Looking for a little summer reading for your EAL students? Or maybe winter reading, depending on where you live? (It’s been 42C here today, so I can only think of summer.)

The ESL Easy-Reads titles: The English Chip, Blood Kind, and A Lady’s Visit to the Gold-Diggings of Australia in 1852-3 are now available free from Smashwords, until February 28. You have to sign up to Smashwords, which isn’t difficult – then use the coupon code in the top right corner when you check out.

I hope you/they enjoy the books; I’m planning to issue them as ‘library readers’ early this year, so I’ll be writing some book club questions soon…

The English Chip

Original fiction, for intermediate learners. Only epub available (Apple compatible).

Charlie’s in Australia, studying English, but English is so hard. He just wants to have fun, not to study all day! Then he sees a notice: INSTANT ENGLISH! VOLUNTEER NEEDED. 

Instant English? It all sounds so easy. Soon Charlie is part of an experiment—but experiments can go wrong…

The cover of The English Chip

Blood Kind:

This is another original story for intermediate learners – a bit of drama, a bit of fantasy… Available in epub or mobi (for Kindle).

His name is Josh – or is that Ben? When you make fake passports and ID cards for a living, you need a few different names, right? Ben doesn’t like people much, and he certainly doesn’t believe in kindness. Then he has an accident, gets a blood transfusion – and things begin to change. Ben starts to feel kind, but that creates big problems in his life…

Cover of Blood Kind

A Lady’s Visit to the Gold-Digging of Australia in 1852-3 by Ellen Clacy (an adaptation)

This is my adaptation of an 1850s best-seller…it offers a real insight into life in Melbourne and on the gold-fields, from a woman’s perspective! Available in epub only.

Ellen Clacy was 20 years old when she and her brother travelled from England to the Australian goldfields in 1852. This was at the start of the ‘gold rush’, when thousands of people from around the world were arriving at the gold ‘diggings’. Ellen went back to England in 1853, and her book about her adventures became a huge success. 

A Lady's Visit to the Gold-Diggings of Australia cover