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The Boy with the Red Balloon

Stage 2 Pre-Intermediate | 800 headwords | A2 | Flyers| Original


Silvana Sardi

It’s the summer holidays and Lizzie can’t wait to go to the beach in Blackpool with her friends. Instead, she has to spend her summer in the countryside with a strange woman she doesn’t know and a mysterious boy.

It’s the summer holidays and Lizzie is excited about going to the beach with her friends. But her parents have other plans for her and she has to spend the summer in the countryside with a woman she doesn’t even know. Lizzie is very angry and sad but then she meets a  strange boy called Jack. Who is this mysterious boy and how does he change Lizzie?


Vocabulary areas Family – Friendship

– Emotions - Mystery

Verbs Positive and Negative

Imperative Forms - Present Simple and

Present Continuous (also for future

reference) - Past Simple and Past

Continuous - Present Perfect Simple

- Future with going to and will - Can,

Could, have to, need, would like - Want

someone to do something - Common

phrasal verbs - Passive Forms –

Present and Past Simple

In this Reader you will find:

A section focusing on Blackpool | Asection focusing

on Strange Stories | A glossary of difficult words |

Comprehension activities | An exit test


Friendship | Family | Emotions | Mystery

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The Boy with the Red Balloon

ISBN: 9788853632043

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