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Sally Prue - Author

About the Author

Sally Prue first started making up stories as a teenager, when she realized that designing someone else's adventures was almost as satisfying as having her own. After leaving school Sally joined practically all the rest of her family working at the nearby paper mill. She now teaches recorder and piano and enjoys walking, painting, day-dreaming, reading and gardening. Cold Tom, Sally's first book won the Branford Boase Award and the Smarties Prize Silver Award.

Sally has two daughters and lives with her husband in Hertfordshire.

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Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 18: Hand and Foot

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 18: Hand and Foot

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2019

An historical story about keeping quiet and telling the truth, and what it really means to be a good person. In Georgian England, in a very fine house, live two quite different girls. Marianne is always careful and quiet, whereas Gravity the chambermaid is clumsy and cheerful. But Gravity is suddenly sent away, and being cheerful is a lot trickier when you have to sleep in a cowshed or sing for your supper. Will Gravity ever find a proper home again? 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.

Class Six and the Eel of Fortune

Class Six and the Eel of Fortune

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Class Six are back, and they're on a mission: keep that nosy Mrs Knowall from finding out that their school is secretly magic. Which means no more flying around the hall, no more history lessons with Robin Hood, and the school trip to the moon is definitely off. But with their beloved teacher Miss Broom sent back to teacher training, and the school in need of funds for magical supplies, Class Six will have to band together to make this year's school fete the best yet. And everyone knows that no fete is complete without an eel that can see the future... Funny, exciting or a little bit spooky, Black Cats are fast-paced stories with short chapters and illustrations throughout - stepping stones to reading confidence. Book band: Dark Blue Ideal for ages: 9+

Othello Band 18/Pearl

Othello Band 18/Pearl

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Sally Prue's gripping retelling of Shakespeare's devastating tragedy is both shocking and riveting. Find out how far Iago will go to get revenge on Othello, and what the terrible consequences will be. Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

Big Bad Troll

Big Bad Troll

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

A football-loving prince takes on a troll in this hilarious colour-illustrated early reader by Sally Prue. Perfect for children learning to read. Prince Sam doesn't like being a prince - his 'How-to-Be-a-Good-Prince' lessons are boring and it's hard to play football with a crown on. But then a BIG BAD TROLL turns up and the people of Flat Town need Prince Sam to save them! Will he defeat the troll, or will he get squashed flat?? The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. * Clear type * Up to 8 lines per page * Bright, appealing pictures for added interest * A variety of sentence structures * A wider range of vocabulary * Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Turquoise

Land of the Gods The Romans are coming...

Land of the Gods The Romans are coming...

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

A laugh-out-loud comedy from popular author Sally Prue, taking a light hearted look at the clash of cultures in Roman Britain. After all - who would live in a hut if there were underfloor heating on offer... If they were Romans I was done for: they'd tear me apart, bit by bit, and enjoy doing it... When Lucan sees a legion of Roman soldiers near his village it definitely makes sense to hide. But hiding in a wagon could prove to be a dangerous mistake. And falling asleep in the wagon is not the best idea that Lucan has ever had. Trapped as a Roman slave, can Lucan find his way home... and does he even want to? This hilarious book is packed with wonderful (and eccentric) characters and insight into life in Roman Britain.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 19: Don Quixote

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 19: Don Quixote

Author: Sally Prue, Miguel De Cervantes, Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2016

Don Quixote may just be the silliest knight-errant in all of Spain! Along with his 'trusty steed' Rocinante and his patient squire Sancho, he insists on gallivanting around the country in search of noble deeds. Cervantes' ludicrious eponymous hero is brought to life in this hilarious retelling, overflowing with misplaced and madcap heroism. 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.

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 7: Not Ethan Again!

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 7: Not Ethan Again!

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Not Ethan Again! is a charmingly-illustrated story of jam, frogs and sibling rivalry. Jessie's brother Ethan is always taking her stuff, like her doll and her scooter. He even takes the card that Jessie made for Granny's birthday. But when he takes a pot of jam thinking that it's hair gel, he gets into a sticky situation ... much to Jessie's delight. Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series that will fire children's imaginations. These 36 original stories will get children thinking, and develop and deepen their comprehension skills. The variety of authors and illustration styles broadens children's reading experience, with something to appeal to every child. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book for them. They also contain inside cover notes, to enable parents and teachers to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Class Six and the Nits of Doom

Class Six and the Nits of Doom

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Class 6's teacher is a witch. That's bad. The dancing skeletons and pterodactyls they can see in her eyes are worse. And nobody likes the snake in her desk. But worst of all are the witch-nits. Rodney catches them first. It's not long before the whole class is scratching. Then strange things start happening to them. The green glowing toenails. The antennae that pick up digital radio. And whatever it is that Rodney's turning into... Is there any cure for the nits of doom?

