Tara’s ESL Blog: Best Fictional Novels for ESL Students

Here is a list of my favorite short novels in English! You can read these on your own, or with me! 

All of these books are considered “easy-reading” with short chapters and useful vocabulary. To learn more about each book, just click the links below where you will be taken to the Spark Notes Plot Overview – try to read the first paragraph. Then to check your understanding, do the multiple choice questions at the bottom! Have fun, choose a story and read on!

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (*approx. 176 pages)

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (*approx. 163 pages)

3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (*approx. 384 pages)

4. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (*approx. 359 pages)

5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (*approx. 128 pages)

1. In which story does an airline pilot meet a little boy in the desert?

2. In which story do five children and their parents get invited to a magical factory?

3. In which story does a little boy go to Battle School and is trained to save the world from destruction?

4. In which story are the main characters hunting for the Holy Grail?

5. In which story does a man go to Egypt in search of his destiny and treasure?

For more information about reading books with me, click this link: Reading-4-Fluency. For more information about taking classes, please send an email to englishwithtaramusich@gmail.com

*Page approximations are based on an average taken from UK/USA and Paperback/Illustrated/Hardback variables. It should be noted that PDF versions tend to be shorter in pages. PDF is recommended in class as it allows for note-taking.