Dyslexia-friendly Books Dyslexia-friendly Books

We have collated what we think are some of the best dyslexia friendly titles available. They are all specifically written to help dyslexic readers enjoy reading. The age ranges shown 5+, 7+, 9+, 11+ and 14+ represent the interest age applicable for the titles, whilst the reading age for each title is detailed within the review for each title and this generally ranges between 5 and 8 years. The Interest Age (IA) and Reading Age (RA) are also shown subtly on the back of every book running down the right hand edge of the barcode.



Dyslexia Friendly Picture Books for Parent and Child

Reader ReviewedAll I Said Was...
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child The former Children's Laureate simply tells a deliciously funny story about a boy who swaps his life with a pigeon... Featured in: 3+ readers | Books of the Year 2014 | Dyslexia-friendly | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2014
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Reader ReviewedItch Scritch Scratch
Eleanor Updale
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child With wit and brio this picture book captures the all-too-familiar horror of a nit infestation. A bouncy rhyming text spares... Featured in: 5+ readers | Books of the Year 2014 | Dyslexia-friendly | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2014
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Wolfman
Michael Rosen
A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child Best-selling Michael Rosen teams up with the brilliant illustrator Chris Mould in this scary story with a witty twist. Wolf Man is on the loose. He is ripping up paving stones... Featured in: 3+ readers | | Dyslexia-friendly | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2014
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Books for Interest age 5+ 'Little Gems'

Mary's Hair
Eoin Colfer
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ Best-selling Eoin Colfer's Mary knows better than most about a bad hair day. Her hair is bad every day! Determined to improve on her horrible curly mop Mary takes matters into her own hands. Literally!... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedTed Rules the World
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Frank Cottrell Boyce is one of our funniest, most inventive writers for children and his readers should always be ready to expect the unexpected; that's certainly the case here. Ted's birthday starts quietly – he finds his parents fast asleep... Featured in: 7+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | Dyslexia-friendly | 5+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 08/07/2015
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The Smile
Michelle Magorian
Poor Josh, he's being tortured by his baby brother. Charlie may only be 17 days old but he's really making Josh angry: he keeps everyone awake all night; he takes all their parents' attention; they've had to move house, and... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/07/2015
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Joe and the Dragonosaurus
Berlie Doherty
Joe is upset: his teacher has asked the class to do a project on their pets but Joe's mum has asthma and anything with fur makes her breath thick and squashy. Joe invents a pet for himself, an eleven-legged dragonosaurus... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Gingerbread Star
Anne Fine
Hetty, a little grey earthworm, is spellbound when she sees a glow-worm. She longs to have a glowing little light in her body too so that she can light the way home, or find lost things in dark corners, or... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/07/2015
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Monster Busters
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+ Rosa and her friend Ivan have three monster escapades in this short but satisfying little collection. There's an encounter with a real life monster in a ghost train for Rosa – Ivan comes to... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2015
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The Big Fib
Ros Asquith
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+ When is a fib not a fib, asks Ros Asquith in this wise and funny little story for Barrington Stoke's Little Gems series. Robbie is six, and still learning how the world of grown-ups works.... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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Good Dog Lion
Alexander Mccall Smith
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+ They always say a man's best friend is his dog and in this beautiful, heartwarming story set in Africa about a young boy and his yearning for a pet dog. When Timo brings home... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/09/2014
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Blamehounds
Ross Collins
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ Who's to blame when things go wrong? Dogs Norman and Ringo realise that they are the Blamehounds when they get told off for everything from farts to an unexpected splat of peach juice. But... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2014
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Skulduggery
Tony Robinson
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+ A swashbuckling adventure from TV star Tony Robinson. Ben is a pirate at heart who is not at all happy when he discovers on his first day at school that there are no walk-the-plank... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/09/2014
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The Fish in the Bathtub
Eoin Colfer
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+ It's post-war Poland and grand pa is on a mission to enjoy a traditional carp dinner on Christmas Eve but his grand son... Featured in: 5+ readers | Books of the Year 2014 | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/09/2014
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The Bad Trousers
Ros Asquith
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+ A charming birthday story about one boy and his Granny's awful knitting, with artwork by Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick. Robbie is excited about his upcoming birthday and what he might get as presents...a... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/09/2014
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The Moonshine Dragon
Cornelia Funke
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes. But when... Featured in: 5+ readers | Books of the Year 2014 | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2014
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Sea Urchins and Sand Pigs
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ Best-selling author Cornelia Funke has created five great seaside mini-adventures which capture all the delights of a holiday in Sandy Cove. Mia, Joe, Anna, Tom and Ben all have quite different kinds of adventures –... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2014
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Minikid
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ Award-winning Michael Morpurgo presents the very real dilemmas of life and death on a farm and how they impact on children. Chris and Lisa live on a farm but when Minikid, a child from the... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe First, Third Wish
Ian Beck
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6 A generous helping of fairy dust fuels this delightful adventure with wonderful illustrations by the author. Cobweb is a very new fairy and she makes a complete mess up of her very first job! ... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2013
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Reader ReviewedSnug
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6 Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo has a gift for telling stories about animals and how they touch the lives of children. Snug is Lisa's cat and always has been as he arrived at the... Featured in: 5+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2013
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Reader ReviewedMy Friend's a Gris-Kwok
Malorie Blackman
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 5-8+ Reading Age 6 Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman tells a laugh-out-load story in this babysitting tale with a difference. When Mike pops round to see his friends... Featured in: 5+ readers | Books of the Year | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2013
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Reader ReviewedThe Castle in the Field
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6 A wonderful adventure which captures the importance of children finding a place of their own – and having secrets! When three children shelter... Featured in: 5+ readers | Books of the Year | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2013
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Stars of Mine
Kevin Crossley-Holland
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+ Award winning Kevin Crossley-Holland tells a traditional story with an entertaining crispness and a witty twist. A girl gets to marry the king and live handsomely for eleven months on condition that she can... Featured in: 5+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2013
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Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+. Former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson's story is a touching adventure told in easy to read chapters. Elmo and his sister want to move to the run down house with the overgrown garden. Instead, their... Featured in: 5+ readers | Audio Books | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2012
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Cheesemares
Ross Collins
Interest Age 5-8+ Reading age 6+ Hal's cheesy nightmares have become impossible and he is determined to find out why. With his fat dog Rufus, Hal goes on the hunt to find out and finds himself having to deal with... Featured in: 5+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2013
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Go! Go! Chichico!
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Interest Age 5-7+ Reading Age 6+ A brilliant footballing story from award winning Geraldine McCaughrean. Chichico is scouted for a try out at Santos Brazil. The only problem is that he doesn't have any boots! His friends Davi and Anna... Featured in: 5+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2013
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The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+. When Polly sets up an animal home for pets, she doesn't anticipate quite how many problems she may face! But then, she doesn't know she is going to be asked to look after a... Featured in: 5+ readers | Audio Books | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2012
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The Black Knight of Gressingham 4u2read
Philip Ardagh
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Philip Ardagh is one of the funniest - and cleverest - authors around and his stories of the Green Men of Gressingham are not only laugh-out-loud funny, they do a fair bit of consciousness... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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I Never Liked Wednesdays
Roger Mcgough
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7 “When I was young, I lived in Liverpool and my best friend was a boy called Midge.” In this lovely little book Roger McGough describes a couple of the adventure he had with Midge.... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2015
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Books for Interest age 7+

