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Whilst her three children were growing up, Maggie Pearson held a variety of jobs - including bar maid, librarian and freelance journalist - but she now pursues a career as a highly-successful children's writer. Her first novel, Owl-Light, was shortlisted for the WH Smith Mind-boggling Book Award. She lives mostly in a sixteenth-century cottage in Suffolk with her husband, two cats and a goat, and sometimes in the French Pyrenees. She spent years compiling this extraordinary collection of folk tales as a labour of love. She has also written A Slip in Time and The Eyes of Doctor Dee for the Victorian Flashbacks series, Is There Anybody There? for the Wired Up series, and the folk tale collection The House of the Cats.
Book Band: Lime Ideal for ages 6+ | This new series from Bloomsbury Education is geared at turning children into independent readers. Not only will the books give youngsters a boost into solo reading, they’ll also make it easier and more enjoyable for the adults helping children as they come with useful tips and notes. The books are short and divided into chapters thereby breaking the story into manageable chunks. The adventures are lively and fast-moving though told via short sentences and carefully chosen vocabulary: some words are highlighted in the Tips for Grown Ups section on the inside cover, so that children can learn them and their meanings. Full colour illustrations amplify the action and make the books really attractive to look at too. Written by favourite authors, these are well worth collecting and are just the thing for children ready for reading.
Maggie Pearson has collected folk tales and legends from around the world to create a collection guaranteed to give readers goosebumps. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves and many more supernatural creatures not so familiar to British readers populate the stories. Each one is skilfully told in just a couple of pages, each one leaves its own impression on the reader. Some stories are cheerful, and will make you laugh; others are haunting, in every sense of the word; some are genuinely chilling. This collection is proof, if it were needed, that there’s nothing so satisfying as a well-told ghost story. ~ Andrea Reece
The great green beast has eaten so many people it's become wedged in a mountain. There's only one boy left in the village - and he decides to kill the beast! Little does he know that this will be the first of his battles - and there's much more fighting to come! Fun African myth. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.
It's 1581 and Barnabas and Temperance make their way to London in search of Temperance's lost love. But quickly, they call into a sinister world of poltergeists, spies, lynch mobs, and even a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I. Above all else, they meet Doctor John Dee, who remains one of the most intriguing characters from Tudor times - a strange mixture of serious scientist and dabbler in the paranormal. As Maggie Pearson says, 'Nobody in Elizabethan England knew the difference between astronomy and astrology or chemistry and alchemy. Or even between mathematics and magic.' His sole quest seems to have been trying to understand how the world worked, but he soon got side-tracked into magic ...
Short and Shocking! is full of stories with a twist in the tail - each surprising and stimulating in its own way. Over forty stories in one book - all of them very, very short! None of the stories are more than two pages long, but each of them is special and thought-provoking to inspire short story writers. Drawn from a range of sources, including folk tales, urban myths, and narrative jokes, as well as original stories, the stories are ideal for use in the classroom.
Troy is the child of divorced parents, living with his mother - but caught in the war between his parents for custody. His father arranges for them to run away. The car crashes and his father is killed. Troy, surviving, cannot - will not - believe it, blames both himself and his mother, and will have nothing to do with her. Recuperating with family friends who run a small village shop, he experiences hallucinatory images of himself in the Beowulf legend, a story he shared with his father. As Troy's modern-day story - his loss of memory, his estrangement and fear of his own mother - interweaves with the vanquishing of the hell-hag and later the dragon by himself and Beowulf, standing shoulder to shoulder, Troy finally becomes reconciled to the death of his father.
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