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This is Book 8, Collection II, of the Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP) readers. It is suitable for learners with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words.
Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP) is a reading project for ESL/EFL learners at the elementary level (with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words). In two years, for about fifteen minutes each day, an ESL/EFL learner can read one million words, and reach the upper-intermediate level, gaining a vocabulary of about 3,500 words and a large number of expressions.
Readability | 85.41
Total word count | 26104
Words beyond 1500 | 847
Unknown word percentage (%) | 3.24
Unknown headword occurrence | 2.44
Unknown words that occur 5 times or more | 40
Unknown words that occur 2 times or more | 151
The year is 1914 and Europe is close to the First World War. Mining Engineer Richard Hannay is staying in London and is finding life in the city boring. One night, he is surprised to find Franklin Scudder at his door. Scudder is a spy and has information about a plan by German spies to steal the British plans for war. Hannay later finds Scudder killed in his flat and decides he must carry on Scudder's work. With both German spies and the police after, Hannay must solve the riddle of the thirty-nine steps alone....
This book is rewritten from the novel "The Thirty-Nine Steps" by British writer John Buchan (1875-1940), which has been made into films several times.