he uncovers the mystery, he discovers the truth is much more complex and evil than he ever imagined.

This Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘La Calaca Alegre’, strategically weaves high-level language structures into a compelling story, based on high-frequency vocabulary. Even upper-level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to acquire them, and Wayside's intermediate readers maintain a high frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels.


  • Levels 3 and up
  • Past tense
  • Unique word count: 425
  • Total word count: 9850
  • Page count: 77
  • Audio recording embedded in the Student and Teacher Bundles
  • A 510-page Teacher's guide is also available!
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