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Nicola Morgan - Author

About the Author

Nicola Morgan is an international speaker and award-winning author for and about teenagers. She has written nearly 100 books, including novels such as Fleshmarket (currently being adapted for the London stage) and Mondays are Red, but in the last twelve years she has become increasingly well known for her passionate factual work on adolescence, with Blame My Brain - The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed and The Teenage Guide to Stress being seminal titles for teenagers and the adults who work with and care about them. A former teacher and dyslexia specialist, Nicola now writes and speaks around the world on a range of subjects relating to adolescence and wellbeing, as well as the reading brain, reading for pleasure and the effects of life online. Her positive, respectful and empathetic attitude towards young people naturally led her to write Positively Teenage.

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Body Brilliant A Teenage Guide to a Positive Body Image

Body Brilliant A Teenage Guide to a Positive Body Image

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Electronic book text Release Date: 11/07/2019

Written by teenage expert, Nicola Morgan, 'Body Brilliant' will help teenagers to develop or retain a positive body image. We're all bombarded with information and images - through the media and our peers - about being too big, too small, being cool, being popular or having the 'right' kind of clothes. This book addresses the body issues that nearly everyone worries about at some point in their lives and gives practical and mindful solutions to work through worries, using real-life examples, quotes and anecdotes from young adults interviewed especially for this book. 'Body Brilliant' explores psychological pressures that make us see our bodies in certain ways, positively or negatively, as well as considering how adolescent body changes, gender identity and gender expectations, sexuality and sexual orientation affect self-image, and looks at issues such as body dysmorphia and eating disorders. 'Body Brilliant' also encourages you to think about how you view differences in others and understand that variety is a brilliant thing. And that being yourself is much better than being just like everyone else. Learn to celebrate the differences that make every body brilliant!

Teenage Guide to Life Online

Teenage Guide to Life Online

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 24/05/2018

The authoritative guide to the online world by the award-winning author of Blame My Brain, The Teenage Guide to Stress and The Teenage Guide to Friends.From the award-winning author of Blame My Brain, The Teenage Guide to Stress and The Teenage Guide to Friends comes The Teenage Guide to Life Online, a balanced look at what happens to us all - young and old - when we spend time on the internet. Nicola Morgan explores the pros and cons of life in the Digital Age, from the information explosion to the growth of social media. Opening with a brief history of the web she then explores hot topics like fake news and online privacy, and draws on fascinating, cutting-edge research into how the internet and screen-use affect our ability to concentrate, our mood and sleep patterns. This is a book for families to share: a way for teenagers, their parents and carers to inform themselves about the many advantages and risks of life online.

Teenage Guide to Life Online

Teenage Guide to Life Online

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 24/05/2018

The authoritative guide to the online world by the award-winning author of Blame My Brain, The Teenage Guide to Stress and The Teenage Guide to Friends.From the award-winning author of Blame My Brain, The Teenage Guide to Stress and The Teenage Guide to Friends comes The Teenage Guide to Life Online, a balanced look at what happens to us all - young and old - when we spend time on the internet. Nicola Morgan explores the pros and cons of life in the Digital Age, from the information explosion to the growth of social media. Opening with a brief history of the web she then explores hot topics like fake news and online privacy, and draws on fascinating, cutting-edge research into how the internet and screen-use affect our ability to concentrate, our mood and sleep patterns. This is a book for families to share: a way for teenagers, their parents and carers to inform themselves about the many advantages and risks of life online.

Positively Teenage A positively brilliant guide to teenage well-being

Positively Teenage A positively brilliant guide to teenage well-being

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2018

Positively Teenage gives you tools to approach your teenage years with optimism and understanding and to develop real wellbeing for life. The media so often portray adolescence negatively but this book shows you how to approach these years far more positively so that you can really flourish and be in control. You'll find simple strategies to develop a positive attitude, growth mindset, self-understanding, determination and resilience and you'll see how those strengths will help you cope with any challenges, enjoy life and achieve your potential. Full of practical, proven strategies for physical and mental health, Positively Teenage will show you lots of ways to flourish physically and mentally - from doing things you enjoy to learning new skills; looking after your diet, exercise and attitude to being healthy online; getting great sleep to understanding your personality - allowing you to take control of many areas of your life. With these new strengths and skills, you can survive any storms and thrive on the challenges of your exciting life. Scattered throughout are POSITIVE BOOSTS: quick ideas for actions you can take to build positivity and well-being. Add them into your life and use your imagination and your new understanding to invent others. Positively Teenage gives you the power to let yourself flourish, achieve and be who you want to be. Use your powers well! Be truly, positively, teenage! Stand tall, stretch your arms wide, take a deep breath and say, loudly (or in your head), 'I can do this!' Nicola Morgan has that rare gift of being able to communicate science and make it fun. Professor Simon Baron Cohen, University of Cambridge

