Encourage your students to read with the Book of the Month. Each month, we’ll highlight an Oxford Graded Reader title with additional resources, so you can easily facilitate reading in English. You can also tell us what book you’d like to see featured by voting below. Let’s get reading!
From the Earth to the Moon (A1/A2)
It is 1865. Impey Barbicane and J.T. Maston are very good with guns and explosives, and want to do something important – so they decide to build a big gun and use it to go to the Moon. But no-one has gone to the Moon before, and many people, like the great Captain Nicholl, believe that it cannot be done. What will happen when Barbicane and Nicholl meet? And will the men who try to go to the Moon come back alive?
By Jules Verne, text adaptation by Janet Hardy-Gould
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The room went quiet. There was only the noise of the big clock. All the members looked up at their president.
‘We know many things about the Moon from our wonderful astronomers,’ said Barbicane slowly.
‘But the Moon is far away,’ he said. ‘And we have no true communication with it.’
‘Yes, that’s right!’ cried old Captain Elphinstone. And he smiled like a young man.’
‘But I have a plan – a plan to begin communication with the Moon,’ cried Barbicane. ‘And that communication is going to be in our language. The language of explosives!’
‘Hurrah!’ everybody cried.
‘My idea is to send a big projectile to the Moon,’ said Barbicane. ‘It can be our first communication with it!’
‘Yes! Let’s send a projectile!’ cried J.T. Maston. ‘A very big one!’
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