Valérie, a 14-year-old girl, is different from her peers, mostly because she is interested in activities that are different than what she is “supposed” to like. She wants to try things that other girls tend to shy away from, for whatever reasons. Tired of feeling limited, Valérie shares her frustrations with her teacher, Madame Reid. Inspired by Madame Reid's advice, Valérie creates a list of five activities she wants to try. On the way to accomplishing her goals, she faces obstacles and encounters ridicule from her family, boys, and girls. Still, will Valérie learn that there are limits based on gender expectations?
- 175 unique words
- Total number of words: 3,400
- 54 pages of text, large font
- written in present tense
- contains a French-English glossary
Information for teachers
Students of French have access to rich vocabulary, a review of the present tense in context through a story whose cultural content also presents topics worthy of discussion.
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