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Linda Chapman - Author

About the Author

Linda Chapman is the best-selling author of over 200 books for 5–14 year olds. Her series include My Secret Unicorn, Stardust, Sophie and The Shadow Woods and Best Friends Bakery among many others. She lives in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. 

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The Coral Kingdom

The Coral Kingdom

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Welcome to Mermaids Rock! The entrance to the mermaid realm in the deep, blue ocean... Marina is new in Mermaids Rock, having travelled the world with her scientist dad, and she can't wait to make friends! She meets a gang of mermaids who love animals and the environment as much as she does and the group soon face their first challenge... The beautiful coral caves nearby have been damaged. Who could have caused the destruction? And are they dangerous? From the author of STAR FRIENDS comes the first in an exciting new series about the wonders of the ocean, perfect for fans of RAINBOW MAGIC, Barbie Dolphin Magic and Holly Webb.

Hidden Charm

Hidden Charm

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Do you believe in magic? Ionie and her friends do! When they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of adventure unfolds. The Star Friends are enjoying the holidays, but it's not all fun and games as they try to discover who summoned the Shades that caused chaos in Westcombe. During their investigations, they notice that the village is strangely quiet - even the popular cafe is empty! Could the two be connected? The girls need to pull together to solve this mystery before it spirals out of control! Perfect for fans of MY SECRET UNICORN and THE RESCUE PRINCESSES, and for RAINBOW MAGIC readers looking to move on to a more challenging adventure.

Moonlight Mischief

Moonlight Mischief

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Do you believe in magic? Sita and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of adventure unfolds. When the residents of Westcombe enter the Best Kept Village competition, they appear to have a helping hand - someone has tidied the village overnight! No one knows who has mowed the lawns and painted the fences but the town is looking neater than ever. Then pets and toys start to go missing. The villagers are upset and worried, and the Star Friends suspect that dark magic is involved. They're going to have to use all of their skills to solve this latest mystery... An exciting adventure series perfect for fans of MY SECRET UNICORN and THE RESCUE PRINCESSES, and for RAINBOW MAGIC readers looking to move on to a more challenging read.

Poison Potion

Poison Potion

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Do you believe in magic? Maia and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of magical adventure unfolds. The Star Friends still don't know who is using the woodland plants to create dark magic potions. Could it be the grumpy new school secretary? Meanwhile, Lottie's friend Essie is being mean at school, and none of the adults want to go to work! The girls must combine their powers to unmask the potion-maker - and defeat them once and for all. Perfect for fans of MY SECRET UNICORN and THE RESCUE PRINCESSES, and for RAINBOW MAGIC readers looking to move on to a more challenging adventure.

Night Shade

Night Shade

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Do you believe in magic? Maia and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of magical adventure unfolds. Lottie and her star animal, a squirrel called Juniper, must use their special powers to stop the forces of dark magic. Ever since Maia and her friends stopped Auntie Mabel from using dark magic to cause trouble in the small seaside village of Westcombe, life has been peaceful for the girls and their Star Animals. But it seems that peace was only temporary and the girls are going to have to use all their Star Magic skills to battle against the latest threat... Perfect for fans of My Secret Unicorn and The Rescue Princesses, and for Rainbow Magic readers looking to move on to a more challenging adventure.

My Secret Unicorn: A Touch of Magic

My Secret Unicorn: A Touch of Magic

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Most of the time, Twilight looks like an ordinary grey pony but when Lauren says the words of a spell he transforms into a magical unicorn and together they can fly all over the world . . . When Lauren's brother Max makes friends with two new boys, he forgets about looking after Buddy, his puppy. Lauren tries to hide it from their parents, knowing that if they found out Max would get into a lot of trouble and they might even send Buddy away! Can a touch of magic help to show Max how important Buddy really is?

My Secret Unicorn: Friends Forever

My Secret Unicorn: Friends Forever

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Most of the time, Twilight looks like an ordinary grey pony but when Lauren says the words of a spell he transforms into a magical unicorn and together they can fly all over the world . . . Best friends Lauren and Mel are really excited about going to pony camp, but when they get there they are surprised to find that they're not in the same cabin. Mel soon makes lots of new friends and Lauren feels left out. But then she discovers that Mel's team-mates are not as nice as they seem. Can Twilight's magic help to persuade Mel that she's making a big mistake?

