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This is Book 4, Collection III, 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 | 82.9
Total word count | 21514
Words beyond 1500 | 790
Unknown word percentage (%) | 3.67
Unknown headword occurrence | 2.58
Unknown words that occur 5 times or more | 33
Unknown words that occur 2 times or more | 145
Mark Nelson's farm is mortgaged to Squire Hudson for two thousand dollars. The farm is not making enough money to support the family, so his son Tom shows his wish to go to California to raise money in the gold mines. Fortunately, he finds the Squire's wallet and returns it at once. So the Squire offers to lend Tom the money to get to California, and the debt is added to the mortgage. His parents agree, and they borrow the money from Hudson. Then Tom heads for Pittsburgh.
On the train, Tom meets a young man who calls himself Milton Graham. They stay in the same room in a hotel in Pittsburgh that evening. When Tom wakes up at night, he finds Milton standing with his back turned to him, searching his pockets....
This book is rewritten from "The Young Adventurer, Or, Tom's Trip Across The Plains" by Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832 – 1899), a 19th-century American author, most famous for his novels about the adventures of poor boys who succeed through hard work.