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Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ There’s more than one ghost in Michelle Magorian’s genuinely creepy new short novel. Hannah, her mum and dad and little brother are on holiday and she’s sure there’s a sinister presence in their little holiday flat. But her mum and dad are distracted, ever since Mum lost the baby they’ve been snapping at each other, and they won’t believe her. It’s only when they do that Hannah can escape the ghost and find a way to acknowledge the loss of the baby too. Magorian explores family relationships with typical sensitivity and insight and there’s lots to think about in this spare, economically written novel, as well as moments to send shivers down the spine. ~ Andrea Reece Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of super-readable short fiction by some of the very best children’s authors and illustrators in the UK. Each title has a host of unique accessibility features to offer cracking reads to more children including reluctant and struggling readers and those with dyslexia or visual stress. Here at Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting the best of their new and backlist titles to recommend to you. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Chris Priestley has a gift for writing frightening stories, and this short wartime-set novel for Barrington Stoke, which specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers including those with dyslexia, is bound to send shivers down the spine. Harry and his mother receive some unexpected good news: they’ve inherited an old manor house on the Suffolk coast. But the inheritance turns out to be nothing more than a cruel trick, and being there puts Harry in mortal danger. Indeed, he ends up in a battle with a supernatural enemy threatening more death and destruction even than Hitler. A sense of foreboding builds steadily from the opening pages, and the 1940s setting gives added moral weight to questions about duty, and freedom. Best read with the lights on! ~ Andrea Reece Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers. Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Catherine McPhail gives a spine tingling and ghostly edge to a hard-hitting story about a school bully. Karam has changed schools often and is used to making friends easily. But then he meets Alex. Alex has a reputation for being trouble and Karam can do nothing to change it. But Karam is sure that there is something strange about Alex; something that makes him be so mean. Can Karam uncover the secret and what will happen when he does? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
June 2014 Book of the Month - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ Award-winning David Almond briefly tells a story which packs a big punch. Locally, known as the Bad Lads the boys from Felling are not really bad – just football mad and a bit cheeky and mischief- making. But, led by Joe who is older and whom they much admire, they begin to do nasty hurtful things. When new boy, Klaus Vogel from East Germany turns up, he shows the Bad Lads the importance of thinking for themselves. One boy’s courage leads the lads to break free. An excellent and easy-to-read story. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Prize-winning Malorie Blackman shows off her dark side in this is dramatic nightmare story. Briefly told in easy to read text, a fourteen year old recounts a grisly hospital experience in which he faces confusion, hostility and even amputation! What is going on? And why will no one tell him? Malorie Blackman uses a clever device to retell the key moment of drama in the story.