What would you do if the lights went out...everywhere? You are a hard-working chef living and working in the city of Silica. A rising star in the kitchen of French restaurant Le Petit Poulet, you love your job and hope to make sous chef one day. At home, you are a little less sure of yourself. You struggle to get along with your younger sister, Lucy. She is precocious but unambitious, and spends her days binge-watching shows on Netflix and pining for her boyfriend. When the electricity stops working one summer afteron, you hardly think about it. But soon you learn the terrifying truth: The power is out everywhere-and it might t be returning for months, maybe even years. As fear and panic spread, and Silica spirals into chaos, your faith in yourself and others is put to the test. Will you make the right decisions and get through this deadly disaster? Blackout is a high-stakes drama about family ties, love, and survival.RECOMMENDED FOR INTERMEDIATE LEVEL LEARNERSTURN OF PHRASE ESL (TOP ESL) is an educational series that teaches English language idioms, phrasal verbs, and collocations in the form of chooseable path vels. The series is designed for intermediate to advanced young adult and adult students. Researchers have long shown that learning in meaningful contexts can help English language learners become more fluent and improve vocabulary retention. TOP ESL books are the ideal learning tool for the classroom or independent study because they are immersive and fun, and unlike other books, they put students right in the driver's seat. The books make use of gamebook-inspired 'decision points.' At every decision point, readers are tested on their understanding of idiomatic expressions or situational contexts. TOP ESL books offer t only a rich source of idiomatic expressions but also meaningful contexts of those expressions in action, and a reading format that will have English language learners hooked with cliffhangers and plot twists. TOP ESL books complement all types of curricula that promote engaged and self-directed learning. To learn more about this book and other titles in the series, visit www.nightowlspress.com/turn-of-phrase-esl/.
G.K. GILBERT lives in South Baja, Mexico, where she works as a freelance writer and editor. A former editor at National Geographic Learning, she has written for National Geographic Explorer and Extreme Explorer classroom magazines and for numerous textbooks targeting English Language Learners. She was a high school exchange student in Argentina, a college exchange student in Russia, and recently received her TESOL certificate with the hopes of teaching English abroad some day. When she isn't writing, she loves to spend time with family, especially her wonderful sister, Carrie.