Street Corner Dad
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Set in Liverpool during World War II, Alan Gibbon's novel is a compelling drama. It packs a real emotional punch despite its short extent, which is Barrington Stoke style, part of their method of... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2015
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Deadly Letter
Mary Hoffman
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ Prity is newly arrived in England and new to her school in Tottenham. She has learnt English at school in India but, even though she speaks the same language as her classmates, she can't... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2014
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Young Monsters
Michael Lawrence
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ A school story in which strange and often hilarious things happen. Lon is sent away to his father's old boarding school with a view to stop him being quite such a monster. Dr Ffelix... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2014
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Young Dracula
Michael Lawrence
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Count Dracula's heir should have the best life in the world! Set to inherit a huge castle, a grand title and the fame of being the greatest vampire in the world, Wilfred should have... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Books for Boys | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2014
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The Haunting of Uncle Ron
Anne Fine
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ Award-winning Anne Fine always writes brilliantly about annoying family members. Ian's Uncle Ron has a habit of just turning up on the doorstep with a big suitcase. No one knows how long he will... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2014
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Wartman
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Beautiful new edition of a bestselling title from household name Michael Morpurgo. Dilly has a wart. He'd rather have broken his leg or been ill but no he had to get a wart! Follow... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2013
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Gnomes Gnomes Gnomes!
Anne Fine
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7 Every time Sam gets his hands on a piece of clay, he moulds it into a gnome. Hand painted and varnished by Sam's sister, each one is different. The trouble is Sam finds them just... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 24/06/2013
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How Brave is That?
Anne Fine
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7 Award-winning Anne Fine takes a subtle look at what bravery really is in this touching story about a boy who has only... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Year | Dyslexia-friendly | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 14/05/2013
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Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2012
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School Spelling Dictionary
Christine Maxwell, Julia Rowlandson
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 8+ Based on a phonic approach to finding spellings, this schools edition of the best-selling Dictionary of Perfect Spelling gives a fresh way of finding words for those who find matching letters and sounds hard.... Featured in: 7+ readers | Back to School | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2012
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Dead Cool
Peter Clover
Ghosts and ghouls abound in this hilarious spooky tale and perfect for reluctant readers aged 7+. Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/07/2011
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The Smallest Horse in the World
Jeremy Strong
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 7+. Best-selling author Jeremy Strong takes a thoughtful look at how a bit of magic and invention helps when times are tough. Bella falls out with the new girl Swan; she doesn't believe half the... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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Pitt Street Pirates
Terry Deary
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 7+. The Pitt Street Pirates want to find the treasure and they want to find it quickly. Led by Captain Roger Redbeard (who doesn't actually have a red beard) they need to build a boat,... Featured in: 7+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 16/11/2011
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The Red Dragons of Gressingham
Philip Ardagh
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 7+. A witty story of a very unusual group of outlaws and the very strange quest they set out on. Once a fearsome fighting force, the Green Men of Gressingham are now best known for their... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/04/2012
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Mad Iris Goes Missing
Jeremy Strong
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 8+. Jeremy Strong, creator of Streaker, the fastest and most out of control dog in the world, now brings readers Mad Iris. Iris is certainly a most unusual character. For a start she is an ostrich.... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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Reader ReviewedBulletcatcher
Chris Bradford
July 2015 Book of the Month Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Troy is quietly reading a Batman comic when all hell breaks loose. He's caught up in a terrorist attack that kills his parents – so far so Bruce... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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A Perfectly Ordinary School
Jeremy Strong
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Bestselling Jeremy Strong wittily dreams up the perfect way for Frankie to see off the school bullies. Frankie would like school – except that everyone teases him just because he is so tall. Changing... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2014
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Bright Star
Jenny Oldfield
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ A touching story about the healing friendship between an unhappy girl and a beautiful and wild horse. Following her parents divorce, Morgan is sent to her aunt's ranch deep in the country. Morgan hates... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2014
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Books for Interest age 9+

