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The Blame Game

The Blame Game

Author: Anne Cassidy, Natalie Packer, Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Freddie's Fear

Freddie's Fear

Author: Malachy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2019

Hole in the Road

Hole in the Road

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

You want to know how it happened? The answer is - the way it always does. I have a really good idea. And it turns into trouble. Will and Luke are bored. When they hear about the student parade going through town, Will spots an opportunity for mischief. And Luke, as always, is easily led. This humorous story about a practical joke gone wrong is written by former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the engaging, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 9 years and 6 months.

The Body in the Car Park

The Body in the Car Park

Author: Mike Gould, Sam Gould Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

When a skeleton was found beneath a Leicester car park in 2012, could it be a body that had been missing for 500 years? Could it be the body of an English king? This book tells the story of the archaeologists' amazing discovery, asking who Richard III was and how this new discovery might change our view of him. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the historical images and contemporary photographs. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 9 years and 6 months.

Cyber Shock

Cyber Shock

Author: Tommy Donbavand Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

Suitable for reading age 8.6 years. Mark was holding his knee. His trousers were torn, and I expected to see loads of blood where he'd cut himself - but there was none of that. Mark's skin was ripped back and, inside his knee, there was a long, metal bar and loads of coloured wires. Al loves hanging out with his new friend Mark Tenby at school. Some of the other students think he's a bit odd, but Mark and Al have so much in common. It isn't until a game of football goes wrong that Al starts to understand quite how odd Mark really is... Why does he have wires where his knee should be? And why does he keep getting calls from `Mother'? This sci-fi mystery is written by Scream Street author Tommy Donbavand. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3c to Level 3b in reading. *Support comprehension with the bold, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 8 years and 6 months.

The Trouble with Jack

The Trouble with Jack

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

The trouble with Jack was that he didn't listen to anyone. He didn't even listen to me, his girlfriend. That's why I was standing on Hutton Moor holding a bunch of flowers. There was a small card attached to them that said, Miss You, Jodie XXXX. I had tears in my eyes. Jack Berry loved to cycle on the moors. One day he went out on his own and didn't come back. A year later his girlfriend, Jodie, is still missing him. On the anniversary of his death, odd things begin to happen. She hears his ring tone. Then, at a bike race, Jodie catches a glimpse of someone wearing Jack's customised cycling jacket. His cycling bag is left on his best friend's bike. Is Jodie about to find out what really happened to Jack? This tightly-wrought mystery story is written by master of suspense, Anne Cassidy. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 4c to Level 4a in reading. *Support comprehension with the atmospheric, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 10 years and above.

Invasion

Invasion

Author: Robbie Gibbons, Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

We splash onto the shore and start running. Bullets whistle and punch into the beach. Wrecked landing craft lie on their side. Waves wash up dead bodies floating face down. I stare. Training doesn't prepare you for this. Tommy Doran is an infantryman in the British Army. It's June 1944 and he is about to take part in the biggest invasion in history: D-Day. Will he and his best mate Joe get through the German defences and make it home alive? This first-person narrative follows them through the anticipation and boredom of waiting to boarding ship in bad weather at Southampton, the Channel crossing, to the fear and tumult of landing on Gold Beach. Factual pages contextualise the narrative, giving readers the bigger picture. Archive photography and newly commissioned illustration bring the historical events described to life. The book will be available in time for the 60th anniversary commemorations of D-Day in June 2014. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the age-appropriate illustrations and the historical photographs to take readers inside the soldiers' experience. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 9 years and 6 months.

Being Rooney

Being Rooney

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

How did an ordinary schoolboy from Liverpool become one of England's top goal scorers? This biography tells the story of Wayne Rooney's life in football from his early days at Everton to being signed by Manchester United and his top moments in club and international football. Plus Wayne himself shares some of the secrets of his success. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3c in reading. *Support comprehension with the stunning photos of the best games and goals, as well as glimpses into Wayne's early life. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 9 years.

