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Cas Lester - Author

About the Author

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!

Featured books by Cas Lester

Other books by Cas Lester

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 8, Purple Book Band: Stop that Mammoth!

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 8, Purple Book Band: Stop that Mammoth!

Author: Cas Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

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.

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 7, Turquoise Book Band: Super Coldo

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 7, Turquoise Book Band: Super Coldo

Author: Cas Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

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.

Sprichst du Schokolade?

Sprichst du Schokolade?

Author: Cas Lester Format: eBook Release Date: 18/06/2018

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 ...

Project X Origins: Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7: Cheeky Meeko

Project X Origins: Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7: Cheeky Meeko

Author: Cas Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2018

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.

Project X Origins: Orange Book Band, Oxford Level 6: Ready, Steady, Sledge!

Project X Origins: Orange Book Band, Oxford Level 6: Ready, Steady, Sledge!

Author: Cas Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2018

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.

Do You Speak Chocolate? Perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson

Do You Speak Chocolate? Perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson

Author: Cas Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2017

'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.

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 12 : Nan and the Baaad Sheep

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 12 : Nan and the Baaad Sheep

Author: Cas Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

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.

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 12: MegaMax

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 12: MegaMax

Author: Cas Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Huang loves to invent things, but he hates doing his chores. If only he could make an invention to help him 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.

Nixie: Fizzy Firework Fun

Nixie: Fizzy Firework Fun

Author: Cas Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Whizzing dodgems, spinning teacups, and fizzing fireworks. WHOOPEE! It's the night of the Fairyland Funfair and Nixie the Bad, Bad Fairy can't wait to go on all of her favourite rides! To top it all off there will be a HUGE fizzy firework display to close the fair. Buzzing with excitement, thrill-seeker Nixie rushes from one ride to the next, but Nixie's impatient nature soon gets her into trouble, and it's not long before her wonky wand is causing chaos. Bumblebees' bottoms! Nixie's in trouble . . . again! Perfect for readers who like their fairies with a bit of mischief, and for fans of the Rainbow Magic series.

Nixie: Splashy Summer Swim

Nixie: Splashy Summer Swim

Author: Cas Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2016

Wonky wand mishaps, froggy fiascos, and water fights! When it's a super hot sunny day, there's only one thing to do with all your friends . . . have a WATER FIGHT! For Nixie the naughty fairy this is the perfect opportunity to come up with some of her ingenious inventions to make the fairies' swimming party really go with a splash . . . and a BANG! Oops! Her wonky wand is up to its usual tricks and soon the peaceful pond becomes a froggy fiasco! Bumblebees' bottoms - Nixie's in trouble . . . again! Perfect for readers who like their fairies with a bit of mischief!

Wilfred the Unwise

Wilfred the Unwise

Author: Cas Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

When medieval wizardry meets cool street magic, what could possibly go wrong . . .? Wilfred is a young magical apprentice determined to become the best and most wise wizard that ever was. Unfortunately for him, he's not very good. He's got the raw talent, but he doesn't concentrate! In fact, he's become (rather unkindly) known as 'Wilfred the UNwise'. And when one of Wilf's spells goes badly wrong, he's suddenly in more trouble than ever before. A mix-up which sees him catapulted into the future - and more specifically, into Bel's hometown. Bel is an aspiring magician too - she wants to be an amazing street magician like her heroes on TV. She's even got a stage-name sorted, and unlike Wilf, she practises all the time - maybe just a little too much . . . Wilf is delighted by her skills, and begs to learn from Bel. She's not so sure, but agrees that they'll have to work together to try to work out how to get Wilf back to his own time. If only Wilf would stop messing around! Can these two young magicians work together, or will Wilf be stuck here forever?

Nixie: Wonky Winter Wonderland

Nixie: Wonky Winter Wonderland

Author: Cas Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2015

Snow days are for sledging, skating and snowball battles and no-one is safe from Nixie's expertly aimed snowballs or her mischievous wonky wand. But one fairy is missing out on all of the fun, where is Fidget the butterfly fairy? It's up to Nixie to find her and prove that she's not such a bad, bad fairy but a rather ingenious one!

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