The Number 7 Shirt
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 9 -14 Reading Age 8+. Perfect for reluctant or struggling readers. This is an action-packed story involving a boy who dreams of being a football pro. Because fiction and non-fiction are interwoven together, it's likely to attract less... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Books for Boys | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 18/09/2012
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Candy Girl
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Lucky Dixie gets to do work experience at the offices of her favourite teen magazine Candy. But it turns out to be a massive disappointment: instead of meeting models and pop stars, she's the... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Contact
Malorie Blackman
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7+ Malorie Blackman is adept at writing thought-provoking books as full of ideas as they are of action and adventure. This futuristic drama is set in a world where humans are banned from touching one... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2015
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Rugby Academy: Surface to Air
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Good rugby stories for young readers are thin on the ground, but Tom Palmer's Rugby Academy books are real winners! In this second book in the series, Rory and the other members of the... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2015
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Stars Shall be Bright
Catherine MacPhail
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ There are all sorts of stories being told about World War One, this one, based on the true story of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster, is particularly unusual and moving. With Dad away fighting, James,... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | The World Wars
Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2015
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Robot Girl
Malorie Blackman
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ When it comes to writing involving, thought-provoking page-turners, Malorie Blackman is unbeatable. In this short novel in Barrington Stoke's dyslexia-friendly format, she's returns to one of her favourite themes and turns the readers' perception... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2015
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The Wickford Doom
Chris Priestley
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Chris Priestley has a gift for writing frightening stories, and this short wartime-set novel for Barrington Stoke, which specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers including those with... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2015
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Harald Hardnut
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ For some thrilling real life action and adventure, you won't get much better than Tony Bradman's Harald Hardnut. The most reluctant reader will devour it quickly. Plenty of fighting and killing and far more... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/11/2014
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The Ghost of Shadow Vale
Jonathon Stroud
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+. This thrilling Icelandic myth published by Barrington Stoke in their RELOADED series that introduces readers to new lands and cultures in an accessible way features some terrific characters that will bring to life a... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/11/2014
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Rugby Academy: Combat Zone
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer is brilliant at capturing the passion of sport and the drama it creates. Woody is an outstanding young footballer so when his dad, a pilot who is often away on active service,... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Books for Boys | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2014
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The Girl with the Sunshine Smile
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Best-selling Karen McCrombie brilliantly captures the whirlwind of emotions that Meg is thrown into when her mum starts dating a new partner. Meg loves her life with just her mum. Everything is neat and... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2014
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Dick Turpin: Legends and Lies
Terry Deary
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. This title is part of the Barrington Stoke Reality Check series - true stories that are stranger than fiction. It's a real page-turner and provides a fascinating insight into one of history's most famous... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2014
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Snow Dogs
Jane A. C. West
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 6.5+. A thrilling story of courage and survival set in the extreme cold of Alaska. Zeb is determined to win the Iditarod, a terrifyingly challenging dog sled race covering 674 miles. Everyone says that Zeb... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2013
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Sterling and the Canary
Andy Stanton
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Prize-winning Andy Stanton injects his trademark humour into this hilarious story about a teenage love affair. From the first moment he sees new girl... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Year 2014 | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2014
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The Story of Matthew Buzzington
Andy Stanton
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Creator of the best-selling Mr Gum series, Andy Stanton delights again is this story of the importance of self-belief. 10 year old Matthew Buzzington badly needs some special powers when his family suddenly relocates to... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers | Schools | Bath Kids Book Festival
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2014
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Nadine Dreams of Home
Bernard Ashley
Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ A beautiful story which captures the dreams and hopes of Nadine, newly arrived in the UK from Goma and still traumatised by the terrors of the... Featured in: 9+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2014
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Mozart's Banana
Gillian Cross
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ The best-selling author of The Demon Headmaster tells a thrilling and funny story about the taming of a wild horse. Mozart's Banana is a horse who is a daft as his name. Even Sammy... Featured in: 9+ readers | | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2014
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All Sorts to Make a World
John Agard
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ A magical story about bringing people together. Shona has met a lot of apparently very different people on her day out with her Dad. At the Natural History Museum she meets Lucy who actually lived... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2014
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Ninja: Assassin
Chris Bradford
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8+ Action-packed and with no holds barred, this is a taut adventure story capturing the themes of revenge and honour that lie at the heart of the Ninja culture. Taka is determined to take... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2014
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Young Wizards
Michael Lawrence
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ On the day before their sister's thirteenth birthday strangely magical things start to happen around twins Brin and Arlo. Where has the magic come from and why? After some hilarious adventures, Brin and Arlo... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers | Books for Boys | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2014
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The Mystery of the Man with the Black Beard
Gillian Cross
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ The best-selling author of The Demon Headmaster tackles mystery and sleuthing in this exciting story about a missing dad. Annie's dad is a Crime Buster; he is always following clues and solving mysteries. But... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2014
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Annie's Choice
Catherine MacPhail
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Catherine McPhail gives a spine tingling and ghostly edge to a hard-hitting story about a school bully. Karam has changed schools often and is used to making friends easily. But then he meets Alex.... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2014
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The 13th Fairy
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Poor Sleeping Beauty! Everyone knows she was cursed by the wicked fairy out of spite because she wasn't invited to the christening and so fell asleep for 100 years. But it all turns out... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2014
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Young Werewolf
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Matt was your average boy until a dangerous encounter awakens a wolf inside of him! This is a fun supernatural story from the internationally bestselling author of Inkheart. It will grip you from the... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 11/10/2013
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Ellie and the Sea Monster
Vivian French
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Fun adventure from this top author of the acclaimed Tiara Club Series. Princess Ellie sets out to make a wish and change her life forever. But when she meets a snobby Sea Monster, things... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/10/2013
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Ninja: Death Touch
Chris Bradford
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 A dramatic new story in the popular Ninja series and this time the young students, including Taka who has now graduated to a... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Year | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2013
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Secret FC
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12 / Reading Age 8+. A great story with a football focus. When football is banned at Lily and Zack's school, they decide to keep playing - on their very own secret pitch! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers | Football Crazy
Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2013
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One Nil
Tony Bradman
Interest Age - 8-12 / Reading Age 8+. A fun football story. When the England football team start training at Luke's local ground, he'll do anything to meet his heroes! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+ Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Football Crazy | World Cup 2014
Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2013
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Football Crazy
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Light-hearted, fun football story. Danny, Jamil and Lewis are delighted when a football legend agrees to coach their team, but he's not exactly what they expected... Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers | Football Crazy | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2013
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Vigi the Viking and the Dream Dragon
Scoular Anderson
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 A Viking comedy full of all kinds of skulduggery including double dealing over boat sales, Viking raids and lumpy porridge. Vigi is sure that the man offering to buy the Wave Worm, his father's... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/06/2013
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The Cupcake Wedding
Gillian Cross
Interest Age 8 - 12 Reading Age 7+ Best-selling Gillian Cross tells a funny and touching wedding story. Holly's sister Mia and her boyfriend James are only 19 but they are sure they want to get married. Holly's mum and dad are... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/06/2013
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War Games
Terry Deary
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Best-known for his Horrible Histories, Terry Deary has an exceptional ability to bring the past to life. Here, in two short stories with a sporting theme set in the Second World War, he... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/05/2013
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Chuckle Bob's Great Escape
Jeremy Strong
Interest age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Best-selling Jeremy Strong tells a dramatic story of a monkey on the loose. When Chuckle Bob escapes from the pet shop, he has no idea just how difficult it is to live on... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 14/05/2013
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The Wickedest Witch in the World
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ This wonderfully witchy story from best-selling author Kaye Umansky gives a new gloss to the story of Hansel and Gretel. This time, it is told by the witch herself.Having just won the Wickedest Witch Contest,... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2013
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The Genie
Mary Hooper
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ When Fudge, or Fiona to call her by her real name, buys a little box at a jumble sale for her dad's birthday she has no idea what she is getting! But this is... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2013
