Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads by David Almond
  

Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads

Written by David Almond
Illustrated by Vladimir Stankovic

13+ readers   Books of the Month   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   11+ readers   
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June 2014 Book of the Month - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+

Award-winning David Almond briefly tells a story which packs a big punch. Locally, known as the Bad Lads the boys from Felling are not really bad – just football mad and a bit cheeky and mischief- making. But, led by Joe who is older and whom they much admire, they begin to do nasty hurtful things. When new boy, Klaus Vogel from East Germany turns up, he shows the Bad Lads the importance of thinking for themselves. One boy’s courage leads the lads to break free. An excellent and easy-to-read story.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Synopsis

Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads by David Almond

When a German refugee moves to a small English town in the aftermath of World War II, he is an outsider. The gang decide to take Klaus under their wing, but their increasingly hateful pranks under the leadership of new lad Joe cause Klaus to question their actions. A powerful and emotive tale about standing up to bullies.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

About the Author

David Almond

David Almond was our Guest Editor in September 2011 CLICK HERE to see his choices.

David Almond is the acclaimed author of many award-winning novels for children such as Skellig, Kit's Wilderness and My Name Is Mina, and has collaborated with artists Polly Dunbar, Dave McKean and Oliver Jeffers on fiction for younger readers. David's books sell all over the world, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in Hexham, Northumberland.

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Julia Eccleshare on David Almond:

One of the best-loved and finest writers of today, David Almond made an immediate impact with Skellig, his first book. The moving story of a boy’s discovery of a strange creature in the shed which can be interpreted in many ways introduced some to the recurrent themes of David Almond’s writing. Infused with a touch of magic or the supernatural or ‘belief’, David Almond writes sensitively about the inner complexities of growing up. Much influenced by the landscape of Tyneside where he was brought up and still lives, David Almond’s books have a strong sense of place especially in titles such as Heaven’s Eyes, The Fire-Eater and Kit’s Wilderness. Although often clearly set in some particular time, there is a timeless quality to David Almond’s stories which give them enduring appeal.

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Format

Paperback
64 pages

Author

David Almond
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Author's Website

www.davidalmond.com/

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Publisher

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th April 2013

ISBN

9781781122693

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