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Jim Eldridge - Author

About the Author

 Jim Eldridge was a teacher before becoming a full-time writer - his writing credits include episodes for the seminal children's TV drama 'Grange Hill' and the novelisation of Noel Clarke's 'Kidulthood' and '4.3.2.1.' He has also written for the My Story series for Scholastic and most recently Black Ops, a teen action series for Egmont. Jim now works as an associate lecturer in scriptwriting and media at the University of Cumbria. He lives with his wife in Cumbria.

 

Featured books by Jim Eldridge

Jack versus Veto Match Five

Jack versus Veto Match Five

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

In this penultimate adventure in the Wrestling Trolls series, the little band of friends must pull together and face their toughest challenges yet. A Piece of Passion from Holly Kyte, Editor  Jim's Wrestling Trolls stories just get more thrilling every time, and in this, the fifth and penultimate book in the series, things are really hotting up before the final showdown. . . We're on more rip-roaring adventures with Jack, Milo, Princess Ava, Big Rock and the gang as they get into all kinds of scrapes on their travels, but this time they are facing their toughest challenges and most dastardly villains yet. The bonds between these wacky characters become stronger than ever as they must pull together to rescue their grumpy but lovable friend Robin from some nasty horse thieves, and help Jack recover a family treasure from the depths of Veto Castle - which might just lead them to some shocking revelations that will blow your socks off! What I love most about these stories is that they are packed full of both adventure and heart. So expect plenty of action, loads of fun, heartwarming friendships, scary monsters, new (and extremely villainous) villains, and of course lots of bone-crunching wrestling - all brought to life by Jan Bielecki's bold and brilliant illustrations. It's another fizzing couple of tales for younger readers that show just how important it is to play fair and stick by your friends when things get tough.

Thud in Trouble Match Four

Thud in Trouble Match Four

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2015

The Wrestling Trolls are BACK, facing nasty bullies and vengeful villains. Here come the Wrestling Trolls with two great new adventures! A Piece of Passion from Sara O'Connor, Fiction Digital Director   Fresh off the wonderful chaos of the third book, where school children helped create the characters featured in the story, this fourth book is seeing those new characters grow and change. My favourite thing about these books is how they show different types of people (and trolls!) getting along in difficult circumstances. It's a feeling I hope young readers will take on board. Differences are good, and help people work together.

The Trenches

The Trenches

11+ readers

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

The extreme danger and appalling horrors of fighting in the trenches during the First World War are made dramatically real in this diary of Billy, a young lad growing up in Carlisle. Billy’s mum is dead against him signing up but he is determined to show what he is made of. Everyone thought the war would be over by Christmas but, when Billy turns 16 in 1917, it is still raging. Despite his mum’s objections, Billy is determined to join up. Billy’s experiences as the British army prepares for the Big Push are vividly imagined. Photographs and a timeline add useful detail to this effecting story. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Other books by Jim Eldridge

The Trenches

The Trenches

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

My Story: The Trenches is a thrilling wartime tale about the Great War. It's 1917 and Billy Stevens is a telegraph operator stationed near Ypres. The Great War has been raging for three years when Billy finds himself taking part in the deadly Big Push forward. But he is shocked to discover that the bullets of his fellow soldiers aren't just aimed at the enemy... Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!

1066: The Norman Conquest

1066: The Norman Conquest

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

I Was There... is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to imagine that they were really there. I Was There... 1066 tells the thrilling story of a young page boy at the heart of the Battle of Hastings. Edwin risks everything to infiltrate the Norman army and find out William of Normany's plans for King Harold. Brilliantly reimagined, readers aged 7+ will love this vivid and exciting first-hand account of the last successful military invasion of England.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 20: Warrior Queen