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 15: The Star Fruit Tree And Other Stories

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 15: The Star Fruit Tree And Other Stories

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

The Star Fruit Tree and other stories contains four fruity tales all about how irresistible fruit is, even when you know you shouldn't take it! Captivating versions of some of the best myths and legends from around the world. TreeTops Myths and Legends are fascinating and action-packed stories that will motivate and inspire readers. These are some of the oldest and most enduring stories in the world, retold by leading contemporary children's authors to bring out all of the action, drama, humour and depth of the original stories in a way that makes them as exciting and meaningful today as ever. The stories are beautifully illustrated in a range of styles to bring each tale to life. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 10: Floods

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 10: Floods

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Floods tells two myths about floods and how they happen. In the first myth the Queen mends a hole in the sky and in the second the people and animals climb through a hole in the sky to a new world. Captivating versions of some of the best myths and legends from around the world. TreeTops Myths and Legends are fascinating and action-packed stories that will motivate and inspire junior readers. These are some of the oldest and most enduring stories in the world, retold by leading contemporary children's authors to bring out all of the action, drama, humour and depth of the original stories in a way that makes them as exciting and meaningful today as ever. The stories are beautifully illustrated in a range of styles to bring each tale to life. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 20: Goldkeeper

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 20: Goldkeeper

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In Goldkeeper, Sebastian is selected as the High Priest's apprentice at the Temple of Ora. He soon works out that there are lots of advantages to being an apprentice, such as unlimited cream cakes and being able to invent his own laws. There are disadvantages too though, and Sebastian and his pet rat Gerald find themselves trying to out-run and out-think the most powerful people in the city. This book was previously published by Oxford University Press. Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 10: Princess Pip's Holiday

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 10: Princess Pip's Holiday

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

The King and Queen and Princess Pip are going on holiday in Princess Pip's Holiday. 'This holiday is going to be BORING,' says Pip when she discovers they are going to a castle. But is she right? TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

BC JD Plays Red (KS2)/5C-5B How to Persuade a Grumpy Goddess

BC JD Plays Red (KS2)/5C-5B How to Persuade a Grumpy Goddess

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2013

Part of the Bug Club whole school reading programme for Reception, KS1 and KS2 that transforms young readers into life-long readers. Children are instantly engaged by the characters they know and love and want to read more and more.

The The Queen's Spy BC Red (KS2) A/5C The Queen's Spy Red (KS2) A/5c

The The Queen's Spy BC Red (KS2) A/5C The Queen's Spy Red (KS2) A/5c

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2012

Schools across the UK are catching the Bug, and now so can kids at home! Bug Club is one of the best-loved reading programmes in primary schools and kids just love reaching for the bookshelves to find their favourite Bug Club book. Here's some of the great things people have been saying about Bug Club: They are so used to TV, DVDs and everything else, that getting them interested in reading is really hard. But Bug Club had children laughing, engaged and begging for more! - Wendy Jenkins, Bangor Central Integrated Primary School Bug Club deserves gushing praise It will help children get the best possible start in their reading journey and enjoy page after page of reading success. - Teach Primary Magazine When the books went home, the response from parents was tremendous. Bug Club has been an inspiration to the whole school family. - Tristran Roberts, Headteacher Ysgol Kingsland, Holyhead

The The BC Red (KS2) B/5B the Velvet Thief BC Red (KS2) B/5B The Velvet Thief Red (KS2) B/5b

The The BC Red (KS2) B/5B the Velvet Thief BC Red (KS2) B/5B The Velvet Thief Red (KS2) B/5b

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2012

Schools across the UK are catching the Bug, and now so can kids at home! Bug Club is one of the best-loved reading programmes in primary schools and kids just love reaching for the bookshelves to find their favourite Bug Club book. Here's some of the great things people have been saying about Bug Club: They are so used to TV, DVDs and everything else, that getting them interested in reading is really hard. But Bug Club had children laughing, engaged and begging for more! - Wendy Jenkins, Bangor Central Integrated Primary School Bug Club deserves gushing praise It will help children get the best possible start in their reading journey and enjoy page after page of reading success. - Teach Primary Magazine When the books went home, the response from parents was tremendous. Bug Club has been an inspiration to the whole school family. - Tristran Roberts, Headteacher Ysgol Kingsland, Holyhead

Wheels of War

Wheels of War

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

Will works at the big house, and nothing there ever changes very much. But then one day George announces that he's going away to be a soldier in the war that's springing up around them. Will is jealous, but knows he is too young-and too simple-to join him. The glory of war is not for the likes of him. Then soldiers come and take the rest of the men from the house to join the fighting, too. Will is left behind, with the womenfolk, those too old to fight-and the frail, insane Master, of course. Now everything is different, and Will and his friends start to realize that although they have not gone to join the war, they may not be able to stop the war coming to join them. It's time to head for safety-but in a country ravaged by war, where will really be safe? Who will look after them all now the menfolk have all gone away? And how do they know who they can really trust?

