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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.
Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Something strange is going on at my school. All the teachers have yellow swirly eyes, and we've got some weird new school rules. I think it's time to investigate what's going on! White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. Text type - A humorous story. Recap the main events of the story with a reader response spread on pages 22-23. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
Perfect for pupils with a low reading age of 8 to 9, but a high interest age of 12 to 15, our Teen Reads will have readers on the edge of their seats. Just the right level of challenging vocabulary and plot-lines make these books highly accessible, drawing readers into exciting worlds whilst simultaneously developing their reading skills. Catherine 'Cat' Willows is the new girl in school, and her odd behaviour is attracting the wrong kind of attention. Stacey feels sorry for her, and takes Cat under her wing, trying to be a friend. Things seem fine until the new girl begins to follow her everywhere, starts dressing exactly like her and tries to drive a wedge between Stacey and everyone she cares about. Just where will this unhealthy obsession end?
Perfect for pupils with a low reading age of 8 to 9, but a high interest age of 12 to 15, our Teen Reads will have readers on the edge of their seats. Just the right level of challenging vocabulary and plot-lines make these books highly accessible, drawing readers into exciting worlds whilst simultaneously developing their reading skills. Sally Hagen dresses in black, buys expensive purple candles and hates the fact that her mum orders greasy takeaway meals from the Just Bite website night after night. When Carlos - the geek with a crush on her from school - delivers the latest dial-a-dinner, Sally figures the evening can't get any worse. That is, until the lights go out and a scream pierces the night...
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