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Bernard Ashley - Author

About the Author

Bernard Ashley lives in Charlton, south east London, only a street or so from where he was born. He was educated at the Roan School, Blackheath and Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester. After National Service in the RAF Bernard trained to teach at Trent Park College of Education, specializing in Drama. He followed this with an Advanced Diploma at the Cambridge Institute and has recently been awarded honorary Doctorates in Education by the University of Greenwich and in letters by the University of Leicester. During his career as a teacher he worked in Kent, Hertfordshire, Newham and Greenwich, with thirty years of headships in the last three.  His debut novel The Trouble with Donovan Croft won the Other Award, the alternative to the Carnegie Medal, and several of his other titles have been highly commended by the Carnegie Medal panel.

Featured books by Bernard Ashley

The Trouble with Donovan Croft

The Trouble with Donovan Croft

11+ readers

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2008

When Keith gets a new foster brother, he's not too happy about it. But when this boy won't talk to him, Keith realizes that things are going to be much harder than he originally thought. And it's not just Keith who Donovan won't speak to - he won't speak to anybody at all. The other kids at school take Donovan's silence to be a sign of a bad attitude and start to bully him. Keith knows he has to stick up for him, but that means the bullies are just going to pick on him too ...

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Other books by Bernard Ashley

The Tiger on His Back

The Tiger on His Back

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2018

Sofia Drake wants a tattoo - a tattoo all of her own, where her parents won't see it. And when she's introduced to Sol Marks, a genius young tattooist, Sofia falls in love with his arty, original designs. But when Sofia's dad sees his daughter's new body art his reaction sets in motion a series of events no one could have anticipated. An enticingly original contemporary story of art, love and the power of creativity. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 12+

Does She Dare?

Does She Dare?

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Lena Lenik S.O.S.

Lena Lenik S.O.S.

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Lena's mum is expecting a new baby but Lena is more interested in her own concerns, most pressingly her quest for as many Scout badges as her sleeve can hold and having fun at Polish Club. When Lena's mum goes into labour, the midwife is caught in traffic and dad's out of range, Lena suddenly faces a challenge like no other!A wonderfully heartfelt tale, from a writer renowned for his realism, empathy and compassion for the underdog.Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

Your Guess is as Good as Mine

Your Guess is as Good as Mine

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Justin and the Demon Drop Kick

Justin and the Demon Drop Kick

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

The Way it is

The Way it is

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2015

Dead End Kids: Heroes of the Blitz

Dead End Kids: Heroes of the Blitz

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

London is at war and as the Blitz rages, children like Josie and her brother Len face the same dangers as the adults. Can they find the strength to stand up against the onslaught? A tale of amazing bravery, inspired by the true story of the Dead End Kids of Wapping - young people who fought fires and rescued their friends and neighbours from bomb sites. Perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo, this dramatic story brings the Second World War vividly to life.

Torrent

Torrent

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2015

Action and thrills combine to great effect in this low-reading age title from award-winning Bernard Ashley. Tom's on holiday in a French campsite when the nearby dam bursts. As the water thunders down the valley, everyone flees. But Tom's trapped and seems to be in serious trouble when a mysterious moto swings by and saves him. Who is the driver? And how did they save him? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Nadine Dreams of Home

Nadine Dreams of Home

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2014

A touching yet serious story with an ultimately uplifting ending. Nadine doesn't like her new life. She doesn't speak the language, she can't understand what's going on, and more than anything, it's just not home. Especially since her father isn't here with them in the UK. But it just wasn't safe in Goma anymore, not with the uprising and the violence of the rebel soldiers. So Nadine tries to find something in her new life that will remind her of the happy memories of Africa. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

Hero Girls

Hero Girls

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Justin and the Demon Drop Kick

Justin and the Demon Drop Kick

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

Your Guess is as Good as Mine

Your Guess is as Good as Mine

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

Aftershock

Aftershock

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2011

Aftershock

Aftershock

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2011

Aftershock

Aftershock

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Makis and his mother Sofia escape a devastating Greek earthquake which has claimed his father's life. They move to North London and at first it is hard, especially at school, but being a gifted footballer, Makis slowly begins to fit in. But through no fault of his own, Makis lets down his team at an important match and the whole school, even the teachers, seem to turn against him. Praise for Angel Boy: Ashley excels at tautly-potted, timely and highly topical thrillers which pack a real emotional punch. - Rivetting Reads This perfectly plotted thriller. - Bookseller

