Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Knights and Castles: Under Siege by Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore


Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Knights and Castles: Under Siege by Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore

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. In Under Siege a visit to a local castle almost turns into a disaster for Cat and Tiger. Can they escape before it's too late? Each book also 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

Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore

Steve Barlow is not Steve Barlow's real name. His real name is Steve Lowe, but he couldn't be Steve Lowe because playwright Stephen Lowe is already Steve Lowe, though his real name is Stephen Wright, but he couldn't be Wright because Steven Wright was already Steven Wright, so Stephen Wright had to change his name to Stephen Lowe; so Steve Lowe couldn't be Steve Lowe because Stephen Wright was already Stephen Lowe because Steven Wright was Steven Wright so Steve Lowe changed his name to Steve Barlow, all on account of Stephen Wright. Right?

Steve Barlow was born in Britain (in Crewe, in the county of Cheshire). He went to Brierley Street School, which was like Bash Street only not as sophisticated, then to Crewe County Grammar School for Boys (and what kind of school feels the need, in its name, to remind its pupils what gender they are? Hmmm?). He went on to study at Warwick University and Nottingham University, and worked at various times as a teacher, actor, stage manager and puppeteer. Then he went to teach in Botswana, where a valid excuse for students not handing in their homework was 'A goat ate it, sir!'. On his return to the UK he met Steve Skidmore, and the rest is hysteria.

Steve Barlow lives in Somerset with his wife Cathy, daughter Amy and son Robbie. He likes walking, sailing, reading, listening to music and shouting at politicians on the telly.

Steve Skidmore is shorter than Steve Barlow and less hairy. He was born in Birstall near Leicester in England. After managing to pass some exams at school, he went on to Nottingham University to supposedly read English, but spent most of his time playing sport and doing a variety of summer jobs including counting pastry pie lids (yes, really).

He trained as a teacher of Drama, English and Film studies, before teaming up with Steve Barlow to become a full time author.

He lives in Leicester and is a great rugby fan (he supports Leicester Tigers - "Come on you Tiiiiigeeeers!")

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48 pages


Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore
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Publication date

25th September 2014



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