The Teenage Guide to Life Online

The Teenage Guide to Life Online

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2017

The authoritative guide to the online world by the award-winning author of Blame My Brain, The Teenage Guide to Stress and The Teenage Guide to Friends. From the award-winning author of Blame My Brain, The Teenage Guide to Stress and The Teenage Guide to Friends comes The Teenage Guide to Life Online, a balanced look at what happens to us all - young and old - when we spend time on the internet. Nicola Morgan explores the pros and cons of life in the Digital Age, from the information explosion to the growth of social media. Opening with a brief history of the web she then explores hot topics like fake news and online privacy, and draws on fascinating, cutting-edge research into how the internet and screen-use affect our ability to concentrate, our mood and sleep patterns. This is a book for families to share: a way for teenagers, their parents and carers to inform themselves about the many advantages and risks of life online.

Teenage Guide to Friends

Teenage Guide to Friends

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 04/05/2017

A comprehensive guide to teenage friendships, by award-winning author and well-being expert Nicola Morgan. Essential reading for teenagers and the adults who care about them.Nicola Morgan is an established expert on the teenage brain and adolescent stress, known for her engaging, clear style. She is author of the internationally renowned Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed (shortlisted for the Aventis prize for science) and The Teenage Guide to Stress (winner of the School Library Association Award 2015, with both the judges' and readers' awards). Now The Teenage Guide to Friends - written for teenagers but essential for adults who want to understand - tackles the all-important subject of teen friendships. Contents include a section on making friends, keeping friendships strong, and what happens when they break down - as well as a look at online friendships, cyber-bullying, toxic friendships and frenemies, and empathy. There is also a section on personality types - introverts and extroverts - and quizzes to help you discover what sort of person you are, how you relate to others and how to deal with difficult situations. Complete with a list of helpful resources in the back.

The Teenage Guide to Stress

The Teenage Guide to Stress

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Essential reading for teenagers and the adults who care about them. A fantastically wide-ranging, reassuring, eye-opening and comprehensive look at the stresses many teenagers face, empowering them to take control of their mental health and wellbeing. Nicola Morgan is an established expert on the teenage brain and adolescent stress, known for her engaging, clear style. She is the author of the internationally renowned Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed (shortlisted for the Aventis prize for science) and has spoken in schools and at conferences around the world. Now The Teenage Guide to Stress - written for teenagers but essential for adults who want to understand - tackles all the external stresses that teenagers face, including feelings of anger, sadness (and depression), fear and failure; issues caused by changing bodies, body hatred, weight problems, eating disorders and self-harm; pressures of exams and schoolwork; sleep problems; changing relationships with friends and family; boyfriend/girlfriend issues and sexual pressures; bullying and cyber-bullying; problems arising from the internet; and looks at how pre-existing conditions such as OCD and dyslexia may be affected by adolescence. As well as a sympathetic, practical and positive look at all those stresses, The Teenage Guide to Stress clearly explains the biology behind stress and, crucially, a huge range of strategies and suggestions to deal with it and prevent negative symptoms. A list of useful resources completes this fantastically wide-ranging, reassuring, eye-opening and comprehensive guide for young people, empowering them to take control of their mental health.

Progress Guide 1

Progress Guide 1

Author: Nicola Morgan, Rachel Axten-Higgs, Jo Power, Jeanette A. Mumford Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 20/06/2014

The Busy Ant Maths programme is based on differentiation, to ensure that each pupil is completely catered for. Using the Progress Guide, teachers can reach every child with support and extension activities, to raise pupil attainment and ensure rapid progression for all children. The Busy Ant Maths programme is based on differentiation, to ensure that each pupil is completely catered for. Using the Progress Guide, teachers can reach every child with support and extension activities, to raise pupil attainment and ensure rapid progression for all children. Written by an expert author team with over 50 years' combined classroom experience, Busy Ant Maths is a flexible, whole-school mathematics programme that ensures conceptual understanding and mathematical fluency from the start.