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Cherry Green Story Queen
Annie Dalton
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ The magical healing power of stories lies at the heart of this touching book. Mia feels trapped in the wrong story. She wants to leave the foster home and get back to her own... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2013
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The Queen's Tale
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Snow White's wickedest stepmother is one of the darkest characters in fiction and here she is shown in the very blackest light of all. In a savagely witty contemporary voice, the wicked stepmother tells... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2013
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Sweetness and Lies
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Brilliantly observed, this is a thoughtful story about truth and friendship. Tilly's thrilled by her new friendship with Mia; she is chatty and funny and soon the two of them are Best Friends Forever –... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2013
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The Two Jacks
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 A case of mistaken identity means everything changes in this sweet story from Tony Bradman, with gorgeous illustrations by award-winning Ross Collins. Featured in: 11+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 13/02/2013
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The Monster Snowman
Gillian Cross
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7+ Jack and his friends build the greatest, scariest snowman in the whole world - until it comes alive! An entertaining and clever story by an award- winning author and illustator, Ross Collins. Also suitable... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2012
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Wildly Weird
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 8+ The Weirds are a most unusual family in every way; mum is a stunt woman, dad is a scientist with a habit of blowing big things up and gran is just a little bit... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2012
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Meet the Weirds
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 8+ The Weirds are a most unusual family in every way; mum is a stunt woman, dad is a scientist with a habit of blowing big things up and gran is just a little bit... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2012
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Weird Happenings
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 8+ The Weirds are a most unusual family in every way; mum is a stunt woman, dad is a scientist with a habit of blowing big things up and gran is just a little bit... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2012
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Stat Man
Alan Durant
Interest Age 10-14 Reading Age 8+ A brilliant read for all football – and stats-mad - readers. Scorelines, substitutions, club records and more, Arnie is great at remembering everything about football. Sadly, he's not so great at playing it…But that... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2012
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Merlin and the Ring of Power
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 8+. Young Merlin knows he has been chosen to play an important part in his country's future. Having come to understand his destiny, and the reasons why he is special, he begins to find his... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/09/2012
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Who's a Big Bully, Then?
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+. How do see off the school bully? Sick of being picked on and called ‘chicken' the narrator of this story thinks up a dare to show up Darren Bishop, the school bully. A farm... Featured in: 9+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2012
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The Hat Trick
Terry Deary
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+. Best-known for his Horrible Histories, Terry Deary is just as skilful in telling this dramatic football story. When Jud gets her first proper pair of football boots for Christmas she thinks she will burst... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/11/2014
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Running From The Rainbow
Karen Mccombie
Interest age 9-12, Reading age 8+. A fun, sweet story of a girl building confidence and making friends when she moves to a new school. Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers. Starting a new school is torment for shy... Featured in: 9+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 13/06/2012
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Hostage
Malorie Blackman
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Brand new cover for this gripping adventure story by top author Malorie Blackman. Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers. Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/02/2012
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The Ghost in the Bath
Jeremy Strong
Interest Age 8 - 12 Reading Age 8+. Ghosts and history whizz through this hilarious story. Luke hates most things that happen at school – and he especially hates history. When his teacher sets the class a project to do... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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Virus
Tommy Donbavand
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Unleashing a virus in the ICT class looks like a harmless prank. Nahim only sends the link to Polly and Amina as they build their website about a stage school for a bit of a... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 18/04/2012
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Mad Iris
Jeremy Strong
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Jeremy Strong, creator of Streaker, the fastest and most out of control dog in the world, now brings readers Mad Iris. Iris is certainly a most unusual character. For a start she is an... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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Living With Vampires
Jeremy Strong
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. There's plenty of gory humour as Vlad frets about his school parents' evening. Having vampire parents makes Vlad's evening a night to worry about. While Mrs Fottle, his teacher, thinks Vlad's pictures of his... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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Don't Go In The Cellar
Jeremy Strong
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. When Zack finds the words “Don't go into the cellar” written on the wall of his bedroom in the family's new room he immediately wants to do so. Especially since the house doesn't have... Featured in: 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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Scrum!
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. A passion for rugby and a dilemma about it too lies at the heart of this touching story of a boy with a big decision to make. Steven shares his passion for Rugby League with... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 19/10/2011
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Robin Hood All at Sea
Jan Mark
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 7+. The classic story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men is given a new twist in this witty story told in words and pictures. Robin Hood is sick of his way of life robbing... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 08/07/2011
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Green Men of Gressingham
Philip Ardagh
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 7+. The Green Men of Gressingham are medieval outlaws. When a new tax is introduced, they turn to kidnapping! A hilarious play on Robin Hood. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers. ... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 22/10/2010
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Ninja: First Mission
Chris Bradford
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. An action-packed adventure with strong messages of determination and self-belief and a terific twist in the tail. New Ninja Taka has a last chance to prove himself on a special mission demanding all the daring... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2011
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The Dying Photo
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. A brilliantly taut ghost story based on a blurb by a Year 6 boy from a Liverpool primary school who won a city-wide competition. A real page turner and a roller coaster ride that's... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/04/2012
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Dino-Hunter (FYI: Fiction with Stacks of Facts)
Simon Chapman
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Step back in time to a thrilling adventure in a world where dinosaurs exist and there is deadly danger at every turn. Mac Young is working on a boring dinosaur fossil dig in the... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/07/2010
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Crazy Creatures
Gill Arbuthnott
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. A true story that's stranger than fiction. Find out about the bird that fights by being sick on you, the frog that can kill 1,500 people, the Bee Duvet of Death, plus many more... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2007
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The Lambton Curse
Malachy Doyle
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. This is a terrific story by an author who really knows how to grab the reader's attention and hold it. The story is based on a thrilling myth from the north east of England... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2010
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Young Merlin
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 7+. The boy wizard, learning his destiny in this exciting story, is none other than Merlin, the most powerful wizard in the history of England...and the man behind the success of the legendary King Arthur.... Featured in: 9+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/09/2012
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Zombie!
Tommy Donbavand
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Fast-paced and fun, it will have you quaking in your boots quicker than you can say knife. Chaos ensues when Jake discovers that a zombie likes to party and my goodness, this one seriously... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2009
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Ghost for Sale
Terry Deary
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 7+. Terry Deary, one of the best known children's authors writing today has written a scary yet funny short novel that is dyslexia friendly. 9+ year olds will find the storyline terrific yet the reading... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 23/04/2009
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The Stepsisters' Story
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. A romping comedy of catastrophes, this version of the Cinderella story comes straight from the mouths of the step sisters. They make no apology for their terrible behaviour as they greedily pursue their own... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 14/02/2012
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Assassin
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. This is a terrific page-turner that will have particular appeal to children of 9+ who have a reading age that is below that level. Tony Bradman has created a really believable and powerful adventure... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 22/10/2011
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Hero
Pete Johnson
A humorous and perceptive tale exploring teen life. Luke defends his sister and ends up challenging the hardest boy in school to a fight! Will he survive the showdown? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+ Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Gamer
Chris Bradford
Interest Age 8-14 Reading Age 8+ From the best-selling author of Young Samurai, a new, action packed dystopian novel, with a striking lenticular jacket, sure to stand out on bookshelves! Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers. Barrington Stoke... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Glee Club
Jo Cotterill
Interest Age 9-11 Reading Age 6+ Barrington Stoke specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers including those with dyslexia: short extents, carefully chosen fonts and layout, and cream paper help, but good stories are... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2015
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Graphic
Cathy Brett
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8 This is a great teen novel with a twist that everyone will relate to. Joe loves to draw but he also loves a girl called Honey. But he has a problem. His drawings of... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 11/10/2013
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United Here I Come!
Alan Combes
Interest Age 10-15 Reading Age 6+ A fun football story with a reading age of 6.5. Written by a former football reporter for The Sunday Times - the author knows his subject well. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | 9+ readers | Football Crazy
Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2013
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Books for Interest age 11+