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 20: Warrior Queen

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2019

A powerful novel about identity and loyalty, and reaching a hand out across cultural divides. Aithne is a twelve-year-old girl - a Briton - who wears the silver moon of a Wise Woman. Castus is a boy the same age, a Roman servant brought up to think of the Britons as barbarians not worth sparing. When Castus is sent to infiltrate the camp of the Britons, these two children from completely different worlds meet and form an unlikely alliance, before being swept into Boudicca's rebellion. Reflect is a series of emotionally powerful books with realistic settings, carefully crafted to promote thoughtful discussions and develop higher-level reading comprehension. Written by top childrens authors and developed with Literacy expert and Series Editor Nikki Gamble, these are books you can trust to engage, entertain and support childrens personal development. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to stories with the right depth and complexity for them, and helping them to progress. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children deepen their understanding and support their reading comprehension. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links to relationships education and support literacy skills.

Coming Home

Coming Home

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

A gripping first-hand account of life back home afterWorld War One. Thirteen-year-old Joe Henry tricked his way into the army to bring his father home, but fighting in the Great War has been tougher than he could have ever imagined. One night, he's tasked withguarding a railway carriage in the middle of a forest - inside the carriage, very important people are making very important decisions... Finally, an armistice is signed - the war is over! But when Joe returns home, it's to a very different life than the one he left behind. His father is injured and furious at Joe for going to war, plus the Spanish flu is raging, with more and more people dying every day... Joe may have survived World War One, but the danger isn't overyet.

The Digger 2 Wayfarers

The Digger 2 Wayfarers

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

The rusty old digger has been in Dak's village for years. Dak is sure he can get it working again, but can he? Books in the Wayfarers strand are for learners who can read a range of texts accurately and fluently. Wayfarers titles require learners to read beyond what is on the page, inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions. There is more emphasis on understanding through reading and less use of illustrations to show meaning. Repetition is used for dramatic effect rather than to build vocabulary. Contains teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

The Refugee Camp 4 Voyagers

The Refugee Camp 4 Voyagers

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

When the war comes, Ahmed and his family leave the city in search of a better future, but life in the refugee camp proves to be difficult. Books in the Voyagers strand are for learners experienced in reading a range of genres. Learners will be able to discuss how language is used and how the vocabulary chosen causes reactions and inferences in the reader. Texts use flashbacks, parody, summary and commentary. Fiction titles include chapters to reflect sustained reading while shorter books have deeper inferential meaning needing more comprehension. Contains teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Independence: War in Ireland, 20 - 21 November 1920

Independence: War in Ireland, 20 - 21 November 1920

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

November 1920. Ireland is in the middle of a war for independence. One Sunday, events come to a head and an exciting football match turns into a survival battle for eleven-year-old Liam Donnelly. Soldiers shooting, machine guns firing, people screaming... How will Liam make it out of the stadium alive? And even if he does, is there anywhere safe left to go?

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 11: The Big Stink

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 11: The Big Stink

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Cat and Dog are detectives. Can they solve The Case of the Disappearing Fish? Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding. All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book - one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Escape from Pompeii

Escape from Pompeii

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

ESCAPE FROM POMPEII tells the story of a young boy fleeing Pompeii as Mount Vesuvius erupts. This gripping first-hand account is perfect for children studying Pompeii at school. An exciting story - perfect for readers interested in Roman history.

Gunpoint

Gunpoint

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Alex and her dad are working a routine plumbing job in the Town Hall when it is suddenly taken over by terrorists. Their leader Mr Blue demands the release of a high-profile prisoner, or he'll start killing hostages - and one of them is Alex's dad! Hidden in the attic's pipes, Alex must rely on her wits to ensure they all stay alive. And she only has precious minutes before time runs out. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 10+

Codename Celine

Codename Celine

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was formed in July 1940 - its mission: to send agents into occupied Europe to conduct covert operations against Allied enemies. Many of these agents were women and girls. MY STORY: CODENAME C LINE tells the thrilling tale of 'C line', a young teenager, desperate to do her bit towards the war effort. Parachuted into occupied France to help the Resistance, C line finds herself on the front line of fierce and terrifying fighting - will she be able to keep her nerve and complete her mission before it's too late?

