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Ciaran Murtagh - Author

About the Author

Ciaran Murtagh is a writer and actor. His new book Genie in a Trap is out now.

He regularly appears in TV shows for CBBC and can be seen in Dick and Dom's Hoopla and in all four series of The Slammer.

He also writes TV shows and has recently been involved with scripting Shaun the Sheep, Dennis and Gnasher, The Slammer, The Legend of Dick and Dom, Scoop, Hotel Trubble, Casper's Scare School, The 4 o'clock Club and Diddy Movies.

He is an unapologetic fan of the music of a-ha and still sucks his thumb.
It is unclear which of these two facts is more embarrassing to his friends and family. Find out more at www.ciaranmurtagh.com

 

Author photo © Steve Ullathorne

Books by Ciaran Murtagh

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Hidden Heroes - Level 2: Mercury/Brown band

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Hidden Heroes - Level 2: Mercury/Brown band

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Game Changers have the skills, courage and power to change the world! Read about twelve amazing hidden heroes! From scientists and inventors to war heroes and explorers, all these people achieved incredible things - but they never got the praise and thanks they truly deserved. Learn about these special Game Changers and be inspired to do something amazing to help others! Game-Changers: Hidden Heroes is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will love reading the exciting collection of fiction and non-fiction written by top authors. Inspire them to keep reading through gripping stories and fascinating information books packed with rich language and stunning artwork. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 7-8 years

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Computer Pioneers - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Computer Pioneers - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Game Changers have the skills, courage and power to change the world! Read about eight amazing people whose achievements in computing have transformed our lives. Learn about these incredible Game Changers, from early computer programmers like Grace Hopper to Larry Page and Sergey Brin who created the Google search engine! These are the people whose genius brought us the technology we rely on every day. Game-Changers: Computer Pioneers is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will love reading the exciting collection of fiction and non-fiction written by top authors. Inspire them to keep reading through gripping stories and fascinating information books packed with rich language and stunning artwork. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 8-9 years

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Brave Leaders - Level 4: Earth/Grey band

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Brave Leaders - Level 4: Earth/Grey band

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Game Changers have the skills, courage and power to change the world! Read about five inspiring leaders, whose bravery, determination and sacrifice changed the world and gave us many of the freedoms we enjoy today. From Emmeline Pankhurst, who worked to get votes for women, to Martin Luther King, who fought for equal rights for black people in the USA, all these incredible people continue to inspire us today. Game-Changers: Brave Leaders is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will love reading the exciting collection of fiction and non-fiction written by top authors. Inspire them to keep reading through gripping stories and fascinating information books packed with rich language and stunning artwork. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 8-9 years

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Music-Makers - Level 1: Stars/Lime band

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Music-Makers - Level 1: Stars/Lime band

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Game Changers have the skills, courage and power to change the world! Read about six amazing musical Game Changers, from Nina Simone, whose protest songs helped overcome racism, to guitar genius Jimi Hendrix, and Elvis Presley, King of Rock and Roll. Learn more about these brilliant musicians who changed the way we think about music - and find out why they're still inspiring musicians today! Game-Changers: Music-Makers is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will love reading the exciting collection of fiction and non-fiction written by top authors. Inspire them to keep reading through gripping stories and fascinating information books packed with rich language and stunning artwork. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 7-8 years

Read with Oxford: Stage 5: Sugar Plum Scary

Read with Oxford: Stage 5: Sugar Plum Scary

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

Sugar Plum is no good at being a tooth fairy. But when disaster strikes, it's up to her to save the day! Books with short chapters are a great way for children who are beginning to read independently to extend reading stamina and progress to the next step of their reading journey. This Read with Oxford Stage 5 book has short chapters, an engaging story and humorous colour illustrations. Tips for parents and fun after-reading activities help you to get the most out of the story. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Dragon Doughnuts

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Dragon Doughnuts

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2019

In this funny chapter book, King Harold loves doughnuts - but then a fierce dragon begins to steal them. Can the king's daughter, Rose, save the day? Books with short chapters are a great way for children who are reading independently to extend reading stamina and progress to the next step of their reading journey. This Read with Oxford Stage 6 book has short chapters, an engaging story and humorous illustrations. Tips for parents and fun after-reading activities help you to get the most out of the story. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

Reading Planet - Amazing Animation - Blue: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Amazing Animation - Blue: Galaxy

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

How does animation work and when was invented? In this non-fiction book, children learn all about the very first Mickey Mouse cartoons, created using paper drawings, and how modern animated films are now made using computers. Amazing Animation is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Reading Planet - Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow - Orange: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow - Orange: Galaxy

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

Robin Hood is persuaded to take part in the Sheriff of Nottingham's archery competition, to win a golden arrow. However, Robin quickly discovers that the competition is a trick to lure and capture him and his friends. Can Robin hatch a plan to free his friends and take the prize? Robin Hood is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Reading Planet - Laugh Out Loud - Orange: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Laugh Out Loud - Orange: Galaxy

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

What's a duck's favourite snack? How do you make a cheese roll? Children will laugh out loud with this book packed with jokes and fun facts! Laugh Out Loud and Other Fun Facts is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Oxford Level 17: Simon Barbecue

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Oxford Level 17: Simon Barbecue

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

Simon is a legend in his own lifetime. There's nothing he won't do. Parachuting into the Amazon and finding his way home - no problem. Scaling mountains - all in a day's work. But reading between the lines, it becomes very clear that Simon's self-confidence far outstrips his survivial skills, and that spending the night in a local garden centre isn't sufficient preparation for being parachuted into the Amazon... The book is made up of three short stories about the heroic, hapless Simon, all of which he survives in spite of himself. 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.

