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Chris Bradford - Author

About the Author

Chris Bradford is a best selling and multi-award-winning children’s author. He is professionally trained in a variety of martial arts, including samurai swordmanship, and has earned his black belt in Kyo Shin Tai- jutsu. Chris’s books, including the best selling Young Samurai and Bodyguard series, have been published in over 25 languages and have earned him more than 30 book awards and nominations, including the Brilliant Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. He lives in East Sussex.

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The Return of the Warrior (Young Samurai book 9)

The Return of the Warrior (Young Samurai book 9)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

A new instalment and standalone adventure charting series protagonist Jack Fletcher's return to pre-civil war England. His quest: to find his missing sister, with the help of some familiar faces...

Gamer

Gamer

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2019

Street kid Scott jumps at the chance to be a Virtual Kombat gamer. If he can battle his way up the ranks, the ultimate prize will be his. But then his friend Kate goes missing in the battle arena, and Scott's dream turns into a nightmare ... A sleek new edition of the first book in Bodyguard author Chris Bradford's action-packed dystopian trilogy. Particularly suitable for struggling reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

S.P.E.A.R

S.P.E.A.R

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

When Troy is caught up in a terrorist attack that takes the lives of his parents, he discovers an amazing power - bullets can't harm him. With this secret uncovered he's soon recruited into a underground organisation where he meets Scarlet, a girl with her own remarkable talent, and the two put their powers to use... Exhilarating action meets heart-pounding suspense in this three-part novel.

Bodyguard: Fugitive (Book 6)

Bodyguard: Fugitive (Book 6)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

The explosive finale to the Bodyguard series takes Connor on a thrill-ride through Shanghai, where he comes face to face with his ultimate nemesis. After a mission goes tragically wrong, Connor Reeves returns in disgrace to Buddyguard HQ, only to find the covert facility has been attacked and his fellow recruits abducted. Summoned urgently to China, Connor arrives in Shanghai to discover he's the target for an assassination by Equilibrium, the clandestine organization that has plagued his life as a bodyguard. With a mark on his head, Connor goes on the run through an alien country and from an enemy he knows even less about. With the fast-paced action, high-stakes missions and gadgets that would make James Bond jealous, the BODYGUARD series is perfect for fans of CHERUB and ALEX RIDER.

Jake and Jen in the Tomb of Ice Band 7/Turquoise

Jake and Jen in the Tomb of Ice Band 7/Turquoise

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2017

Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6 and contain notes in the back. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary. Join Jake and Jen on an exciting adventure through a dense tropical jungle filled with fierce animals and many obstacles - or at least that's where they think they are...This exciting story was written by award-winning author Chris Bradford and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Korky Paul. Turquoise/Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. The focus sounds in this book are: /sh/ ti, ssi /m/ mb /n/ kn, gn /r/ wr, zh /s/ ce, sc /zh/ su Pages 22 and 23 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Bodyguard: Assassin (Book 5)

Bodyguard: Assassin (Book 5)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

The new and explosive book in Chris Bradford's Bodyguard series. Russia - the most dangerous place on earth to be a bodyguard. Teenage bodyguard Connor Reeves faces his deadliest assignment yet. In a country governed by criminals, he must protect Feliks, the only son of Russian billionaire and politician, Viktor Malkov. Viktor wants to change Russia for the good of all its people. But the mafia have different plans and a contract is out for the billionaire's life. With Feliks being the one chink in his father's armour, Connor must join forces with his rival Jason to act as a bulletproof shield against blackmail, assassination and kidnapping. This is the first mission Connor and Jason have worked together. And with a deadly assassin on the loose it could be their last...

Bodyguard: Target (Book 4)

Bodyguard: Target (Book 4)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

A prequel and new entry point in the bestselling Bodyguard series. FAME MAKES FOR AN EASY TARGET. Ash Wild is the most successful teen rockstar in history. Millions of fans adore him. But one fanatic wants him dead. Surf champion and top bodyguard recruit Charley Hunter is assigned to protect the superstar on his sell-out US tour. But Ash isn't pleased to discover his new bodyguard is a girl. Faced with a growing number of death threats, several suspicious accidents and an unruly rockstar, Charley has her work cut out keeping Ash alive on the tour. How will she spot a killer in a crowd of 50,000 screaming fans?

