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Staying Alive

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How do animals survive when there is very little water? Find out how scorpions, camels and even kangaroo rats survive in harsh deserts. Staying Alive is a book-banded reading book for developing readers, carefully levelled at Gold Book Band. Illustrated throughout with beautiful photographs, this 520-word non-fiction book features a longer, more demanding text with extended vocabulary and sentence structures. It is suitable for ages 7 - 8. Staying Alive is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).

About the Author

John Townsend is a full-time writer who focuses particularly on helping boys enjoy reading. Before writing full time, John spent 25 years teaching in schools; he has been Head of Drama, a Special Needs Coordinator and also the resident writer/storyteller in a primary school. As a writer he visits schools regularly to talk to children about his books. He runs boys literacy projects and has been named a 'Reading Champion' by the National Literacy Trust.

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17th March 2015



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