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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.
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 7+. This bloodcurdling pirate adventure makes a thrilling adventure story of survival. Captured by the pirates, a young boy finds his fate in the hands of the deadly Captain Flint, the most ruthless pirate on the seas. Can he survive the villain’s evil plan to destroy him? Tautly written, this story twists and turns keeping up the suspense to the very last minute. A Note from the author Chris Powling: I’ve always found pirates exciting – to read about, that is. In real life they must have been hard and cruel. So maybe you had to be just as hard, and just as cruel, to get the better of them. That’s what this story is about. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
Rich is terrified by Toxon, the hardest boy in the school. Can he get revenge? Barrington Stoke specialises in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.
Matt's mate is the biggest guy in school. Can Matt use him to scare away possible bullies - or is Matt becoming a bully himself? This is a funny and perceptive story. The key features include: first class award-winning authors; appealing, gripping plots guaranteed to interest teenagers and provoke discussion; top quality, age-appropriate illustrations; huge demand - in 2005 over 35 per cent of 14-year-olds were failing to reach their expected standard of literacy; stylish packaging; and extensive trialling by teenagers with the target reading age ensures accessibility.
Lenny dreams of getting a carwash for Christmas - a real carwash, full-size and in working order. But he knows this is impossible. However, Lenny's dream comes true when he finds a carwash in the middle of a vacant patch. But this is no ordinary carwash: however the car goes in, it comes out transformed and reflecting the nature of the person who drives it. Eventually Father Christmas emerges and takes Lenny on a magical journey. An enchanting morality tale for our times. The story is assisted by atmospheric pictures on every page.
Bring Shared Reading to life! Rigby Star Shared (formerly known as Rigby Red Giant) brings you a fantastic collection of fiction and non-fiction Big Books to captivate your children during shared reading sessions. The carefully balanced words and pictures foster your children's own creative writing skills and prompt them to 'read-along' with confidence.
I couldn't believe it when Mum and Dad said that my sister could wear her puppy costume to school. But it was even worse when the headteacher decided that she should spend the day in my class!