Mind Writer by Steve Cole

Mind Writer

Written by Steve Cole
Illustrated by Nelson Evergreen

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Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a Nutshell : accessible | edgy | sinister Branded super-readable Steve Cole’s short novel is just that, and the action moves as fast as thought. Luke has always been good at guessing what people are going to do, but then he finds he can actually hear what they’re thinking inside his head. As the horror of that is sinking in, the situation gets even more frightening and he meets a dangerous girl who is able to control others with her thoughts. It’s an electrifying read created by an author who knows just how to handle tension, and readers will in all likelihood find themselves reading it in one nerve-shredding session. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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Mind Writer by Steve Cole

Luke's always been good at knowing things. He could guess at a right answer in class or pick up on things other people couldn't. But now it's sharpened into something much more. Now Luke can actually hear people's thoughts. And there's a weird new girl hanging around who seems to know exactly what he can do. She wants something from him but can he trust her? Not everything is as it seems in this high-octane thriller, perfect for fans of Alex Rider.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

About the Author

Steve Cole

Steve Cole was our Guest Editor in November 2011. Click here to find out more and see some of his favourite books.

Steve Cole is the slightly crazy, highly frantic, millions-selling, non-stop author of Astrosaurs, Cows In Action, Astrosaurs Academy, The Slime Squad, Z. Rex and many other books (including several original Doctor Who stories). He used to edit magazines and books but prefers the job of a writer where you can wear pyjamas and eat chocolate all day.

Steve just can't stop writing - if he does, strange robots appear and jostle him vigorously until he starts again. In his spare time he loves making music, reading old comics, thinking up ideas for new books and slumping in front of a warm TV.

In this video, Steve counts down his top 5 favourite Astrosaurs characters:

You can see more Steve videos on his YouTube channel - click here.

Amanda Craig from The Times recently described the Astrosaurs series as "the kind of inspired, hysterically silly fantasy that boys adore." Here’s a summary of Steve’s four main series – great reading for boys in particular:

ASTROSAURS - Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil... and eats a lot of grass.

ASTROSAURS ACADEMY - Welcome to the Academy! Teggs Stegosaur is a pupil at the Astrosaurs Academy where all astro-cadets go to complete their training. He hopes to become an ASTROSAUR one day but for now he has classes to attend, missions to complete and lessons to learn. His best friends and roommates, Blink and Dutch, are always his first choice for fun - but also to work with on his homework! Together they make a great team - the Daring Dinos - and get up to all sorts of adventures!

COWS IN ACTION - Moo-vellous ! Professor McMoo is a very clever cow - so clever, in fact, that he has managed to build himself a time machine from discarded farming machinery. He and his two cow friends, Pat and Bo Vine live on the Barmer farm, in fear of the hideous farmer's wife, Betty. But they are also star agents of the C.I.A. - Cows in Action, a crack team of cow commandos! In the future, cows live peacefully with humans as equals, not as food. But some cows in the future try to use the technology of time travel to interfere with history - which the Professor and his team must stop!

SLIME SQUAD - It's time to fight crime... with slime! Mad scientist Godfrey Gunk had a dream - a dream of creating a whole safari park of monsters on an old rubbish dump. It didn't work. Little did Godfrey know that actually after he left the rubbish dump, his dream came true... Meet the inhabitants of Trashland, a whole world full of different types of small slimy monsters who all live peacefully alongside each other - at least until now...

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Publication date

15th July 2016




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