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We have collated what we think are some of the best Super-Readable titles all of which are also dyslexia friendly. They are all specifically written to help readers who have visual stress and for dyslexic readers to enjoy reading. The age ranges shown 5+, 7+, 9+, 11+ and 14+ represent the interest age applicable, whilst the reading age for each title is detailed within the review.  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

Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab
Cornelia Funke
A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child There's a definite air of chivalry to this new picture book from the bestselling author of the Inkheart... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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Boing Boing
Alexander Mccall Smith
A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child The story of a little girl who literally has a spring in her step (in her knees to be precise)... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2016
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Mad in the Back
Michael Rosen
A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child It's hard to know who will laugh more at this new picture book, children or their parents! Any... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2015
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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.... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedAll I Said Was...
Michael Morpurgo
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... Featured in: 3+ readers | 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... Featured in: 5+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2014
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Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door
Julia Donaldson, Catriona Black
Interest Age 5-8 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 parents choose to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2016
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Books for Interest age 5+

A Twist of Tales
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 No-one knows better than Julia Donaldson how to tell a story for young readers. There are three fairy tales in this appealing collection, each told simply but with a bounce and narrative brio that will keep the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 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 snake! When Doris... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2012
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Mary's Hair
Eoin Colfer
Interest Age 5-8 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! The results... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2015
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The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm
Dick King-smith
Interest Age 7-10 The rats of Meadowsweet Farm are a pretty ugly lot, but their leader, the King Rat, is gruesome. He's as big as a small dog and twice as vicious. The farmer is revolting in a different way... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2015
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The Moonshine Dragon
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes. But when a White Knight on a charger follows, Patrick soon finds himself playing a very... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedSnug
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 5-8 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 house just before... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2013
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The Sticky Witch 4u2read
Hilary Mckay
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 7 In a nutshell: two children and their cat escape a sticky situation Hilary McKay's name on a book's cover is a guarantee that you are in for a treat and The Sticky... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2016
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The Beast
Michaela Morgan
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Clever telling keeps this story spooky and surprising. Chapter one and Robbie and Gareth are local celebrities being interviewed by local TV. But why? A story of ghostly goings on in the local woods,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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Books for Interest age 7+

My Dog Daisy
Jean Ure
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ This new story from Jean Ure, though seemingly simple and straightforward, is typically full of insight into children's friendships and lives. Like lots of children, Lily longs for a dog but now that she... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2015
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If Only We Had a Helicopter
Roger Mcgough
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Here's a slice of Roger McGough's childhood to entertain young readers, stories of some of the antics he got up to with his friend Midge: adventures with a new puppy; fun days at school;... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2015
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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 | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2015
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Rugby Academy: Deadlocked
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Tom Palmer really gets the drama of sport and competition and no-one writes about it better. The Borderlands team have reached the finals of the World Schools Rugby Trophy and are in New Zealand... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2015
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The Lion Roars
Alan Gibbons
The story of a young footballer from Africa who achieves his dream of winning a place at one of the top UK clubs, this short novel is both a satisfying story of hard work, dedication and talent, plus all-important family... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Ghost for Sale
Terry Deary
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7 A hilarious, riddling tale from the international bestselling author of Horrible Histories, Terry Deary. Without exception dyslexia-friendly books published by Barrington Stoke get off to an exciting start and maintain the impetus throughout, with... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2015
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Mad Iris and the Bad School Report
Jeremy Strong
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2015 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8Firm favourite Mad Iris returns for a third madcap adventure involving OFSTED inspectors and an out-of-control school mascot in this laugh-out-loud comedy from a superstar... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedTed Rules the World
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Interest Age 5-8 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... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2015
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I Never Liked Wednesdays
Roger Mcgough
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2015 - 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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2015
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Mum Never Did Learn to Knock
Cathy Hopkins
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Cathy Hopkins is a truly gifted author for tweens, with an ability to connect with her readers that she makes look effortless. In this story she uses her light touch to write about a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2015
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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 | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2015
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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: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
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: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2014
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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 | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2014
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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: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
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 | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2014
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2014
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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 | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
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 | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2013
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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 | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2012
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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 | 9+ readers
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 | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2012
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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 | 9+ 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 | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Noah's Rocket
Tony Frais
Interest age 8+ Reading age 5+ Inspired by the biblical story of Noah's Ark this is an action-packed modern day rendition with plenty of twists and turns. Poor Noah appears to have been asked to do the impossible for... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2004
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Books for Interest age 9+

