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Abie Longstaff - Author

About the Author

Abie Longstaff grew up in Hong Kong and throughout her childhood her family travelled to various parts of the world. Before becoming an author, Abie was a barrister and still works part time at a charity. She has written The Fairytale Hairdresser series and The Pirate House Swap and The Mummy Shop. Abie lives in North London with her family.

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Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 5: Sometimes Mum is Silly

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 5: Sometimes Mum is Silly

Author: Abie Longstaff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2020

Mum is often serious, careful and sensible ... but sometimes Mum is silly! Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series that will fire children's imaginations and develop their comprehension skills. The variety of authors and illustrators broadens children's reading experience, with something to appeal to every child. This story is one of six titles at Oxford Level 5, which are phonically decodable with some extra high-interest words to expand children's vocabularies and enrich the stories. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every reader to the right book.

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Thumbelina

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Thumbelina

Author: Abie Longstaff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser in all of Fairyland. . . A brave, stylish heroine for whom no tangle is too troublesome and no frizz too fearsome! . . . . . . . It's almost time for the Flower Festival and Kitty Lacey's salon is bursting with people who would like a special floral hairstyle. This is the Flower People's favourite time of year but they have all mysteriously disappeared. All except one: Thumbelina. But when Thumbelina vanishes too, can Kittie save the day with the help of a bluebird, a sprinkle of magic and some fabulous fairytale fashion?

The Trapdoor Mysteries: The Lost Treasure

The Trapdoor Mysteries: The Lost Treasure

Author: Abie Longstaff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

The final book in The Trapdoor Mysteries, a series about Tally, a code-breaking, animal-loving girl and her best friend, a squirrel named Squill, who solve mysteries with the help of a secret library... Tally was once a servant girl at Mollett Manor - as well as the Secret Keeper of the magical library hidden underneath the manor's grounds. Along with Squill the squirrel, she used the enchanted books in the library to solve crimes. Then Tally finds out a secret about her past, her entire life changes. Suddenly she's travelling aboard a huge ship on her way to New York to try and find her mother. When valuable items go missing from passengers' cabins on the ship, everyone expects Tally to be able to catch the culprit. But will Tally be able to solve the mystery without the magic of the Secret Library?

Reading Planet KS2 - The Pocket Elf and the Great Dog Escape - Level 2: Mercury/Brown band

Reading Planet KS2 - The Pocket Elf and the Great Dog Escape - Level 2: Mercury/Brown band

Author: Abie Longstaff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2019

Blue, the pocket elf, is bored. She really wants to do something fun - like training next door's dog to become a waiter! But when Blue gets impatient and her magic goes wrong, Jasper escapes. Now, both she and Emma will need to follow the clues to find him. Will Emma and Blue be able to bring Jasper home, or will the great dog escape end in disaster? The Pocket Elf and the Great Dog Escape is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. 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 - The Pocket Elf and the Star of the Show - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Reading Planet KS2 - The Pocket Elf and the Star of the Show - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Author: Abie Longstaff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2019

It's the day of the school show, and Emma is dreading the thought of performing in front of a big audience. Emma's day starts off badly thanks to Melanie catching her singing one of Blue's elf songs, and gets even worse when Blue decides to help bring the show to life. Before long, the school hall is in chaos and there's only one person who can save the day ... The Pocket Elf and the Star of the Show is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. 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 - The Pocket Elf and the Paint Explosion - Level 1: Stars/Lime band

Reading Planet KS2 - The Pocket Elf and the Paint Explosion - Level 1: Stars/Lime band

Author: Abie Longstaff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2019

Emma couldn't have dreamed that she would ever make friends with an elf - but one Friday morning, that's just what happens to her! Despite causing Emma no end of trouble, Blue just wants to get back to her home. But when Emma's art lesson starts to go wrong, will Blue be the one to save the day? The Pocket Elf and the Paint Explosion is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. 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 - The Pocket Elf and the Sports Day Disaster - Level 4: Earth/Grey band

Reading Planet KS2 - The Pocket Elf and the Sports Day Disaster - Level 4: Earth/Grey band

Author: Abie Longstaff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2019

Blue's magical powers are nearly fully recovered, and Emma knows that her time with the pocket elf is running out. If she can just get through the dreaded sports' day, then everything will be fine ... unless Melanie tells the world about Blue! Can Blue and Emma work together one last time to save the day and protect their secret friendship? The Pocket Elf and the Sports Day Disaster 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

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