This Boy by Pippa Goodhart


This Boy by Pippa Goodhart

A supernatural love story that touches on the First World War. Kerry hates her new school. She doesn't think much of the new house either, as it's full of strange noises. While waiting by the old war memorial for her mum to come home, she meets a boy. He seems nice, but very sad about something. And he's dressed a bit oddly too...*Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3c to Level 3b in reading. *Support comprehension with the atmospheric, age-appropriate illustrations. *Contextualise the story using the double-page about the First World War. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.


'Boys were very excited and I haven't seen boys of this ability as engaged in their reading. Students had no idea what a gladiator was and were impressed when they found out. All wanted to be gladiators by the end of it! Much better than the competition.'

'At the end of the session, three boys asked if they could take Lone Wolf home. This has never happened before.'

'Students loved Lone Wolf. The pace was good and they enjoyed the illustrations. The amount of text per page was good and lent itself to listening to children reading aloud in a group. My dyslexic children found the pages easier to read because of the line spacing. Some great opportunities for extension work.'

'Liam by Benjamin Zephaniah was very enjoyable and funny for teenagers: high interest level and clearly written, accessible and engaging, with topics that young people can relate to. Would appeal to weak readers at KS4 as well as KS3 which is a major strength.'

'This is the only book I have ever wanted to read.' 'I like reading stories about people like me.'

'I trialled this story with my Year 8 dyslexic group and a Year 9 bottom set. It was an excellent text with which to develop inference skills: students had lots of ideas about the twist as we picked up clues. Good chapter lengths and cliff-hangers at end of sections. Humour appealed. One reluctant reader asked to take it home to finish. Another said can I get a read? - unheard of! One of the best.'

About the Author

Pippa Goodhart

Pippa Goodhart completed a history degree and then trained as an infant teacher before taking on a job at Heffers Children’s Bookshop in Cambridge where she worked for five years, latterly as a manager. Moving to Leicester when she married, she began to work as a publisher’s reader and to teach, but began writing when her children were little.

Her first book was published in 1994 and over forty more have been published since then. She teaches writing to adults and works as a consultant.

She has three daughters and a husband who all help her writing by being critical when they are asked to be!

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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Publication date

12th November 2012



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