Ronnie's War

Ronnie's War

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2010

Ronnie Warren lives with his mum while his dad is away fighting. For him, World War II brings a whirlwind of events and emotions that carry him through the terror of the London Blitz to evacuation and romance in Lancashire, from adolescent misunderstandings to the bittersweetness of Victory in Europe Day, 1945. From schoolboy hero to teenage survivor, this is Ronnie' s story. Bernard Ashley' s great gift is to turn what seems to be low-key realism into something much stronger and more resonant. It has something to do with empathy, compassion, an undimmed thirst for decency and justice. Phillip Pullman

Justin and the Grandad War Middle Bears - Reading with Confidence

Justin and the Grandad War Middle Bears - Reading with Confidence

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2009

Solitaire

Solitaire

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2008

This is a challenging and provocative new novel from Carnegie-nominated author Bernard Ashley.When shipwrecked 'Pax' is discovered by an elderly man searching for his only grandson and the heir to his business, the two form an unlikely but powerful bond. But as Pax regains his memories, haunting truths and guilt-ridden deception reveal that their destinies have been long intertwined by a silent betrayal that could yet tear them apart.From the terrors of people-trafficking in Smokescreen, Bernard Ashley delves into the murky waters of the arms trade for Solitaire's shipwrecks, secrets and shocking discoveries, that will have readers gripped from the start.

Angel Boy (Adobe Ebook)

Angel Boy (Adobe Ebook)

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: eBook Release Date: 14/07/2008

Angel Boy

Angel Boy

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2008

The holidays lie heavy on young Leonard Boameh. His schoolfriends live far away from his home town of Accra, his nana is no fun, and his dad - who's great - is away working most of the time. So Leonard decides to run away for a few hours, and when Nana isn't looking he takes the tro-tro bus to Elmina, a historic European fort built to imprison West African slaves shipped off to America. There are lots of rough kids begging there, and before Leonard knows what's happening, he is kidnapped by the meanest gang of all, who plan to use his angel-face to fleece the tourists. Leonard is now a slave, trying to escape from a living nightmare. Bernard Ashley's thought-provoking Ghanaian story, set in the sinister, poverty-driven underworld of gangland, leads to a taut, thrilling climax. This title is also available as an ebook, in either Kindle, ePub or Adobe ebook editions

The Trouble with Donovan Croft

The Trouble with Donovan Croft

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2008

When Keith gets a new foster brother, he's not too happy about it. But when this boy won't talk to him, Keith realizes that things are going to be much harder than he originally thought. And it's not just Keith who Donovan won't speak to - he won't speak to anybody at all. The other kids at school take Donovan's silence to be a sign of a bad attitude and start to bully him. Keith knows he has to stick up for him, but that means the bullies are just going to pick on him too . . .

Ben Maddox: Ten Days To Zero

Ben Maddox: Ten Days To Zero

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2008

When journalist Ben Maddox is thrust full-throttle into an investigation for Zephon TV, he worries that he's in over his head. But as he digs deeper, he realises that what's really important is being prepared to fight for what you believe in, and if that means risking his life, then that's exactly what he will have to do...

Ben Maddox: Flashpoint

Ben Maddox: Flashpoint

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

Ben Maddox is in trouble...After disobeying her orders on his last assigment, Ben has been banished by his boss, to work in the archives at Zephon TV. But he is desperate to follow up a hot lead about drug trafficking. To his dismay when his boss eventually relents, she gives him the show-biz brief, but it turns out to be more dangerous than Ben could ever have imagined . .

Ben Maddox: Down To The Wire

Ben Maddox: Down To The Wire

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Not long out of the woods from rescuing the home secretary's daughter from kidnappers, Ben Maddox is on his way to the Ivory Coast to report on a fragile political situation and break-out by a separatist group. Whilst there, he stumbles across another human interest story in the proposed signing of a young African football star for Spurs. Soon Ben finds himself thrust, full throttle, into a page-turning adventure about a child protegee, set against a background of politics and child trafficking - and this time there in no going back.

Smokescreen

Smokescreen

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2006

This is an electrifying thriller about the highly topical subject of people-smuggling, from one of the UK's leading children's authors. Ellie has been scared of water since her mum drowned, so when her dad decides to move to a pub by a canal in East London, Ellie is afraid. But she soon thinks there's something more disturbing about the pub than just its setting. Something is going on at the weekly music night and Ellie and new friend, Flo are determined to find out what, despite warnings to back off. The music night is clearly a smokescreen for something, but what? Bundled from country to country on a harrowing journey from a tiny Chinese village with the false promise of a better life in England, Song Fang Yin knows the truth. If she can escape her captors, she could help Ellie expose it.

Ben Maddox: Ten Days To Zero

Ben Maddox: Ten Days To Zero

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2005

When journalist Ben Maddox is thrust full-throttle into an investigation for Zephon TV, he worries that he's in over his head. But as he digs deeper, he realises that what's really important is being prepared to fight for what you believe in, and if that means risking his life, then that's exactly what he will have to do...