Football Fanatic

Football Fanatic

Author: Steve Skidmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

It's not easy supporting the bottom team in the football league ... My team, Mudchester United have been drawn against Kingston FC in the FA Cup! Kingston won the Premier League last year. Their team is stuffed full of famous players from all over the world. This will be the biggest game ever in Mudchester's history. Alex Beasley is a football fanatic. He dreams that one day his favourite team will play at Wembley in the FA Cup final. Sadly, this is not likely to happen, because the team he supports is Mudchester United, the worst club in the Football League. Could this season be different? When Mudchester are drawn against a premiership side in the FA Cup, could they turn out to be this year's giant killers? *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3a in reading. *Support comprehension with the funny, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 9 years.

Kiss of Death

Kiss of Death

Author: Bali Rai Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

I drop my bag of chips and run. I can hear them, shouting after me. Telling me to stop. Four of them - all older than me, all of them angry. Are you wondering who they are, the people chasing me? Easy. They're my girlfriend's brothers ... Joey only wanted a kiss. He'd been seeing Ria - the fittest girl in year ten - for four months, seeing her in secret because her family wouldn't approve. When someone sees them together, Joey knows he's in trouble. Big trouble. Soon, a simple trip to the chippy turns into a life and death chase. And that kiss, that one, little peck, might turn out to be the kiss that kills him... *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the age-appropriate graphic-novel-style illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 9 years and 6 months.

The Return of Frankie Stine

The Return of Frankie Stine

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

Frankie woke up, flat on his back on a hard wooden board. He had a banging headache. That was the first thing he noticed. The second thing he noticed was that he was dead. Teenager Frankie Stine wants to know two things: why is he dead and who brought him back to life? Also, why does he seem to have someone else's legs? It quickly transpires that Frankie's death was no accident. With the help of a new friend, Frankie is soon on the trail of his killer. Can they catch him before Frankie's parents come to any harm? This comic horror story is written by Barry Hutchison, winner of the Scottish Children's Book Award, 2012. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 4c to Level 4a in reading. *Support comprehension with the age-appropriate, comic-book-style illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 10 years and above.

Extreme Survival

Extreme Survival

Author: Alan Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

What would you do to survive? Would you eat frogs, spiders ... or even human flesh? Read the amazing true stories of people who have survived in extreme situations. This book tells the real-life stories of people who have survived in extreme situations from plane crashes to getting lost in the jungle, desert or mountains. Learn the basics of survival and take part in survival quizzes to test your knowledge. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3c in reading. *Support comprehension with engaging photography and illustration. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 9 years.

On the Run

On the Run

Author: Robbie Gibbons, Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

He found them in a ditch by the side of the road. The girl was pinned, helpless. The animal on top of her was too big to be an ordinary wolf: razor claws, a muscular, human-like upper body. It was a werewolf, like Danny. His nightmare had followed him here, to a place where he thought he was safe. In this exciting sequel to Lone Wolf, Danny is alone, on the run, in a new town. During the day he works in a local kebab shop. At night he tries to control his werewolf appetites. However, he will not be on his own for long. Carver's friends have tracked him down and want to avenge their gang leader's death. But when Danny steps in to rescue a strange girl from their clutches, the fight takes an unexpected turn. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the age-appropriate, graphic-novel-style illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 9 years and 6 months.

Copycat

Copycat

Author: Catherine MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2014

I blame everything that happened on my own good nature. I took her under my wing. She was plain and frumpy and I said to my friend Indira, Let's make Mimi our next project. Big mistake. Chantelle Morgan is the most popular girl in school. Well, at least she was until Mimi came along. When Chantelle and her best friend Indira take clumsy, clueless new girl Mimi under their wing, Mimi takes all of their advice. She wears her uniform like Chantelle's; she has her hair cut like Chantelle's; she even starts to talk like Chantelle. And at first Mimi seems so pleased, so grateful. Gradually, though, Chantelle begins to suspect she has created a monster... *Suitable for reading age 10 years. * Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 4c to Level 4a in reading. *Support comprehension with the engaging, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 10 years and above.

