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The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. In a unique pairing of Carnegie Medal winners, Patrick Ness spins an extraordinarily moving tale of love, loss and hope from the final idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. This moving novel is brought to life with extraordinary award-winning illustrations from Jim Kay, which add an extra dimension to the story. What are the key themes? The key themes running through the book are family, death, truth, suffering, isolation and coming to terms with loss. Book Review 'Pearson's New Windmills collection brings together an incredible range of titles that teachers can trust, ideal for KS3, GCSE and beyond. From October 2014, Patrick Ness' extraordinarily powerful novel about a teenager struggling to deal with his mother's terminal illness will be added to the list; along with teacher support materials underpinned by the University of Exeter's Grammar for Writing pedagogy, and back of book comprehension activities. Based on an original idea by the author Siobhan Dowd, who died before she could write the story, A Monster Calls is bleakly beautiful, unflinchingly honest and utterly compelling. A tumbling, ragged storm of intense, chaotic emotions is masterfully contained within Ness' unflinching prose, and Jim Kay's illustration are hauntingly atmospheric. Short chapters and contemporary language help to ensure the text is accessible as possible, despite touching on themes with the potential to stretch the creative and critical thinking skills of your most able students.' www.teachsecondary.com
An old house full of secrets... A circus troop of statues... An ageing shipwreck. Max Carver's new life on the coast plunges him into a mystery that has been unfolding for generations. With his new friend he explores the wreck of a boat that sank many years ago in a terrible storm. Everyone on board perished except for one man - an engineer who built the lighthouse at the end of the beach. During the dive, Max sees something that leaves him cold, and as he learns more about the wreck, the chilling story of the Prince of Mist begins to unravel. What's the hook? A superb novel from the multi award-winning, best-selling author Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of Shadow of the Wind. What are the themes? Coming of age, fate, justice and the struggle between good and evil. Teaching points Ideal for analysing narrative structure. Perfect for exploring the fantasy-horror genre. Fully supported by the accompanying Teacher CD-ROM with customisable teaching resources, images, activities and video clips.
Fourteen-year-old Haroun divides his time between herding cows and working in a uranium mine. When the director of the mine is murdered, an agent of the French government appears and recruits Haroun as a spy. Haroun soon finds himself torn by divided cultural loyalties; but when he unearths a shocking nuclear conspiracy, he plunges into a deadly race against time. Perfect for teaching: multiple text forms how to build supsense different cultures.
Literary Strengths: Alex Shearer's trademark fast pace and high suspense A heady mixture of genres Multiple text forms Themes: Forced child labour Friendship Evil adults! Perfect for teaching! Explore genre Study the craft of suspense Analyse writing styles that suit different purposes Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Children's Book Award 2007.
Issues of loyalty and trust in this Spanish Civil War-set adventure story The Spanish Civil War has left the country shattered. Nick's father went to fight for the Republican cause, but hasn't returned. Undeterred, Nick sets off to search for him, crossing illegally into Spain and hiding from the authorities. He meets Isabel, the daughter of a cruel Civil Guard. This could be Nick's only chance to find the truth about his father, but can he trust her? Age 11+ Linguistically rich, this is an excellent text to demonstrate how descriptive writing can be used to create mood and characterisation. Links with History. Click here to read an EXTRACT Click here to download FREE TEACHING RESOURCES To automatically receive all the latest news on New Windmills, why not sign-up for our Heinemann Literature e-newsletter?
'Stunning and emotionally involving collection.' The Sunday Times 'Short stories that astound with their feeling, their power to move.' The Observer
When Emily realises she is being followed, she is determined to find out who is lurking in the shadows. Coming face to face with the stalker, Emily soon realises that she must deal with more than she bargained for as old secrets come to light.
'Intense and powerful, exciting and poignant, Tuck Everlasting will last forever - in the reader's imagination.' Amazon.comWas it true, they could really never die, these Tucks? When Winnie stumbles across a spring that can bestow the gift of everlasting life, she also stumbles across the unforgettable Tuck family. They have kept the spring a secret for years but now need to take grave measures now it is in danger of being revealed... The lyrical quality of this timeless classic evokes season, time and place. Images and motifs are interwoven, enabling a response on many levels. Age 10+
Billy Elliot's not like his Dad. He doesn't want to learn boxing. He's not cut out to be a miner. But when he stumbles across a ballet class and discovers he's a natural, he realises what he does want to do. This is Billy's gritty and determined struggle, at first in secret, but then with the wholehearted backing of his family, to dance his way to a different future.
The New Windmill Literature File provides photocopiable activities to help you link The Other Side of Truth and other popular New Windmills to Framework objectives and approaches to learning and teaching. See The New Windmill Literature File for more information.| Carnegie Medal Winner.
A collection of stories from Michael Morpurgo that explore different narrative styles and viewpoints. Each story is introduced by Michael Morpurgo, while teachers' notes look at the narrative techniques and devices used in the stories.
These stories are intended as a way of introducing Shakespeare to lower secondary students. The language provides a flavour of the plays yet remains accesssible to a wide ability range.
Miraculously rescued from drowning, a boy awakes from unconsciousness to find himself in a deep cave with Arthur Pendragon. As Arthur tells the boy about his life, the legendary tales of Camelot unfold. This retelling of the Arthur legend is aimed at Key Stage 3 students.
