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Dominic Barker - Author

About the Author

Dominic Barker was born in 1966 in Southport only months after England won the World Cup. He studied English at Birmingham University, and subsequently was a stand-up comic with the likes of Frank Skinner and Alan Davies, then a secondary school teacher, before writing his first series for young readers about a teenage detective, Mickey Sharp. Dominic has since written three anarchic spoof-quests featuring the hapless hero Blart (the boy who didn’t want to save the world) and is currently working on a new stand alone novel called Adam and the Arkonauts. Dominic lives in Spain.

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Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 14: In the News: The Big Story

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 14: In the News: The Big Story

Author: Dominic Barker 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. Jack Rico is a 10-year-old budding journalist, desperate to scoop The Big Story that will land him in a national newspaper. But can his investigative snooping turn up anything that is actually newsworthy? 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.

Max and Molly's Guide to Trouble: How to be a Genius

Max and Molly's Guide to Trouble: How to be a Genius

Author: Dominic Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

In this Guide to Trouble, Max and Molly will show you, clever reader: 1. How to mend a puncture WITH MUD 2. How to cover Mr Everett's dog WITH MUD 3. How to accidentally-also-at-the-same-time be a real-life GENIUS!

Double Trouble BC Brown A/3C Double Trouble (Brown A/NC 3C)

Double Trouble BC Brown A/3C Double Trouble (Brown A/NC 3C)

Author: Dominic Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

This title is part of Bug Club, the first whole-school reading programme to combine books with an online reading world to teach today's children to read. In this Year 3 Brown A (NC level 3c) fiction novel ... Wow! You look just like me! says Oliver. Jack is surprised too, but he's even more shocked when his look-alike neighbour gets him into trouble - twice!

BC Brown B/3B Pizza at the Double

BC Brown B/3B Pizza at the Double

Author: Dominic Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

This title is part of Bug Club, the first whole-school reading programme to combine books with an online reading world to teach today's children to read. In this Year 3 Brown B (NC level 3b) fiction novel ... Oliver, Jack's look-alike neighbour, is causing trouble again, by trying to fool Jack's mum that he is Jack! How can Jack stop Oliver?

Sharp Returns

Sharp Returns

Author: Dominic Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2010

Sharp Shot

Sharp Shot

Author: Dominic Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2009

Sharp Stuff

Sharp Stuff

Author: Dominic Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2008

Sharp Beats

Sharp Beats

Author: Dominic Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2008

The Boy Who Set Sail on a Questionable Quest

The Boy Who Set Sail on a Questionable Quest

Author: Dominic Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2008

Princess Lois has been kidnapped by Anatoly the Handsome, who wants to marry her. Cue 'damsel in distress' to be rescued by none other than our own heroic Blart. He sets out on the good ship The Golden Pig with Olaf the innocent - who believes what everyone says all the time - and Kupverstich the Strange - an explorer-come-scientist whose ingenious explanations for the natural world have one thing in common: they're all wrong. They must battle cut-throat pirates, a sixteen-tentacled octopus, escape the suffocating bureaucracy of Triplicat, where they are briefly marooned, not to mention evade the Guild of Assassins, who have a contract to kill Blart, in their selfless (well, almost) bid to rescue poor Lois. But will they make it in time?

The Boy Who Was Wanted Dead or Alive - or Both

The Boy Who Was Wanted Dead or Alive - or Both

Author: Dominic Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2007

'Inventive, charming and very funny' The Observer Just as Blart is settling down to enjoy his teenage years on a fabulous pig farm with the proceeds from saving the world, Capablanca returns - with bad news. A terrible oversight in his original world-saving research has led to accusations of no less than collusion with evil Zoltab himself. And now he is a wanted man - and so, by assocation, is Blart To prove their innocence or else be hounded to the four corners of the earth by a bloodthirsty army, they must locate their comrades from the original quest. Together they may stand a chance of proving that Capablanca's was an innocent mistake, by finding the answer to a great mystery - what exactly did they do with Zoltab? And how could they be so careless as to forget...And so begins another hilarious and unforgettable adventure (with pigs) and a brilliant cast of characters including newcomers Uther Slywort the merchant and sociopathic Baron Killbride.

The Boy Who Didn't Want to Save the World

The Boy Who Didn't Want to Save the World

Author: Dominic Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2006

Blart is not an average boy. He lives on a pig farm with his grandfather and doesn't care about being heroic or famous or legendary, but he does know that if you want to catch a pig you have to sneak up behind it and take it by surprise. So when a great wizard visits and explains that humankind depends on Blart joining his quest, Blart says no - until the wizard threatens his pigs. Reluctantly, Blart embarks on a very epic quest stuffed with brilliant characters: a feisty princess who likes dragons, a warrior who's a big softie at heart, a disaffected dwarf, and evil Zorab, trapped in a mountain, waiting for his minions to dig him out.

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