Project X Comprehension Express: Stage 2: Wild Water Pack of 15

Project X Comprehension Express: Stage 2: Wild Water Pack of 15

Author: Ciaran Murtagh, Janice Pimm, Tamsyn Murray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2017

The Wild Water collection of texts provides children with the perfect foundation for practising the 10 comprehension strategies in Project X Comprehension Express. There are 9 texts in the collection covering highly-engaging fiction and non-fiction. Each text is carefully levelled to be accessible to every child - including those just behind age-related expectations. This collection of texts is part of Project X Comprehension Express. It is a whole-class teaching programme specially built to help children in Years 4-6 (P5-P7) master comprehension and excel in the new National Reading Test. It includes Handbooks, Workbooks, Expert Tip flashcards and an Expert Tip poster. Online teaching resources and best practice films are available on www.oxfordowl.co.uk to ensure its easy implementation.

Reading Planet - The Great Space Race - Turquoise: Galaxy

Reading Planet - The Great Space Race - Turquoise: Galaxy

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Billy is the best Astro Dash racer on the planet. But playing a computer game is very different to flying a real spaceship in the Great Space Race! Does Billy have any chance of crossing the winning line first? The Great Space Race is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 6-7 years

Reading Planet - Be an Astronaut - Turquoise: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Be an Astronaut - Turquoise: Galaxy

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Have you got what it takes to be an astronaut? There's a lot of training to be done before take off! Find out what special skills you need to blast off into space. Be an Astronaut is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 6-7 years

The Making of Mozart Band 12/Copper

The Making of Mozart Band 12/Copper

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

Get ready to meet a small boy with a big talent! Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composing music and travelling the world to perform for kings and emperors when he was only eight years old. This is his story. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 28 and 29 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Music

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10: Dragon Doughnuts

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10: Dragon Doughnuts

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

The King of Sprinkle Tops loves his precious doughnuts but then a fierce dragon begins to steal them. Can the King's daughter, Rose, face the dragon and bring back the doughnuts? Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding. All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book - one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

The Stubborn Prince Band 15/Emerald

The Stubborn Prince Band 15/Emerald

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A hilarious traditional Norwegian tale, which will have the whole class in stiches. Find out how Prince Magnus gets on when he leaves home thinking he knows best, only to end up living with a ferocious giant determined for him to fail, which he surely would if it wasn't for a little helper Magnus finds. Perhaps he doesn't know best after all? Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Reading Planet - Forest School - Green: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Forest School - Green: Galaxy

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

At Forest School, children learn outside and get close to nature. In this interesting information book, you can find out more about the fun things to build, make and look for at Forest School! Forest School is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Reading Planet - Robin Hood - Green: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Robin Hood - Green: Galaxy

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

You've been taking from poor people for too long! cries Robin Hood as he defends a poor old man from the greed of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Join brave Robin Hood and he leads his enemy on an exciting chase through the forest. Will the Sheriff catch him, or will Robin's friends come to his rescue? Robin Hood is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Prom King: The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer

Prom King: The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Can Fin make prom night unforgettable (in a good way), dazzle Claudia and win the crown? When Blake - a US exchange student - suggests a Prom Night for the end of term, everyone is buzzing about it. But to be in the running for Prom King Fin has to be on the committee and help organise a BIG party in only two weeks. He already has extra chores at home to help Mum during her pregnancy and save up for the key ingredients to his success: the tux, the limo and a ticket for Claudia, the Prom Queen of his dreams. Fin's going to use the diary again to help him, but on the night will he remember what's really important? Another laugh-out-loud 'Fincredible' adventure from rising star Ciaran Murtagh, with comic illustrations by Tim Wesson.

Action Hero: The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer

Action Hero: The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Fin Spencer is in BIG trouble. He upset Mrs Johnson, and now he's not going on the class trip. But he has to, after all he's a born action hero! Stevie Knuckles Action Camp is where Fin belongs. So it's time to use the diary again - if he can just tweak what happened today, he'll be on his way to fame, fortune and fearlessness once again. But the diary has a naughty habit of backfiring . . . Can Fin turn things around before he officially becomes an 'Action Zero'? Another laugh-out-loud 'Fincredible' adventure written by rising star Ciaran Murtagh with comic illustrations by Tim Wesson.