Moving Out Band 17/Diamond

Moving Out Band 17/Diamond

Author: Sally Prue Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

World War 2 is over and things in Britain are changing. For Philip and his family this means moving out, from the grey, cramped city to wide open spaces. But Gran doesn't want to leave her home for so many years. What will the family do? * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * A pros and cons list of moving to a New Town on pages 54 and 55 help children to analyse the decision making process. * Text type: A story set in the past * This book is paired with Hard Times, a non-fiction non-chronological report about growing up in the Victorial age. * Curriculum links: History: How life in Britain has changed since 1948; Citizenship: Moving on, Choices * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Goldkeeper

Goldkeeper

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2008

When Sebastian is chosen as the High Priest's apprentice at the Temple of Ora, everyone's shocked. But Sebastian soon discovers that as apprentice, he can have anything he wants...limitless cream cakes, training sessions with Golden United, even zip-wires and donkeys to liven up ceremonies at the Temple. He can pass entertaining new laws to annoy teachers, as well. But then there are strange explosions, falling objects, whispered threats. Sebastian realizes the Temple, with its all-seeing golden statue, holds many secrets. Can he ignore it all? Or should Sebastian and his pet rat, Gerald, risking life and whisker, try to out-fox the most powerful mob in the city?

James and the Alien Experiment

James and the Alien Experiment

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2005

An engaging, well-written, humorous story about a perennially popular subject. James and the Alien Experiment is a comedy about a boy who is kidnapped by aliens. They're quite well-meaning aliens though, who want to improve his rather useless human body - which proves not to be entirely a bad thing (just mostly a bad thing). Ross is given super-strength, super-brains and super-speed and in the end he succeeds in sorting out his truly loathsome form teacher.

Year 5: the Path of Finn McCool

Year 5: the Path of Finn McCool

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2004

The giant, Finn McCool, discovers that the biggest head doesn't always hold the smartest brain in this hilarious retelling of the traditional Irish story, The Giant's Causeway. Even Finn's wife, Oona, has trouble making Finn behave himself. But when he annoys the Little People, they tell him of a giant in Scotland who is even bigger than he. Finn sets out across the sea to find him, building the famous causeway as he goes. One look is enough to send Finn fleeing back to Ireland, in terror of his life. But the Scottish giant soon sets out after him. It's up to Oona to try to save Finn ...if she can.

Ryland's Footsteps

Ryland's Footsteps

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2004

Rye's life changes when his father is appointed as Governor of one of the new penal colonies. With his parents, he moves to the island, where he expects to be the only child among colony officials, prisoners, and offlanders (the native peoples of the region). However there are two other children there: Kris, who is the son of the offlander chief, and Stefanie, daughter of one of the prisoners. The three become uneasy friends, despite their parents' very different agendas: Rye's father is destroying the land through his drive to modernize; Kris's father is desperate to maintain the old ways; Stefanie's father is brewing revolution. With a wide scope and a range of comic and quirky characters, the book has something of the feel of Holes by Louis Sachar, or of the film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou ? It deals with the three children realizing they don't have to follow in their parents' footsteps, and tells the story of how they bring the adults closer together and find a way forward for all the people of the island.

The Devil's Toenail

The Devil's Toenail

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2003

Stevie is off on holiday with his parents and his younger sister. On the beach, he finds a 'devil's toenail', a strange, weathered stone. he decides to pretend that it gives him a special power, and hopes it will help him do something to impress the gang he wants to join. Nothing goes as planned, but through the story, told in Stevie's own, distinctive voice, we realize why it's so important for him to be accepted by the gang - and why, ultimately, it's even more important that he rejects them. BLSally Prue's first novel, Cold Tom, was published in January 2002 to instant acclaim and fantastic sales BLTitle-specific microsite for Cold Tom will include details of the new title, with sample chapter and author interview

Rigby Star Independent Turquoise Reader 3: What's That Noise?

Rigby Star Independent Turquoise Reader 3: What's That Noise?

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2003

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.

Cold Tom

Cold Tom

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2002

This is a highly original and magical debut novel, about Tom, caught between his elfin home and the world of humans. It combines a gripping story and strong characters with powerful images and insights into what it is that makes us human.

Rigby Star Guided Lime Level: The Middle Of Nowhere Single

Rigby Star Guided Lime Level: The Middle Of Nowhere Single

Author: Sally Prue, Stephen Lewis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2001

Genre: Realistic story Learning Objectives: Language Comprehension Strand 7: Explore how particular words are used, including words and expressions with similar meanings. Writing Opportunities Strand 9: Select from different presentational features to suit particular writing purposes (e.g. writing a brochure).

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