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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 '126.96.36.199.' 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.
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 6+ | “Put your hands up! If anyone moves we shoot!” The action starts on page one of this heart-stopping thriller and doesn’t let up until the very end. Junior plumber Alex is in the cramped roof space of the Town Hall examining its water pipes when armed men storm the building and take everyone in it hostage, including her dad. Hidden above their heads, she’s got one hour until they start shooting, but manages to immobilise one of the gangsters, John McClane-style, and lead the police into the building, saving the day! Great stuff for anyone who dreams of being a hero, told with a punchy brevity. Comic style illustrations add to the entertainment value.
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.
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.
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 including animals and insects of many kinds. 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!
With even more smack-downs, tie-clinches and backwards pinfalls, the second instalment of the Wrestling Trolls series has hunky wrestlers with hairy feet, a horde of vile villains and a little boy with a BIG personality. A Piece of Passion from Sara O'Connor, Editorial Director This series does what is says on the tin - trolls that wrestle. But is has other charming, wacky and wonderful characters that wrestle, too. And underneath all the action, there is real heart to these characters who grow together as a family and support each other, through spandex mishaps, minor head injuries and brushes with the evil Lord Veto. And that's why I love it!
In 1914 a war broke out that was to touch every corner of the globe. By 1918, the year the war ended, more than 16 million people were dead from almost every nationality. See how events unfolded chronologically, meet key figures of the conflict and discover the lasting impact of the war. Packed with facts, maps, infographics and photographs, this is the perfect introduction to a tragic chapter in world history.
February 2014 Book of the Month A comic new series from this award winning writer and illustrator - with lively, fun storylines and vibrant drawings. Each book contains two stories as well as lots of troll based activity pages in full colour to get stuck into with friends and family.
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
This informative and sensitive collection of short stories brings 1914-1918 to life 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 follow up to the gripping and action-packed historical sleuth thriller The Invisible Assassin is in the vein of The Da Vinci Code, and will appeal to teens who have grown up with the likes of Young Bond and Artemis Fowl. In his quest to discover more about the secret ancient order Jake puts his life in danger to protect his girlfriend.
A gripping and action-packed historical sleuth thriller in the vein of The Da Vinci Code and indeed teens who have grown up with the likes of Young Bond and Artemis Fowl. The clever mix of intricate and action-packed plotting and characters that seem all too real make this a terrific adventure thriller not to be missed. It is the first in a series but also a self-contained story.
It’s 2517 BC, and the river Nile has flooded. Unable to plough their fields, Nebka follows his uncle to build the pyramid of Khafre. It’s back-breaking work, all for the glory of the Pharaoh. Then he meets a mysterious prisoner claiming to be the rightful heir to the throne, and is drawn in to a deadly plot…
Note: this novel contains graphic scenes of warfare. A high octane, action-packed adventure which will grab readers attention from the opening plane drop and right on into the heart of the bloodiest of conflicts. Black-Ops soldiers Mitch, Two Moons, Gaz, Tug, Benny and Nelson work undercover. Their secret military squad, operating under the code name Delta Unit, has a deadly mission. Somehow they must get through the fighting in Afghanistan with an undercover peace negotiator in their midst. With danger never far away, it is frightening stuff and realities of war are brought vividly to life. This is the second in the Black Ops series – the first is Jungle Kill - and perfect for teens who have moved on from the Alex Rider titles for example.
A terrific new series for teen boys who want something that bridges the gap from Anthony Horowitz and Charlie Higson to authors such as Chris Ryan and Andy McNab. This, the first in the series is a high-octane, adrenalin-fuelled combat adventure series – a real page turner and sure to get readers hooked on the series. Thrown out of the SAS, Mitch thought his days as a Special Forces soldier were well and truly over. But when he is approached by an undercover unit embarking on a dangerous mission to rescue a West African freedom fighter, kidnapped by a gang of ruthless bandits who will stop at nothing to get what they want, he must make a choice. But is Mitch the right man for the job? Can he secure the trust of the men in the undercover unit, and step back into the danger zone? Perfect for boys looking for a gripping, aspirational read.
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 6.5+. A real story in history is brought to life brilliantly for the seriously struggling reader. In addition, it is also very dyslexia friendly as it’s printed on cream paper, as all Barrington Stoke titles are, with plenty of space between the lines of text on the page and plenty of illustrations too to provide that additional visual appeal for struggling readers. The Tirpitz was one of the Nazis’ most lethal battleship during World War Two. This book is a retelling of its sinking while it was moored, heavily guarded, in a Norwegian fjord with bombs using mini submarines. Find out who was brave enough to go on this dangerous mission and was it successful? To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
Experience what it was like to live in Pompeii when it all came to a drastic end. Escape From Pompeii tells the story of a young boy fleeing Pompeii as Mount Vesuvius erupts. Engaging, fast-paced action - ideal for reluctant readers. Completely relatable for younger readers as the story is a first-hand account of a young boy. An exciting story - perfect for children interested in, or studying, Roman history. Also available is Titanic 9781407178752 - another thrilling first hand account.
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