Year 1 Activity Book 1C

Year 1 Activity Book 1C

Author: Nicola Morgan, Rachel Axten-Higgs, Jo Power Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2014

Used in conjunction with the Teacher's Guide, Progress Guide and Homework Guide, the Busy Ant Maths Pupil Book 1C is the best way to ensure that pupils achieve all the learning objectives of the new Primary Maths National Curriculum. Collins Busy Ant Maths Activity Book 1C is packed with exciting activities to help build and develop the skills needed to be successful in Maths. Each page features lots of hands-on, highly visual activities with a low level of text to give pupils confidence in learning maths. Activity Book 1C contains: * fun activities to consolidate the objectives covered in the daily maths lesson * objectives at the top of each page so the child is in control of their own learning * space to record answers, providing structure to each exercise * simple text. * engaging, colourful graphics.

Homework Guide 1

Homework Guide 1

Author: Nicola Morgan, Rachel Axten-Higgs, Jo Power, Jeanette A. Mumford Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 20/06/2014

The Busy Ant Maths programme ensures conceptual understanding and mathematical fluency from the start inside and outside the classroom. Homework is linked to the lesson plans in order to consolidate classroom learning, and the guide contains shared activities so parents can support their child's learning. The Busy Ant Maths programme ensures conceptual understanding and mathematical fluency from the start inside and outside the classroom. Homework is linked to the lesson plans in order to consolidate classroom learning, and the guide contains shared activities so parents can support their child's learning. Written by an expert author team with over 50 years' combined classroom experience, Busy Ant Maths is a flexible, whole-school mathematics programme that ensures conceptual understanding and mathematical fluency from the start. Supporting the 2014 National Curriculum, the homework guide provides you with differentiated homework exercises to support every child's mathematical development.

Year 2 Activity Book 2C

Year 2 Activity Book 2C

Author: Nicola Morgan, Caroline Clissold, Jo Power, Louise Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2014

Used in conjunction with the Teacher's Guide, Progress Guide and Homework Guide, the Busy Ant Maths Pupil Book 2C is the best way to ensure that pupils achieve all the learning objectives of the new Primary Maths National Curriculum. Collins Busy Ant Maths Activity Book 2C is packed with exciting activities to help build and develop the skills needed to be successful in Maths. Each page features lots of hands-on, highly visual activities with a low level of text to give pupils confidence in learning maths. Activity Book 2C contains: * fun activities to consolidate the objectives covered in the daily maths lesson * objectives at the top of each page so the child is in control of their own learning * space to record answers, providing structure to each exercise * simple text. * engaging, colourful graphics.

Highwayman's Footsteps

Highwayman's Footsteps

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 20/04/2012

Thrilling, historical high adventure from an award-winning author.Young William de Lacey is high born, the son of a gentleman. But he's on the run, having stolen money and a horse, and has taken up with a highwayman. It's enough to hang him three times over. Despite struggling with his conscience, Will feels free for the first time in his life - and it's all down to the mysterious Bess. Now can they survive the risks of the eighteenth-century highwayman's harsh life?

Highwayman's Curse

Highwayman's Curse

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 20/04/2012

Dastardly deeds and historical high adventure continue in this thrilling sequel from an award-winning author.On the run from the redcoats, the two young highwaymen, Will and Bess, find themselves in Galloway, Scotland, blamed for a murder they did not commit. Here they are captured by smugglers and become embroiled in a story of hatred and revenge that goes back for generations, to the days of the Killing Times. Whose side will they take? Can anything they do end the cycle of religious hatred? And will their own friendship survive?

Mondays are Red

Mondays are Red

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2012

A highly unusual novel about a boy recovering from a coma and dealing with the synaesthesia that confuses and changes him. Power, temptation, guilt and fire - all these Luke must deal with if he and his friends are to survive. This new edition contains extra material from the author.

Wasted

Wasted

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2010

When danger, passion and chance collide...Jack worships luck and decides his actions by the flip of a coin. No risk is too great if the coin demands it. Luck brings him Jess, a beautiful singer who will change his life. But Jack's luck is running out, and soon the stakes are high. As chance and choice unravel, the risks of Jack's game become terrifyingly clear. An evening of heady recklessness, and suddenly a life hangs in the balance, decided by the toss of a coin. In the end, it is the reader who must choose whether to spin that coin and determine: life or death.

Wasted

Wasted

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2010

When danger, passion and chance collide...Jack worships luck and decides his actions by the flip of a coin. No risk is too great if the coin demands it. Luck brings him Jess, a beautiful singer who will change his life. But Jack's luck is running out, and soon the stakes are high. As chance and choice unravel, the risks of Jack's game become terrifyingly clear. An evening of heady recklessness, and suddenly a life hangs in the balance, decided by the toss of a coin. In the end, it is the reader who must choose whether to spin that coin and determine: life or death.

