Fast Cars by Keith West


Fast Cars by Keith West

Everything you ever wanted to know about motorsport: the cars, the races, the drivers, the records. This book showcases the best fast cars from 1901 to today and includes an interview with Ben Collins (a.k.a. the Stig) on what it's like to drive Batman's and James Bond's cars. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3c to Level 3b in reading. *Support comprehension with the stunning photos of the best ever cars and the best ever stunts. *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

Rumour has it that Keith West was born in a small village near Cambridge although he now admits to living in Essex. Keith has never driven a very fast car and has (so far) avoided fast cars running him down. He's never solved any mysteries - although he keeps trying to solve them. He has a wife, three children, two young grandchildren, two very old cats and two large rabbits. Keith continues to write books and he also writes plays. He will continue to do so until someone tells him to stop!

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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Publication date

12th November 2012



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