Our latest graded reader “Neighbours” (Level 2) is now available!
Everyone has neighbours, Maybe our neighbours are nice or interesting. Or maybe they are difficult or strange. Here are five short stories about neighbours for you to read.
Eva is a little frightened of one of her neighbours. He is strange. But one day, something happens to change Eva’s opinion. Brent’s neighbour is on vacation. The house is empty. So why can he hear a knocking sound on the wall? Brent has a shock when he goes to investigate. Bryan loves living in his quiet house. There are big old trees in the garden. But not everyone likes the trees. Someone makes trouble for Bryan. Bryan has to fight to stop the troublemaker and save his trees. Everyone loves Skippy. She thinks her neighbours are lonely, so she has an idea to make everyone happy. Will she succeed? The house next to Katy is empty. So what are the strange lights in the house at night? Katy has to act quickly to save somebody’s life.
Our latest Level 4 graded reader “The Vase” is now available! (Word count: 12,004)
When a doctor in Hong Kong receives a “lucky” Chinese vase in 1910, he has no idea just how lucky it is. This story follows the vase through the 20th century, as it crosses continents and brings luck to its new keepers. What happens to the vase at the end? Does it keep its lucky powers? This story takes you through the major events of the last century and follows the lives of the people who lived through that time, before the vase’s history comes back in a circle.
We never know how, or when, or where we will meet our one true love. Maybe you will meet on a blind date? Or maybe you will meet in a storm or a supermarket? Here are five stories for you to enjoy. One story is about a forever romance. The other stories? Will the couples stay together? We don’t know, but we hope so. If the romance lasts forever, they will always have an interesting answer when people ask: “How did you meet?”
This is a short story for learners of English. We hope you enjoy it!
Andy wears glasses. He doesn’t wear them all the time. He wears them when he drives his car. He wears them to read, and when he works on his computer.
Andy gets an email from the eye doctor’s office. The email says— We have not checked your eyes for one year. You should make an appointment. We will check your eyes.—-
Andy goes to the eye doctor’s office. He does an eye test.
The eye doctor says, “Your eyes are OK, but maybe you need new glasses. You need glasses that are a little stronger.”
Andy says, “OK.”
The eye doctor says she will order new glasses for Andy. She says, “Maybe your new glasses will feel a little bit strange. Maybe you will get a headache for a few days. Maybe you will feel ill for a little while.”
After one week, the eye doctor’s office calls Andy. The receptionist says, “Your new glasses are ready. Please come and get your new glasses.”
Andy goes to get his new glasses. His eye doctor is not there. She is on vacation.
Andy pays for his new glasses and takes them away. He is very pleased. His new glasses do not feel strange. He does not have a headache. He does not feel ill.
A few weeks later, Andy gets a call from his eye doctor. “Please come and see me,” she says.
Andy goes to see his eye doctor. She is very unhappy. She says, “I ordered your new glasses, but I made a big mistake. I asked the company to make your new glasses but the order was the same as your old glasses. So , there was no change. I am very sorry. I have ordered new glasses for you and of course, you will not pay anything.”
Andy is a very calm person. He says, “It’s OK. Don’t worry.”
The eye doctor says, “Didn’t you think it was strange when your ‘new’ glasses were the same as the old ones?”
Andy laughs. “I didn’t feel sick! I didn’t feel strange! I didn’t have a headache!. I thought ‘my eye doctor did a very good job!’”
This is a short story for learners of English. We hope you enjoy it!
Lonnie steals bags. It is very easy.
He travels on trains when people are going to work, or going home. The trains are very crowded. He always wears a big coat so he can hide the bags inside his coat. He always wears a hat and sunglasses.
He looks for someone who has put their bag on the floor, or on a seat. He waits until the train stops at a station and many people are trying to get on the train or off the train. He quickly takes a bag and disappears in the crowds of people.
