My name is Hana Walker. I am 13 years old. My Mum is Japanese, my Dad is English. Japanese call me “half”. But I am not 50/50. I am 100 percent me. I speak English, but I don’t speak Japanese. I go to a Japanese Junior High School. I solve mysteries by looking and thinking. Every day is a new mystery…
This series of Hana Walker mystery short stories is designed to engage students of English as a foreign language who typically are in their first year of junior high school. Every book features an engaging mystery with the same cast of characters, a vocabulary section and set of questions. The books can be used as a focus of a reading and discussion lesson or given as homework for students to work on by themselves.
Hana Walker and the Dead Flowers (#1)
Every day Aiko brings fresh flowers to school because every day the flowers are dead. “There is a killer,” I say. But who is it? And why do they kill?
Word Count: 1,427 Tenses: Simple present Target language: Third person vs first person verbs
Hana Walker and the Shogi Champion (#2)
Takuma is the shogi champion. But Haruto beats him. The Japanese chess final is only days away. Haruto isn’t a good shogi player. What’s wrong? Hana suspects foul play.
Word Count: 1,694 Tenses: Simple present Target language: Third person vs first person verbs
Hana Walker and the New President (#3)
Nanaki is sure to be the new class president. But then Haruto joins the election. Hana watches. Haruto likes winning. And he has a new slogan: “Build the wall!”
Word Count: 1,525 Tenses: Simple present Target language: Third person vs first person verbs
Hana Walker and the Lunchbox Thief (#4)
Aiko cries: “Where’s my lunchbox?” There is a thief stealing gyoza dumplings. Everyone suspects Takuma. Hana must find the thief to save her friend from big trouble.
Word Count: 1,758 Tenses: Simple present, present continuous Target language: Modals of can and want
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