The First Hunter
Robert Swindells
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8 In a nutshell: action-filled, thought-provoking story set in the Stone Age. In urgent, staccato prose Robert Swindells transports readers back to the Stone Age for a gripping story of early hunters. Tan and his... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2016
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Diary of a Trainee Rock God
Jonathan Meres
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 9 | In a nutshell: it's only a rock'n'roll story but we like it! Part of dyslexia and reluctant reader specialist Barrington Stoke's ‘super readable' collection, Jonathan Mere's novel will hit all the right notes... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2016
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The Girl with No Nose
Georgia Byng
Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: true hearts and heroines in Victorian London | Inspired by an artefact at the Hunterian Museum Georgia Byng tells a story about a young girl born with no nose, that will inspire readers to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2016
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Aidan Abet, Teacher's Pet
Guy Bass
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: shocking levels of sucking-up in super-readable school story | Aidan Abet works hard at school making sure he stays teacher's pet – it's the best way of ensuring protection from horrible... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2016
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Spitfire
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer combines football with a dramatic story of the Second World War, plus a touch of the supernatural, to catch readers' attention in this stirring short novel. Greg is at football camp but... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Sniper
Chris Bradford
Fictional superheroes don't come much more appealing than Troy, one of a group of teenagers with awesome super powers recruited by secret agency SPEAR to protect society against a gang of ruthless terrorists, and the premise for the Bullet Catcher... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Blue Moon
Jenny Oldfield
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 This thrilling pony story has everything fans of the genre want: a wild, beautiful setting (the Rocky mountains) offering great gallops; a beautiful noble horse; a special bond linking horse to owner, that will... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2014
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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 | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2014
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2013
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 22/10/2011
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2012
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Gunpoint
Jim Eldridge
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 6+ “Put your hands up! If anyone moves we shoot!” The action starts on page one of this heart-stopping thriller and doesn't let up until the very end. Junior plumber Alex is in the cramped... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Bigger and Better
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8 Characters don't come bigger or better than Vi, the star of this fabulously funny new story by the inimitable Kaye Umansky. Vi is wife of that giant at the top of the beanstalk, but... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2016
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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. Starting a new school is torment for shy Rosie. The only way she can make it... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2015
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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 | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2015
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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 | 11+ readers | 7+ 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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2015
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2015
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ANZAC Boys
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+ Children are hyper-sensitive to unfairness, and the lives described in this Barrington Stoke World War One novel are full of episodes of arbitrary cruelty making for compulsive reading. When brothers Bert and Frank are... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2015
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2015
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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 | 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 | 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 | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2014
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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 | 11+ readers
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 | 11+ readers
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
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 | 11+ readers
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... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2014
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2014
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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 | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2014
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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 | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2014
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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 | 11+ 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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2014
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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 | 11+ 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 | 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 | 11+ readers
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 | 11+ readers
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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
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 | 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 | 11+ 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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2013
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2013
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2013
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2013
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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 | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2013
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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 | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/02/2013
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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 | 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 | 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 | 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
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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2012
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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 | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2012
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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. This book is also... Featured in: 9+ readers | 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
Format: Paperback | Released 26/03/2012
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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
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
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
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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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
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
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
Format: Paperback | Released 25/06/2011
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2010
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2007
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2012
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2009
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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 | 11+ readers
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
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 26/06/2007
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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: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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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+ Barrington... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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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 | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2015
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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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/03/2014
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Books for Interest age 11+

