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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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Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8 | Set in a future world in which kids risk their lives for real playing an online fantasy game, Virus is a nerve-tingling combination of science-fiction and martial arts extravaganza. Scott knows that playing Virtual Kombat will put his life in danger, but the only way to destroy the game is from the inside, and he really wants to avenge the death of his friend. In this he’s helped by a group of techno-hackers, but when it comes to the crunch, his tae kwon do skills mean he’s on his own against powerful opponents. Chris Bradford is an expert at keeping the tension high and this is page-turning, super-readable adventure.
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: edge-of-the-seat stuff that puts comradeship at the heart of the action As ever, Chris Bradford begins his story explosively, and then keeps the tension super-taut until the very last chapters. Despite his special bullet-catcher ability Troy is at the mercy of The Judge, one of the most ruthless and wicked villains you’re likely to encounter, and his friend and colleague Kasia is in a coma: could this be the end for SPEAR’s battalion of teenage super spies? Of course not! The fight back offers everything you would expect from this author and this series, nail-biting scenes and confrontations, and the triumph of teamwork and good over evil. It’s super satisfying, and super readable. ~ Andrea Reece Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers. Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.
Fictional superheroes don’t come much more appealing than Troy, one of a group of teenagers with awesome super powers recruited by secret agency SPEAR to protect society against a gang of ruthless terrorists, and the premise for the Bullet Catcher series will be irresistible to anyone who’s ever dreamed of being a hero, i.e. pretty well all of us. As always in Bradford’s books, the action is fast and furious, with just enough time between the explosions and thrills for a touch of humour or character development. The ending will leave readers on tenterhooks for the next part in the series too. Described by publisher Barrington Stoke as super readable, this definitely meets that description. ~ Andrea Reece Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of super-readable short fiction by some of the very best children’s authors and illustrators in the UK. Each title has a host of unique accessibility features to offer cracking reads to more children including reluctant and struggling readers and those with dyslexia or visual stress. Here at Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting the best of their new and backlist titles to recommend to you. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.
One of our Books of the Year 2016 Deep rivalries, hand to hand fighting, daring raids and surprise revelations, they all feature in this collection of stories about young ninja warrior Taka. Together with his ninja clan he’s fighting the Samurai in 16th century Japan. The background is vividly described, and fascinating, whether you know your nunchaku from your shuriken or not, and Chris Bradford is an expert at keeping the tension high. It’s great to see that female ninja Cho is as fast and fierce as her male companions. In Barrington Stoke’s Conkers series, this is particularly good for reluctant or dyslexic readers, but it will work its warrior romance on all readers. ~ Andrea Reece The Conkers imprint has quickly and successfully established itself: offering the very best authors and illustrators, all heavily illustrated throughout, in a range of gorgeous formats.
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Troy is quietly reading a Batman comic when all hell breaks loose. He’s caught up in a terrorist attack that kills his parents – so far so Bruce Wayne – but also reveals he has a superpower: he’s bulletproof, due to some biological quirk his body can withstand ten times the impact that steel can. Troy is whisked away by mysterious secret agent types to train with a group of similarly extraordinary teens. And of course, he gets to come up against the man who killed his parents. Bulletcatcher has as many bangs and explosions per page as the best comic adventure, and convincing human relationships between the SPEAR kids too. A super-satisfying read for fans of Avengers and their ilk. ~ Andrea Reece July 2015 Book of the Month | One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2015 Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers. Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 9+ From the best-selling author of Young Samurai, a new, action packed dystopian novel, with a striking lenticular jacket, sure to stand out on bookshelves! Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers. Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers. Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8+ Action-packed and with no holds barred, this is a taut adventure story capturing the themes of revenge and honour that lie at the heart of the Ninja culture. Taka is determined to take revenge on Lord Oda who has killed his mother. Armed with priceless weapons by the Grandmaster, Taka and his two best friends set out on a dangerous mission. Surviving great dangers, they also uncover a very surprising truth. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 A dramatic new story in the popular Ninja series and this time the young students, including Taka who has now graduated to a black belt, are learning the deadly Death Touch! Taka needs all his skills to take on the challenges of his clan in this thrilling story laced with violence. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 9+
With fast-paced action and non-stop adventure from page one no reader can fail to be hooked in to this terrific series set on the high seas in and around 17th century Japan. The series will captivate young readers including the most reluctant. This is Book 7 in the blockbuster Young Samurai series by Chris Bradford. Young Samurai was shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. An action-packed adventure with strong messages of determination and self-belief and a terific twist in the tail. New Ninja Taka has a last chance to prove himself on a special mission demanding all the daring and strength he possesses. Picked specially for it by the Grandmaster, Taka knows that if he fails he will face death. But, can Taka succeed against such odds? Using all the skills he has so carefully acquired, Taka’s puts everything he can in this ultimate challenge. Guaranteed gripping adventure from the author of the hugely popular Young Samurai books.
Gripping action from start to finish in this tightly told futuristic story about a world in which the power of a game reaches far off the screen and into real life. After the virus has wiped out all the adults, Scott lives on the street along with all the other orphans scavenging for food. His only pleasure comes from Virtual Kombat, a martial arts computer game that holds the whole country in thrall. But, when Scott gets picked as a tester for the game, he finds himself in a world where fantasy and reality are scarily fused. To view others click here.
Young Samurai: The Way of the Dragon is the third book in this blockbuster series by Chris Bradford 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 . . . 'A fantastic adventure that floors the reader on page one and keeps them there until the end' - Eoin Colfer ***You can learn more about Chris Bradford and his books at www.youngsamurai.com.***
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?
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?
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