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  • Published: 30 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241482407
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 80

Penguin Readers Level 2: How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars (ELT Graded Reader)

The Snapchat Story




Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reading series, designed for teenagers and young adults learning English as a foreign language.

With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language practise activities, the Penguin Readers series introduces language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction. The eBook edition does NOT include access to the audio edition and digital book.


How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story, a Level 2 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework. Sentences contain a maximum of two clauses, introducing the future tenses will and going to, present continuous for future meaning, and comparatives and superlatives. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear on most pages.

In 2008, Evan Spiegel, Reggie Brown, and Bobby Murphy made a photo app called Snapchat. Just two years later, Facebook wanted to buy Snapchat for $3 billion. This is the story of how Snapchat grew from a university student's idea into a multibillion-dollar company.

  • Published: 30 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241482407
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 80

About the author

Billy Gallagher

BILLY GALLAGHER is an MBA candidate at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He has worked in venture capital and as a writer at TechCrunch, which he joined as a Stanford sophomore, writing a profile of a popular startup on campus: Snapchat. Billy wrote over a dozen exclusive pieces on Snapchat. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times and Playboy.

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