Nightmare: Two Ghostly Tales: Band 17/Diamond by Berlie Doherty


Nightmare: Two Ghostly Tales: Band 17/Diamond by Berlie Doherty

Two spooky stories from double-Carnegie-winner, Berlie Doherty. Dark and atmospheric these two tales send a chill down the spine. A desolate winter moor is the backdrop to the first story of a haunting friendship, and, in the second, when the past comes back to haunt Charlie, it becomes impossible to tell what is real and what isn't. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: Two stories by a significant author. * A feelings bar chart on pages 54-55 show the rise and fall in the narrators emotions during the first story, Nightmare. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Living in a diverse world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

About the Author

Berlie Doherty

Berlie Doherty is one of the UK’s favourite children’s authors. She has been writing for over twenty years and is published in more than twenty languages. She is a prolific writer of novels, storybooks, picture books, and plays. Berlie lives in Derbyshire

Q and A with Berlie Doherty

Q Where do you get your ideas from?

Q How long have you been writing books for?

Q Do you do other jobs as well?

Berlie's houseQ Do you have a special place where you write your books?

Q Why do you write?

Q Do you have any children? Pets?

Q How did you feel when you won the Carnegie medal for the first time?

Q When did you start writing poetry? And how do you feel when you write your poems? (Emily Smithson)

Q Why did you decide to become an author? (Jade)

Q How long do you spend writing your book? (Jonathan Stapleton)
A Requiem took me ten years to write! I also wrote six books for children and several plays at the same time. Children of Winter took me about two weeks—the story just fell out of my head on to the paper! But usually, a children’s novel takes about twelve months, a picture book about a day. But that doesn’t take account of the years spent thinking.

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56 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

1st September 2009



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