My All-Time Favorite French Novels for Intermediate Learners

Are you looking for the perfect French book to read at intermediate level?

Here are some of our much loved French novels for intermediate learners and francophiles.

Stupeurs et tremblements, Amélie Nothomb

Funny and satirical, this novel based on the author’s true life deals with the cultural differences and the hierarchy system in Japan, where Amelie worked for a year, starting at the bottom of the corporate ladder… Awarded Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française in 1999.

Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Is it still necessary to present the most read and the most translated French book of the century? This beautiful tale will be interpreted on different levels by children and adults. A pilot standed in the desert after the crash of his plane meets a mysterious, little blond boy full of questions who comes from another planet. With original watercolour illustrations from the author, this novella full of poetry will make you laugh, cry and ponder.

La Sorcière de la Rue Mouffetard, Pierre Gripari

These tales set in Paris have become a classic in youth literature. Discover the story of the little demon who wanted to be kind, of the witch who wanted to eat little girl Nadia seasoned with tomato sauce, of the pair of shoes that fell in love with each other, and many more!

Tintin, Hergé

World famous comics albums from Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Follow the adventures of reporter Tintin in many countries and even to the moon. Ideal to start reading in French.

Astérix, Goscinny et Uderzo

This comic series follows the exploits of a village of Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. There are many puns/play on words in the albums (eg in the names of the characters), and many cultural and historical references that will add extra savour to your reading.

Les Trois Mousquetaires, Alexandre Dumas

Follow he adventures of D’Artagnan and his friends and team mates Athos, Porthos and Aramis as they thwart political plots against the King (the story is set in the 17th century, when France was divided between republican and monarchists). A great piece of literature.

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