Andi feels lonely and unloved. He feels that his parents would prefer to give him away, that three children are too many for one family. At school he has no friends and he tries to fit in by becoming a member of a gang of boys who steal in a shopping centre. The gang put pressure on Andy sending threatening letters until one day a new boy starts in Andi's class. The other boys won't speak to him because of his long hair but as time goes by he becomes Andi's best friend.
"Easy Readers" have a long and honourable history spanning nearly 70 years. The brainchild of a small Danish publishing house in the darkest years of the Second World War, the series now comprises more than 170 titles in six languages. From the beginning it has brought together publishers and editors in different countries in a unique collaboration to make available to language students authentic literature in an approachable, yet unpatronising format.
The choice of reading ranges from trusty classics to modern social drama, from comedy to detective stories. Each language is supervised by a specialist editor, whose brief is to simplify without losing the flavour of the original. Footnotes are used where needed; charming illustrations and uncramped pages make the challenge so much easier, and the achievement very satisfying.