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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2013
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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 | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2013
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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 | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2013
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2012
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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 | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2012
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2012
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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
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.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 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 | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/09/2011
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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
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
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 | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2011
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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 | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2010
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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 | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/06/2010
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Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck
Steinbeck's classic is a regular examination set text and no wonder: the tragic story of George and Lennie struggling to get by in the California of the Great Depression, it's a masterpiece, a tale of hope and almost unbearable loss... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2016
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The Front Room
Michelle Magorian
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ There's more than one ghost in Michelle Magorian's genuinely creepy new short novel. Hannah, her mum and dad and little brother are on holiday and she's sure there's a sinister presence in their little... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Thicker Than Water
Anne Cassidy
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 - In three words: violence – love - tragedy John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is the inspiration for Anne Cassidy's novel and she follows the original very closely. George is a young man... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Mate Match
Pete Johnson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 - In a Nutshell: love and laughs This witty comedy of modern manners will have young people snorting with laughter and quite possibly squirming with embarrassed recognition too. Poor Joe just can't seem to... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Books for Interest age Teen

Queen of the Silver Arrow
Caroline Lawrence
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Caroline Lawrence found inspiration for Queen of the Silver Arrow in Virgil's Aeneid, and her story of warrior princess Camilla is as exciting as any fantasy adventure. Acca lives in Laurentum, a small town... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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A Dark Trade
Mary Hooper
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mary Hooper tells a thrilling tale of secrets, deception and escapes set in Victorian England, a period she writes about with passion and precision. Life for poor young women in the century was extremely... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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Return of the (Un)Teenager
Pete Johnson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Hilarious sequel to Diary of an (Un)teenager, from the author of the best-selling How to Train Your Parents. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2015
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A Strange Land
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Alan Gibbons tackles bullying and racism head on in this gripping short novel, and shows how closely linked they are. Like everyone in his school, Jack is intimidated by The Blokes, a gang of... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2015
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Getting Away with it
Anne Cassidy
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 This short novel, full of drama, demonstrates how a split second decision can have huge even life-changing repercussions. Mark is on a night out with his girlfriend Katie, happy that having broken off their... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2015
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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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2015
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2013
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The Fall
Anthony McGowan
Interest Age Teen 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
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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The Crystal Stair
Catherine Fisher
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 - In a Nutshell: danger deceit determination Catherine Fisher's dystopian vision of a frozen world is beautiful, intriguing and makes for gripping reading. The human survivors of a devastating natural disaster live in isolated... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedFive Hundred Miles
Kevin Brooks
June 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8 In a Nutshell: mysteries – urban jungle - escape With typical intensity, Kevin Brooks presents readers with a slice of the life of a singular young man.... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Gamer
Chris Bradford
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 9+ 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: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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Game on
Bali Rai
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 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... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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The Last Soldier
Keith Gray
Shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017 Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 The Lost Soldier is lots of things: a genuinely creepy ghost story, and a gripping tale of loss, conflict, revenge and redemption. The ghost takes the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2015
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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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2014
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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 | 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
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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2014
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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 | YA readers
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 | 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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2014
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2014
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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 | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2014
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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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2014
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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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2014
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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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2014
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2013
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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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
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
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
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
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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2013
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2013
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2013
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2013
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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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2013
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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
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
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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2013
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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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2012
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 26/07/2012
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2012
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2012
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 09/06/2010
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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 | 11+ readers
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 | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/02/2012
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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
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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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Car Wash Wish
Sita Brahmachari
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Sita Brahmachari writes about family lives and family relationships with real sensitivity and insight. Hudson, the teen narrator of her new novel, is well aware of his own tendency to misunderstand or misread what... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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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 | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Unboxed
Non Pratt
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Four teenagers meet to carry out the dying wishes of another close friend in this moving short novel, discovering truths about themselves and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/08/2016
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2015
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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
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2009
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About the Little Gems series: The Little Gems are in a gorgeous 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 children aged 5-8's with a reading age of 6+, and are great next step for all newly independent readers. These quality stories are also well suited to children aged 7-10, reading below this level, and to dyslexic or reluctant readers.

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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.

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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

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

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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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