Mandarin Companion has published a collection of graded readings in different levels. The collection Breakthrough Level is limited to 150 characters and it is targeted to students who have been studying Chinese for a year approximately.
The key point of this series of books is to approach interesting readings with absorbing plots which allow readers into a "extensive" reading. In other words, readers must understand 98% of the words so that they can enjoy the book and at the same time the experience turns into a motivation to keep studying and they get good reading habits.
This type of readings allow students to observe vocabulary in different contexts , learn different meanings of the words, review grammatical structures etc.
Emma (安末) is the adaptation the classic novel written by Jane Austen
Intelligent, rich and single, beautiful Ān Mò (Emma Woodhouse) is focused in her career as a fashion designer in glamorous Shanghai of the XXI century. She does not have any interest in having a relation, but when she tries to find a boyfriend for her new friend Fangfang (Harriet), her actions will lead her into a unexpected consequences.
The main characters of this story are:
安末 (Ān Mò) – Emma Woodhouse
Elton (Elton) – Philip Elton
Jane (Jane) – Jane Fairfax
石文正 (Shí Wénzhèng) – George Knightley
芳芳 (Fāngfāng) – Harriet Smith
小周 (Xiǎo Zhōu) – Robert Martin
陈然 (Chén Rán) – Frank Churchill