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Welcome back to another year of Kid! Have you all had a good summer? Did you practise your English during the holidays? No! Well, now’s the time to start! We’ve got a fun-packed issue for you with lots of interesting articles. We’ve got something about social networks for all you computer lovers, a report about the singer Gotye, and various things concerning culture. So what are you waiting for? Happy Reading! J


Famous Faces | Gotye Kid News | What’s Buzzing On The Net? Report | The Hunger Games: when show becomes reality Poster | Chelsea FC The things I love | Collecting Culture Corner | World Event Young Artists Cool Capitals | London NEW Fun and Games!

In this issue of Kid you’ll come across: • Past Simple • Present Perfect • Future • Phrasal Verbs

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Frankenweenie, Tim Burton’s new tale is here!

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Frankenweenie, Tim Burton’s eagerlyawaited* animation film is going to be released on October 5th in the USA and then in the rest of the world. It tells the story of Victor and his fourlegged* friend Sparky. When the dog dies in an accident, Victor decides to bring him back to life in a scientific experiment. But it isn’t that simple! Sparky is different. He manages* to escape and Victor has to face the consequences!

Glossary eagerly-awaited: people can’t wait for it to arrive four-legged: having four legs manages: is able to stop-motion: a technique used in animation films. The animator moves the puppets which are filmed in all different positions, so it appears that the puppets are moving around.

Can you……….? Complete the film trivia using the words in the box. films - white - title - novel - puppets • The film is an adaptation of a short film with the same ........................., also directed by Burton in 1984. • Frankenweenie was filmed in black and ......................... and was created using the stopmotion*, technique like in The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride.


• For this film more than 2000 ......................... were made. • The names of many characters (Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgemeister) resemble those in classic horror ......................... . • The story was inspired by Mary Shelley’s famous ........................., Frankenstein. The answer is on page 15


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Gotye He’s already a star in Australia – the country where he grew up. He’s 32, Belgian and the star of the moment! He achieved success with Somebody that I used to know, the song that has conquered the radio and the hit parade* all round the world ……..but especially YouTube.


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Kid | Famous Faces A passion for music Gotye has always loved music and he has learned to play different instruments, in particular the piano and the drums. Amongst his favourite artists are Kate Bush and Depeche Mode. When he was a teenager he formed a band with three friends from High school, Downstares. The band first played in Melbourne, and then all round Australia.

A solo career After high school, the members of Downstares went in different directions and Gotye decided to undertake* a solo career. His first album Boardface, came out in 2003 and the second, Like Blood Drawing, in 2006. International fame arrived after his third album, Making Mirrors, which contained the hit Somebody that I used to know.

From Australia to the rest of the world In a short time the single reached the top of the hit parade around the world, becoming the most successful song of 2012 and one of the most played

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songs on the radio and downloaded from iTunes. On YouTube it’s the most watched video of the last few months, with more than 200 million hits*. Many famous stars such as Drew Barrymore, Ashton Kutcher, Lily Allen and Katy Perry have declared themselves to be fans on Twitter.

His lyrics* He writes all his own songs. He says: ‘I feel very attached to every song on this album. I’m proud* of every single text’. But how did Somebody that I used to know come about? ‘I liked a

guitar piece by the Brazilian guitarist Luiz Bonfá’ he reveals*. ‘On that basis, I composed the song. Then I thought about adding a female voice and then after looking for six months, I found the New Zealand singer Kimbra’.

Glossary hit parade: a ranking of the most successful songs in a country hits: (here) number of visitor to a website lost touch: lost contact with someone lyrics: words to a song proud: feeling happy about a success you’ve had reveals: let something become known undertake: do, carry out

Can you……….? Look at the song lyrics and try to find the right word by reading the definitions. Now and then I think of when we were ................................ (the opposite of ‘on your own’) Like when you said you felt so ................................ (the opposite of ‘sad’) you could die I told myself that you were ................................ ( the opposite of ‘wrong’) But felt so lonely in your ................................ ( a synonym of ‘business’) But that was ................................ (the opposite of ‘hate’) and it’s an ache I still ................................ (the opposite of forget) The answers are on page 15


Kid | News

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What’s buzzing


on the net? Welcome to the first of our new feature ‘Kid News’ where we take a look at things that are happening around us. In this month’s issue, we are looking at what’s happening on the Internet and the rise in popularity of certain social networks. Read on to find out more!



