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.
Zhou Haisheng is a kid whose life is focused in school and the Chinese restaurant that his parents own. Always with good intentions, Zhou is always willing to help in the family business, but sometimes his efforts turn out in a very different way.
The main characters of this story are:
周海生(Zhōu Hǎishēng) Zhou Haisheng
老周(Lǎo Zhōu) Mr. Zhou
周太太(Zhōu Tàitai) Mrs. Zhou
钱太太(Qián Tàitai) Mrs. Qian
马老师(Mǎ Lǎoshī) Ms. Ma