Hagurosan
Darren Shan
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 A tale full of wonder from the master story-telling Darren Shan! Hagurosan is sent by his mother to take an offering of... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Year | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/05/2013
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Alligator
Theresa Bresin
Interest Age 11+, Reading Age 7+. Jono didn't mean to buy an alligator. It just sort of happened. And now his mum's going to kill him... if the alligator doesn't get there first! A hilarious comedy. Particularly suitable for reluctant,... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2012
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Three's a Crowd
Jo Cotterill
Interest age: Teen, Reading age 6.5+. Every teenage girl's ideal dilemma! When Molly is asked out by both Oliver and Jack she's thrilled. Oliver is very polite and kind and seems really interested in finding out about Molly and what she... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/06/2012
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Blood Red Rose
Anne Perry
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. A vivid historical novel telling the appalling story of the slave trade through the eyes of Rose, a girl with an unusual gift of being able to travel back in time. Rose knows her... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/02/2012
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Pale
Chris Wooding
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. A brilliant addition to the award-winning Barrington Stoke series. Jed hates Pales. Everyone does. They are pathetic individuals who should not, by rights, be alive. They have only been saved from death by the... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 17/01/2012
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My Name is O
Sam Enthoven
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. A thrilling fantasy set in a world where all your choices are made before you are even born… Sick of being programmed to do what is expected of him, fifteen year old 0 is... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 17/01/2012
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Crow Girl Rises
Kate Cann
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. Everything changes for Lilly when she goes to Kyle's Halloween party dressed as a crow including an impressive wing span and with a cloud of her specially trained crows around her head. Suddenly, not... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/01/2012
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Crow Girl
Kate Cann
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. Teenager Lily suffers horribly at the hands of the school bullies. Teased about her appearance and everything else she retreats miserably into her shell. Meeting an old woman in the woods, Lily is introduced... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/01/2012
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Tudor Rose (A Timepiece novel)
Anne Perry
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. The past comes alive for Rosie when she finds herself transported back to the time of the Tudors and to the court of Queen Elizabeth I herself. Rosie finds herself playing an important role... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 24/09/2011
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Night of the Werewolf
John Townsend
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. An exciting blend of fact and fiction, this story tells of the terror that struck France in the 1760s when a huge and ferocious creature attacked and killed more than 100 children and women working... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/08/2010
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Rose of No Man's Land (A Timepiece Novel)
Anne Perry
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. Second in a brand new time travel series by an award-winning author (the first was Tudor Rose). Will Rosie cope as a nurse in a WW1 Red Cross Hospital? Struggling with her inability... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/09/2011
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Pirate Attack
Paul Dowswell
Interest age 11+ Reading age 8+. A thrilling adventure based on a real possibility. Joe eagerly accepts an invitation to what should be the holiday of a lifetime. But, from the first moment of arriving on the boat, thinks start... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/08/2011
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Take Two
Jo Cotterill
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 6.5+. Two girls get the better of a love rat at their prom. Fun girly story. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2011
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Return of the (un)Teenager
Pete Johnson
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. Hilarious and much requested follow-up to the award-winning bestseller Diary of an (Un)Teenager. Perfect for reluctant or struggling teen readers as it's short, action packed with a real page-turning quality about it. To... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 14/01/2011
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The Uniform
Tommy Donbavand
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. This is a gripping horror story that interweaves themes of bullying and about fitting in. STOP PRESS ! The votes are in....and Hackney pupils have declared The Uniform winner of the 2011 Hackney Short... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/04/2012
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Samurai
Ian Beck
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. This is a beautifully written retelling of a traditional Japanese myth, brought vividly to life by some stunning graphic novel-style illustrations by the award-winning Ian Beck. This series - Reloaded - from Barrington Stoke... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/06/2013
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The Five Lords of Pain: Book 2 The Lord of the Void
James Lovegrove
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. Five demons and one warrior named Tom Yamada. Unless Tom can fight and beat all the demons of the Lords of Pain in a series of duels then the whole world will cease to... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2010
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The Five Lords of Pain: Book 1 The Lord of the Mountain
James Lovegrove
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. This is a brand new series from Barrington Stoke with huge appeal to fans of manga, martial arts and magic and particularly suitable for reluctant or struggling readers of 9 or 10+ as the... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2010
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Killer Clone
Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. With a gripping fictional narrative coupled with loads of fun facts, this book is a great way to get reluctant readers reading and may also then entice them into reading full-blown fiction too. With... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2009
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Alien: Betrayal
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 7+. Well loved and prolific author Tony Bradman has written a follow-up to the extremely popular Alien. When Jake discovers he has been betrayed by someone in his squad he needs to find out who... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2009
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The Evil Eye
Oisin Mcgann
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. This incredibly dyslexia friendly action-packed retelling of an Irish myth will have wide appeal. Balor has a terrifying eye of destruction that incinerates all in his path and when he discovers one of his... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/06/2009
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Come On Danny (gr8reads)
Andy Croft
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 7+. Full of emotion and understanding but written in such a way that a struggling or reluctant reader will devour, Come On Danny is a hard hitting story describing the difficulties of dealing with life... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 21/05/2009
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Diary of an (Un)teenager
Pete Johnson
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. Spencer is determined that he'll stay exactly as he is when he turns 13. As he tells his diary, he wants nothing to do with the clothes, kit and attitudes that other teenagers adopt.... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2004
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The Ghost Box
Catherine Fisher
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. A wonderfully suspenseful and page-turning mystery and thriller rolled into one involving a girl, her step-brother, a boy ghost and an old knarled oak tree, with a clever and surprising twist at the end.... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2011
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Game on
Bali Rai
Young footballer Baljit, the hero of Bali Rai's Dream On, is preparing for a trial with Liverpool FC's youth squad – something he's dreamed of all his life. But there's lots else going on in Baljit's life – his... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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I See You Baby
Kevin Brooks, Catherine Forde
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 The festival season is almost upon us, and this light-hearted romantic comedy will certainly put readers in the mood! In a tale of mistaken identity that seems to nod to Shakespeare, Sally and Keith... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Dumb Chocolate Eyes
