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Ruth Morgan has written for television and radio and published fiction, poetry and plays for children of all ages. She is also a teacher and appears at a storyteller at Cardiff Castle.
Alien Rain is an incredibly gripping adventure thriller that 10+ year olds will devour. Bree, the main protagonist is a teen girl who is hugely brave and yet the insecurities that all teens feel is also at the fore. The story itself is topical in as much as she lives on Mars, yet would love to live back on Earth. When she is chosen unexpectedly for a mission to go back there she is thrilled but, all is not what she expects, for Earth has been lost to ruthlessness and fear, yet it becomes clear that despite her age it is only Bree that just might be able to put things right. But can her bravery outsmart her insecurities when she can trust no one? Fans of Sally Gardner's Maggot Moon will love this debut novel. Piece of Passion from Janet Thomas, editor: 'Alien Rain was a manuscript I couldn’t stop reading the moment I started it. I love the way Ruth mixes action, adventure, fear, ghosts and really difficult personal choices of loyalty and betrayal, in a story that is constantly moving, pulling the ground from under you. Bree is a great heroine, believeable and brave. Without wanting to give too much away, when we learn why she was chosen for the mission, it broke my heart, and all through I was cheering her on. I love how we share Bree’s wonder when she sees a bird, a fossil or the rain. Whether it’s a lethal attack from genetically modified monsters or the first sight of a frog, Ruth’s writing captures you throughout.’
Ray-Chay is the new virtual reality game that everyone's playing and the world loves its eccentric billionaire creator, Kody Crunch. Ant loves gaming and feels like the only person who can't get into Ray-Chay. But when something goes very wrong with the game, Ant is determined to help. Can Ant and his friends work out the real deadly game behind the game?
Bree is an ordinary girl living in a Martian city where everyone dreams of going back to Earth. With her failing grades, she is amazed when she is chosen for a mission to Earth, a rare honour usually kept for the highest achieving pupils. Why her? But there are terrible shocks ahead. The Earth has been lost - the last war created ruthless genetic weapons that have overpowered their creators. Always under attack, in the ruins of Cardiff, amongst its wildlife, and at the Museum, Bree finds more and more proof that she can't trust anyone. When she starts getting strange messages from a voice only she can hear, whose side is she really on? Home or Earth?
This book is part of the Oxford Reading Tree Fireflies series which offer a wide range of stimulating non-fiction titles for young children. It includes a variety of topics covering all areas of the curriculum, from science to citizenship. The books have a bright modern page design, and are illustrated with colour photographs. They are carefully graded across 10 levels and contain built-in progression and vocabulary repetition throughout. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.
Written by top children's authors such as award-winning Gillian Cross, Malachy Doyle and Pippa Goodhart Snapdragons are fabulously illustrated with various writing styles and fonts to make reading enjoyable for all your infant readers. They provide a wide range of picture books for children aged 3-9. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. This book is also available as part of a mixed pack of 6 different books or a class pack of 36 books of the same Oxford Reading Tree level.