25 libros de lectura en inglés (nivel A2)
Hoy en Exam Madrid Academy os traemos una lista de 25 libros de lectura en inglés para el nivel A2 o principiante. Se trata de una selección de libros con una gramática y vocabulario muy básicos y una extensión corta para que la lectura sea más amena. Sin duda uno de los mejores ejercicios que hay para aprender inglés es lanzarse a leer libros literarios, no solo de texto, con un diccionario y lápiz para aumentar nuestro vocabulario.
1) The mystery of Allegra: Allegra is an unusual name. It means ‘happy’ in Italian, but the little girl in this story is sometimes very sad. She is only five years old, but she tells Adrian, her new friend, that she is going to die soon. How does she know? And who is the other Allegra? The girl in a long white nightdress, who has golden hair and big blue eyes. The girl who comes only at night, and whose hands and face are cold, so cold . . .
2) A close shave: When Wallace the inventor meets Wendolene in her wool shop, he falls in love with her at once. But why does her dog, Preston, hate Wallace’s dog, Gromit? Then, after Wallace’s new sheep-shaving and pullover-making machine falls into the wrong hands, things start to go very wrong. Can Gromit save Wallace from the danger of a ‘close shave’?
3) Romeo and Juliet: This is the most famous of all Shakespeare’s plays – a story of passionate young love. What’s in a name? Does it really matter if you are called Montague or Capulet? When Romeo, son of Lord and Lady Montague, falls in love with the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen, he finds out that it does matter. It makes all the difference in the world, because both families hate each other bitterly.For a time, Romeo and Juliet manage to keep their love secret. But when Romeo is sent away from Verona, and arrangements are made for Juliet to marry Paris, a friend of her father’s, hope begins to die. Can any of their friends help the young lovers to be together for ever?
4) Little lord Fauntleroy: Cedric Errol is seven years old. He lives with his mother in a little house in New York. They don’t have much money, but mother and son are good friends. Cedric is a kind, friendly little boy, and everybody likes him. His father was English, but he is now dead, and Cedric and his mother are alone in the world. But one day a lawyer arrives from England with some very surprising news about Cedric’s grandfather…
5) A little princess: Sara Crewe is a very rich little girl. She first comes to England when she is seven, and her father takes her to Miss Minchin’s school in London. Then he goes back to his work in India. Sara is very sad at first, but she soon makes friends at school.
But on her eleventh birthday, something terrible happens, and now Sara has no family, no home, and not a penny in the world…
6) The Canterville Ghost: There has been a ghost in the house for three hundred years, and Lord Canterville’s family have had enough of it. So Lord Canterville sells his grand old house to an American family. Mr Hiram B. Otis is happy to buy the house and the ghost – because of course Americans don’t believe in ghosts. The Canterville ghost has great plans to frighten the life out of the Otis family. But Americans don’t frighten easily – especially not two noisy little boys – and the poor ghost has a few surprises waiting for him.
7) A ghost in love and the other plays: Do you believe in ghosts? Jerry doesn’t. He’s a nineteen-year-old American, who just wants a good holiday with his friend, Brad. They are travelling round the north of England by bicycle. But strange things begin to happen in the small hotel where they are staying. First, Brad seems to think that he has been there before. And then a girl called Ellen appears . . . The first of these three original plays is set in the seventeenth century, and the other two take place in modern times. In each play, a ghost comes back from the dead to change the lives of living people.
8) A trouble in Amsterdam: This award-winning graded readers series is full of original fiction adapted fiction and factbooks especially written for teenagers. Andy and Mary are twins. During the school holidays, they accompany their mother on a business trip to Amsterdam. Andy and Mary witness what they believe to be two criminals hiding a painting from an art robbery. But they can’t prove anything and nobody will believe them.
9) Grace Darling: All they could hear was the wind, and the waves crashing on to the rocks. All they could see was the night. They could not see the ship, broken in two. They could not see the people holding on to the dark wet rock, slowly dying of cold. And they could not hear the cries for help – only the wind. How could they save the people on the rock? Was their wooden boat stronger than the iron ship? Were a man and his daughter stronger than the great waves that broke the ship in two? The Forfarshire was wrecked off the north-east coast of England in 1838. This is the true story of Grace Darling – a girl who became a famous heroine on that stormy night.
10) The truth about professor Smith: Professor Smith has always been every students favourite teacher. But when Sam and Izzie return to school after the summer holidays, their fun, energetic science teacher is gone. Professor Smith is anxious and when he is kidnapped in front of them, they realise that he was right to be so scared. But what dark secret could their science teacher be hiding? And can Sam and Izzie uncover the truth before their own lives will be put in danger?
11) Tristan and Isolde: One of the great romances of the Middle Ages, Tristan and Isolde has inspired writers, poets, artists and musicians for centuries.After slaying a dragon, the young prince Tristan wins the hand of beautiful Isolde for marriage to his uncle, King Mark. But on their journey back to Mark’s court, they drink a love potion that was intended for the king and his young bride. They instantly fall in love but…
12) Ned Kelly: A true story: When he was a boy, he was poor and hungry. When he was a young man, he was still poor and still hungry. He learnt how to steal horses, he learnt how to fight, he learnt how to live – outside the law. Australia in the 1870s was a hard, wild place. Rich people had land, poor people didn’t. So the rich got richer, and the poor stayed poor. Some say Ned Kelly was a bad man. Some say he was a good man but the law was bad. This is the true story of Australia’s most famous outlaw.