My Secret Unicorn: Twilight Magic

My Secret Unicorn: Twilight Magic

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Most of the time, Twilight looks like an ordinary grey pony, but when Lauren says the magic words he transforms into a magical unicorn and together they can fly all over the world. Snooty Jade Roberts is jealous when Lauren makes friends with the new-born foal at the stables, and she is determined to cause trouble. But when Jade gets into danger, only Lauren and Twilight can help. Will Twilight's magic be enough to save her?

My Secret Unicorn: Rising Star

My Secret Unicorn: Rising Star

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Most of the time, Twilight looks like an ordinary grey pony but when Lauren says the words of a spell he transforms into a magical unicorn and together they can fly all over the world . . . When Twilight and Lauren discover a new unicorn named Currant, they do everything they can to get his owner, Grace, to say the Magic Turning spell which will give him his magic. But when it finally happens Currant has trouble getting to grips with it all, especially the flying. Can Lauren and Twilight help him become the rising star he is meant to be?

My Secret Unicorn: A Special Friend

My Secret Unicorn: A Special Friend

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Most of the time, Twilight looks like an ordinary grey pony but when Lauren says the words of a spell he transforms into a magical unicorn and together they can fly all over the world . . . Lauren is almost sure that Moonshine is another secret unicorn who needs someone special to turn her into her magical shape. Feeling sorry for the lonely pony, Lauren pays her a visit and is surprised to see a strange boy nearby. Lauren discovers that Michael longs to have a pony of his own. Could he be the special friend that Moonshine needs to become a unicorn?

Dark Tricks

Dark Tricks

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Do you believe in magic? Sita and her friends do! When they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of adventure unfolds. Sita and her star animal, a deer called Willow, must use their special powers to stop the forces of dark magic. As the Star Friends' ability to use their magic gets stronger, the forces of dark magic working against them become more intense, too. But the person using dark magic is taking risks - can the girls find out who their enemy is, and confront them once and for all? Perfect for fans of MY SECRET UNICORN and THE RESCUE PRINCESSES and for RAINBOW MAGIC readers looking to move on to a more challenging adventure.

My Secret Unicorn: The Magic Spell

My Secret Unicorn: The Magic Spell

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Most of the time, Twilight looks like an ordinary grey pony but when Lauren says the words of a spell he transforms into a magical unicorn and together they can fly all over the world . . . Lauren Foster is excited about moving to her new home on a farm, especially now that her parents have promised that she can get a pony of her own! When she meets Twilight at a pony auction, she knows immediately he's the one for her. But there's more to Twilight than meets the eye. With the help of the magic spell she finds in an old book, can Lauren unlock the secret and help Twilight become who he was born to be?

My Secret Unicorn: Starlight Surprise

My Secret Unicorn: Starlight Surprise

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Most of the time, Twilight looks like an ordinary grey pony but when Lauren says the words of a spell he transforms into a magical unicorn and together they can fly all over the world . . . You don't think the treehouse is really haunted, do you? There are rumours going round school that there is a haunted treehouse by the creek. After Lauren's brother's toy Donkey is thrown up there by the mean boys from school, it's up to Lauren and Twilight to get him back and to solve the spooky mystery. Little do they know, they're not the only ones in for a Starlight Surprise . . .

My Secret Unicorn: Dreams Come True

My Secret Unicorn: Dreams Come True

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Most of the time, Twilight looks like an ordinary grey pony but when Lauren says the words of a spell he transforms into a magical unicorn and together they can fly all over the world . . . Lauren's nervous about starting a new school and making new friends but then she meets pony-crazy Mel! Mel's pony Shadow is terrified of making jumps and with the next meet only a week away, Lauren is desperate to help Shadow overcome his fear and make her new friend's dreams can true. Can Twilight's magical powers help Shadow to be brave?