Bodyguard: Ambush (Book 3)

Bodyguard: Ambush (Book 3)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

IN AFRICA ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE. Teenage martial arts expert Connor Reeves is tasked with protecting a foreign ambassador's family on safari. Considered the perfect assignment, the holiday turns to hell when their convoy is ambushed by gunmen. Fleeing through the bush, Connor and his assigned family become the prey in a shoot-to-kill hunt across the African plains. As they fight for their survival, Connor realizes the gunmen are the least of their problems. For no amount of bodyguard training can prepare him for the wilds of Africa and one prowling hungry leopard...

Az ifju szamuraj - A harcos utja

Az ifju szamuraj - A harcos utja

Author: Chris Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 29/01/2015

Jack Fletcher hajotorest szenvedett a 17. szazadban Japan partjainal, amikor szeretett apjat es a hajo legenyseget kegyetlen kaloznindzsak lemeszaroltak.Miutan a legendas kardforgato, Maszamoto Takesi oltalmaba veszi, Jack elott egyetlen jarhato ut marad: a Busido, avagy a Harcos Utja... Am a szamurajja valas rogos utjat a tulelesert folytatott harc szegelyezi. Noha baratja, Akiko mindvegig mellette all, Jacket lepten-nyomon megtamadjak es csufoljak tarsai. Mindezek ellenere vajon sikerul-e bator szivvel es magasba emelt karddal szembeneznie halalos vetelytarsaval?

Bodyguard: Hostage (Book 1)

Bodyguard: Hostage (Book 1)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2013

In a dangerous world, everyone needs protection. Bodyguard: Hostage is the new thriller from Chris Bradford, bestselling author of Young Samurai. Bodyguard is a bulletproof action-adventure series that fans of Cherub and Alex Rider will love. This is Lee Child for younger readers - Jason Bourne for the next generation. With the rise of teen stars, the intense media focus on celeb families and a new wave of billionaires, adults are no longer the only target for hostage-taking, blackmail and assassination - kids are too. That's why they need a young bodyguard like Connor Reeves to protect them. Recruited into the ranks of a covert young bodyguard squad, 14-year-old Connor Reeves embarks on a rigorous close protection course. Training in surveillance, anti-ambush exercises, hostage survival and unarmed combat, he's put through his paces and wonders if he will actually survive the course. But when the US President summons Connor to protect his impulsive teenage daughter, Connor's training is put to the ultimate test. For Connor discovers that the First Daughter, Alicia, doesn't want to be guarded. She just wants to have fun. And with no clue Connor is her bodyguard, Alicia tries to elude her Secret Service agents and lead Connor astray. But unknown to her, a terrorist sleeper cell has been activated. Its mission: to take the president's daughter HOSTAGE... And don't miss Bodyguard: Ransom coming soon.

Gamer

Gamer

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2012

Scott is selected as a games tester for Virtual Kombat, the most realistic fighting video game ever invented - so real it hurts! Once a Gamer enters the fighting world, it becomes hard to distinguish between what is real and what is not. Scott must work his way up the ranks to make it out alive, but when friend and rival Kate fails to return from the Virtual Arena, Scott begins to wonder if it's more than just a game...An action-packed dystopian novel by the best-selling author of the Young Samurai books! Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers.

The Ring of Sky (Young Samurai, Book 8)

The Ring of Sky (Young Samurai, Book 8)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Packed with historical action-adventure, the eighth and final book in Chris Bradford's blockbuster Young Samurai series reaches a thrilling conclusion. The Shogun has deemed that any Christian or foreigner now discovered outside the bounds of an official trading port will be instantly put to death. For Jack, Nagasaki is within reach, but the Shogun's samurai are closing in with the help of Jack's old school rival, Kazuki, who has a score to settle. Will Jack make it to the city alive? Will he keep hold of the precious rutter? Can he find a ship bound for England, or will he be burned at the stake? www.youngsamurai.com 'A fantastic adventure that floors the reader on page one and keeps them there until the end' - Eoin Colfer

Young Samurai: The Way of Fire (short story)

Young Samurai: The Way of Fire (short story)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2012

A short story for the Young Samurai series!Japan, 1612. Shipwrecked and his father murdered by ninjas, Jack Fletcher is rescued by the legendary swordmaster Masamoto Takeshi and taken to his samurai school in Kyoto. Hunted by the ninja Dragon Eye, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior. And so his training begins . . .In order to perfect his fighting skills, Jack goes on a gasshuku. But nothing can prepare him for the punishment of warrior camp - the climax of which is to enter the Way of Fire, a terrifying ritual that burns away evil. Can Jack overcome his fear and walk the Way of Fire? Part of the award-winning Young Samurai series by Chris Bradford. Visit www.youngsamurai.com for competitions and to find out more about the books.Previously published for World Book Day. 'A fantastic adventure that floors the reader on page one and keeps them there until the end' - Eoin Colfer'Addictive' - Evening Standard

