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Stryga the gargoyle watches over Paris. Paco cannot find his parents. And Mariana must embark on a perilous journey. What do these three have in common? They are just a few of the compelling characters in Wayside’s newest Comprehension-based™ readers.

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Hombres Extraordinarios

Jackie Robinson, Nicholas Winton, Frederick Douglass, Salvador Castro, Chico Mendes, and Achmat Hassiem—six men whose astounding fortitude and actions led to effects we feel today. You are sure to be amazed and inspired by the stories of these extraordinary men.

This Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘Hombres Extraordinarios’, strategically weaves high-level language structures into seven compelling stories based on high-frequency vocabulary. Even upper-level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to acquire them, and our novice readers maintain a high frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels.

Intermediate Low — Intermediate Mid
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La Lucha

It is 1965, and 16-year-old Javier is a typical teen with dreams for the future. Javier wants an education so he can escape the brutal working conditions and poverty plaguing his family. Instead, he has to work in the fields to help support his family. When he hears about a man who has started a workers’ revolution, he joins the movement. He soon learns that landowners do not tolerate even peaceful activism, but his own father may be his biggest opposition.

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

Novice High — Intermediate Low
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La révolution française: Observations d’une gargouille de Notre-Dame

From the top of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Stryga the gargoyle watches as French citizens take to the streets to fight for human rights and equal representation. The French people are determined to dismantle the monarchy and will stop at nothing to accomplish their mission for freedom. Unbothered by the unrest, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette continue to ignore the conflict, completely underestimating the power inherent in the will of the people. This is Stryga's account of the Revolution of 1789 and the downfall of the French Monarchy.

This Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘La révolution française: Observations d’une gargouille de Notre-Dame’, strategically weaves high-level language structures into a compelling story, which is based on high-frequency vocabulary. Even upper-level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to acquire them, and Fluency Matters’ novice readers maintain a high frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels. But do not focus on language structures or the advanced grammatical features embedded in this story.

Intermediate Low — Intermediate Mid
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Mit dem Wind in den Westen

Frank lives in East Germany with his parents and younger brother. Frank’s father dreams of living in freedom in the West. Frank is torn between his budding interest in his neighbor Klara and his dad’s terrifying, but genius, plan to slip away from the oppression of the East. The family works together, in secret, to build something so enormous that they can only escape in the dead of night. With the rare gift of a wind from the North, they are on their way… but will their untested creation carry them into the hands of friend or foe?

This Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘Mit dem Wind in den Westen’, strategically weaves high-level language structures into a compelling story, which is based on high-frequency vocabulary. Even upper-level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to acquire them, and Fluency Matters’ novice readers maintain a high frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels. But do not focus on language structures or the advanced grammatical features embedded in this story.

Intermediate Low — Intermediate Mid
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Paco, el pingüino perdido

Paco is a baby penguin in a colony on the coast of Chile. His parents adore him and keep him safe, so why did they suddenly abandon him? Alone and afraid, he waits for his parents to return. But he is not really alone. There are predators all around! Who will find him first—his parents or a predator?

This Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘Paco, el pingüino perdido’, strategically weaves high-level language structures into a compelling story, which is based on high-frequency vocabulary. Wayside's novice readers maintain a high frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels.

Novice Mid — Novice High
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Silence, s’il vous plaît!

Life in Cairo, Egypt is anything but quiet. Day and night Samir hears continuous noise in spite of his attempts to ignore or eliminate it. Even his family is noisy! Desperate to sleep and
study, Samir makes a bold attempt to escape the noisy city– even if it requires abandoning his family. He soon discovers that living without family in a constant state of ‘quiet’ is not as wonderful as he thought.

The low unique word count and high frequency factor (the number of times core structures are embedded in the text) in this Comprehension-based™ reader, "Silence, s'il vous plaît", make this an ideal read for novice and intermediate French learners. Each page is loaded with cognates (words that are similar in English and French), recycled vocabulary, and illustrations, which makes this read highly comprehensible!

Novice Mid — Novice High
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Viaje sin retorno

In 1749, Mariana was living the life she’d always dreamed of. However, things took a dark turn as tragedy, death, and separation ripped her family apart. Desperate to reunite with the only person who would understand her grief, she set out on an expedition that would test her courage, and threaten her life. Along the way, Mariana learns just how strong and capable she is... but will her strength be enough to reunite her with her lost love? Or will her story end in the Amazon jungle?

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

Novice Mid — Novice High

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