The Final Showdown Match Six

The Final Showdown Match Six

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2015

The Wrestling Trolls face their ultimate challenge - a fight for the troll kingdom! Lord Veto has been kidnapped and is being held at the dreaded Mount Doom. But now Jack knows the shocking truth - that his arch enemy is in fact his grandfather - he can't just abandon him. So the gang find themselves on the most unexpected mission of all: to save Lord Veto. But are they walking straight into a trap? In the second and final story the Wrestling Trolls face their most terrifying opponent yet. As the rightful heir to the troll throne, Jack must defeat Massive, the tyrannical troll who claims that he is the High King. In a wrestling match to end all wrestling matches, Jack must save not only himself, but his friends and his kingdom too. In this thrilling final adventure in the Wrestling Trolls series, the gang must pull together - even with their enemies - to fight for the very future of trollkind.

Jack Versus Veto Match Five

Jack Versus Veto Match Five

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Rustlers, revenge and revelations - the Wrestling Trolls family are under attack! Disaster has struck the Wrestling Trolls family. Their grumpy but much-loved friend Robin has been stolen by a nasty band of horse rustlers, and it's up to the gang to get him back. In the second story, Jack is desperate to get back inside Lord Veto's castle to rescue a treasured family heirloom left to him by his parents before they died - but he finds a lot more than he bargained for ... In this penultimate adventure in the WRESTLING TROLLS series, the little band of friends must pull together and face their toughest challenges yet.

Courageous First World War Stories

Courageous First World War Stories

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

COURAGEOUS FIRST WORLD WAR STORIES is a collection of three wartime adventures that will transport the reader to the heart of the First World War by land, sea and air. In THE TRENCHES, Billy Stevens, a telegraph operator, finds himself part of the deadly Battle of Passchendaele. STANDING ALONE tells the true story of Jack Cornwell, the sixteen-year-old hero of the last great naval battle of WW1. FLYING ACE takes us into the skies where Jack Fairfax of the Royal Flying Corps finds himself under attack. Riveting fictionalized accounts, packed with historical detail, give a new immediacy to the First World War that will enthral young readers.

The Giant Rumble Match Three

The Giant Rumble Match Three

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2014

The third slam-down book in the hilarious WRESTLING TROLLS series Waldo's Wrestling Trolls are back, and they're ready to rumble! But the villainous Lord Veto has other plans. Challenged to a Giant Rumble but suffering from a shortfall of wrestlers, Jack and his friends set out to find more participants for their great battle. But what starts as a fun-filled road trip in their trusty caravan soon becomes an action-packed adventure filled with dangers such as farting Billy Goats, poisonous spiders and evil servants of the wicked King Nugget. With their new taco-eating, super-bendy and even transfigurative friends at hand, will the Wrestling Trolls make it back alive - or better yet, to the match? This WRESTLING TROLLS story was created on The Story Adventure, where week by week Jim wrote a new chapter using ideas from school children - characters, locations and plot twists. See if you can spot them!

Big Rock and the Masked Avenger

Big Rock and the Masked Avenger

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Stories of the First World War

Stories of the First World War

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

The story of the war of 1914-1918 told through the experiences of twelve children and young people. From the efforts on the Home Front in both Britain and Germany, to the young soldiers in the trenches at the Western Front and from the horrors of Gallipoli to the naval battle of Jutland.

The Trenches

The Trenches

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

It's 1917 and Billy Stevens is a telegraph operator stationed near Ypres. The Great War has been raging for three years when Billy finds himself taking part in the deadly Big Push forward. But he is shocked to discover that the bullets of his fellow soldiers aren't just aimed at the enemy...

