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Cas spent many years having a fabulous time, and a great deal of fun, working in children's television drama with CBBC. She developed and executive produced lots of programmes including Jackanory, Muddle Earth, The Magician of Samarkand, Big Kids and The Story of Tracy Beaker. Her programmes have been nominated for numerous awards, including BAFTAS, Royal Television Awards and Broadcast Children's Awards. Now she's having a fabulous time, and a great deal of fun, writing books for children, helping out in a primary school library and mucking about with her family. She has four children, three chickens and a daft dog called Bramble. She would absolutely love to go into space. But not on The Toxic Spew.
A Q&A with Cas
What inspires your writing? Children – they’re the 8th wonder of the world, and the greatest invention both before and since sliced bread.
How did you first become an author? I gave up making children’s television programmes and desperately needed to make something else up for children.
What are you reading right now? Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages by Tom Holt – hilarious and very clever.
What was your earliest career aspiration? Watching a BBC adaptation of a children’s book and thinking: That’s what I want to do - I want to make something magical for children.
What advice would you give to budding writers? Stop mucking about and get on with it!
What was your favourite childhood book? WINNIE THE POOH.
Where is your favourite place to write? Next to Bramble, my Springer Spaniel.
How do you read- print, digitally or both? Both.
Who do you most admire? People who chase their dreams.
Are there any books you wish you had written? Honestly? The list is endless!
Mischief and magic make an excellent combination in this lively new series. Nixie is not a typical fairy – she’s generally grubby, finds it hard to do what she’s told, and somehow seems to attract trouble. Many young readers will recognise a kindred spirit! In book one, the fairies are getting ready for the annual Blossom Ball and Nixie is inadvertently causing mayhem as usual. Magic flies, tempers fray, and Nixie drops from the sky to crash land on goody-goody Adorabella not once but twice. Nicely told and with illustrations that match the bouncy text young readers will relish this helping of fairy fun. ~ Andrea Reece
March 2014 Debut of the Month Fun and lively this will appeal to fans of David Walliams. Harvey Drew is an ordinary eleven-year-old who dreams of great adventures in outer space. The Toxic Spew is an intergalactic waste disposal ship. The two are on a collision course for chaos! A Piece of Passion from Sara O'Connor, Editorial Director I have read a lot of fiction series for boys and I can assure you that Harvey Drew is special. It has all the action, all the humour and all the story that you might expect, but it also has a quiet lesson to be learned. Harvey exemplifies good leadership. He would never ask his crew to do something he wouldn't do himself. He uses his diplomacy skills and shows his crew how to work together to make things a little bit better than they were yesterday. These are values I want to pass on to my son - buried in the heart of a rip-roaring, giggle-inducing space adventure!
Pip and Kit must find a telescope ... at the bottom of the ocean! Using the world's largest known database of writing for and by children, our experts have defined 300 ambitious words to help children succeed at school. We've combined these with finelly levelled books that help you develop support comprehension and fluency, while inspiring and engaging your young readers.
Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed to captivate and motivate all young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. Stop that Mammoth! is in Purple Book Band, Oxford Level 8, and supports Letters and Sounds Phase 6. In this story, Nisha and Jin go to the Lexis City Museum of Natural History and discover that an enormous woolly mammoth has been brought to life! Can they stop the mammoth from destroying the museum, and find out who the culprit is? Each book can be used for independent reading, but also contains inside cover notes that include help on developing vocabulary and prompt questions that can be used for guided reading and one-to-one sessions. Full guided reading notes are provided in the corresponding handbook. There are also a range of follow-up activities to support reading for pleasure.
Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed to captivate and motivate all young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. Super Coldo is in Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7, and supports Letters and Sounds Phase 6. In this story, Cam and Jin hear a loud crash coming from Corridor B12 a corridor that is usually forbidden to pupils Super Coldo, the number 3 most wanted villain, has broken into the gadget storeroom! Can the heroes stop him? Each book can be used for independent reading, but also contains inside cover notes that include help on developing vocabulary and prompt questions that can be used for guided reading and one-to-one sessions. Full guided reading notes are provided in the corresponding handbook. There are also a range of follow-up activities to support reading for pleasure.
Schokolade gegen Nougat.Was tun, wenn man nicht dieselbe Sprache spricht und aus unterschiedlichen Kulturen kommt? Die rebellische und selbstbewusste Jaz und ihre neue Mitschulerin Nadima machen es vor: Sie tauschen Suigkeiten aus und verstandigen sich mithilfe von Emojis. Und so wird schnell klar, dass sie mehr Gemeinsamkeiten haben, als sie je gedacht hatten. Der Anfang einer ganz besonderen Freundschaft! Doch wie jede Freundschft wird auch diese auf die Probe gestellt ...
Join Cat, Ant and Tiger as they try to find the perfect material for a micro-sledge. But what will they do when the snow stops Ant from returning to normal size? Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.
Ant and Tiger are on a camping trip in a wildlife park! But when things mysteriously start going missing, can they find out what's going on? Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.
'I love this book' Jacqueline Wilson 'I just knew we were going to be friends. Don't ask me to explain why. I can't. But i just knew.' Jaz has found the best way to make friends with new girl Nadima, who doesn't speak any English - by offering her a chocolate bar. Nadima grins and offers back some Turkish Delight, the ice is broken, and a special friendship begins ... Jaz is outgoing, rebellious, gumptious and a little bit bolshy - but it doesn't stop her from finding it hard that she doesn't have a best friend at school any more. Not since Lily went off with Kara ... She's not one to get down about things, though - and things start to look up when Nadima comes into their classroom. Before long the girls are firm friends, even when Nadima, recently arrived from Syria, can't speak much English. The path of true friendship doesn't run smooth, though ... Jaz, ever the entrepreneur, cooks up a plan to sell Turkish Delight at school, with disastrous results. A drama project with Nadima about family history proves impossible to manage. And Charity Challenge Week puts the icing on the cake as Jaz puts every foot wrong possible. Can she find a way to put things right, and restore the wonderful and unique friendship that she has with Nadima? In a story of friendship, family and entrepreneurial wizardry, Cas Lester deftly navigates the trials and tribulations of girlhood, and examines with the lightest of touches and gentle humour the thorny and compelling issues of integration, belonging and identity.
Farmer Nan needs to shear her sheep but they are behaving very badly. Can Nan and sheepdog Nelly get the sheep under control? 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.
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