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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: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Communication: The Thing in the Cupboard

Project X Origins: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Communication: The Thing in the Cupboard

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. Tiger is frightened in The Thing in The Cupboard when he meets a strange robot in the dark, school cupboard. 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: Head to Head: Top of the Table

Project X Origins: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Head to Head: Top of the Table

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 Top of the Table Cat and Tiger are disappointed their football match may be cancelled, so Ant suggests they play a micro-sized, table-top game instead, to see who is the best player! 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: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 14: In the News: The WOW! Award

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 14: In the News: The WOW! Award

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. Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger are excited about meeting the winner of the The WOW! Award: but when they discover there is an imposter in the building, how will they work out who the real winner is? 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.

Thin Ice

Thin Ice

Author: Chris Powling, Sue Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2012

Pete knows that you must not walk on ice. But a dog is stuck out there on the lake! What can he do? Particularly suitable for struggling reluctant and dyslexic readers.

Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales: Level 5: The Moon in the Pond

Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales: Level 5: The Moon in the Pond

Author: Chris Powling, Nikki Gamble, Thelma Page Illustrator: Jeannie Winston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2011

The Moon in the Pond is a Brer Rabbit tale from African-American traditional stories. Rabbit tells Bear and Fox that the moon has fallen in the pond. Will they be able to rescue it? This humorous story written by Chris Powling and beautifully illustrated by Jeannie Winston will capture your child's imagination! It has been sensitively rewritten to enable your child to read it with confidence whilst capturing the magic of the original tale. There are useful tips for parents and an engaging story map inside the book to help you and your child retell the story together. The Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales series includes 40 of the best known stories from all over the world, which have been passed down for generations. They are a perfect introduction to different cultures, traditions and morals. All the stories are carefully levelled to Oxford Reading Tree levels and matched to the phonics progression in Letters and Sounds enabling your children to read the stories independently. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales: Level 9: East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales: Level 9: East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Author: Chris Powling, Nikki Gamble, Pam Dowson Illustrator: Violeta Dabija Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2011

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is the tale of Astrid, who has to rescue her prince from the clutches of the troll Long Nose. Will she be able to use her intelligence to outwit the troll and save the prince from the enchanted castle? This charming story written by Chris Powling and beautifully illustrated by Violeta Dabija will capture your child's imagination! It has been sensitively rewritten to enable your child to read it with confidence whilst capturing the magic of the original tale. There are useful tips for parents and an engaging story map inside the book to help you and your child retell the story together. The Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales series includes 40 of the best known stories from all over the world, which have been passed down for generations. They are a perfect introduction to different cultures, traditions and morals. All the stories are carefully levelled to Oxford Reading Tree levels and matched to the phonic progression in Letters and Sounds enabling your children to read the stories independently. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Thing

Thing

Author: Chris Powling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2006

Having black button eyes, a zig-zag mouth, a stitched body, the Thing - he used to be Robbie's best friend. Now he's his worst enemy...This is a wickedly chilling horror story. This work features: first class award-winning authors; appealing, gripping plots guaranteed to interest teenagers and provoke discussion; and top quality, age-appropriate illustrations. It is in huge demand - in 2005 over 35 per cent of 14-year-olds were failing to reach their expected standard of literacy. It also features stylish packaging; and extensive trialling by teenagers with the target reading age that ensures accessibility.

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