Kevin Brooks
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Pete Cassidy seems average, ordinary, apart from his eyes which are ‘kind of loose and lazy and chocolate brown'. The narrator of this story isn't really sure why they are friends, it's just one of... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Bloodline
Kevin Brooks
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Edgy fiction, with strong contemporary themes, is the hallmark of Kevin Brooks's writing for teens. In this short novel four generations of the Black family are spending Saturday afternoon in front of the horse racing... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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At the World's End
Catherine Fisher
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Two young people are thrown out of the safety of ‘the Store', the building where they've been holed up for the last nine years following an apocalyptic event that has – as far as they... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedPike
Anthony McGowan
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Not a word is wasted in this fine novel. On one level it is a thriller: fishing on Bacon Pond Nicky spots a glint of gold in its murky depths, and recognises the Rolex owned... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers | Books for Boys | Guest Editor
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Persist
Melvin Burgess
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 In just 54 short pages Melvyn Burgess creates a drama that encompasses a whole life. Trapped in a coma, Marianne doesn't know who she is anymore, and no longer feels like a person at... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2015
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Brace Mouth, False Teeth
Sita Brahmachari
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ A warm and funny novel that girls in particular who lack confidence will resonate with. Abi is not looking forward to her work experience week at a care home, particularly when she's just had... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2014
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The Greatest
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ Muhammed Ali's life story provides daily inspiration for a young boy, also called Ali, who takes on the bigger lad who bullies him. The setting for their confrontation is the boxing ring. Barrington Stoke... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2014
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The Devil's Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Month | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2015
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The Return of Johnny Kemp
Keith Gray
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ A really gripping thriller for teenage boys. Short and fast-paced, it's the story of Johnny Kemp, a boy that no one is prepared to mess with, until that is, Dan manages to get him... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/11/2014
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Soul Song
L. A. Weatherly
Thrilling finale to L.A. Weatherly's thrilling and breathtaking paranormal romance trilogy which began with Soul Mates and continued with Soul Desire. Nate and Iris are from different times but at last they have found a way to be... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2014
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Ring of Roses
Mary Hooper
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ An intensely powerful novel set in London during the height of the Plague in the 1600s. Mary Hooper cleverly weaves the reader into the sights, sounds and tastes of the time so that you... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2014
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The Angel of Venice
Mary Hoffman
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ It's the 16th century and young Luca works in the shipyards of Venice but is a dreamer. When he gets the chance to board The Angel and set sail, he finds life at sea... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2014
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Jet Black Heart
Teresa Flavin
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ A touching teen romance develops across a time slip in this cleverly plotted story. When Dory finds a message left in a bottle in the middle of the moors she is transported back in... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2014
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Respect!
Michaela Morgan
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ An amazing true story, this is the life of Walter Tull. Tull was a brave and true young man who became the first black footballer in top flight football and then earned a new... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Schools | The World Wars
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2014
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Six Hours
Pete Johnson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ Pete Johnson brilliantly captures a moment in two teenagers lives as he gets under the skin of what the pressures they are under. ‘Just Chill' – Lara's motto propels Dominic on a wonderful six... Featured in: YA readers | | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2014
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Shadow Girl
Sally Nicholls
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Sally Nicholls tenderly captures the loneliness of two girls without families as they share their experiences of being outsiders. Clare's been in foster care for most of her life; she likes her foster... Featured in: 13+ readers | | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2014
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Saved
Eleanor Updale
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Can faith or medicine save Luke's sister's life? Eleanor Updale's roller-coaster story is needle-sharp and thought provoking as it follows events after Anna is knocked down in the terrible car crash. Luke allows Anna... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2014
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Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads
David Almond
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... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Month | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2013
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On the Edge
Nigel Hinton
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ Brilliantly told, this is a deeply moving story and scarily credible contemporary story. Dillon and Robbie's dad has been banned from contacting them so, when he rings up out of the blue and say... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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Them
L.A. Weatherly
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ New girl Kylie is determined to fit in to Bankside as quickly as possible. As soon as she sees Jaz she knows that... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Year | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2013
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Falling
Cat Clarke
Interest Age teen Reading Age 8 A poignant, powerful story for teens about growing up and coming out that is realistically and frankly portrayed by acclaimed YA novelist Cat Clarke. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 14+ Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2013
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Brock
Anthony McGowan
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Nicky knows he must do everything in his power to save the innocent and brave badger.... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Year | All Shortlists and Winners | Dyslexia-friendly | Guest Editor
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2013
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Ghost Stadium
Tom Palmer
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ Camping in the abandoned football stadium sounds like a great outing to mark the beginning of the holiday. Lucas, Irfan and Jack are all prepared. Together, they scale the fence and set up camp... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2013
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Two Words
Tanya Landman
Interest age 12+ Reading age 7 - Reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers with a reading age of around 7 but an interest age of 12+ will thoroughly enjoy this heart-stopping and thoughtful adventure from this award winning author. A tense story... Featured in: 13+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2013
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The Traveller
Theresa Breslin
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Against the dramatic background of a violent storm, this story within a story simply but elegantly unfolds in carefully chosen vocabulary. As the old man at the bar tells his favourite tale of the... Featured in: 13+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2013
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Moose Baby
Meg Rosoff
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 9 Award-winning Meg Rosoff is wickedly funny as well as deeply caring and empathetic in this intelligent and touching story about a teenager and... Featured in: 13+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Books of the Year | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2013
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Jon For Short
Malorie Blackman
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Prize-winning Malorie Blackman shows off her dark side in this is dramatic nightmare story. Briefly told in easy to read text, a fourteen year old recounts a grisly hospital experience in which he... Featured in: 13+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2013
