Shadow Lands Level 2: Coven
Teenage Witches in the Shadow Lands
Author: Lisa Benjamin
Readability Level: 2nd Grade Readability
Recommended Ages: 11-18+
DRP Lexile Rating: Lexile: 270-300
Coven is the second set of five stories in the Shadow Lands multi-reading-level series, for struggling or reluctant readers in middle school and high school who need more practice with commonly used vocabulary. Along with the first (Level 1) and third (Level 3) sets of stories titled Thirst and Blackwings, the reading level increases across the series (see below). There are fifteen stories (five stories per reading level) and are available as individual 48-page books. All three sets are also offered as Collections; a single 224-page that includes all five stories. The stories are also available as ebooks.
All fifteen Shadow Lands stories feature male and female teenage characters and contemporary stories that students can relate to, including events at school, family issues, and relationships.
The Coven Stories
Jane, Grady, Tamsin, James, and Emily are witches. They meet at Coven House to practice magic, and to stay safe, and keep others safe from the Dark Ones. The Dark Ones are witches, too. They want power, and they will do anything to get it.
Emily - Emily is surprised to learn she's a witch. When she meets the Coven, she accidentally puts them all in great danger. Lexile: 270
James - James loves animals and can hear their thoughts. When an unusual egg hatches into a dragon, James must use his skills to save its life. Lexile: 300
Grady - Grady's parents forbid him to practice magic. Then a deadly secret from the past threatens his family, and Grady must take action.
Jane - A witch named Kayla is being chased by Dark Ones. It's up to Jane to keep Kayla safe, along with the dangerous spell book Kayla carries. Lexile: 280
Tamsin - When Tamsin wakes up from a nightmare, her twin brother, James, is there to help. But can Tamsin help James when terrible things start happening to him? Lexile: 280
Coven: The Collection
Shadow Lands Level 2: Coven is also available as The Collection, a single 224-page, 5-1/4 x 7-3/8 book, that includes all five stories. The Collection book can also be purchased as a Classroom Set (5 books). See ordering information below.
Shadow Lands is a multi-reading-level, 15-book series (5 books per level) for struggling or reluctant readers in middle school and high school who need more practice with commonly used vocabulary. All fifteen Shadow Lands stories feature male and female teenage characters and contemporary stories that students can relate to, including events at school, family issues, and relationships.
About the Shadow Lands Series
Level 1 Thirst (set of 5 books), Lexile: 140–240
Level 2 Coven (set of 5 books), Lexile: 270–300
Level 3 Blackwings (set of 5 books), Lexile: 300–410
Each level exposes the reader to an additional amount of the most frequently used words in the English language. Thirst (Vampires), Coven (Witches), and Blackwings (Demon Hunters) each have a different group of main characters, and can be read independently of the other levels, although students who read all three levels may discover some interesting connections!
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