Wasim One Star by Chris Ashley


Wasim One Star by Chris Ashley

Wasim wants to be a One Star swimmer. But when the day comes to take the plunge, Wasim's up to his neck in trouble before even dipping a toe in the pool. Swimming instructor Carol orders him out of the pool area for talking, and he was only trying to help the new boy, Wayne. Now Wasim will have to wait a whole term before he can try for his One Star again. Upset, Wasim watches from the sidelines but he finds himself in the right place at the right time when terrible danger looms for one of his classmates...


A touching and very funny story. Primary Times Ashley has a lively style with short sharp sentences and a contemporary vocabulary. A headmaster as well as a writer, he has a keen ear for the language of primary school children, and insight into their behaviour and motivation. It is particularly refreshing to have titles in which the multicultural nature of city schools is represented - and by the main protagonist. It is also refreshing to have a situation involving Ramadan and its demands as a central theme. There must be many young readers for whom this is a very real scenario. Both of these titles are well worth recommending especially to boys, KS2 and even a little older. Full of everyday action and humour, they move along smartly, never condescending or talking down. Let us hope there will be more Wasim titles. Books for Keeps Deals with friendship, acceptance and perseverance and promotes a very positive message to children in a lovely way. The dialogue is written very effectively and is reallly true to life. Another great book from the author who brought us 'Wasim the Wanderer

'Wasim's Challenge' - I wonder what Wasim will get up to next? English 4-11'

About the Author

Chris Ashley, the son of children's book writer Bernard Ashley, was born in south-east London and his childhood was dominated by sport and children's books. He trained as a teacher and began writing in the 1980s. He is the head teacher of a school in Bury. Kate Pankhurst graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in illustration. She was the highest placed graduate in a national student competition, The Macmillan Prize for Children's Book Illustration in 2002. Since then she has illustrated several books including Captain Pike Looks After the Baby by Marjorie Newman and Who's a Cheeky Baby? by Ian Whybrow. She has also illustrated Wasim One Star and Wasim the Wanderer for Frances Lincoln Publishers. Having completed her Masters in Children's Book illustration, Kate also lectures part-time at UCLan. She currently lives in Leeds.

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80 pages
Interest Age: 6-9


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Publication date

1st July 2010



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