The beginning of Social Networks The first Social Network was born in 1997 and was called It allowed users to create a profile and list and find their friends. Nowadays, there are so many to choose from and what is popular today, might not be tomorrow!

Tumblr This social networking site was created in 2007 in New York. It’s very popular with teenagers and young adults and half of its users are under-25. It’s a blogging site where you can post text, upload* photos and videos, submit quotes* and record videos. You can follow people whose posts you like or make your own blog private. In 2011, Tumblr became the first blogging site to host President Obama’s blog!



Pinterest is growing in popularity day by day. It’s a website that allows you to upload, save, sort and manage images known as ‘pins’. It’s set out in a ‘pinboard*’ style. It was founded in 2010 by Ben Silberman and its mission is ‘to connect everyone in the world through the things they find interesting’. It’s the social network site that has reached more than 10 million users in the shortest time and the website is valued at 1.5 billion dollars.

It’s one of the most popular social networking sites among teenagers. It’s now owned by Justin Timberlake. Users create a profile that they can use to make new friends and they can download music and videos from the site that they can add to their profile page. Users can also write and read blogs and participate in forums.

Without limits The internet has no age limits! It can be used by both young and old. An 80-year old grandma from Staten Island, USA is trying to get 80,000 followers on Twitter. She started using the social network site after her husband died. She has been using Twitter for only a year but she already has 76,000 followers including such stars as Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. Users have been attracted by her very funny posts and videos.

Over to you Do you use any social network sites? What are your favourite sites? How much time do you spend using social networks?

Weeworld It’s a kind of virtual social network where users create their own animated avatars They use the avatar to explore the virtual world, to communicate with others and play social games. Users can also create blogs, watch videos and earn or buy points. It’s a social network aimed at* teenagers from 13 – 17 years old.

Glossary aimed at: (here) it was created for that group of people buzzing: exciting, thrilling lingo: words used in a particular context pinboard: a noticeboard that you usually stick messages and reminders on quotes: to say or write words that someone else has said upload: to publish photos, videos etc on the internet

Film Review Read the film review and complete the spaces with a word.

The Social Network based - was - stars - released - beginning - tells The film was ............................ in 2010 and is ............................ on the book ‘The Accidental Billionaire’ by Ben Mezrich. It ............................ the story of the ............................ of

Facebook. It ............................ Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckenberg. It ............................ nominated for eight Academy Award nominations.

How good is your social network lingo*? Do you know what the following acronyms mean? 2C4U





TBR answers are on page 15


Kid | Report

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The Hunger Games From Book to Big Screen

The film based on the book written by the American writer Suzanne Collins has had huge success around the world. It makes you reflect – about love, justice and the meaning of life.

The book The Hunger Games is the first episode of the trilogy* by the American writer Suzanne Collins. The book has received many prizes and awards such as the Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and the New York Times’ Notable Children’s Book of 2008, as well as being on The New York Times and USA Today bestseller list.


The Hunger Games The Hunger Games is a terrible reality show organized every year by Capitol City, to punish the districts that have tried to rebel. Only one rule exists – kill or die. There’s no place for friendship or love. Each district has to choose at random* a boy or girl between 12 and 18 years old that will have to fight until death. Everything is filmed by videocamera and broadcasted* live. But at a certain point the rules change…

The main character The main character is 16 year old Katniss Everdeen. She is an excellent hunter and very good with a bow*. She lives in the 12th district with her mum and little sister Primrose, who’s 12. To save her sister, Katniss

takes part* in the 74th edition of the games as a volunteer. The other contestant* is Peeta Mellark, a young boy that Katniss knows very well.

The film The Hunger Games has made record profits and has become a huge phenomenon. In the USA, there have been mile-long queues to see the film. The main star Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2011 as the best leading actress in the film Winter’s Bone, has become a teen idol all over the world. The soundtrack includes songs by Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift and The Decemberists.