My Secret Unicorn: Flying High

My Secret Unicorn: Flying High

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Most of the time, Twilight looks like an ordinary grey pony but when Lauren says the words of a spell he transforms into a magical unicorn and together they can fly all over the world . . . Lauren's friend Jessica is finding life at home difficult, so difficult that one day, two weeks before her dad's wedding, she runs away. Lauren and Twilight want to help her but their magical plan means letting Jessica into their secret life. Can they persuade her to trust them so they can help her feel like she's flying high again?

My Secret Unicorn: Stronger Than Magic

My Secret Unicorn: Stronger Than Magic

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Most of the time, Twilight looks like an ordinary grey pony but when Lauren says the words of a spell he transforms into a magical unicorn and together they can fly all over the world . . . On one of their evening fly-arounds Twilight starts to feel ill and he and Lauren have to stop exploring and return home. When it happens again they realise that Twilight's mysterious illness only flares up when he has used his magic to become a unicorn. Can they find something stronger than magic to help . . .?

Secret Spell

Secret Spell

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2018

Do you believe in magic? Maia and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of magical adventure unfolds. Lottie and her star animal, a squirrel called Juniper, must use their special powers to stop the forces of dark magic. Someone in the village is using dark magic and the Star Friends need to work together to figure it out who it is. But things keep going wrong! Sita is convinced a Shade is following her, Lottie is sure she's going to fail her piano exam and Ionie thinks the others don't want to be her friends. Only Maia seems her usual self. She needs to find out what is happening and how to stop it! Perfect for fans of My Secret Unicorn and The Rescue Princesses, and for Rainbow Magic readers looking to move on to a more challenging adventure.

Wish Trap

Wish Trap

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Do you believe in magic? Ionie and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of magical adventure unfolds. Ionie and her star animal, a wildcat called Sorrel, must use their special powers to stop the forces of dark magic. When a run of bad luck hits the local gym team, the Star Friends suspect that dark magic is behind it. But are their Star Magic skills strong enough to fight back? Perfect for fans of My Secret Unicorn and The Rescue Princesses, and for Rainbow Magic readers looking to move on to a more challenging adventure.

Reading Planet - The Island of Serpents - Purple: Galaxy

Reading Planet - The Island of Serpents - Purple: Galaxy

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2017

In the third adventure in the trilogy, Alex and Olly must find King Arthur's missing sword. But the sword, Excalibur, is hidden on the deadly Island of Serpents and an evil army is approaching King Arthur's castle. Will Alex and Olly reach the sword in time? The Island of Serpents 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 - The Tower of Doom - Turquoise: Galaxy

Reading Planet - The Tower of Doom - Turquoise: Galaxy

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Alex and Olly have travelled back in time for their second adventure with King Arthur. Now, he needs them to find his helmet and sword. Can the children find them and survive the Tower of Doom? The Tower of Doom 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

Mirror Magic

Mirror Magic

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Do you believe in magic? Maia and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of magical adventure unfolds. Maia and her star animal, a fox called Bracken, must use their special powers to stop the forces of dark magic. Maia's older sister has started acting strangely and the Star Animals sense dark magic at work. Soon Maia discovers that the new pocket mirror her sister has must be to blame. Can the girls use their newfound Star Magic to help set things right? Perfect for fans of My Secret Unicorn and The Rescue Princesses, and for Rainbow Magic readers looking to move on to a more challenging adventure.

Reading Planet - The Castle of Danger - Orange: Galaxy

Reading Planet - The Castle of Danger - Orange: Galaxy

Author: Linda Chapman, Helen Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

Alex and Olly are on a camping holiday when they visit a castle and travel back in history to the time of King Arthur! The King has been imprisoned in the castle by his enemy, Morgana. Can the children help him to find his shield, sword and helmet and help to escape fom the castle? The Castle of Dangeris 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

