A graded reader for learners of English (EFL). (Level 2 - A1/A2 Starter (2)) Word count: 7123
Ben is fifteen. He lives with his mother and sister near London.
He loves playing the trumpet, and he is a very good player.
Ben's family is poor, so he has free trumpet lessons. The government pays for his lessons, and lends him a trumpet.
One day, the government stops the music education programme. He can't have trumpet lessons or borrow the trumpet anymore. Ben is very upset.
Then, he hears some interesting news: There is a music contest soon. The prize is £1,000.
Ben thinks he can win the contest, but he needs a trumpet.
How can he get the money to buy a trumpet?
He has an idea, but it is a very risky idea…