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• The book has sold millions of copies and has been translated into 26 different languages. • It remained in the New York Times bestseller list for 92 weeks, until 27th June 2010. • The second book in the series is called Catching Fire and the third and last one Mockinglay, came out in the USA on 24th August 2010. • Suzanne Collins says that the idea for The Hunger Games came while she was changing channels on TV, on one channel there was a reality show while on the other images of war. • She lives in Connecticut with her family and she has two wild cats.

Grammy Review Can you……….? Put the five sentences into the right verb tense and find out five interesting things about Jennifer Lawrence. 1 She ...................................... (born) in Kentucky on 15th August 1990 and ................... ................... (have) two older brothers, Ben and Blaine. 2 She ...................................... (begin) acting at 14 years old and during her short career .. .................................... (appear) in many TV series.

3 Last year she ............................ .......... (vote) the 10th sexiest girl in the world on the website IDLYITW.

Read the phrase in the mirror and find out how they announce The Hunger Games.

4 Jennifer ...................................... (not want) to be as famous as Kristen Stewart, as too much success ...................................... (frighten) her.

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5 She’s keen on ........................... ........... (direct) and would like ...................................... (direct) a film in the future.

The answer is on page 15.

Glossary at random: not in any particular order bow: a weapon made from a large curved piece of wood broadcasted: transmitted on TV contestant: someone who participates in a competition, race takes part: participates trilogy: a series of three books, films


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Chelsea FC

One of the world’s most successful football team’s is Chelsea. The club was founded in 1905 and the team plays at the Stamford Bridge stadium in Fulham, London.

The club’s owner is Roman Abramovich, a Russian billionaire. He has put a lot of money into the club and the last ten years have been the most successful in the team’s history. In 2010, they won their first ‘double’ – the League and the FA Cup. In May this year they won their first UEFA

Champions League against Bayern Munich. The team’s nickname is ‘The Blues’ as they play in a blue kit. John Terry is the team captain while other well-known player are Ashley Cole, Ramires, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

Do you know which other London team is Chelsea’s main rival? Crack the Code to find out! m=A c=E

l=L n=N

r=R s=S The answer is on page 15










Kid | The things I love

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Collecting What do you like collecting? We asked some teenagers from around the world …….. and here’s what they answered!

Baiko – Tokyo – 16 years old I love my manga* comic collection. I haven’t counted them but I think I have more than a hundred! My favourite editions are the ones that are about a rock singer and her friend and flatmate*. Both of them are called Nana (this is also the name of the comic) and I like reading and rereading their incredible adventures.

Emma – London – 15 years old What I love most is collecting the coins that I find or that I use on my travels. During the first trip with my family I found a strange coin with a hole in the centre and lots of little hearts around it. It was Danish and so nice! From that moment I started getting interested in strange coins from around the world.

Luc – Paris – 18 years old My greatest passion is photography. When I’m older, I’d like to be a photographer so in the meantime* I collect and repair all the cameras that I find. I like especially old cameras, they are more difficult to repair but they’re unique! To find them I go to antique markets in my city.

Nigel – New York – 16 years old I’ve been collecting shells for two years. It all started as a game, when I went on vacation to the ocean with my grandpa. He gave me a shell that he had found there years before and I continued the family ‘tradition’. I collect all the most beautiful and strangest shells I come across*.


Irina – Moscow – 17 years old I love collecting Rock LPs*. I look for them in second-hand markets and I often find bargains*. I’ve got an old record player at home and if I want to, I can also listen to them. My mum always tells me off as there’s no room for anything else.

Alejandro – Rio de Janeiro – 18 years old My stamp collection is one of the things I’m most attached to. I’ve had to have a lot of patience looking for them and cataloguing them and I haven’t finished yet. So many different ones exist. Amongst the ones I have, many are foreign and some are really old. I hope to continue collecting them and enrichen* my collection.

Mary – Melbourne – 15 years old I’ve got nearly fifty pairs of scarves. They’re my passion! I prefer socks that are fun and multicoloured. Many are warm, woollen* ones while many others are light, almost transparent and suitable for Spring. I often give them to friends and my mum as a present.