Alan Turing

Alan Turing

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2013

Alan Turing was one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. He created one of the first designs for a stored-program computer and is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. During World War II, Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, Britain's codebreaking centre, where he was responsible for breaking German naval codes, including the supposedly unbreakable Enigma code, and helping the Atlantic convoys avoid German U-boat attacks. This work probably shortened World War II by up to four years, saving millions of lives. This is the story of the amazing life and work of a British hero and one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.

The Last Enemy The Malichea Quest

The Last Enemy The Malichea Quest

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Centuries-old wisdom. Knowledge people will kill for. The ultimate prize: The Index of the Order of Malichea. And the most powerful organisations in the world are in a deadly race to find it. The Index will change the shape of the future. Jake and Lauren must get to it first . . . Alex Munro, high-flying lawyer, is dead. Murdered in cold blood. The prime suspect is Jake. He has a history with the victim, one tainted by his attempts to obtain the lost books of the Order of Malichea. It's down to Jake to discover who wants him behind bars, away from The Index for good. But the clock is ticking . . .

Bomb!

Bomb!

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

Action packed thriller. Rob's the army's youngest bomb disposal officer. And he's also the best. But when he's called in to school to defuse a bomb planted by terrorists he must recall some painful events from his past in order to make sure the bomb doesn't explode. The clock is ticking. Will he do it in time? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 10+

Under Attack

Under Attack

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2013

The Taliban attack the much-needed hospital Sari and Joe are building in a small Afghan village. When a young girl is injured in the attack, Joe must draw fire away from the village while Sari performs the most dangerous operation of her life. Can Sari and Joe hang on in there? Accomplished author of The Malichea Quest series (Bloomsbury). Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.

Bug Club Brown A/3C Flash the Dog Bounces In!

Bug Club Brown A/3C Flash the Dog Bounces In!

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2013

Jack has always wanted a dog but his parents always say no. One day, Jack discovers that by saying the word 'Flash' his favourite comic book dog comes to life. When he appears, Flash always does something heroic. He saves a child from bullies and rescues a teacher from a fire. Then he disappears. Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools Helps your child develop reading fluency and confidence Suitable for children age 7-8 (Year 3) Book band: Brown A Phonics phase: N/A

Bug Club NF Grey B/4C My Life as a Tudor Schoolboy

Bug Club NF Grey B/4C My Life as a Tudor Schoolboy

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2013

This text shows what it was like to live in Tudor times from the perspective of a schoolboy, while a modern child makes comparisons between the time periods. Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools Helps your child develop reading fluency and confidence Suitable for children age 8-9 (Year 4) Book band: Grey B Phonics phase: N/A

Bug Club Brown B/3B Flash the Dog Dives In!

Bug Club Brown B/3B Flash the Dog Dives In!

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2013

When Jack says 'Flash' the dog from his comic comes to life. Unfortunately he says it by accident during the school play with disastrous consequences. However, Flash saves the day when Jack's classmate, Sara, falls into a pond. Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools Helps your child develop reading fluency and confidence Suitable for children age 7-8 (Year 3) Book band: Brown B Phonics phase: N/A

Desert Danger

Desert Danger

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

DESERT DANGER is the story of 19-year-old Tim Jackson, in North Africa during World War II. Set during the decisive Battle of El Alamein that took place in Egypt in 1942, this is the tale of a young man serving with the British 'Eighth Army' who destroyed German forces. Vividly imagined and historically accurate, readers are taken on a first-hand journey of danger and peril where Tim is desperately trying to keep his hands steady and nerves calm so he can move mines and clear the path for the army to the front

The Invisible Assassin The Malichea Quest

The Invisible Assassin The Malichea Quest

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2012

As a Junior Press Officer for the British government, Jake is sent to cover a 'non-story' - a demonstration against the construction of a laboratory on the supposed site of an ancient fairy ring. But what Jake sees there is shocking and terrifying and leads him to investigate a clandestine organisation - the Order of Malichea. And then sinister things start happening: Jake is 'accidentally' pushed, almost falling under a tube train; Lauren, Jake's girlfriend, has all her notes on the Order stolen; and then Jake returns home to find a dead body in his flat and is accused of murder. Who is trying to scare Jake? Is it the British government? Or other, more sinister agencies? Either way, Jake and Lauren must fight for their lives . . .

