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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.
A fantastic new hero, and equally brilliant villain, from the master of both is coupled with hilarious one-liners and dialogue. Plenty of intrigue, a dastardly plot in which the evil professor Scabelax, seeking nothing less than world domination of not just humans but animals too, is set against a Adam, a young and ordinary boy but a boy with an unusual skill. Together with his friends some of which are rather opinionated characters including animals they set out to stop the villain of the story in his tracks.
Hilarious adventures of a reluctant hero. Blart is back for a new set of adventures. This time he is on a deadly mission to save Princess Lois – and he doesn’t even like her! Sailing across the treacherous sea he is besieged by cut throat pirates and the deadly Guild of Assassins. Can the ever-resourceful hero win through? This is the third book in the series. ~ Julia Eccleshare Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
A second story about Blart, a fifteen year old who has already saved the world from the evil Zoltab. Now Blart embarks on a second set of hair-raising adventures which he is tricked into having lost a game of Muggins to Uther Slywort. Blart’s adventures are ridiculous, exciting – and always involve a pig. This is the second title in the series that also includes Blart and Blart 3: The Boy Who Set Sail on a Questionable Quest.
Humour and madcap action by the bucket load. You can’t fail to get the most reluctant of readers enthused about reading once they’ve been introduced to Blart, the far from average boy. You’re in for a treat. This is the first in the series which also includes Blart 2 and Blart 3: The Boy Who Set Sail on a Questionable Quest.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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?
'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.
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.