Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Hidden Depths: Beneath the Ice by Martyn Beardsley


Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Hidden Depths: Beneath the Ice by Martyn Beardsley

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. How do ships sail through the freezing waters of the Arctic? What secrets do the chilly depths hold about those who tried to sail through the ice? Find out all about the ice explorers in Beneath the Ice. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

About the Author

Martyn Beardsley

Martyn Beardsley has lived in Nottingham all his life. A civil servant for many years, he is now concentrating on his writing career. As well as being a children's author, one of his great passions is history. In 2002 he published a biography of Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer. A committed Buddhist, he is interested in reading, sport, keep-fit and yoga. Martyn Beardsley is married with one daughter and a mad dog.


What would you rather be – a smuggler or a Revenue man?

On the A1 to Cambridge stuck in a traffic jam and needing to go for a wee. I almost didn’t make it!

A letter from the past like the one in the story. I’ve traced my own family tree and I love finding out more about people long ago.

Tea – it was one of the main smuggled items. I drink gallons a day and can’t write stories without it!

I think I’d build a fake toilet with horrible smells coming from it – they’d never look in there.

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32 pages


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Publication date

9th January 2014



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