Max's Amazing Models

Max's Amazing Models

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Meet Max, the boy whose inventions come to life, in this colour-illustrated early reader by acclaimed author, Linda Chapman. Perfect for children learning to read. Max loves making models - he makes robots, aliens and spaceships, all out of paper, card and glue. But these are no ordinary models - Max has a magic switch that make his models come to life! And when a messy monster, an evil wheelie bin and ninja sheep start causing trouble, Max's amazing models might just save the day! The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. * Clear type * Up to 8 lines per page * Bright, appealing pictures for added interest * A variety of sentence structures * A wider range of vocabulary * Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Orange

Early Reader: Mr Monkey and the Fairy Tea Party

Early Reader: Mr Monkey and the Fairy Tea Party

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your child's reading journey. Meet Mr Monkey, who belongs to Class Two. He's more than just an ordinary toy. He's magic! No one can quite remember now how long he's been at the school or where he came from, but once a week one of the children has to take him home and write a diary about their time with him.

Best Friends' Bakery: A Spoonful of Secrets Book 2

Best Friends' Bakery: A Spoonful of Secrets Book 2

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2015

After a difficult beginning, things are starting to look up for the Sugar and Spice Bakery. Business is good, and Hannah is excited about starting school with her new friends. But as school starts, Mia is acting strangely, and it looks as though things aren't going to be as easy as Hannah had thought... Friendship, fun and baking - this is CHOCOLAT for 8+.

Loving Spirit

Loving Spirit

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2014

Secrets

Secrets

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2014

Dreams

Dreams

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2014

Hopes

Hopes

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2014

Best Friends' Bakery: Sugar and Spice Book 1

Best Friends' Bakery: Sugar and Spice Book 1

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Eleven-year-old Hannah Hallett's life has changed. Her mum has recently remarried, and Hannah's got a new dad and twin sisters! The whole family have moved from the city to a small town so that Hannah's mum can fulfil her life-long dream of opening a bakery. But things don't start well for the new bakery, and soon Mum's too busy to spend time with Hannah the way she used to. Hannah knows she can turn the Sugar and Spice Bakery's fortunes around - all she needs to do is convince Mum she can be useful. Can Hannah use her baking talent to save the bakery, learn to live with her big new family and - most importantly - make some friends before school starts? Friendship, fun and baking - this is CHOCOLAT for 8+.

Animal Adventure

Animal Adventure

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2014

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in a series all about fun and friendship! Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

Makeover Party

Makeover Party

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2014

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in a series all about fun and friendship! Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

TV Star

TV Star

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 27/02/2014

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in a brand new series all about fun and friendship! Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

Big Race

Big Race

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 27/02/2014

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in a brand new series all about fun and friendship! Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

Talent Show

Talent Show

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 29/08/2013

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in this super series all about fun and friendship! Hello Kitty's school is holding a Talent Show, and the Friendship Club friends are all excited to show off what they're good at. But Tammy's not sure what SHE is good at... Can her friends help her figure it out? Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 29/08/2013

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in this super series all about fun and friendship! When Dear Daniel comes home, Hello Kitty decides to welcome him back with a treasure hunt for all her friends! There is a lot to do, and not much time. Can she do it all on her own? Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

Summer Fair

Summer Fair

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in a brand new series all about fun and friendship! Hello Kitty and her friends are helping out at the Summer Fair! They all like different things, and have different ideas. Can they work together to make sure it's the best day ever? Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

Pop Princess

Pop Princess

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in a brand new series all about fun and friendship! Hello Kitty is dreaming of being a Pop Princess! She wants to learn a Friendship Club dance for her favourite band's concert, but her friends are too busy!Will she tell them how much it means to her? Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

Beach Holiday

Beach Holiday

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in a brand new series all about fun and friendship! The Friendship Club is going on a Beach Holiday! They'll have lots and lots of fun together. But Tammy's brother Timmy loves to play tricks. Will his mischief get in the way of it being the best holiday ever? Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

Wedding Day

Wedding Day

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in a brand new series all about fun and friendship! When Hello Kitty and Mimmy are asked to be bridesmaids, it's going to be the best Wedding Day ever! But when disaster strikes, can the Friendship Club to step in and save the big day? Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

School Trip

School Trip

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in a brand new series all about fun and friendship! Hello Kitty and her friends are going on a school trip to the adventure park, but Fifi isn't as excited as everyone else!Will she tell her friends what she's scared of before it's too late? Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