Glossary bargains: something you find for a good price come across: find by chance enrichen: make richer flatmate: someone you share a flat with LPs: long-playing records

manga: Japanese comics meantime: from now until a time in the future woollen: made of wool

Can you ………? Complete this table with the information that you’ve just read. The last column is for you and your passions! Irina


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New York stamps The answers are on page 15


Kid | Culture Corner

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World Event Young Artists September sees a very important event coming to Britain. It’s called WEYA (the World Event Young Artists). It takes place in Nottingham in Central England from September 7th-15th. Let’s find out more about this cultural event.

What it is

Contemporary British artists

Over 1,000 young artists from more than 120 countries will participate in the event. With the word ‘artist’ it’s intended not only ‘people who paint and draw’ but ‘artist’ in the broadest* sense. There will be live music, dance, theatre, visual art, and gastronomy*. It’s a great opportunity for young people to show their work and make themselves known.

So, what’s happening on the British art scene today? Let’s take a look at some very popular contemporary artists.

The Olympiad The event comes at the end of the four-year Cultural Olympiad, which has taken place in the UK since 2008. This has been a celebration of the Olympic Games being held in Britain and has included concerts, street performance, music, theatre, visual arts and lots more. Twelve young British artists were chosen to carry out* an artistic project and to display* their work in different cities and regions across the UK. One example is in London where a young artist put LED* panels on top of the bus stops. Londoners were able to display* their creativity and talk about what they find special about their city.


Damien Hirst is probably the most famous contemporary British artist. According to* the Sunday Times newspaper he is also the richest British artist. His most famous works include dead animals in bottles, spots, and skulls decorated with diamonds. In 2012 there was a retrospective* of his work at the Tate Gallery London. The final room of the show was a gift shop where you could buy a souvenir of the show – at a price! A painted skull cost £36,800, a skateboard £480, an umbrella £195. His work is very controversial*; some people love his work and some people hate it. Banksy is a famous street artist. He does graffiti on walls, bridges and buildings using a particular stencilling* technique. His work is sometimes controversial* and his message is usually anti-war and anti-government. Often his work is painted over or covered by people

who are against graffiti. However, he has many fans all over the world and people are eager* to buy one of his paintings. In 2007, one of his painting reached a record – it was sold for £288,000. In 2010, he made a film called Exit through the Gift Shop, which received an Oscar nomination for best documentary. Julian Beever is an English chalk artist. He’s known as ‘the pavement Picasso’. He draws pictures on pavements using chalk*. But what’s so special about that? Well, he uses a particular technique that if you look at the picture in the right direction, it seems that it’s coming out of the pavement. It’s like a 3D effect. The effects are incredible. In addition, he also paints murals, oil paintings and collages*. In 2010, he wrote a book called Pavement Chalk Artist which included photos of many of his works. Kieron Williamson has been called ‘the mini-Monet’. Why? Because he’s only ten years old and already a successful artist. He was born in 2002 in Norfolk, England and in 2008 he had his first exhibition. At his second exhibition in 2009, his paintings sold out in 14 minutes! He sold 18 paintings for £18,200. Nowadays, he sells his pictures for a lot more money and there is even a waiting list to buy them! He uses watercolours and likes painting landscapes.

Over to you Do you like art? Do you have a favourite artist? Which of these four British artists’ work would you like to see?

Glossary according to: it’s somebody’s opinion broadest: widest, most extensive carry out: do chalk: a type of soft white stone collages: a picture made by sticking pieces of different materials together controversial: a topic that people disagree with or don’t approve of display: put something in a place so that people can see it eager: enthusiastic about something that will happen gastronomy: food and cooking LED panels: electronic equipment that produces light retrospective: an exhibition that includes examples of a particular artist’s work stencilling: technique of making a design on a surface using a stencil

Can you remember what you read in the article? Read the definitions and complete the crossword with the words from the text! What’s the highlighted word? 1 Kieron Williamson is know as the ‘mini...................... 2 Some of Damien Hirst’s work is not cheap, it’s.......... 3 Julian Beever does his drawings using........................ 4 WEYA stands for World Event Young......................... 5 The most famous graffiti artist.................................... 6 The art of writing on walls is called............................ 7 The city where WEYA will take place.......................... 8 Julian Beever is called ‘the pavement......................... 9 Another word for live music........................................ 10 Banksy’s film is a type of..............................................

