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Tommy Donbavand loves spooky stories. His recent title for Barrington Stoke, Uniform, won the 2011 Hackney Short Novel Award. He is well known for his hugely successful series Scream Street (published by Walker Books), about a whole street of haunted houses. He visits schools constantly and runs popular reading and writing events. He lives in Lumb, Lancashire.
Agent Fangs is back on a new mission with his super sleuth Puppy Brown in tow. This time, Fangs and Puppy Brown are trying to track down the spooky spectre Joe Nobody who will otherwise cause some very serious problems. Can Fangs do it or will the ghostly enemy remain at large?
September 2013 Book of the Month Launching a zany, pun-filled new series, the exploits of this vampire spy will spook and tickle readers in equal measure. Special Agent Fangs Enigma works with his side kick Puppy Brown, a smart talking werewolf. Together, the two see off the criminal monsters in their unusual world. Fang jokes abound in this harum-scarum adventure. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Operation: Golden Bum a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I really enjoyed this book and I thought that Fangs and Puppy Brown made a great team. I can't wait to read about their other cases!' Scroll down to read more reviews...
Join Special Agent Fangs Enigma - the world's greatest vampire spy - and his werewolf sidekick Puppy Brown as they battle society's worst criminal monsterminds. This is the second in a new series of comedy horror adventures from the bestselling author of Scream Street. The short filmic chapters, action-packed plots and caper-style comedy help to build reader-confidence, especially among reluctant boy readers. It also includes puzzles and code-breakers to encourage learning and rereading. Click here to download an extract of the first Fangs Vampire adventure, Operation Golden Bum!
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Unleashing a virus in the ICT class looks like a harmless prank. Nahim only sends the link to Polly and Amina as they build their website about a stage school for a bit of a laugh. But, the laugh goes awry when all three classmates find themselves pulled right inside the internet. How on earth will they get home? It’s a scary adventure with lots of laughs along the way – and a very satisfactory conclusion. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. This is a gripping horror story that interweaves themes of bullying and about fitting in. STOP PRESS ! The votes are in....and Hackney pupils have declared The Uniform winner of the 2011 Hackney Short Novel Awards! Now in its second year, the Awards see pupils from secondary schools in Hackney read and review a shortlist of five novels and vote for a winner. The scheme is the result of a collaboration between The Learning Trust, the publishing house Barrington Stoke, local bookshop Victoria Park Books and the Ministry of Stories in Hoxton. Author Tommy Donbavand said: “I'm thrilled that The Uniform was chosen as the winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award. I'd always wanted to write a spooky story without any zombies, werewolves or other creepy characters - just real people in a terrifying situation - and The Uniform was that story. To hear that people are enjoying reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it is simply wonderful!” To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Fast-paced and fun, it will have you quaking in your boots quicker than you can say knife. Chaos ensues when Jake discovers that a zombie likes to party and my goodness, this one seriously likes to party. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
The fourth grisly instalment in the Scream Street series. Party-loving zombies Doug, Turf and Berry are psyched, man! The underworld's greatest rock festival, Deadstock, is taking place in Scream Street and the community is soon swamped with rotting revellers from across the globe. It appears that Luke, Resus and Cleo will have a soundtrack to their search for the fourth relic - a slice of flesh from a long-vanished zombie. But Sir Otto Sneer has other plans. After an unsuccessful attempt to pull the plug on the concert, he banishes the headlining band, Brain Drain, to the evil Underlands. Now the race is on for Luke and his friends to bring them back - before it's too late...
It's mummy madness in the third thrilling story in the Scream Street series. Will our hero Luke ever get this one wrapped up? Scream Street has been shrouded in constant night for as long as the residents can remember, but when the streets become covered with millions of crawling spiders, suffocating everything in their path with their thick webbing, the residents realize they've had it easy up until now! Meanwhile Luke and his friends are searching for the third relic of the founding fathers, the heart of an ancient mummy, in their quest to return Luke's parents to the real world. Matters are further complicated when Cleo's mother turns up out of the blue, having been supposedly lost at sea and missing for many centuries. Luke becomes suspicious, wondering if there's more to Cleo's mummy than meets the eye - but can he persuade Cleo and her father to believe him before it's too late?