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Old Dog, New Tricks

Written by Bali Rai

Featured Books for 13+ readers General Fiction

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One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+  Award-winning Bali Rai  pulls no punches in his story about Mick, the neighbour from hell and his unpleasant, racist attitudes. Harvey’s family do all they can to show friendship but Mick won’t change his views. But when Mick is taken ill and Harvey looks after his scruffy dog Nelson, another side to the story is uncovered. The question is, can Mick change his views. Bali Rai tells a moving and important story simply and with great insight.

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Old Dog, New Tricks Synopsis

When the Singh family move into a new house, their neighbour Mick is far from welcoming. He's mean to everyone and his racist beliefs make living next door to him hard for the Singhs. But Harvey is convinced that Mick just needs help and that he's the one to do it - he just needs to work out how! A charming and heart-warming story about the importance of family and friends.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Old Dog, New Tricks Press Reviews

Bali Rai hits hard in this dark and haunting teen novel – Julia Eccleshare on Shivers

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ISBN: 9781781123478
Publication date: 15/01/2014
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781123478
Publication date: 15th January 2014
Author: Bali Rai
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly

About Bali Rai

Bali Rai is a well-established, award winning and hugely popular voice within the young adult fiction market.  His particular successful title Rani and Sukh became a set-text for GCSE English.  His novel Killing Honour won the North East Teen Book Award, and was described as 'utterly compelling' by The Bookseller. He lives in Leicester with his family. Read more about the author here.  Bali is Booktrust's online writer in residence. Click here to read his blog.

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