Roman Life in Britain Band 12/Copper

Roman Life in Britain Band 12/Copper

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

When the Roman Emperor Claudius invaded in 43 AD, life for people in Britain changed - a lot! This book will show you how people in Roman Britain lived, travelled, ate, dressed and even washed themselves. You'll also find out why the Romans came to Britain in the first place - and why they had to leave in the end. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 30 and 31 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History

Blackbeard and the Monster of the Deep Level 15

Blackbeard and the Monster of the Deep Level 15

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2016

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 15 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters to help develop reading stamina and to help develop sustained engagement with texts. Level 15 books use a wide range of language structures to reflect progression in the teaching of Arabic grammar. Paragraphs and other text devices become more evident in these longer books. Follow cabin boy Bulbul on his journey to becoming a pirate as he and Blackbeard battle a terrifying sea monster in this exciting adventure story.

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 11: Julia Caesar

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 11: Julia Caesar

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Julia, the daughter of Julius Caesar, must foil a plot to trick her father and save Rome. Using only her lucky marble and her quick-wits, it's up to Julia to save the day! Julia Caesar is a gorgeously-illustrated action story set in Ancient Rome. 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.

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 9: Sugar Plum Scary

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 9: Sugar Plum Scary

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Sugar Plum is a tooth fairy but she's not very good at it! She's always crashing into pillows and dropping teeth. Sugar Plum tries to find a new job, but there aren't any jobs for a clumsy fairy ... then the faries' coins are stolen, and it's up to Sugar Plum to save the day! 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.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops inFact: Level 9: Behind the Camera

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops inFact: Level 9: Behind the Camera

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Behind the Camera takes the reader into the TV studio to learn how their favourite shows are made. TreeTops inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children's authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 11: Real Heroes

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 11: Real Heroes

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Unlike superheroes, real heroes don't have special powers! Real Heroes is a biography of three people who became heroes by standing up for their beliefs Emily Davison, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela. Oxford Reading Tree inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children's authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 9: Spread the Word

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 9: Spread the Word

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Spread the Word explores the lives of William Caxton, Alexander Graham Bell and Tim Berners-Lee. They all found ways to help us communicate, spreading the word around the world. Oxford Reading Tree inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children's authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 7: History's Marvellous Mistakes

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 7: History's Marvellous Mistakes

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

History's Marvellous Mistakes is a biography of Christopher Columbus, the Kellogg brothers and Alexander Fleming the people behind three amazing discoveries that were made by mistake! Oxford Reading Tree inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children's authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 17: The Adventures of Captain Fearbeard

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 17: The Adventures of Captain Fearbeard

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In The Adventures of Captain Fearbeard, Fearbeard is a gentleman explorer who ventures into the unknown with his long-suffering sidekick, Sam. Hop on board the Albatross with them as they encounter an ancient mummy, an arctic yeti and even a killer kangaroo! 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.

Blackbeard and the Monster of the Deep Band 11 Lime/Band 12 Copper

Blackbeard and the Monster of the Deep Band 11 Lime/Band 12 Copper

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2014

Follow cabin boy Bill on his journey to becoming a pirate as he and Blackbeard battle a terrifying sea monster. This adventure story is wonderfully written by Ciaran Murtagh and illustrated by Nathan Aardvark. * Collins Big Cat Progress books are specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. * Text type: An adventure story * Curriculum links:

Genie in Trouble

Genie in Trouble

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Jamie is in a lesson at school when he has a surprise visit from Balthazar, his genie friend. It turns out there are huge problems at the Genie Academy and the headmaster is in trouble. He is desperate for Jamie to come back to the genie kingdom to help them out. Jamie faces evil wishes, undercover missions and death-defying magic carpet races in his most dangerous challenge yet! Still, it's got to beat a spelling test . . .

Genie in Training

Genie in Training

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2012

When Jamie's gran gives him a battered old teapot he reckons she's gone doolally! But then he cleans it, and out pops Balthazar Najar, a banished genie! Balthazar grants three wishes but, for the last one, Jamie accidentally wishes he was a genie . . . He's whisked off to genie school where angry headmasters, deadly magic carpets and exploding lamps are the least of his worries! Illustrated throughout with fun pictures by Adria Meserve.

Dinoburps

Dinoburps

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2010

It's a hot summer and Charlie creates a tasty fizzy drink for the dinosaurs to enjoy and to keep them cool. But there is an unexpected side-effect: very smelly dinoburps. To start with everyone finds it quite amusing, but the burping continues, even when the dinosaurs stop drinking the pop. No one can get any sleep and there's a horrible smelly fog lingering over Sabreton! It's up to Charlie to make a dangerous journey through the jungle, across the sea and to a volcano to get the remedy. But, to make matters worse for him, he has to do it with a girl!

Dinopants

Dinopants

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2009

Caveboy Charlie Flint is fed up with all the dinosaurs pooing all over his hometown of Sabreton. When he finds his brand new club covered in dinopoo it's the last straw. He comes up with a fabulous new invention - dinopants! They fast become the must-have fashion accessory among all the dinosaurs - except for the terrifying T. Rex who wants to make Charlie and his pants history!

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