Mandarin Companion – New Graded Readers for a New Generation of Chinese Learners

What People are Saying

“We purchased this for our 12-year-old son who has been studying Mandarin for about 6 months. He loved it. So much better than traditional graded readers which he finds a little boring. It’s often difficult to find materials that are age appropriate but at the same time, language level appropriate – not to mention truly entertaining and fun. This entire series definitely hits the mark.”

“We can tell our son loved it because he’s already asked us to purchase two additional titles from the series (the Washington Irving & H.G. Wells books) for him to read next. For lower intermediate, Mandarin level learners and above — of any age – (and of course, or fans of Sherlock), we could not recommend this series more highly.”

Amy, Amazon review



“I’ve been self studying Chinese for 2 years now and reading the preview pages gave me a feeling of accomplishment. The usual reading material I come in contact with (drama subtitles) are always difficult so it gives me a feeling of not being good at all (which might still be true). But this book gives me the reward I deserve!”

Patrick G., Reddit

“For the first time since I began studying Chinese, I forgot I was studying while I studied. Reading this was different. I just enjoyed the ride. The story uses frequent repetition of words, phrases, and plot in order to make it very accessible to the learner, and it was enjoyable enough that I could return to it several times. That is the power of fiction.”

Gary, Amazon review


“The best thing about these books? The immense satisfaction of being able to say – “I read a book in Chinese, and I understood it!” A definite boost to the rollercoaster difficulty of language learning. I cannot recommend highly enough.”

Mushy, Amazon Review

“Being able to read an extended text for the first time in a new language feels a little like standing on your own two feet before you take those first steps. For me it’s the moment when I’ve felt a real boost for further learning! Up to now, I’ve searched for some such book in Chinese. This series promises to be the best I’ve found.”

Xi, Amazon review

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