This book is Volume II-6 of the series of readers of Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP). It is suitable for readers with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words.
Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP) is a project in which ESL/EFL learners at elementary level (with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words) are expected to read one million words within two or three years, and reach upper-intermediate level (with a vocabulary of about 3,500 words). This project contains about 40 simplified readers, enough for an ESL/EFL learner to read for two years, and this list is growing.
Readability || 89.4
Total word count || 31935
Words beyond 1500 || 1869
Headwords beyond 1500 || 412
Unknown word percentage (%) || 5.85
Unknown headword percentage (%) || 1.29
Unknown headword occurrence || 4.53
Unknown words that occur 5 times or more || 77
Unknown words that occur 2 times or more || 215
Three girls and two boys who live in Tenth Street have formed the Tenth Street Reading Circle. They read detective mystery stories together. One day, Betty Bliss suggests forming a detective club. They will call themselves Tenth Street Yard, after the London Scotland Yard, and Betty will be Superintendent.
At first, the two boys do not think girls can do good detecting, so they laugh at them and refuse to join the club. But after they have solved several cases successfully, the boys begin to admire the girls and want to join the club. After that, they succeed in solving a number of cases.
The original stories are written by Ellis Parker Butler (1869-1937), famous American humorist, author of more than 30 books and more than 2,000 stories and essays.
About the Author
Qiliang Feng has been an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher in senior high schools since 1983. He is a keen advocator of reading in TEFL and is expert at rewriting graded/simplified ESL/EFL readers. He has published several series of English Reading Courses in China and is promoting an ESL/EFL reading project called Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP), in which ESL/EFL learners at elementary level are expected to read one million words within two or three years, and reach upper-intermediate level. For this project, he has rewritten a series of simplified readers containing about 40 books.