Old Dog, New Tricks by Bali Rai

Old Dog, New Tricks

Written by Bali Rai

13+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   
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One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Bali Rai pulls no punches in his story about Mick, the neighbour from hell and his unpleasant, racist attitudes. Harvey’s family do all they can to show friendship but Mick won’t change his views. But when Mick is taken ill and Harvey looks after his scruffy dog Nelson, another side to the story is uncovered. The question is, can Mick change his views. Bali Rai tells a moving and important story simply and with great insight.


Old Dog, New Tricks by Bali Rai

When the Singh family move into a new house, their neighbour Mick is far from welcoming. He's mean to everyone and his racist beliefs make living next door to him hard for the Singhs. But Harvey is convinced that Mick just needs help and that he's the one to do it - he just needs to work out how! A charming and heart-warming story about the importance of family and friends.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+


Bali Rai hits hard in this dark and haunting teen novel – Julia Eccleshare on Shivers

About the Author

Bali Rai

Bali Rai is a well-established, award winning and hugely popular voice within the young adult fiction market. His particular successful title Rani and Sukh became a set-text for GCSE English. His novel Killing Honour won the North East Teen Book Award, and was described as 'utterly compelling' by The Bookseller. He lives in Leicester with his family. Read more about the author here.

Bali is Booktrust's online writer in residence. Click here to read his blog.

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96 pages
Interest Age: From 12 to 14 years


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Publication date

15th January 2014




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