This lively, engaging story will keep your lower Key Stage 3 classes enthralled. Lost on a camping holiday abroad, Henry Hollins and family find themselves camping near a crumbling castle called ALUCARD. Noting the reverse spelling of the name, Henry explores the castle where he meets the Count, who sometimes changes into a fruit bat, is vegetarian, and quite appalled by his ancestors' antics. Babette Cole's witty illustrations complement the text throughout. Age 10 +
This selection of 16 Greek myths provides tales of adventure, courage and mystery. Geraldine McCaughrean's re-telling makes them accessible for Key Stage 3 pupils.
This series provides unabridged versions of pre-20th-century novels, complete with an introduction, glossary, extended writing questions and activities. Their sewn binding and hard laminated covers make them hardwearing for class use.
One of a series which offers classic and contemporary fiction for schools to suit a range of ages and tastes this book contains adaptations of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice and The Tempest.
Have you seen the New Windmills Language File? It provides imaginative photocopiable activities to help you teach writing, grammar and punctuation using A Christmas Carol and other popular New Windmills.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is Sue Townsend's wry and witty diary of the adolescent Adrian Mole.
On joining the local volunteer agency, Julie is apprehensive when she is asked to teach English to an Asian woman. The first meeting comes as a shock to them both but slowly, Julie and Rashmi come to understand each other, despite opposition from Julie's family. When Vijay, Rashmi's good-looking relative comes over from India, Julie has to make a choice between family loyalty and an enlightened relationship. Tense and thought-provoking, this story is ideal for GCSE. Age 14+
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools. When Carlie, Harvey and Thomas J. arrive in the same foster-home, it seems they will never get on well together. Carlie has been suspicious of people since she was born, but in the end she changes her mind when she learns she can help people.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is the story of a young boy's journey through Europe after escaping from the camp where he has lived all his life. Faced with a host of new experiences, David gradually begins to understand the world around him.
Frankie, the only girl in a family of brilliant scientists, feels unwanted and unloved. But her life changes dramatically when she acquires some living tissue from a genetic engineering laboratory and grows her own, loving monster. This is a humorous and tender story of the relationship between a young girl and her own pet monster, and her endeavours to keep her monster alive.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this novels tells how, for the black slaves of 19th-century America, heaven didn't lie in the blue beyond, but over the border in free Canada.
I sat down in assembly one day and started to read this book to my two hundred and forty students, deciding that I would stop when restlessness became too obvious. I went on...and on... and on. In the end I had to stop before the school seized up, and still the children clamoured for more. Gerald Haigh, TES
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is a collection of retellings of some of Chaucer's stories and character sketches in Canterbury Tales.
Danny thinks his father is the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had. But when Danny is nine, he discovers that his father has a deep, dark secret that will lead them on a dangerous and thrilling adventure.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is Hemingway's Nobel Prize-winning story of a Cuban fisherman's struggle with a great fish - a struggle between man and the elements, the hunter and the hunted.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is the story an adolescent girl and her eight-year-old brother, sole survivors of an air crash in the Australian desert. They meet an Aborigine boy who cannot speak any English but shows them how to stay alive.
One of a series of fiction for schools. The moral of this story, set in the 21st century, is that freedom has to be won and kept by the young. It won the Guardian Prize for Children's Literature.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this novel is by the author of A King of Loving. 11-year-old Joby finds the world of August 1939 a disturbing place in which to be growing up.
Perfect for teaching: multiple narrative perspectives stories within a story theme of moral dilemmas. Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Shortlist.
A mystical story of Maori cultureThe birth of a daughter - Kahu - breaks the lineage of a Maori tribe. Rejected by her grandfather, Kahu develops the ability to communicate with whales, echoing those of the ancient Whale Rider after whom she was named. This magical and mythical novel tells of the conflict between tradition and heritage, from the perspective of Kahu's grandfather, and Kahu's destiny to secure the tribe's future. Age 11+Ideal for studying multi-cultural texts, gender and environmental issues. The beautifully poetic style and twin narrative lends itself to the analysis of language.To automatically receive all the latest news on New Windmills, why not sign-up for our Heinemann Literature eNewsletter?
The story of three boys who aren't easy. Who don't fit in. Who know what they want. When Ray and his friends are permanently excluded from school, their headmaster gives them a final chance. Within weeks they form a rap group and within months they sign a record deal. As competition from a rival group intensifies the gangsta style gets mixed up with real gangster action. An accessible read with a hard-hitting plot which 'leaves the reader no choice but to be drawn in' - particularly reluctant boy readers. Perfect for exploring different kinds of speech, language and the poetry of rap.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is Wells's classic science-fiction story. Strapped on his time machine, the time traveller discovers the secret of the fourth dimension, and journeys far into the future to find out what is to happen to mankind.
This title is part of a series of nine plays for children aged seven to nine. It is intended for guided reading sessions and is in line with literacy guidance. Each play in the series provides: easy-to-read text; colour-coded character parts for easy recognition; stage directions to introduce children to the features of play scripts; illustrations that help to bring the play and its characters to life; and background information and ideas for reading or staging the play.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is the classic story of a lonely orphan who comes to live in a large house on the Yorkshire Moors, of how she finds there another child as self-centred and spoilt as herself, and of their secret meetings in the walled garden.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is Wells's classic science-fiction tale in which Martians descend on the Home Counties.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is a retelling of 32 legends from Greek mythology.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is a collection of stories of a Lancashire childhood, of football in the streets, fishing, fighting and school, of growing up and looking for work, and of characters such as Spit Nolan the champion trolley-rider, and Sam Dalt the goalkeeper.
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools. These retellings of Shakespeare stories focus on The Taming of the Shrew , A Midsummer Night's Dream , The Merchant of Venice , Henry IV Part 1 , Henry V , Twelfth Night , Julius Caesar , Hamlet , King Lear , Macbeth and The Tempest .