Friendship Club

Friendship Club

Author: Linda Chapman, Michelle Misra Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Everyone's favourite world-famous fashion icon, HELLO KITTY, is starring in her very own fiction series! Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in a brand new series all about fun and friendship! When Hello Kitty starts at a new school, she's super-excited!There are lots of clubs to join but Hello Kitty and her friends decide to form their own - The Friendship Club!But can the friends agree on the rules? Each book in the series will be a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

The Terror Birds Band 08 Purple/Band 16 Sapphire

The Terror Birds Band 08 Purple/Band 16 Sapphire

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

On their way to a camping trip, Jack and Sam stumble on an old cave, and find themselves travelling through time to help Jason and the Argonauts and King Phineus to escape from the food-stealing harpies. This exciting graphic novel was written by Linda Chapman and illustrated by Dylan Coburn. * 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: A graphic novel * Curriculum links: History * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Deadly Monster Band 05 Green/Band 12 Copper

The Deadly Monster Band 05 Green/Band 12 Copper

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2012

Jack and Sam think their school trip to the Ancient Greece Museum is boring, until they see a glowing statue ... Finding themselves whisked away to fight a deadly monster, suddenly Ancient Greece doesn't seem so dull after all. This exciting graphic novel by Linda Chapman is brought to life with illustrations from Dylan Coburn. * Collins Big Cat Progress builds confidence, helping struggling pupils not only to read, but to love reading * Dual-banded books provide age-appropriate interest level material matched with a lower reading ability level * Every book is levelled by reading expert Cliff Moon to ensure precise, systematic, measurable progression to help close the ability gap * The books use a range of reading strategies: phonic, graphic, syntactic and contextual to build confident, accurate, fluent readers * Designed to build speaking and listening skills, as well as reading skills, the books are highly visual and include incredible illustrations and photographs * Every book has a Key Stage 2 look-and-feel to engage older pupils and avoid stigmatisation * Topics are relevant for children in years 3-6 and connected to the curriculum and framework objectives for these years to support inclusion * Progress titles contain a Reader Response page to encourage the pupil to respond to and recall what they have read. This offers an ideal opportunity to check comprehension * Ideas for Reading, written by primary literacy expert Gill Howell are included in the back of every book to help you support the reading needs of each child * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Bat Sprites

The Bat Sprites

Author: Linda Chapman, Lee Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2011

The sixth action-packed quest in an exciting new six book character-led series for 7+ girls who love fantasy, adventure, and high-kicking heroines! Very few people ever enter the Shadow Woods, for these woods are like no others. Hidden deep within them is the Gateway to the Shadow Realm - a dark and chaotic world where all kinds of gruesome creatures live... On her tenth birthday, tomboy Sophie learns she is the Guardian of the magical gateway, and that her destiny is to protect the human world from the goblins, trolls and evil sprites that inhabit the Shadow Woods. Each book sees Sophie having to outwit weird and terrifying creatures from the Shadow Woods, and in the last in this fantastic series Sophie takes on the Bat Sprites!

The Icicle Imps

The Icicle Imps

Author: Linda Chapman, Lee Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The fifth action-packed quest in an exciting new six book character-led series for 7+ girls who love fantasy, adventure, and high-kicking heroines! Very few people ever enter the Shadow Woods, for these woods are like no others. Hidden deep within them is the Gateway to the Shadow Realm - a dark and chaotic world where all kinds of gruesome creatures live... On her tenth birthday, tomboy Sophie learns she is the Guardian of the magical gateway, and that her destiny is to protect the human world from the goblins, trolls and evil sprites that inhabit the Shadow Woods. Each book sees Sophie having to outwit weird and terrifying creatures from the Shadow Woods, and in this fifth action-packed adventure, it's the turn of the nasty Icicle Imps! This Shadow Creature may look like a fluffy snowball on legs but Sophie quickly learns that appearances can be deceptive Stand between them and a Shadow gem and watch the Imps turn into mini-monsters with razor sharp fangs and teardrops that turn into daggers of ice! When the Imps run amok at Sophie's town's summer fete, Sophie has to think on her feet and stretch her Guardian powers to the limit.

