Extensive reading chapter 4
If you want to set up an extensive reading programme here is a free graded reader for you and your students. Here you can read the last chapter from book Fire on the Mountain. This book is suitable for elementary learners of English and for extensive reading programmes.
Sugeng Finds a New Home
‘I’ve got you!’ the man said. He held Sugeng with one hand. He started to hit him with the other.
By this time there was a policeman in front of the market. He came because of the noise. He saw Sugeng and the man.
‘What’s happening here?’ he said.
‘This boy tried to take the mirror from my car. Look. He has a screwdriver.’
‘Come with me,’ said the policeman. Sugeng was too afraid to say anything. The policeman took Sugeng to the police station. The man came with them.
At the police station, the man told his story and then he went away. The policeman asked Sugeng some questions. ‘What’s your name? Where did you get this screwdriver? Where do you come from?’ Sugeng was afraid. He could not speak. Do you come from this town?’ the policeman asked.
‘No,’ said Sugeng.
‘What’s the name of your village?’
Sugeng told him. The policeman thought for a few minutes.
‘Come with me,’ he said.
He took Sugeng to a small room and he left him there. There was only one small window in the room. Sugeng was alone. He thought about his fainily. He thought about his home on the mountain. He was very unhappy.
Sugeng was all alone.
‘All my family is dead. I don’t have a home. I have nothing,’ he thought. Then he heard the policeman again. Sugeng was not afraid. He had nothing. What could he lose?
The policeman came into the room. ‘Is your name Sugeng?’ he said.
‘The police have Edy and the others,’ Sugeng thought.
‘Yes,’ he answered.
The policeman said, ‘Your father and mother are looking for you.’
Sugeng was surprised. ‘They’re alive?’ he asked.
‘Yes,’ said the policeman. ‘The fire from the mountain burnt your village. The Government is building another village in a different place. Your family is there now. But why did you have that screwdriver? Why were you near the car?’
Now Sugeng was really afraid. His family was alive but he could not go to them.
‘Tell me,’ said the policeman. ‘I can help you. Sugeng told his story and the policeman understood.
That afternoon, the policeman took Sugeng in his jeep to the new village. On the way they drove past the market. Sugeng saw Edy, Yanto and Kardi. They were near the market. But Sugeng did not say anything to the policeman. The policeman wanted to catch Edy, but still Sugeng did not say anything. Edy and Yanto and Kardi were his friends.
The people in the new village came out of their houses when they heard the jeep. They laughed
Sugeng saw Edy, Yanto and Kardi.
and called out when they saw Sugeng. He laughed too, and he called out to his old friends. Then the jeep stopped and Sugeng saw his family. He ran to them.
‘Sugeng’ means ‘happy’ or ‘safe.’ Now Sugeng was happy and safe.
Now Sugeng was happy and safe.
You can find more texts for extensive reading here.
Fire on the Mountain chapter 1 – extensive reading
Fire on the Mountain chapter 2 – extensive reading
Fire on the Mountain chapter 3 – extensive reading
The whole graded reader can be found at Paul Nation’s page.