Josh Duyiwuer

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Between helping with the milking on his family's dairy farm and getting picked on at school, Josh’s days in high school are full. He’s making progress to catch the attention of Julia, the beautiful, exotic, and — for ordinary, unremarkable Josh — unreachable new girl at school. But then Christian, a hunky but inarticulate boy Josh’s older brother asks to keep the school bully off Josh’s case, asks Josh for help with another girl problem. Josh soon finds out that his promise to help out comes with a price — one he may not be willing to pay.


  • Second- or third-year Chinese reader
  • 417 unique characters
  • total character count: 18260
  • 94 pages of text ( = 47 for the story, in two versions)
  • contains a glossary Chinese-English

Information for teachers

Based on Edmond Rostand’s classic play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” this novel provides cross-curricular tie-ins with both the original play and the 1987 Steve Martin-Daryl Hannah movie “Roxanne” also based on it. There are also opportunties to discuss themes like bullying, lifelong learning, and friendship and loyalty.

Find out more about teaching Chinese through novels and comprehensible input at Terry Waltz's blog and Ignite Language.

Would you like to order a set of 20 of more copies* for your class? We will give you a 10% discount (for 20 or more copies of the same title). Please, order the novels via e-mail. Due to relatively small stock numbers, please allow 2-3 weeks for your order.

*All books and novels are copyright protected, which means that copying this book for use in your classroom is not permitted.

Author: unknown
Year of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 104
ISBN: 978-0615970646 (traditional) and 978-0615972510 simplified)
Illustrated: by the author
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