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A Lily, A Rose
Sally Nicholls
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Award-winning Sally Nicholls brings medieval romance to life in this easy-to-read and vivid story about young love which shows that despite the years between then and now the feelings of young lovers... Featured in: 13+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2013
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Shivers
Bali Rai
Interest Age teen - Reading Age 8+ Bali Rai hits hard in this dark and haunting teen novel. Nothing has gone well for Sam since he and his mother were forced to leave their comfortable home after his dad's disappearance... Featured in: 13+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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You Killed Me!
Keith Gray
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Keith Gray tells a page-turning adventure with gusto and style. Comic-mad Toby wakes one morning to find a man with a badly beaten up head staring at him from the end of the... Featured in: 13+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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Awesome
Pete Johnson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Ben hates being a new boy. Even with a new hair cut and contact lenses instead of his usual glasses, he feels like a misfit. Until the girls start noticing him! Ben seems to... Featured in: 13+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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Rose Between Two Thorns
Anne Perry
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+. This is the fourth book in the exciting Timepiece series. A well-crafted, touching and thought-provoking story that gives insight into the conflicting days of Oliver Cromwell and England's Civil War. With a reading age... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/09/2012
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Watcher
L.A. Weatherly
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ A touching but tense and dramatic story as Sarah tries to find her mother and to understand why she left. When Sarah discovers that her mother, who had abandoned her as a baby, is... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 18/07/2012
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Wild Song
Jane Eagland
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+. A strong and dramatic story which tells how a young girl is kept living on an island and completely removed from the world by her father until her eyes are opened by the arrival... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 18/07/2012
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The Fix
Sophie Mckenzie
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+. A tense novel about finding the special kind of courage needed to do the right thing in difficult circumstances. Blake is great footballer; playing football is all he wants to do but, with money... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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Wasted
Lee Weatherly
Interest age 14+, Reading age 8+. Deeply moving, Wasted is a hard hitting story about survival and self belief. Luke's life is a mess; his mum is never sober, schools a wash out. The only thing that keeps him going... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2012
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The Curse Box
E.E. Richardson
Interest age teen. Reading age 8+. A thrilling story of a war between two vampire tribes. A theft in a magic shop sets off an extraordinary chain reaction and Tony is at the heart of it! Tony's father runs a magic... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2012
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Desirable
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+. A delicious comedy in which geeky George, whose passion for Warhammer games has long made him a social outcast, is transformed by some past its sell by date after shave. Suddenly everyone wants to... Featured in: 13+ readers | Barrington Stoke 15th Birthday | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 04/11/2014
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The Fall
Anthony McGowan
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. Powerful novel by an award-winning author, charting a boy's harrowing schooldays in a sink estate in Liverpool. Two's company and three's a crowd, one has got to go. This is a terrifically taut and... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Guest Editor | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 21/05/2011
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Black Bones
E.E. Richardson
Interest Age 14+ Reading Age 8+. This is a fun supernatural Buffy-style romp guaranteed to hook reluctant or struggling teen readers. Award-winning Barrington Stoke have a decade of experience in publishing books for the dyslexic, struggling or reluctant reader and... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2012
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Hide and Seek
Cathy Macphail
Interest age Teen Reading age 8+. Chilling from start to finish this is a brilliant, fast moving and spooky story. When new girl Destiny arrives at school she asks if it is really haunted… Everyone knows it isn't but tricking... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 12/06/2009
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The First Hunter
Robert Swindells
Interest Teen Reading Age 8+. Powerfully told, The First Hunter captures the harsh world of early hunters who survive by stealing the meat that the big cats kill. But can they develop a skill of their own which will enable... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 12/06/2009
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Ghosting
Keith Gray
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+. A chilling and brilliant horror story, Ghosting tells how the make-believe of contacting the spirit world becomes horribly real for Sandy and her brother Nat. Taught by their Mum how to ‘talk' to the... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 14/02/2012
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Reader ReviewedTilly's Promise
Linda Newbery
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Linda Newbery gives a fresh insight into the First World War in this deeply touching story. Village sweethearts Tilly and Harry are... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Year 2014 | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Schools | The World Wars
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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The Night Raid
Caroline Lawrence
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Best-selling Caroline Lawrence doesn't skimp on violence in this action-packed story which captures the bravery of two young boys, survivors of the carnage... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Year 2014 | Dyslexia-friendly | YA readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2014
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Old Dog, New Tricks
Bali Rai
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Bali Rai pulls no punches in his story about Mick, the neighbour from hell and his unpleasant, racist attitudes. Harvey's family do... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Year 2014 | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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Soul Mates
L. A. Weatherly
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ Iris has always dreamed of being with Nate. But how can that be when they have never met? Something from her memory draws... Featured in: YA readers | Books of the Year 2014 | Dyslexia-friendly | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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Over the Line
Tom Palmer
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers'... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Year 2014 | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | Schools | The World Wars
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2014
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Blindside
Aidan Chambers
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8 Aidan Chambers is a very fine writer, whose novels often deal with themes of self-discovery. In Blindside, Nate, a talented young runner, is involved in a terrible road accident. Realising he'll never run again,... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Guest Editor
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2015
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Just a Bit of Fun
Robert Swindells
Interest Age 14+ Reading Age 8+. Perfect to enjoy around Halloween, in fact at any time when you want to read something more than a bit scary. Harley loses his little brother and sister out trick or treating, but when... Featured in: 13+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2015
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Helping parents and their children crack the reading code with great stories that are short and with absolutely no boring bits! ___________________________________ "Thank you so much for providing such a fantastic website - it has been a great help and a wonderful inspiration." Emily Fisher, Parent ___________________________________ About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's and with a reading age of 6+, these quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers. They are also suited to children of 7-10, reading below this leve and to dyslexic or reluctant readers. Barrington Stoke 15th birthday logo 2013 Click here to download a free guide from Barrington Stoke to help you help your child to love reading.