Wasted

Wasted

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2010

When danger, passion and chance collide... Jack worships luck and decides his actions by the flip of a coin. No risk is too great if the coin demands it. Luck brings him Jess, a beautiful singer who will change his life. But Jack's luck is running out, and soon the stakes are high. As chance and choice unravel, the risks of Jack's game become terrifyingly clear. An evening of heady recklessness, and suddenly a life hangs in the balance, decided by the toss of a coin. In the end, it is the reader who must choose whether to spin that coin and determine: life or death.

Deathwatch

Deathwatch

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2009

A chilling and skilful psychological thriller, from the award-winning author of Fleshmarket and The Highwayman's Footsteps. eBook available. Someone is watching Cat McPherson. Is it a young schizophrenic, a retired scientist, or Cat's ex-boyfriend? Or it could be someone else entirely. An obsession with insects seems to link them all. And Cat hates insects. She's easy prey, especially as she has given away so much about herself on an internet site which her parents have forbidden her to use. But does she even realize that she's being stalked? A talented athlete, she's too busy with the pressures of training and deciding whether she really wants to run for a living. The trouble is, soon she will have to run for her life...

Curses

Curses

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2008

Do you believe in curses? From Tutankhamun's tomb to the Curse of Superman - this is a light-hearted look at how curses work, and why people think they exist. Barrington Stoke specialises in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The Highwayman's Curse

The Highwayman's Curse

Author: Nicola Morgan, Christian Birmingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2007

Dastardly deeds and historical high adventure continue in this thrilling sequel from an award-winning author. On the run from the redcoats, the two young highwaymen, Will and Bess, find themselves in Galloway, Scotland, blamed for a murder they did not commit. Here they are captured by smugglers and become embroiled in a story of hatred and revenge that goes back for generations, to the days of the Killing Times. Whose side will they take? Can anything they do end the cycle of religious hatred? And will their own friendship survive?

The Highwayman's Footsteps

The Highwayman's Footsteps

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2006

Thrilling, historical high adventure from an award-winning author. Young William de Lacey is high born, the son of a gentleman. But he's on the run, having stolen money and a horse, and has taken up with a highwayman. It's enough to hang him three times over. Despite struggling with his conscience, Will feels free for the first time in his life - and it's all down to the mysterious Bess. Now can they survive the risks of the eighteenth-century highwayman's harsh life?

Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2004

The Citizens of this future world drift contentedly, their every emotion regulated. There is no pain, no suffering, no evil. And no freedom. Just safety and drug-induced happiness. But a small group, known as the Outsiders, crave real emotion, real freedom, even suffering. To them, the power of ideas and language cannot die - it is essential to being human. And they have a plan to change society. For years, a group of 'special' young people have been raised to have the strength and knowledge to overthrow the system. Now, when a deadly virus strikes, four of these teenagers, Livia, Cassandra, Marcus and Tavius must act quickly to infiltrate the sinister headquarters of the Governators and corrupt the system. But their plan carries enormous risk. Can they discover the chilling secret behind this saccharine dystopia? Are they really only 'handfuls of dust and splinters of bone'?

Fleshmarket

Fleshmarket

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2003

It is Edinburgh, 1822, and young Robbie is eight years old when he witnesses his mother's pain and subsequent death from an operation - without anaesthetic - to remove a tumour from her breast at the hands of Dr Knox. Haunted by this terrible event, Robbie, his hapless father and baby sister Essie attempt to move on with their lives. But when Robbie's father loses all their money and disappears, Robbie is left to look after himself and his sister in the Edinburgh slums. Somehow he falls in with Burke and Hare, the two men whom Knox employs to 'collect' bodies for medical research. Robbie sees a way to avenge his mother's death. Convincing himself that Knox is having people killed for him to experiment on, Robbie eventually confronts him. But Robbie comes to realise that for all his hard-heartedness and corrupt methods, Knox's motives are ultimately for the good: to improve surgical conditions, and operate on patients with the greatest speed and therefore minimum risk. Robbie eventually trains to be a surgeon, finally giving meaning to his mother's tragic death.

Mondays Are Red

Mondays Are Red

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2002

Mondays are red. Sadness has an empty blue smell. And music can taste of anything from banana puree to bat's pee. That's what I need to explain, starting with the day it all began, the day I woke up in a hospital bed with a kaleidoscope in my head...' Join Luke in his odyssey to regain his health after a devasting bout of Meningitis, and to understand and accept its mysterious legacy -synesthesia. As the author writes: 'No two people experience their synaesthesia in exactly the same way. For some it simply means that when they think of a day of the week, they are bombarded with sensations of a particular colour ... For others, life is a kaleidoscope of mixed sensations ... people with synesthesia can open up the endless world of human imagination and that, I think is the most amazing world of all.

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