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Alan Durant is the author of books for a wide age-range, from picture books such as Burger Boy to top-end teenage thrillers. He also writes prize-winning poetry.
He was born in Surrey, went to Trinity School in Croydon and then to Keble College, Oxford to read English. Having worked as a copywriter at Walker Books, he is now a full-time author. He’s married, with three children and lives just outside London. He does a lot of school visits throughout the UK and abroad and also runs writing workshops.
In 2007 he won the Portsmouth Children's Picture Book Award for Burger Boy and the Stockport Children's Book Award for Football Fever. He has won the Kingston Borough/Waterstone's Poetry Prize on two occasions. In 2008 he won The Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books for Billy Monster's Daymare which also won the 2009 Portsmouth Children's Book Award.
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. A footballing story with a difference sees Arnie, knowledge about the game but not so good at playing it, suddenly given the chance to prove his skills on the field as well as off. Arnie’s nickname comes from his amazing knowledge of everything to do with football so some fun statistics are woven into the excitement of a cup final match. Without exception dyslexia-friendly books published by Barrington Stoke get off to an exciting start and maintain the impetus throughout, with a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. The plot is clear, the characters appealing and there are plenty of visual clues, as dyslexics like to run a story like a video in their heads. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
Interest Age 10-14 Reading Age 8+ A brilliant read for all football – and stats-mad - readers. Scorelines, substitutions, club records and more, Arnie is great at remembering everything about football. Sadly, he’s not so great at playing it…But that doesn’t stop Arnie from taking part when his team are in the final – as keeper of the match statistics. But, when the striker goes down injured Arnie gets his turn on the pitch. Can he make his mark there too?
A topsy-turvey story of scared monsters and scary children, pleasant night time and frightening daytime…Billy Monster can’t sleep even though Daddy Monster howls lullabies to him and makes him soothing cups of cold slime. What can be done to help him sleep? A familiar bedtime story made funny with a bedtime twist.
A book with fold-out letters and real gifts from the Tooth Fairy! When Holly's tooth falls out, she doesn't want to give it up to the Tooth Fairy, so she enters into a correspondence that is full of surprises, and she learns about the world of fairies. Featuring numerous fold-out fairy letters, a fairy identification leaflet, a riddle book and a special gold coin to keep from the Tooth Fairy.
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2020! Noko, the porcupine, is very hungry. On arriving at a village, he asks the other animals for some food and shelter. But, despite their full bellies, all the animals say they have nothing to spare. Never mind: he'll just have to make do and cook a pot of soup from the quills off his back - a soup so tasty even the king likes it. Once the villagers hear of his plan they offer just enough ingredients to make a soup worthy of them all... This African version of Stone Soup celebrates generosity and kindness - and the message that we can all benefit if we share our resources.
Dale and Joe are twins, and they are both great football players. That's no surprise - their dad is the football legend Nicky Green. They've always laughed about doing the double - pretending to be each other for a day. Just for a joke. When Dale gets himself injured, he wants Joe to do the double for real. Otherwise Dale will get thrown out of the team. Can Joe refuse his twin? Republished as a new edition, this book is one of the Shades 2.0 series. This book is perfect for reluctant teens who still want an exciting, unpatronising story that is relevant to their interests and concerns, but who don't want to read a longer novel. With a length of only 6,000 words, and filled with drama, this story will appeal to all reluctant teen readers.
A charming update of the traditional 'Goldilocks' tale, Greedylocks is a book-banded reading book for developing readers, carefully levelled at Purple Book Band for guided reading. Beautifully illutrated throughout, this 718-word fiction story is suitable for ages 7 - 8. Greedylocks features a more demanding text with an extended vocabulary. With a wider vocabulary, the characters are more three dimensional, and illustrations are less important. It encourages more indeendent reading. Greedylocks is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).
Frank N. Stine is a shy boy who has few friends. When he makes himself a robot friend from a broken toaster, he finds that things begin to change, but not in ways he expected. Frank N. Stine's Robot is a book-banded reading book for more confident readers, carefully levelled at White Book Band for guided reading. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this 877-word fiction story is suitable for ages 7 - 8. Frank N.Stine's Robot features a more demanding text with extended vocabulary and literary devices. It has more clauses in sentences, the use of metaphor is introduced, and the story plot is more involved. Frank N. Stine's Robot is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).
Twins Dale and Joe are the sons of fallen football ace Nicky Green. They have always joked about swapping their identities for a day, but suddenly everything changes - and now it's serious. Dale wants Joe to do the double and take his place on the football pitch. Joe isn't even sure he wants to help, but how can he refuse his twin? In the same style as the Shades 2.0 series, this book tells a fast-paced story but is much shorter than the Shades, allowing for less-able readers to still experience the gripping story but with much simpler language and a larger font. The excitement of the Shades series is still there in these shortened versions of the dramatic, enticing stories.
Four funny stories to raise a laugh and a smile ... Jez Fisher, boy detective, on the tail of a problem cat ... Revenge is sweet for a victim of the Queen of Mean ... The seventh child of the last magic carpet-maker needs some luck ... Cool kid Tyler tries to understand 'mood-swing crazy' and how girls work ... Funny Stories features four themed short stories each by different Shades authors. These books are perfect for readers with less stamina or those simply looking for a quick read.
Hyena learns that laughing at everybody is not a good way to behave. Ha Ha Hyena is a book-banded reading book for developing readers, carefully levelled at Turquoise Book Band for guided reading. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this 738-word fiction story is suitable for ages 6 - 7. Ha Ha Hyena features a longer, more demanding text with an extended vocabulary. It uses punctuation and layout to encourage reading with expression. It had more complex words and formal sentences and there are complex events. Ha Ha Hyena is part of Ransom Reading Stars, a structured programme for children learning to read. The series has fifteen levels: four phonics levels and eleven book band levels (Pink through to Lime).
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