The Fog Boggarts

The Fog Boggarts

Author: Linda Chapman, Lee Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

The fourth action-packed quest in an exciting new six book character-led series for 7+ girls who love fantasy, adventure, and high-kicking heroines! Very few people ever enter the Shadow Woods, for these woods are like no others. Hidden deep within them is the Gateway to the Shadow Realm - a dark and chaotic world where all kinds of gruesome creatures live... On her tenth birthday, tomboy Sophie learns she is the Guardian of the magical gateway, and that her destiny is to protect the human world from the goblins, trolls and evil sprites that inhabit the Shadow Woods. Each book sees Sophie having to outwit weird and terrifying creatures from the Shadow Woods, and in this fourth action-packed adventure, we meet the stinky Fog Boggarts!

The Spider Gnomes

The Spider Gnomes

Author: Linda Chapman, Lee Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

The third action-packed quest in an exciting new six book character-led series for 7+ girls who love fantasy, adventure, and high-kicking heroines! On her tenth birthday, tomboy Sophie learns she is the Guardian of a magic gateway between our world and the Shadow Woods. She must keep the human world safe from mischievous goblins, sprites and elves. It's the turn of the Spider Gnomes, gruesome man-sized spiders who make their webs in the trees of the Shadow Woods, to do battle with the Guardian. When the whole town becomes infested with spiders, Sophie and Sam realise something is seriously wrong, and the daring duo enter the Shadow Woods to investigate. During a terrifying encounter with these eight-legged Shadow Creatures, Sam gets bitten and starts acting very strangely... It doesn't take long for the pair to realise that the Spider Gnomes' fangs carry a poison that turns their victims into spiders themselves! Can Sam find the antidote before it's too late, and can Sophie figure out the strange clue before the spiders invade the town, find the gem and deliver it into the horrid hands of King Ug?

The Swamp Boggles

The Swamp Boggles

Author: Linda Chapman, Lee Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2011

The second action-packed quest in an exciting new six book character-led series for 7+ girls who love fantasy, adventure, and high-kicking heroines! This time, Sophie has to call upon all her strength and skills to defeat her most gruesome foe yet... THE SWAMP BOGGLES! Very few people ever enter the Shadow Woods, for these woods are like no others. Hidden deep within them is the Gateway to the Shadow Realm - a dark and chaotic world where all kinds of gruesome creatures live... On her tenth birthday, tomboy Sophie learns she is the Guardian of the magical gateway, and that her destiny is to protect the human world from the goblins, trolls and evil sprites that inhabit the Shadow Woods. Together with her brave best friend and loyal sidekick, Sam, Sophie must find a way to stop an invasion of disgusting slime-filled, stinky Swamp Boggles from causing mayhem in her town and it'll take all of Sophie's Guardian magic powers to defeat it!

The Goblin King

The Goblin King

Author: Linda Chapman, Lee Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2011

Exciting new 6 book character-led series for 7+ girls who love adventure! Very few people ever enter the Shadow Woods, for these woods are like no others. Hidden deep within them is the Gateway to the Shadow Realm - a dark and chaotic world where all kinds of gruesome creatures live... On her tenth birthday, tomboy Sophie learns she is the Guardian of the magical gateway, and that her destiny is to protect the human world from the goblins, trolls and evil sprites that inhabit the Shadow Woods. Each book sees Sophie having to outwit weird and terrifying creatures from the Shadow Woods, starting with the gruesome Goblins!

Skating School: Violet Skate Friends

Skating School: Violet Skate Friends

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2010

Welcome to a magical world where dreams come true . . . Emily is thrilled with her place at ice-skating school - she loves the exciting routines and daring new steps. Each girl wants to be the best skater and win a pair of dazzling violet skates. But when they're put into pairs, problems begin. Can Emily show them that friendship and working together is the greatest prize of all?

