“Camille”, the third and final installment of the “Alice” series


Welcome to the third and final installment of the “Alice” series!


“When Camille finds out her beloved dance teacher, choreographer, and studio owner is leaving, she is worried about her future. She fears that Studio Pineapple, where she has been dancing for five years, is going to close or be sold to someone she won’t get along with. But she soon finds out that while changes are hard, they often bring an opportunity to grow and blossom. This third installment of the Alice series can be read as a sequel or independently of the first two stories.”


The novel has 3,600 words and 340 headwords with lots of cognates. I wrote it with level 2 and above students in mind. Here is a sample for you to read in order to decide if the language is appropriate for you and/or your students.



For those of you who want to supplement the story, there is a cultural glossary at the end of the book and a YouTube playlist with useful videos. Here are some ideas on how to use these resources:

  • Listen to one chapter or the entire book, read by me 🙂 Click here to access the recording.
  • Ask compelling questions to engage students to relate the text to their own lives.
  • Explore the Ballet National De Marseille with a very comprehensible interview of Clara Cafiero, an apprentice at the Ballet.
  • Watch an audition from La France a un Incroyable talent with Marianne James as judge (and review buying fruits and vegetables at the market!).
  • Dance the Soukous with Aurélie ! She has two great tutorials (in English).
  • Share your activities with other teachers in this shared Google folder (as long as they don’t violate copyrights).


Illustrations J. Nolasco


  1. Hi, I am looking at Alice, Khadra et CAmille and I understand it is a series, but each can be read independently of the others. Alice has the most number of words, but does it have the simplest structures? Does Keadra have more complex structures, and then Camille the most complex of the three? Merci

    • Hi Brenda, the number of unique words is about the same (300-340) and so are the structures and tenses. Feel free to read a sample of each book on my blog to get a feel.

  2. Bonjour, my Fr 2 students and I read Alice and Khadra first semester. We will read Camille second semester. We enjoyed listening to the recordings of each chapter of Alice and Khadra. Will you be making recordings of Camille? Merci!

    • Bonjour, I am so glad you and your students enjoyed the first two books. Camille is my favorite one! There is a recording of Camille available in this very post. Let me know if you can’t see it.

      • Chere Cecile, je m’excuse. Je vois maintenant. J’ai oublie que c’est un dossier “zip” avec tous les fichiers. Merci et bien a vous, Brenda

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