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The Count of Monte Cristo

   "Revenge is a dish best served cold." That is a statement for which Alexander Dumas is well-known.

   This month 9th graders are reading one of his amazing masterpieces, The Count of Monte Cristo.In 1815 Edmond Dantès, a young and successful merchant sailor who has just recently been granted the succession of his erstwhile captain Leclère, returns to Marseille to marry his Catalan fiancée Mercédès. Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.

    Thanks to our adapted ESL books, the students are enjoying reading the story, as well as working on comprehension and grammar worksheets and having interesting discussions about the multiple themes we can find in this book.