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Chris Powling - Author

About the Author

Chris Powling was born in 1943, in south London, where he still lives. He's taught at all levels in the state school system, from infants to postgraduates, and for ten years was headteacher of a London primary school.

Throughout his career, Chris has had a rich and diverse involvement with children's books - as a critic for national journals and newspapers (including THE GUARDIAN, THE OBSERVER, BOOKS FOR KEEPS, CAROUSEL and THE TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT) and as a broadcaster for the BBC and various independent radio stations. He was the editor of BOOKS FOR KEEPS from 1989 till 1996 when it won the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature, is a panel member for a national children's book club and has served on numerous prize committees. Currently, he is adult-books editor for Classic FM where he presents a monthly review on the programme Classic Newsnight.

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Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Top Secret: Meteorite

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Top Secret: Meteorite

Author: Chris Powling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. The Collector is trying to steal a Meteorite which could solve the world's energy problems. Team X are sent to help protect it, but will they fall into the trap which has been set for them, or will they succeed in stopping the Collector? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Pirates: Shiver Me Timbers!

Project X Origins: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Pirates: Shiver Me Timbers!

Author: Chris Powling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Team X are having fun at the pirate fair in Shiver Me Timbers. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 15: Jake's Shadow

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 15: Jake's Shadow

Author: Chris Powling Illustrator: Scoular Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Jake's Shadow is the naughtiest shadow you've ever seen! It never follows Jake or does what it's supposed to do. When it creates havoc, Jake has to get them both out of trouble. Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Fast and Furious: The Fun Run

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Fast and Furious: The Fun Run

Author: Chris Powling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Join Ant as he does some micro-training for a charity race in The Fun Run. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 16 More Pack A: The Multi-Million-Pound Mascot

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 16 More Pack A: The Multi-Million-Pound Mascot

Author: Chris Powling Illustrator: Martin Remphry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In The Multi-Million-Pound Mascot Mo eats the Peanut of Power and becomes the luckiest girl alive. The trouble is someone else wants a share in that luck - Foxy Freddy, the manager of Oldcastle Athletic F.C. TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: Time: Icebreaker

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: Time: Icebreaker

Author: Chris Powling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Dani receives a journal in Icebreaker, she discovers that Team X must travel back in time to Antarctica to save her father. if they fail, not only will Dani never be born, but it will also spell the end of Team X. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Working as a Team: The Balloon Team

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Working as a Team: The Balloon Team

Author: Chris Powling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In The Balloon Team Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger realize that they have to work together if they want to get themselves out of some difficult scrapes in the second book of this two part adventure. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Inventors and Inventions: Ant and the Break-bot

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Inventors and Inventions: Ant and the Break-bot

Author: Chris Powling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Ant and the Break-bot Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger build an amazing, break-dancing robot to enter into a competition. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

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