Skating School: White Skate Wishes

Skating School: White Skate Wishes

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2010

Welcome to a magical world where dreams come true . . . Emily loves to skate and when she is whisked away to a magical ice-skating school she can't believe her luck. But some of the girls aren't very friendly and she doesn't know what to do. Can Emily be brave and skate her way to happiness - and win the prized pair of wonderful white skates?

Unicorn School: Team Magic

Unicorn School: Team Magic

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/12/2008

It's nearly the end of term and there are lots of fun activities to look forward to. But first all the unicorns have to take their exams. Everyone is working very hard - except for Troy. He has a much better plan. But when Willow discovers what he's up to, she's sure her friend will get into trouble. Can she help Troy before it's too late? This is the sixth title in the Unicorn School series where young unicorns not only learn magic but how to be good and kind friends.

Unicorn School: The Treasure Hunt

Unicorn School: The Treasure Hunt

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2008

Follow little Willow and her new unicorn friends as they settle into life at Unicorn School. The fun continues in this third adventure when Willow and her best friends go on a treasure hunt. Troy becomes very bossy and Willow gets cross, but the team all pull together when one of the clues leads them to a most unusual find, and, suddenly, winning doesn't seem quite as important any more.

Stardust: Midnight Magic

Stardust: Midnight Magic

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2008

Lucy's powers are incredibly special - she's the most powerful young stardust spirit there has ever been. But as Lucy has to spend more and more time with the adult stardust spirits, lending her powers to help them, she wishes that she could be more like her young stardust friends. She's starting to feel really left out. But with dark spirits about, intent on capturing Lucy's powers for their own - it looks like Lucy's wish might come true sooner than she thinks . . .

Not Quite a Mermaid: Mermaid Tricks

Not Quite a Mermaid: Mermaid Tricks

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2008

Electra is having a brilliant time playing scary tricks on all her mermaid friends - and when Sparkle, the baby seahorse, joins in they have even more fun. But not everyone finds Electra's tricks very funny and when she tries to warn her friends about something truly dangerous, no one will listen to her! How will Electra make her friends believe her now?

Unicorn School: First Class Friends

Unicorn School: First Class Friends

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

It's the first day of term at Unicorn School and little Willow is feeling rather nervous and excited, but she soon settles in and makes new friends. Life at school is full of fun and adventure, but one day an older unicorn plays a mean trick on Storm and lands him in big trouble. Willow is determined to help her friend, even if it means putting herself in danger - after all, isn't that what friends are for?

My Secret Unicorn: Keeper of Magic

My Secret Unicorn: Keeper of Magic

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

The fourteenth story in the My Secret Unicorn series, about a little girl called Lauren and her magical pony, Twilight. Lauren's twelve-year-old cousin Hannah is coming to stay. Hannah is pony mad and Lauren can't wait to introduce her to Twilight. But when she arrives, Lauren is disappointed to discover that Hannah's not into ponies any more and prefers doing other things. Old Mrs Fontana, the only person who knows that Twilight is really a secret unicorn, explains to Lauren that time cannot stand still, and that people change and life moves on. She gives Lauren a small chest with a key and asks her not to open it until the time is right. Lauren is curious but has a worried feeling that there is more to Mrs Fontana's words than she is letting on . . .

My Secret Unicorn: A Touch of Magic and Snowy Dreams

My Secret Unicorn: A Touch of Magic and Snowy Dreams

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2007

In A Touch of Magic Lauren is worried when her little brother Max stops caring for his puppy - how can she and Twilight help him to realize that looking after a pet is very important? In Snowy Dreams Twilight's magic is fading! Lauren can't believe it. No more magic, no more flying, no more helping others in need - but the worst thing is how unhappy this is making Twilight - what can Lauren do?

Not Quite a Mermaid: Mermaid Surprise

Not Quite a Mermaid: Mermaid Surprise

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2007

Electra is so excited about Gran's birthday party. She knows the perfect present to get her - a baby sea mouse! But a scary snake has been spotted in the caves where the baby sea mice live. Only a super brave mermaid would swim out there now!