The term dyslexia literally means 'difficulty with words'. In reality, it covers a whole spectrum of problems, not just with reading, writing and spelling, but also with comprehension, memory and organisational skills. With some 10% of people in the UK with dyslexia, here at lovereading we feel the time has come to provide some guidance on dyslexia-friendly books for children and teenagers alongside the leading publisher Barrington Stoke of dyslexia-friendly books and the charity Dyslexia Action.

Dyslexic individuals function rather differently from the norm and they need alternative teaching methods and materials if they are to crack the code. It may take longer than their classmates but most of them get there in the end. These emergent readers will finally crack the code, often aged 9 or 10, but often they are not ready to tackle the longer more challenging books their contemporaries enjoy. They need much shorter books, but still by first class authors, with inspiring content, real characters and a gripping plot.

It used to be thought that boys were three times more likely to be dyslexic than girls but evidence now shows that this is not the case. Both sexes are affected. However, studies by Dyslexia Action show that three times as many boys as girls received additional teaching because of their dyslexia. One theory is that boys are more disruptive when they are trying to deal with dyslexia so they are more likely to be noticed by teachers and given the right help. Girls have been shown to be better at developing coping mechanisms so their symptoms may go unnoticed for years before they receive the proper specialist tuition.

15 years ago, Patience Thomson had a chance to be involved in founding Barrington Stoke, to produce quality books for dyslexic readers. Their unique approach would be that dyslexic children and teenagers would be asked to act as consultant editors.

Patience Thomson says, "The quality of the story was very important to Barrington Stoke but so too was the presentation. These consultant editors chose the font, (our own special one), the size of print, (point 14), the off white paper, (kinder on the eyes), and the extra spacing between letters, words and paragraphs that made the text “settle” – their description not mine. They insisted there should be no right hand justification as this meant they did not lose their place. The consultants marked up words they could not read and ones they could not understand. They had an active and positive role when the company founded and still do today and as a consequence dyslexics can not only learn to read ‘real books’, but to enjoy them too."

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About Barrington Stoke:
Award-winning Barrington Stoke publish accessible, enjoyable and unpatronising short books for children who are dyslexic, struggling to read, or simply reluctant to sit down with a book. Each book is read before publication by struggling readers of the right age, to ensure the final book is both accessible and a terrific read. In 2007 the company was named IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year.

Did you know:

that careful spacing between letters and lines can help new and struggling readers?

that many young readers, parents and carers feel more confident about opening a book if it has clear, manageable chapters to give natural 'rest' breaks?

Barrington Stoke books help emergent, reluctant and dyslexic readers unlock the love of reading. Our books are crammed with ingenious design and editorial tricks to ensure an accessible read. Best of all, books are brilliant stories by the best authors in the business, and so also offer a great quick read for more confident kids.

Testimonials on Barrington Stoke Dyslexia-Friendly titles:

"....my daughter Lucy who is ten and has never been able to complete a book on her own, immediately picked up Living with Vampires and read it from cover to cover without any problems, It was her New Years resolution to read a book on her own and you made it possible for her to do that. I am eternally grateful" Parent.

“Barrington Stoke's books are ideal for young people with dyslexia because they look good, like ‘real’ books, neither babyish nor a colour-stickered graded reader. The visual aspects have been considered with font size and type and background colour, and the illustrations are complementary rather than too intrusive and are appropriately placed in the text. These books really work.” Bernadette McLean, Academic Director of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre.

For further information on Barrington Stoke click here.

About Dyslexia Action:
Dyslexia Action is a national educational charity, which improves lives through education. Their vision is to ensure individuals with dyslexia and literacy difficulties are able to reach their potential. Dyslexia should not be a barrier to learning, employment or personal fulfilment. Dyslexia Action is the UK’s leading provider of services and support for people with such difficulties, specialising in assessment, teaching and training throughout England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

If you suspect your child might have dyslexia or would like any more information about Dyslexia Action please click here.

Dyslexia Action is a Registered Charity – Number: England & Wales 268502, Scotland SCO 39177

Dyslexia Action on Lovereading4kids:
"The prevalence of dyslexia is significant and we think it’s great that Lovereading4Kids are acknowledging this on their site."

Finally, did you know the actor Henry Winkler of Happy Days fame is also the co-creator of Hank Zipzer, the central character in a series of books who is dyslexic. The stories are based on Henry’s own experiences at school even though as a child at school he had no idea he was dyslexic. That was only discovered much later as an adult.


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