Read on The Trouble with Jack by Anne Cassidy
  

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Read on The Trouble with Jack by Anne Cassidy

The trouble with Jack was that he didn't listen to anyone. He didn't even listen to me, his girlfriend. That's why I was standing on Hutton Moor holding a bunch of flowers. There was a small card attached to them that said, Miss You, Jodie XXXX. I had tears in my eyes. Jack Berry loved to cycle on the moors. One day he went out on his own and didn't come back. A year later his girlfriend, Jodie, is still missing him. On the anniversary of his death, odd things begin to happen. She hears his ring tone. Then, at a bike race, Jodie catches a glimpse of someone wearing Jack's customised cycling jacket. His cycling bag is left on his best friend's bike. Is Jodie about to find out what really happened to Jack? This tightly-wrought mystery story is written by master of suspense, Anne Cassidy. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 4c to Level 4a in reading. *Support comprehension with the atmospheric, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 10 years and above.

Reviews

The students enjoyed the story very much - especially the opening of chapter one, which was very dramatic. They said they got hooked in straightaway. It was a great narrative to encourage students to think for themselves about what had happened and how the characters were feeling. Students were keen to read and then keen to continue reading. It changed the whole attitude towards reading of two reluctant readers. I particularly selected a Year 9 group of students who have social and communication difficulties to trial this one because of the subject content. I was able to use it as a lead in to more work on relationships and coping with difficult situations. It is great to have a fiction text to tackle this kind of thing - more please! Fiona Dyson, SENCO at Southfields Academy, London

About the Author

Anne Cassidy

Anne Cassidy lives in Essex. She was a teacher for twenty years. Her first book was published in 1991 and she has since published over twenty teen novels. She is the author of Looking for JJ, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2004 and the Carnegie Medal 2005 and won the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Book Award.

As a crime writer, inspiration for Anne’s books often comes from news stories of teen crime. Anne is also interested in the philosophical aspect of murder. She says, ‘People take great delight in reading Crime Fiction. Why is this? We live in a modern liberal society which abhors the death penalty yet we soak up murder stories in print and on television. So I asked myself the question is it ever right to murder? Are there any circumstances that make murder the preferable option?’

Anne's 'Ten things I want you to know about me'

I was one of the first people in the country to have plastic surgery on the NHS. I had my ears pinned back. When I came out of the operating theatre my whole head was bandaged up and my mum said she thought I’d had brain surgery.

I went to a girl’s convent high school. My best friends were the most important people in my life. Sometimes they went off with someone else and it broke my heart. I always took them back. I had no pride.

I wore the shortest mini skirts that I could find. I also wore wigs and false eyelashes and thigh length boots. I was tacky.

My son never reads any of my books. Even though he’s a character in a lot of them. He prefers to read real life stuff about the Mafia.

My husband reads all of my books. He says he likes them but he would say that, wouldn’t he?

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
80 pages
Interest Age: From 10

Author

Anne Cassidy
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Author's Website

www.annecassidy.com/

Publisher


www.collins.co.uk

Publication date

20th February 2014

ISBN

9780007546213


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