Second World War Stories for Boys

Second World War Stories for Boys

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

These thrilling wartime adventures transport the reader to the heat of battle. 'Deadly Skies' sees John Smith, Spitfire pilot, in the throes of the Battle of Britain. 'Tank Attack' takes the action to the deserts of North Africa as John witnesses the Battle of El Alamein from behind a tank. 'Behind Enemy Lines' takes us forward to 1943 to the jungles of South-East Asia, as John undertakes a dangerous commando mission. Riveting fictionalized accounts, packed with historical detail, give a new immediacy to the Second World War that will enthral young male readers.

Standing Alone

Standing Alone

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2011

He was only fifteen when he enlisted in the navy without his father's permission. He was only sixteen when he died at Grimsby General Hospital with splinters of steel in his chest. The Battle of Jutland was the biggest sea battle since the Armada. Jack Cornwell was awarded a posthumous Victorian Cross for staying, seriously wounded, at his post on the HMS Chester. This is the tragic true story of one of the youngest heroes of World War I.

Sink the Tirpitz

Sink the Tirpitz

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/03/2010

A thrilling fictionalised account of the daring undersea mission to sink the German battleship Tirpitz. Exciting war story. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The Sweep's Boy

The Sweep's Boy

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2010

It's 1870 when the Workhouse Master hires Will out as a chimney sweep's boy. It's a hard, dirty, dangerous life, and it's not long before events take an even worse turn, as Will's climbing skill attract the attention of the evil Hutch, who needs just such boy to help him with his burglary jobs...

The Dunkirk Escape

The Dunkirk Escape

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2009

Dave Jones is trapped on the beach at Dunkirk, as bombs explode around him. Can his son get there in time to save him? Powerful story of the famous rescue. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

My Story: Trenches

My Story: Trenches

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

It's 1917 and Billy Stevens is a telegraph operator stationed near Ypres. The Great War has been raging for three years when Billy finds himself taking part in the deadly Big Push forward. But he is shocked to discover that the bullets of his fellow soldiers aren't just aimed at the enemy...

Flying Ace

Flying Ace

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2003

Jack Fairfax is the 19-year old second son of Lord and Lady Fairfax. The Fairfaxes are steeped in the military tradition, and don't approve of Jack's volunteering for the Royal Flying Corps. New-fangled flying machines are nothing to do with 'proper' warfare. Nevertheless, Jack takes to the skies in his Bleriot plane, and faces the skills of the German ace pilots over the Somme. When his best friend is shot down by one of them, he vows to avenge him...

Trenches Billy Stevens, the Western Front, 1914-1918

Trenches Billy Stevens, the Western Front, 1914-1918

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2002

JUNE 1917 Mustard gas! A feeling of panic hit me and I scrambled to get my respirator over my face before the killer gas got into my mouth and nose and burnt my lungs. It burned everything it touched. Eyes. Skin. And it always found a way in. Like now, I could feel where it had crept up inside the sleeves of my uniform and the skin on my arms felt like it was on fire. I threw myself into a muddy hole, pushing my arms under water, but I knew it was already too late. I stumbled to my feet, saturated, with the weight of wet mud clinging to me. I couldn't move. I couldn't see...

Captain Hawk and the Stone of Destiny

Captain Hawk and the Stone of Destiny

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/1997

Captain James Hawk and his sidekick robot Xan-X are in serious trouble. Captured by the evil warlord Pinn, they have been sent on an impossible mission to recover the priceless Stone of Destiny, and to make things even worse, they only have 48 hours to do it.

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