Book review: Egghead

Egghead (Michael Lacey Freeman, 2015) is an A2 level graded reader for teens from ELI Publishing. It is an autobiographical story of the author’s experience of being bullied at school, and how friendship helped him overcome his difficulties.

I recently received a bunch of sample resources from ELI (see reviews here and here), including a handful of graded readers. They all look like fantastic resources for an EFL school library, but this title stood out. While the other readers were graded versions of classic literature (Treasure Island, Gulliver’s Travels, etc), this book shared a personal story that I felt learners would instantly connect with. Also, I felt this book would be useful in my own context – my school runs an annual anti-bullying campaign and could do with fresh resources to help address this issue.

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