The Case of the Dead Batsman
‘I have been investigating cricket matches, Watson,’ said Holmes. ‘In the last twenty-five years, three people have been killed during cricket matches. Two of them were Pendryth and Dodds during the last two weeks, in the same village cricket team.’
Two tragic accidents in two weeks. Two players from the same village team are dead, both struck on the forehead by the cricket ball. Is this a case for the famous detective Sherlock Holmes?
Level 4 1,250 headwords
This original story is based on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Currently comprising 16 titles across four stages – from beginner to upper intermediate – the series is carefully graded, lexically and structurally, to encourage young adults to read for pleasure and at speed. The stories are all, first and foremost, just that – stories, from ELT authors well known for their ability to craft original and engaging narratives to entertain and educate. Each reader contains striking and contemporary full-colour illustrations and photos, resource pages of well-scaffolded exercises, and an easy-to-use glossary. Titles in Levels 1 and 2 are 32 pages each, while titles in Levels 3 and 4 are 40 pages each.
31 May 2013
Number of pages: 40
Peter Viney started teaching English in 1971, after a research MA in English and American Studies. He is the co-author of many popular textbook series in both British English and American English, including Streamline English, New American Streamline, Grapevine, Main Street, Survival English, Basic Survival, Handshake and IN English. He is the co-author with his wife, Karen Viney, of thirteen video courses, including the English Channel series, the Grapevine Video series, Mystery Tour, Only in America, A Weekend Away and A Week By The Sea, as well as the ELT adaptations of Wallace and Gromit in A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave. He is also the author of self-study video-led materials.
Peter was series editor of the Storylines series of graded readers, as well as the author of the Departures in Reading and Connections in Reading supplementary series for developing basic reading skills. He has written many graded readers for the Storylines series, as well as Striker! in the Penguin Readers series, and he has maintained a major interest in extensive reading. Peter co-wrote Learn English Handwriting and Basic English Reading Programme in the 1980s, designed to teach initial writing and reading to students from non-Roman alphabet cultures. Peter revisited this area with Fast Track to Reading (Garnet Education 2009).
He has lectured and conducted teacher training seminars in many countries, and lives in Poole, UK.
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