Justin and the Demon Drop Kick

Justin and the Demon Drop Kick

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2005

Torrent!

Torrent!

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2004

When the dam cracks open, Tom knows he's in trouble. Help appears from a mysterious source in this fast-paced action adventure. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Tiger Without Teeth

Tiger Without Teeth

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2004

Hard Stew always gets what he wants, but he's not the only thing chasing Davey. There's also a secret -- the sort that jumps up on you and is more frightening than a hundred Hard Stews. The sort you've got to stare in the face. If you've got the guts...Shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Angus Award.

Johnnie's Blitz

Johnnie's Blitz

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2003

East Ender Johnnie Stubbs is on the run from the law. His dad's in the army and he has no mother. Innocent Johnnie finds himself protecting little Shirley, a 3-year-old traumatized girl whose house has been bombed and her mother left in a coma. With some dodgy stuff, they head away from the London blitz to the country, where Johnnie meets up with gypsy girl Biddy and her people. Johnnie finds that whatever he has to prove, it is most importantly to himself. And how can he get Shirley back where she belongs - and at what cost to do so?

Revenge House

Revenge House

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2002

When Sophia and her mum move into Revenge House, on the lonely and windswept Romney Marshes, little do they know how the timbers of the ancient building are steeped in the secretive life of the marshes. They are both struggling to cope with the death of Sophia's father, although Sophia is embarking on a tentative romance with a local boy who is sensitive to her feelings. But suddenly they all find themselves sucked in to a criminal underworld that will eventually threaten their lives.

Little Soldier

Little Soldier

Author: Bernard Ashley, Andrew Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/1999

When Kaninda survives a brutal attack on his village in East Africa he joins the rebel army, where he's trained to carry weapons, and use them. But aid workers take him to London, to a new family and a comprehensive school. Clan and tribal conflicts are everywhere, and on the streets it's estate versus estate, urban tribe against urban tribe. All Kaninda wants it to get back to his own war and take revenge on his enemies. But together with Laura Rose, the daughter of his new family, he is drawn into a dangerous local conflict that is spiraling out of control.

A Present for Paul

A Present for Paul

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/1996

A Present for Paul

A Present for Paul

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/1996

Pleasure wants to buy her baby brother a present but when she lets go of her dad's hand in the busy market, suddenly she can't see him anywhere. Where has her dad gone? Pleasure's baby brother is teething and he just cries and cried all day. Pleasure wants to buy him a present to make him happy and she gets her chance when she goes to the market with her dad. Pleasure loves going to the market with all the brightly coloured stalls. While her dad is buying fish, Pleasure spots a toy stall and she lets go of Dad's hand for just one minute... Suddenly she can't see her dad at all, he has completely disappeared and Pleasure is surrounded by stangers hurrying here and there. But it isn't long before she sees her dad through the crowd and he helps her buy the best ever present for Paul.

Cleversticks

Cleversticks

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/1993

Ling Sung doesn't like school. The other children can do things that he can't. But Ling Sung soon finds out that there is something very special that only he can do... Terry can tie up his shoes - Ling Sung can't. Manjit can write her name but Ling Sung's letters go all wrong and Sharon can button up her coat perfectly. Ling Sung doesn't want to go back to school every again. But the next day at biscuit time Ling Sung does something amazing... He uses two paintbrushes as chopsticks to pick up the biscuits. This is something that no-one else can do, not even the teachers, and Ling Sung feels very special indeed!

Dinner Ladies Don't Count

Dinner Ladies Don't Count

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/1984

Two books in one: Dinner Ladies Don't Count and Linda's Life. Both are school stories - in the first, Jason has to prove that he didn't take Donna's birthday cards; in the second, Linda tells a lie about why she can't go on the school outing. Fun and easy to read, these are popular school stories for the 7 - 9 age group.

Break in the Sun

Break in the Sun

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/1981

The Play of Little Soldier

The Play of Little Soldier

Author: Bernard Ashley Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/1970

This is a wonderful adaptation of Bernard Ashley's critically acclaimed novel of the same name, which was short listed for the Carnegie and the Guardian Fiction Awards. Kaninda is an ex-child soldier from East Africa, orphaned and living in London. When a child from a nearby estate is hit by a car, he is drawn into an inter-estate conflict. The story combines current conflicts in London with real war in Africa. Little Soldier is a gritty and gripping play with a fast-moving, exciting plot which will hook boys. The play can be used to explore: different cultures (set in Africa in London) urban gang culture and moral questions literary and dramatic techniques and devices.

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