Garnet Oracle Readers (2011 to 2012)
Peter Viney: series editor, and author of some titles
Storylines / Streamline Graded Readers are being published in new editions by Garnet Education, with sixteen titles at four levels as the initial part of the series.
The grading system has been revised and updated, along with the headword count. New titles (The Case of The Dead Batsmen and Zoo Diary) have been added, and these are available now. Popular titles from the earlier series have been redone. The many, many fans of The Locked Room , the best-selling reader in the original series, will be able to stop e-mailing us requesting copies! The older readers have been revised to the new scheme and in many cases rewritten and extended. Teachers will find a more satisfactory and clear division between level two (past tense, but no present perfect) and level three (present perfect added).
The readers are physically slightly larger and longer than the earlier editions, and less cramped with more ‘white space’ at the end of chapters. Exercises appeared in the first edition (Streamline Graded Readers) but were only available online for Storylines. In the rewritten editions, exercises have been incorporated again after advice from teachers who use readers. Many extensive reading specialists prefer not to do detailed exercises, but they can be ignored, or set for self-study if desired.
Each title comes in two editions, one with audio for teachers and self-study (£6); the other without audio (£5).
The Case Of The Dead Batsmen was a finalist in the 2013 Extensive Reading Foundation Language Learner Literature Awards.
Level one (400 words)
Level two (700 words)
Level three (1000 words)
Level four (1250 words)
Oracle Readers are also available in a 16 volume set (with or without audio)