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Joanna Nadin - Author

About the Author

Joanna Nadin is a winner of the Fantastic Book Award, the Surrey Book Award, Blue Peter 'Book of the Month' and Radio 4 Open Book 'Book of the Year'. She has been shortlisted for the Booktrust Best Book Award and Queen of Teen, and Spies,  Dad,  Big Lauren and Me was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. In 2011, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Joe All Alone was nominated for the 2016 C ILIP C arnegie Medal. She writes the Flying Fergus series with Sir Chris Hoy. Joanna previously worked as a policy writer for the Labour Party and a special adviser to the Prime Minister. She continues to freelance as a speechwriter and editor, and lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

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Featured books by Joanna Nadin

Joe All Alone

Joe All Alone

11+ readers

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

When thirteen-year-old Joe is left behind in Peckham while his mum flies to Spain on holiday, he decides to treat it as an adventure, and a welcome break from Dean, her latest boyfriend. Joe begins to explore his neighbourhood, making a tentative friendship with Asha, a fellow fugitive hiding out at her grandfather's flat. But when the food and money run out, his mum doesn't come home, and the local thugs catch up with him, Joe realises time is running out too, and makes a decision that will change his life forever. Deeply poignant, deceptively simple, this book will cut the reader to the bone almost without their realising it. Imogen Russell-Williams, Teens On Moon Lane

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Other books by Joanna Nadin

No Man's Land

No Man's Land

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2021

'I could feel it coming. War, I mean. Creeping up on us, into our town, down our street, into our house. Smiling like a friend, like it was Batman come to save us when really it was the Joker all along.' With far-right Albion on the brink of war with Europe, ten-year-old Alan and his little brother Sam are sent away to safety. Dad tells Alan he has to be brave, like the superheroes he loves, but Alan isn't too sure. He wants to be wherever Dad is, and, anyway - can he really be sure who's a hero and who's a villain? A heartwarming, heartbreaking story of acceptance, love and bravery in all its different forms, from the acclaimed author of Joe All Alone.

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 5: Tomorrow Never Comes

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 5: Tomorrow Never Comes

Author: Joanna Nadin Illustrator: Marion Lindsay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/08/2021

Mabel's family won't spend time with her because they are all busy until tomorrow. But tomorrow comes, and they are still busy! Can Mabel have an adventure by herself? Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series that will fire children's imaginations and develop their comprehension skills. The variety of authors and illustrators broadens children's reading experience, with something to appeal to every child. This story is one of six titles at Oxford Level 5, which are phonically decodable with some extra high-interest words to expand children's vocabularies and enrich the stories. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every reader to the right book.

Snow White and Rose Red Band 12/Copper

Snow White and Rose Red Band 12/Copper

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level A traditional tale from Germany, about two sisters and their friendship with a bear, who turns out to be not at all what he seems. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 10: Fabulous Fables

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 10: Fabulous Fables

Author: Joanna Nadin, Aesop Illustrator: Irina Troitskaya Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2021

If you are greedy, you might lose out on the good things you already have ... One good turn deserves another ... Be careful if you trick someone because they might trick you back. Maybe the animals in the stories should have listened to these wise words! Aesop's ancient fables are brilliantly retold with vibrant illustrations. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Heroes and Villains: Jake Jones v Vlad the Bad

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Heroes and Villains: Jake Jones v Vlad the Bad

Author: Joanna Nadin Illustrator: Jonathan Edwards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2021

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 special agent Jake Jones as he tries to stop Vlad the Bad from taking all the things that start with the letter V in Jake Jones v Vlad the Bad. 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.

Joe All Alone

Joe All Alone

11+ readers

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

When thirteen-year-old Joe is left behind in Peckham while his mum flies to Spain on holiday, he decides to treat it as an adventure, and a welcome break from Dean, her latest boyfriend. Joe begins to explore his neighbourhood, making a tentative friendship with Asha, a fellow fugitive hiding out at her grandfather's flat. But when the food and money run out, his mum doesn't come home, and the local thugs catch up with him, Joe realises time is running out too, and makes a decision that will change his life forever. Deeply poignant, deceptively simple, this book will cut the reader to the bone almost without their realising it. Imogen Russell-Williams, Teens On Moon Lane

ebook of the month
The Talk of Pram Town

The Talk of Pram Town

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2021

For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel, comes a story about mothers, daughters and second chances . . . It's 1981. Eleven-year-old Sadie adores her beautiful and vibrant mother, Connie, whose dreams of making it big as a singer fill their tiny house in Leeds. It's always been just the two of them. Until the unthinkable happens. Jean hasn't seen her good-for-nothing daughter Connie since she ran away from the family home in Harlow - or Pram Town as its inhabitants affectionately call it - aged seventeen and pregnant. But in the wake of the Royal Wedding, Jean gets a life-changing call: could she please come and collect the granddaughter she's never met? We all know how Charles and Diana turned out, and Jean and Sadie are hardly a match made in heaven - but is there hope of a happy ending for them? Written in Joanna Nadin's trademark dazzling prose, The Talk of Pram Town tells the story of three generations of Earnshaws and asks whether it always has to be like mother, like daughter . . .

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