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Kid | Cool Capitals!

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Can you…..? Complete the text about the Olympic Stadium with the right numbers It hosted both the opening and closing ceremony of the Games, and it was the focal point* of the London Olympics. It’s the ………… biggest stadium in Great Britain after Wembley and Twickenham, and it was terminated last year in March………. It can hold …………….. people, 25,000 in the permanent structure and 55,000 in the temporary one. Like the Basketball Arena, a part of the stadium will be taken apart and reused.

What’s the name of the Mayor of London? Unscramble the anagram! ROSBI SHOONNJ The answers are on page 15

London Now that the reflectors have been turned off on London, the city is preparing to carry out an ambitious project to reorganize the part of the city that hosted* the Olympics respecting the environment.

order to eliminate waste*. The organizers wanted to create an Olympic village which could also be used after the end of the Games. The transport network has been improved to avoid people using their own cars. Ten train lines able to transport 240 thousand passengers have been installed*.

The Olympic Village The Project The Olympic Park project has been created to recuperate* an unused industrial area, in one of the poorest areas of the city. The creation of the park with its stadiums and other facilities was only the start of an even more important project to make the eastern part of the city come back to life and to combat unemployment*.

Focus on the environment The idea for the London Olympics was to reuse, recycle and recuperate in


The Basketball Arena is an example of sustainable architecture and economic savings. Its steel structure can be easily taken apart and reused. The Aquatics Centre, which contains two 50-metre swimming pools and a 20-metre diving pool will soon be open to the public. The swimming pools are equipped* with a plant for recycling water.

After the Olympics Now the Olympic Village is about to become a residential area, with thousands of flats, shops, restaurants, green areas, schools and hospitals. It is going to be called Queen Eliza-

beth Olympic Park and is going to be opened to the public in July 2013 with a huge event – a two-day cycling festival with 105,000 participants in two different competitions.

Future opportunities Thanks to the Olympics, an entire zone of London has been renovated, creating 200,000 new jobs. In the next 25 years the job opportunities will increase, in particular in the fields of education and health. The 2012 Olympics are over, but they have brought about* a positive and long-lasting change to the city and its economy.

Glossary brought about: caused, made happen equipped: having the right tools, machines to function properly focal point: the most important part of something that you pay attention to hosted: a place that organized a special event in their building, city installed: put a piece of equipment in a particular place recuperate: get something back unemployment: being out of work waste: not using something in an effective way

Kid | Fun and Games!

True or False Have you read the report about The Hunger Games? Test yourself by putting True or False! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8



The Hunger Games was first a film and then a book. It’s a trilogy. The plot is based on a very violent reality-show. Before this one there had already been 73 editions of the Hunger Games. The main character is Primrose and she’s 12 years old. The actress Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar for the film Winter’s Bone. In the USA the film wasn’t a success. The author got the idea while she was watching the TV.

How well do you know Gotye? Complete the sentences with information from page 3. 1 Gotye is Australian with

3 He became well-known af-

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_ _ _ _ _. The answers are at the bottom of the page.

Sentence in the mirror: Ladies and Gentlemen, Let the 74th Hunger Games begin. Page 8-9: Arsenal. Page 10: Free answer. Page 12: Monet; expensive; chalk; artists; Banksy; graffiti; Nottingham; Picasso; concert; documentary: Highlighted word – exhibition.


Page 2: title; white; puppets; films; novel. Page 3: together; happy; right; company; love; remember. Page 4-5: Film review: released; based; tells; beginning; stars; was. Social Network lingo: Too cool for you; I love you; Are we having fun yet?; Absent while online; Check your Facebook; To be read. Page 6-7: 1. was born, has 2. began, has appeared 3. was voted 4. doesn’t want, frightens/would frighten 5. directing, to direct.


5 Gotye has many admirers


Page 14: 3°; 2011; 80,000. Anagram: Boris Johnson. Page 15: A) True or False? 1 False; 2 True; 3 True; 4 True; 5 False; 6 False; 7 False; 8 True B) 1 Belgian; 2 Downstares; 3 third album; 4 love story; 5 Drew Barrymore, Ashton Kutcher, Lily Allen and Katy Perry.

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