Street Corner Dad by Alan Gibbons

Street Corner Dad

Written by Alan Gibbons
Illustrated by Ismael Pinteno

7+ readers   9+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   
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Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Set in Liverpool during World War II, Alan Gibbon’s novel is a compelling drama. It packs a real emotional punch despite its short extent, which is Barrington Stoke style, part of their method of removing the obstacles that can put off struggling or dyslexic readers. Jimmy, Molly and their parents live with his nan, but she’s never approved of their dad, and holds him responsible when their mum is killed in a bomb blast. Things get bleaker when Dad’s ship is torpedoed. The book gives a real sense of the lives of city kids during wartime, and Gibbon’s staccato style - nan ‘had a face like a hawk and a taste for Guinness.’ - suits the format very well. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

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Street Corner Dad by Alan Gibbons

Family drama set during World War II. It's the height of World War II. Jimmy and his sister Molly are a couple of the only kids to have not been evacuated to the countryside and with no school to speak of, they lead fairly carefree lives despite the war raging around them. But tragedy strikes when their mother is killed in an air-raid and Nan, blaming their father for her death, forbids him to see the children ever again. Can Jimmy and Molly figure out a way to see their father?

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

About the Author

Alan Gibbons

Alan Gibbons is a full time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major Book Festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan is also a key contributor at the QCA/National Literary Strategy 'Writing Together' conferences. As well as being a writer, Alan is a high profile library campaigner. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.

He has written over 60 books and won many prestigious awards such as the Blue Peter Award for ‘The Book I Couldn’t Put Down’, the Angus Book Award and the Stockport Book Award. He has also been shortlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal and his books have been published into dozens of languages.

Alan Gibbons Q+A
If you could choose a football dream team – which players would you choose?

Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Paolo Maldini, George best, Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Ryan Giggs, Diego Maradonna, Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Bobby Moore. What a great side!

Which sports person would you most like to meet and why?

Muhammad Ali. He was quite simply The Greatest. If I had a tardis and could time travel I’d like to meet George Best when he was very young so as to tell him to stay away from the booze.

The 1966 World Cup Final when England best West Germany and the 1970 World Cup Final when Brazil beat Italy. Then there was the night Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle and won back the world heavy weight boxing title.

My head says “no” but my heart says “yes.” Wayne Rooney to score the winner in South Africa.

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64 pages


Alan Gibbons
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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th January 2015




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