My Secret Unicorn: Moonlight Journey

My Secret Unicorn: Moonlight Journey

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Twilight is a rather ordinary little grey pony but when Lauren whispers the magic words, he turns into a beautiful snow-white unicorn. In this thirteenth exciting adventure Lauren and Twilight make an intrepid journey to the land of Arcardia in order to save their pony friend Shadow from a mystery virus.

Stardust: Stolen Magic

Stardust: Stolen Magic

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2006

After discovering that she was a stardust spirit, Lucy has spent a magical year with her new stardust friends Allegra, Faye and Ella flying through the woods at night-time using their magic powers to save animals and the environment. It's now Autumn and Lucy's powers have become stronger than anyone could imagine - she can do things that even adult stardust spirits struggle too. But even though, Lucy is delighted with her new powers and loves showing them off, her friends are a little upset. So when Lucy gets trapped in the woods by a dark spirit, who wants to steal her stardust, and therefore also her powers she wishes she had listened to her friends much more! But friendship even more powerful than the strongest magic and working together the girls manage to defeat the dark spirit for good.

My Secret Unicorn: Twilight Magic

My Secret Unicorn: Twilight Magic

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2006

A new adventure starring Lauren and her magical pony, Twilight who turns into a beautiful, snow-white unicorn when Lauren says the magic words. There's great excitement at the stables - a beautiful mare called Apple has just had a foal! The new foal is gorgeous and seems to be watching Lauren with a very wise look in his huge eyes. Lauren's excitement is spoiled when snooty Jade Roberts turns up. Jade goes to Lauren's school and used to be Twilight's owner but she sold him because he was too quiet and dull. Lauren, of course, knows better... That night Lauren and Twilight visit the foal in secret. Suddenly Twilight hears a noise and they find Jade up to no good. Apple, fiercely protective of her foal, is frightened and angry at Jade's intrusion. Even though she doesn't like Jade, Lauren knows she has to do something to help. Lauren and Twilight make a daring rescue to save Jade who has to admit that she may have been wrong about Twilight after all. Later, Lauren and Twilight discover the reason for Apple's over-protectiveness - that maybe, just maybe, Currant is a new unicorn, but they'll have to wait at least a year to find out...

Stardust: Believe in Magic

Stardust: Believe in Magic

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2005

The first of four books about friendships, family relationships - and the Stardust Factor, weaving fantasty seamlessly into the every day world. Lucy Evans is an ordinary ten-year-old who lives in Devon with two older sisters, a mum who is a teacher and a dad who is a solicitor. Her life is just like any other ten-year-old's, until the day she makes friends with Allegra and discovers she is a Stardust spirit. The world of the Stardust spirits is exciting but unpredictable, dangerous but endlessly fascinating. Lucy has to learn its rules and look for answers, facing many of the dilemmas and anxieties that ten-year-olds face in real life.

My Secret Unicorn: A Winter Wish

My Secret Unicorn: A Winter Wish

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2004

It all started when Lauren first moved to the countryside from the city and discovered that her ordinary little pony was anything but ordinary, for when she recited a secret spell, Twilight turned into a unicorn with magical powers! From that moment on, Lauren and Twilight learned how to use magic to help their friends solve their problems. And now Lauren and Twilight are back in a magical new and exciting wintertime adventure.

Centre Stage

Centre Stage

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2004

During the summer holidays, Sophie landed herself the main part in a locally shot big-screen film. Now she faces a new challenge - starting secondary school and trying to fit in whilst underplaying her recent stardom. Then when she is cast as Lucy for the theatre production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe she is over the moon. However, she soon finds herself struggling with some of the dance routines but can't quite bring herself to admint she needs help. Through the course of the term and the lead-up to the exciting first night, Lucy finds there is much to learn about growing-up and just how important loyalty, honesty and, more than anything, friendship are.

Bright Lights

Bright Lights

Author: Linda Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2003

Eleven-year-old Sophie dreams of becoming a famous actress but her life is quite ordinary as she argues with her brothers and sisters, hangs out with her friends and aims for the lead in the school play. Then her mum hears that a film company is auditioning children as extras - Sophie auditions and lands one of the leading roles. She soon learns that there are difficulties to face in living a dream and she learns a lot - not least that nothing is more important than family and friends.

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