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Pat Moon's experience as a housemother in a children's home and as a teacher have helped her to create the vivid, true-to-life characters found in her novels.
Pat Moon wrote her first novel, Double Image, after attending Jan Mark's course on writing for children. Published in 1993 by Orchard Books. Double Image went on to be shortlisted for the Smarties Book Prize.
Her second novel, The Spying Game met with equal success and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Writer's Guild Award. It was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Nathan's Switch and The Ghost of Sadie Kimber are her latest novels for older readers.
Pat has since gone on to write equally successful stories for younger children including Do Not Read This Book which was one of the Federation of Children's Book Groups' Pick of the Year and was shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award. Do Not Read Any Further continued the series and irrepressible Finch returns with more secrets in life, love, lies and truth in Do Not Read Or Else in May 2006.
Finch is back in this third Do Not Read book, once again, told through diary format. Finch's mum is about to have triplets, Grandma Nolly is about to marry her sweetheart, biker Bill, and among all this mayhem, Finch is determined to find out exactly who her real father is. Unknown to Finch's mum, Finch gets in touch with her mum's old school friends through Friends Reunited and finally gets to meet her dad. This throws up lots of new challenges for Finch, but there's lots of laughter along the way too...
Rigby Rocket offers a wide range of engaging stories and non-fiction texts. Written by much-loved children's authors, the books have been expertly levelled to ensure your children are able to read them independently.
Joe's father is killed in a road accident. Joe is convinced the driver of the other car is a murderer. So is triumphant when his campaign of hate mail forces him & his family to move. Then Joe meets Alex, the other mans son, and he realises just what a devastating effect the accident is having on their lives too. Age 10+
A story about an innocent child possessed by a vengeful ghost seeking re-entry into the living world. Readership level: 12+.
Ed and Lester were childhood friends, as close as brothers, until they begun secondary school. Lester has always been quiet, sensitive and intense - girls and boys alike laugh at him. Ed just wants to fit in. He feels guilty about Lester, but he is becoming a drag and when Ed puts pressure on him to complete a dangerous macho initiation test into a hard boy gang, something snaps. The boys fall out big time. When Lester becomes the target for 'hard kid' Stuart Doyle, Ed gets involved. Now Doyle wants a showdown with Ed on Friday - four days away. Doyle is a a vicious thug, and Ed is scared out of his mind. But waiting for Friday to come gives Ed time to face up to the past; the betrayal of his best friend, and the truth about Lester's sexuality. Hard-hitting issues and page-turning drama makes this a gripping and thought-provoking read for both sexes!
Nolly's given me this notebook to take my mind off my insides. I love its starry cover and its smooth white pages just waiting to be filled up...I will use it to record my life and secret thoughts... Life is pretty good for eleven-year-old Finch. She lives with her unconventional 'girl power' family - a messy, scatty Mum - and a chain-smoking adopted gran, Nolly. But then things begin to change...Her best friend Cassie goes to a different school - and her gran falls ill. And then there's her mum's new boyfriend who doesn't measure up to Finch's image of her dead dad, and who spends far too much time with Finch's mum. Finch wants things to go back to the way they were. But when her campaign to get rid of 'Action Man' does succeed, Finch finds that she's bitten off more than she can chew.
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