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May 2018 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | Alan Gibbons can pack a great deal of story and power into a short extent and that’s certainly the case with this book. It stars a group of young footballers, two of whom – the most talented – are refugees, only recently invited to play with West Team Celtic. Our main character, Sam, is happy to accept them into the squad but a boy called Jordan resents anyone who is better than him, and does his best to keep them out of the team. The drama of the matches is broken up and balanced via short chapters explaining who refugees are, where they come from, and why – something that makes the book much more than just a sports adventure. For the the final scene, everything comes together and there’s a wonderful demonstration of sport’s ability to unite us all, and even, occasionally, to work miracles. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
With the World Cup coming up, football stories are even more appealing than usual, and Alan Gibbons knows just how to win and hold young readers’ attention. There are two halves to the story: interspersed with the tale of youth team East End United’s season are chapters with facts and figures on the world’s greatest players. It’s all with one goal in mind: as Cairo, East End’s star player, learns, football is a team game, and the side that plays best is the side that plays as a proper team, everyone working to each other’s strengths. It makes for lively reading – another winner from a writer who always finds the net. ~ Andrea Reece Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or 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 | In a nutshell: the highs and lows of our national obsession | Football has the power to excite passions like no other sport. In the words of the great Bill Shankly: ‘Some people think football is a matter of life and death. It's much more serious than that.’ But for all the joy, flag-waving and exhilaration, there’s a dark side too of fan violence, racism and a disregard for fans’ safety. From Hillsborough to Munich and the Heysel Stadium, Alan Gibbons examines the worst events in football in a way that enables young fans to understand what happened and why. A fan himself, his book still celebrates the best of football too as a way to bring people together. ~ 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.
The story of a young footballer from Africa who achieves his dream of winning a place at one of the top UK clubs, this short novel is both a satisfying story of hard work, dedication and talent, plus all-important family support, leading to success, but inspires too by the inclusion of pages of information about the real-life heroes of African football, from Roger Milla to Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba. Written to be super-readable, it is action and fact-filled both, a skilful piece of storytelling that will catch the imagination of all young football fans and give them lots to talk about. ~ Andrea Reece Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ 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.
Syah Walker is in an all-out war with her stepsister, Keelah. Keelah is jealous of all the attention Syah receives for her MindLink skills as a peer counsellor at Emdaria North Secondary School. After Keelah tricks Syah into missing a counselling session, Syah retaliates, and the pranks turn cruel. The two girls are soon forced into a MindLink session and ordered to work out their differences. Inside Keelah's mind, Syah must journey through a fairytale-like mindscape to find her stepsister inside a castle fortress. She is helped along the way by several fantastic creatures. But Keelah herself has been transformed into a terrible dragon by her own jealousy and hate. To help her raging stepsister return to normal, Syah has to rely on her counselling skills. She tells Keelah how much she admires her imagination, artistic talents and creativity. Despite their differences, Syah and Keelah are able to reconcile, better understand one another and strengthen their bond as sisters. This exciting adventure will capture readers' imaginations and keep them turning the pages to follow Syah's latest jouney inside the mind.
Syah Walker wants to show the school counsellor at Emdaria NorthSecondary School that she can handle more difficult counselling cases. However, Syah gets a harder case than she expects in Year 8 pupil Nali. Nali takes rejection hard after being dropped from her beloved magnoball team. Losing the sport, and her best friend, is like losing part of herself. When Syah enters Nali's mindscape, she finds it flooded with Nali's feelings of betrayal and grief, as well as monstrous mental constructs that pursue the girls without mercy. As they battle the monsters together, Syah realizes that Nali's athletic skills might translate to a new sporting interest, and a new sense of her true self. Back in the physical world, Nali discovers new meaning by joining the martial arts club. It isn't exactly magnoball, but the new sport helps her learn to move on, make new friends and maybe reconnect with some old friends as well. This exciting eBook adventure will capture readers' imaginations and keep them turning the pages to follow Syah's latest jouney inside the mind.
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