One Friday evening, Lonnie is on the train. He sees a woman in a red coat. She has many shopping bags. She doesn’t have a seat and it is hard for her to hold her shopping bags and her handbag. She is standing near the door of the train.
She looks rich, thinks Lonnie. He looks at the shopping bags. She went to some very expensive stores. I will take her handbag and maybe I can get some shopping bags as well.
He stands next to the woman. The train stops. There are many people trying to get off the train. Everyone is pushing. Lonnie pushes the woman in the red coat very hard. She almost falls over. Lonnie quickly pulls her handbag and two shopping bags from the woman’s hand.
He hurries off the train and puts the handbag and shopping bags under his coat.
He hears the woman shouting. “Stop! Stop! Stop that man! He has taken my bag and my shopping!”
Lonnie laughs. They won’t catch me!
Outside the railway station Lonnie hides behind a tall building. He looks in the handbag. He takes a mobile phone and a wallet from the bag – the wallet has a little money. Lonnie counts it. $90. He puts the money in his pocket and puts the handbag and wallet in a garbage can.
He looks in the shopping bags. One bag has some towels. He puts it in the garbage can. But in the other bag he finds a beautiful necklace. It is pink and green and gold. Wow, thinks Lonnie. My girlfriend’s birthday is tomorrow. I will give her this necklace. She will like it very much.
On Saturday night, Lonnie takes his girlfriend to a pub. She is wearing the necklace. She is very happy. She likes her birthday present very much.
Lonnie and his girlfriend are sitting at a table in the bar. They are drinking beer. A woman comes to their table. She is wearing a red coat. She says, “Where did you get that necklace?”
“My boyfriend bought it for me,” says Lonnie’s girlfriend. “It is a birthday present.”
“Oh no!” says the woman. “He didn’t buy that necklace for you! It is unique. My husband ordered it for me. Your boyfriend took my bags on the train last night!”
Oh no! thinks Lonnie. I must run away.
He tries to run out of the bar. A very big man runs after him. He throws Lonnie on the ground. “I am a policeman,” says the man. “You took my wife’s necklace and now I am taking you to the police station.”
The Other Sisters – a new graded reader from I Talk You Talk Press. (Level 4 – B1/B2)
Old Secrets – Modern Mysteries Series Book 5
Sisters separated by ambition, distance and war. Maggie always said that Anna was her much younger sister, but Anna believed Maggie was really her mother. Then Maggie is killed, and Anna discovers that the truth is much more complicated. A break up with her boyfriend and an unexpected legacy lead Anna to give up her comfortable life, and go in search of her real father.
She is drawn into a life that is different from anything she has known before. With her father’s help, she looks for the sister she never knew about.
Anna is lost, confused and angry as she struggles to make sense of the past. Will old secrets and modern mysteries destroy any chance of happiness? Or will she find a new and very different future?
Our latest Level 4 graded reader “The Temple Treasure” is now available!
Shuzo is the head priest of a mountain temple in Japan. One night, an unexpected visitor comes to the temple and takes the temple’s most precious treasure. Shuzo has to get the treasure back, but it has been passed to a dangerous gang in Osaka. Shuzo can’t go to the police, so he has to act alone. He knows his life will be in danger, but he goes to Osaka and finds the treasure. Help comes from a very unexpected person, but will it be enough for him to escape back to the temple with the treasure?
Our new Level 3 (A2/B1) graded reader is now available!
There are five short stories about summer in this book.
Paul is sad. His girlfriend doesn’t want to see him anymore. So he goes to his family’s summer house by the lake with his brother. He gets help from a surprising person and by the end of the story he is a happy man. Rachel is excited about her vacation in the south of France. She wants to go to the beach every day, but it rains. She is annoyed, but thanks to the rain, she has a great vacation. Four friends go camping. It is hot and dry and there is the danger of fire. The friends have to work hard to stop a disaster.
Enjoy these stories and two more about hot summer days!