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For Arturo López, the greatest pickpocket in all of Pamplona, the San Fermín festival is the best time of year. Thousands of tourists invade his hometown every July to run with the bulls, watch bullfights, dine in Hemingway’s favorite cafés, dance in the streets, and leave behind ordinary life for eight days of celebration. Much to Arturo’s delight, they come with their passports, their cell phones, and their wallets full of cash.
An unexpected run-in with the police leads Arturo to the opportunity of a lifetime—a job so rewarding it could change his future. As he seeks to gain incredible wealth, he learns even more about his city and the festival that has made it famous. He quickly finds himself in over his head, running for his life, and learning lessons he never knew he needed to learn.
This action-packed story—with color illustrations, multiple tenses, 625 unique words, and a glossary—is comprehensible for intermediate-level students in Spanish 3 and above.
Unique Words: 625
©2019. Spanish. Level 3. High school. 5 x 8 inches. Softcover, 140 pages.
About the Author
Bryan Kandel teaches high school Spanish in Canton, Ohio. He presents professional development workshops on Comprehensible Input techniques, the importance of strong classroom culture, successful world language AP® courses, reading strategies, and many other topics. He has published four CI Spanish readers: Los sobrevivientes, Bajo el agua, La novia perfecta, and El carterista de Pamplona. He has seen the power of reading as a tool to improve proficiency, and constantly aims to increase reading engagement with his students.