13) The true story of Pocahontas: Pocahontas is the touching story of an Indian princess, whose courage saved a white mans life. No one could have imagined that Pocahontas would be the first Indian to marry a white man!
14) Dead Cold: Detective Flick Laine goes to Pine Crest, a ski resort in Colorado USA, to investigate the murder of Janine, a 23-year-old student of journalism. What was the big story Janine was working on before her death?
15) Black Beauty: The much-loved children’s story of a horse, Black Beauty. Black Beauty begins his life at a loving home. But when his owners have to sell him, his fortune changes. As Black Beauty moves from home to home and job to job, he often suffers bad treatment and living conditions. But Black Beauty still dreams of the happy life he had as a young foal.
16) The Prince and the Pauper: It is 1547 in London, and Tom is a pauper. His father sends him onto the streets of London to beg for money every day, and hits him when he brings nothing back. But Edward is a prince, the son of King Henry VIII, and he has everything. There is something very unusual about these boys: they are from different worlds, but they look the same. When they meet one day, a mistake puts each boy into the wrong life. So what happens when a prince lives as a pauper, and a pauper lives as a king?
17) Love among the Haystacks: It is hay-making time on the Wookey farm. Two brothers are building the haystack, but thinking about other things – about young women, and love. There are angry words, and then a fight between the brothers. But the work goes on, visitors come and go, and the long hot summer day slowly turns to evening. Then the sun goes down, covering the world with a carpet of darkness. From the hedges around the hayfield comes the rich, sweet smell of wild flowers, and the hay will make a fine, soft bed…
18) Henry VIII and his six wives: There were six of them – three Katherines, two Annes, and a Jane. One of them was the King’s wife for twenty-four years, another for only a year and a half. One died, two were divorced, and two were beheaded. It was a dangerous, uncertain life. After the King’s death in 1547, his sixth wife finds a box of old letters – one from each of the first five wives. They are sad, angry, frightened letters. They tell the story of what it was like to be the wife of Henry VIII of England.
19) V is for Vampire: When Viktor Sarav takes a job at Ballantine’s, Angie and her brother Don – the young owners of the New York fashion company – are pleased. But Angie and Don’s parents died in an unusual plane accident, and other strange deaths in the company follow. Is there a vampire at work at Ballantine’s? Vera Donato, a company director with secrets to hide, is against Viktor. But Ed Valdemar, the company lawyer, trusts him. Who is right? And what happens to Viktor, Angie, Don, and Vera in the end?
20) The love of a King: All he wanted to do was to marry the woman he loved. But his country said ‘No!’ He was Edward VIII, King of Great Britain, King of India, King of Australia, and King of thirty-nine other countries. And he loved the wrong woman.She was beautiful and she loved him – but she was already married to another man.It was a love story that shook the world. The King had to choose: to be King, or to have love . . . and leave his country, never to return.
21) Anne of the green gables: Anne arrives: “We asked for a boy. Were there no boys at the orphanage?” When Matthew and Marilla decide to adopt a child to help them at their farm, Green Gables, they specifically ask for a boy. But when Matthew goes to Bright River Station to collect the child, he gets a shock. What do Matthew and Marilla decide to do? Do they keep the child? This child is certainly very different.
22) Remember Miranda: Cathy Wilson is driving to Norfolk, to begin her new job with the Harvey family. She is going to look after the two young children, Tim and Susan. Cathy meets the children’s father, and their grandmother, and their aunt. She meets Nick, the farmer who lives across the fields. But she doesn’t meet Miranda, the children’s mother, because Miranda is dead. She died two years ago, and Cathy cannot learn anything about her. Everybody remembers Miranda, but nobody wants to talk about her . . .
23) Sherlock Holmes Short Stories: Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective of them all. He sits in his room, and smokes his pipe. He listens, and watches, and thinks. He listens to the steps coming up the stairs; he watches the door opening – and he knows what question the stranger will ask. In these three of his best stories, Holmes has three visitors to the famous flat in Baker Street – visitors who bring their troubles to the only man in the world who can help them.
24) Eight great American tales: What does a poor young woman do when she loses her boyfriend or wants to find one? What little lies do we tell to make ourselves look better in the eyes of those that we love? How can a friend save someone who is sure that they are going to die? What happens when someone’s clever plans all go wrong? These sweetly surprising short stories – about both good times and bad – are sometimes sad, and sometimes funny. But all of them are sure to make you think.
25) Call of the wild: A companion piece of White Fang, The Call of the Wild is the story of Buck, who starts life as a domestic dog loyal to the ways of man, who is suddenly stolen sold to gold prospectors and a world that is entirely foreign to him. In this view – and hard – life, Buck’s natural wild dog’s instincts are awakened to the call of the wild.