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September 17, 2013

Publishing | Awards & Competitions

Extensive Reading Foundation announces award winners

ERF-LLL.jpgThe Extensive Reading Foundation announced the winners of its annual Language Learner Literature Awards at the 2nd World Congress in Extensive Reading in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday. The full list of winners is below.

In 2004, the Extensive Reading Foundation established the Language Learner Literature Award for graded readers in English. The Award is annual, for books published in the previous year. The Award aims to support the development of language learner literature in English, and to encourage extensive reading in language education.

These awards are conferred each year on books that are selected for their outstanding overall quality and likely enduring appeal. An international jury makes the final choices, taking into account the Internet votes of students, teachers and others from around the world.

Winners of the 2013 Extensive Reading Foundation Language Learner Literature Award.

Young Learners: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
By Washington Irving
Retold by Casey Malarcher
Illustrated by Fabio Leone
Publisher: Compass Publishing (ISBN: 978-1-59966-678-5)
Judges’ comment: Innovation and classic story-telling are mixed seamlessly in this story. The book includes a playlet for a class performance and wonderful illustrations.

Adolescents and Adults - Beginners: The Girl with Green Eyes
Author: John Escott
Illustrated by: Dylan Gibson
Publisher: Oxford University Press (ISBN: 9780194794343)
Judges comment: Who is the girl with the green eyes? Why is she so interested in Mark? And is the man in the hotel really her stepfather? Find out when you read this story. Boy meets girl --- with a difference!

Adolescents and Adults – Elementary : Les Misérables
By Victor Hugo
Retold by Jennifer Bassett
Illustrated by Giorgio Bacchin
Publisher: Oxford University Press (ISBN: 978-0-19-479440-4)
Judges' comment: This well-written retelling is an excellent way for beginner/elementary level learners to get to know this great story. We found ourselves involved in the story, caring about the characters. In particular, the "set-the-stage" sections help the reader quickly catch up on important events without creating an overly-complex narrative.

Adolescents and Adults – Intermediate: The Green Room
By Robert Campbell
Illustrated by Valentina Russello
Publisher: Helbling Languages (ISBN: 978-3-85272-327-3)
Judges’ Comment: This is story about adolescents’ conflicts and growing up process. What makes it special is the clever way in which the author interweaves the main plot with the plot of the play-within-the story. This is a well-constructed narrative with a cleverly written plot that develops exploring parallels with Shakespeare's work.

Adolescents and Adults - Upper Intermediate/advanced: Manhunt
By Richard MacAndrew
Map artwork by Malcolm Barnes
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (ISBN: 987-01-107-62455-1)
Judges' comment: This original murder mystery, set in a rural community, is a compelling read for crime story enthusiasts. Moving back and forth between the voices of the criminal and the police, MacAndrew draws the reader into the narrative. With clear, yet vivid language, the reader is able to participate in the problem-solving of the detectives as they unravel the mystery.

Click here for a list of all 2013 candidates.

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