Billy Wizard by Chris Priestley

Billy Wizard

Written by Chris Priestley

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Wizards in the classroom turn the everyday details of the school day into something with more pizzaz. Joe’s first days at school are made pretty special when he realises that his best friend is not just a boy with an over active imagination, but a wizard. Some nifty magic moments follow within the framework of a sharply observed school environment in a story that is well structured and paced for beginning readers.


Billy Wizard by Chris Priestley

The first day at a new school is often tricky, and if the only person who befriends you claims to be a wizard you simply have to make the best of it! Joe is pretty certain that Billy has, as the teacher says, just got an over-active imagination but when he witnesses some pretty odd events at playtime, he's not quite so sure...

This is a really engaging book for newly confident readers, which perfectly captures the way young children speak and behave, in the classroom, the playground and at home. It's a refreshing new take both on bullying and on magic.

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A sensitive story about finding your feet and coping with aggression, and particularly notable for the depiction of father-son bonding * TES Teacher * Author and illustrator Priestly explores sensitively, and with well judged humour, the developing friendship of Joe and Billy . . . This is a tale of evolving friendship told with warmth * Books for Keeps * Sure to strike a chord . . . [Chris Priestley's] wry observation that it's not just children who can be bashful hits home too * Junior Education * Entertaining and amusing * Carousel * An interesting, pacey story * Primary Times *

About the Author

Chris Priestley

Chris Priestley has been a cartoonist and illustrator for many years, working mainly for magazines and newspapers. He currently has a weekly strip cartoon called 'Payne's Grey' in the New Statesman.

Ever since he was a teenager Chris has loved unsettling and creepy stories, with fond memories of buying comics like 'Strange Tales' and 'House of Mystery', watching classic BBC TV adaptations of M R James ghost stories every Christmas and reading assorted weirdness by everyone from Edgar Allen Poe to Ray Bradbury. He hopes Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror will haunt his readers in the way those writers have haunted him.

This brilliantly received series of ghost stories, Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship and Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth, were reissued by Bloomsbury in March 2011 including a brand new story.

Meanwhile The Dead of Winter, published by Bloomsbury in October 2010 and in paperback in October 2011, is a nail-biting story of hauntings and terror, nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2012.

Mister Creecher, published by Bloomsbury in October 2011 and in paperback in March 2012, is a gripping gothic novel about friendship, trust and betrayal.

Author photo © Judith Weik

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96 pages


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Publication date

6th October 2005




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