The Way of the Warrior

The Way of the Warrior

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/12/2011

The Ring of Fire (Young Samurai, Book 6)

The Ring of Fire (Young Samurai, Book 6)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

JACK FLETCHER FACES HIS TOUGHEST CHALLENGE YET. After a snowstorm forces him to take shelter, Jack comes across a village in need of protection from raiding mountain bandits. Torn between moving on or helping, Jack is persuaded to stay and fight the villagers' cause. But Jack is the first and only samurai to do so. Now he must enlist other warriors to the villagers' aid before the bandits return to steal their harvest. No easy task when the reward is so little and he is a foreigner. If only he had his friends to call on... Using the Ring of Fire, can Jack overpower the bandits and win?

The Ring of Water (Young Samurai, Book 5)

The Ring of Water (Young Samurai, Book 5)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Jack Fletcher has been left for dead. Bruised and battered, Jack Fletcher wakes up in a roadside inn wrapped only in a dirty kimono. He has lost everything, including his memory of what happened. Determined to discover the truth, Jack goes on a quest to retrieve his belongings - his precious swords, his friend Akiko's black pearl and most important of all, his father's prize possession. Relying on his samurai and ninja training, Jack realises The Ring of Water is the key to his survival. But with only a washed up Ronin - a masterless samurai - for help, what will Jack manage to find? What will he lose? And what will he have to sacrifice?

The Ring of Earth (Young Samurai, Book 4)

The Ring of Earth (Young Samurai, Book 4)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2010

JACK FLETCHER IS ON THE RUN With no sensei to guide him, he has just his wits and his swords against many new and unknown enemies, as he journeys along the treacherous road to the port of Nagasaki and perhaps home... But the Shogun's samurai are hot on his trail. Barely escaping their clutches, Jack runs headlong into a trap. Kidnapped by ninja and led to their village deep in the mountains, Jack has no means of escape. The only question is who will kill him first - the ninja or samurai?

The Way of the Dragon (Young Samurai, Book 3)

The Way of the Dragon (Young Samurai, Book 3)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

June 1613. Japan is threatened with war and Jack is facing his greatest battle yet. Samurai are taking sides and, as the blood begins to flow, Jack's warrior training is put to the ultimate test. His survival - and that of his friends - depends upon him mastering the Two Heavens, the secret sword technique of the legendary samurai Masamoto Takeshi. But first Jack must recover his father's prize possession from the deadly ninja Dragon Eye. Can Jack defeat his ruthless enemy? Or will the ninja complete his mission to kill the young samurai . . .

The Way of the Sword (Young Samurai, Book 2)

The Way of the Sword (Young Samurai, Book 2)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

One year of training in samurai school and Jack Fletcher is in real trouble . . . Not only is he struggling to prepare for the Circle of Three, an ancient ritual that tests a samurai's courage, skill and spirit to the limit, he's caught in a running battle with fellow student Kazuki and his gang. But these are the least of Jack's problems. He knows his deadly rival - the ninja Dragon Eye - could strike at any moment. Jack possesses the very thing he will kill for. Can Jack master the Way of the Sword in time to survive a fight to the death?

The Way of the Warrior (Young Samurai, Book 1)

The Way of the Warrior (Young Samurai, Book 1)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

August 1611. Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan - his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior. And so his training begins. But life at the samurai school is a constant fight for survival. Even with his friend Akiko by his side, Jack is singled out by bullies and treated as an outcast. With courage in his heart and his sword held high, can Jack prove himself and face his deadliest rival yet?

Bodyguard: Ransom (Book 2)

Bodyguard: Ransom (Book 2)

Author: Chris Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2002

Bodyguard: Ransom - a bullet-proof thriller from Chris Bradford, author of Bodyguard: Hostage and Young Samurai At 14 years old, martial arts expert Connor Reeves isn't your typical bodyguard - that's why he's so good at his job. For his new assignment Connor's been posted to a luxury yacht. His mission: to protect the twin daughters of an Australian media-mogul. It's a watertight operation, until the unthinkable happens. Far out to sea, merciless pirates hijack the yacht and demand a multi-million-dollar ransom. But there's a flaw in their plan. They didn't count on Connor Reeves being aboard . . .

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