Race to the Pole

Race to the Pole

Author: Mike Gould, Natural History Museum Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

In 1911 British explorer Robert Falcon Scott hoped to be the first person to reach the South Pole. Little did he know an explorer from Norway had had the same idea. It would be a race to the Pole! Produced in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, this book tells the story of Scott's and Amundsen's epic race and its deadly conclusion. It also explores the scientific legacy of Scott's expedition and looks at the new frontiers of exploration today. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3a in reading. *Support comprehension with stunning photographs that bring the Antarctic experience to life. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Fast Cars

Fast Cars

Author: Keith West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Everything you ever wanted to know about motorsport: the cars, the races, the drivers, the records. This book showcases the best fast cars from 1901 to today and includes an interview with Ben Collins (a.k.a. the Stig) on what it's like to drive Batman's and James Bond's cars. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3c to Level 3b in reading. *Support comprehension with the stunning photos of the best ever cars and the best ever stunts. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Gladiator

Gladiator

Author: Alan Gibbons, Robbie Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Inside, the helmet was dark and stuffy. I couldn't see a thing. The sounds of the waves and the sea breeze had suddenly stopped. I got this weird feeling, like the air was bending around me. Like the ground was shifting under my feet. You find an old helmet on the beach. It's rusty and looks as if it's been there for years. You slip it over your head to see how it feels. When you take it off again, you're inside a dark tunnel. Someone hands you a sword. You're a gladiator. And the crowd outside is baying for your blood. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3a in reading. *Support comprehension with the exciting, age-appropriate illustrations. *Help readers explore the world of Roman gladiators and Roman soldiers using the lively non-fiction section. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

The Name is Kade

The Name is Kade

Author: Alan Gibbons, Robbie Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

The name is Kade, Jack Kade. I take the jobs the cops can't do. I clear the skyways of the scum of the universe. I hunt down the gangsters, the kidnappers, every kind of low life. It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. A call from Earth brings Kade back from Saturn. His old enemy Zab Hecko is free and intent on destroying the human race. To make things harder, Hecko's had a face transplant. Can Kade find him before it is too late? Told in the style of a Raymond Chandler novel, this is a funny, action-packed sci-fi noir. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3c to Level 3b in reading. *Support comprehension with graphic novel-style illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Here Come the Girls!

Here Come the Girls!

Author: Helena Pielichaty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

An incredible 29 million women and girls play football across the globe. But it wasn't always this way... Helena Pielichaty, author of the popular Girls FC series, traces the development of women's football from its ban by the FA in 1921 to its current status as the UK's number one team participation sport for women and girls. This lively history introduces the early pioneers of the game, from suffragette Netty Honeyball to the munitions workers whose teams competed during the First World War, alongside contemporary players from around the world. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with contemporary and historical photographs that bring the story of women's football to life. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Making it Move A Short History of Animation

Making it Move A Short History of Animation

Author: Samuel Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Everything you ever wanted to know about animation. Find out how the latest animated films are made and how animation has developed since its early days. Plus find out how to create your own flick-book and clay animations. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3c to Level 3b in reading. *Support comprehension with the fascinating photographs and drawings from a range of animations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

The Trick

The Trick

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Eric, are you ready to travel to a place you've never been before? Mathew Masters asked, loud enough for the whole audience to hear. Are you ready to do something truly magical? Are you ready, Eric, to vanish not somewhere, but Elsewhere? Where do you go when you disappear? Or, rather, when you are `disappeared'. Eric is about to find out when a school trip to a magic show takes an unexpected turn. This playful story mixes the mundane and the fantastical, as Eric is given an amazing choice: to go back to his old life of school, his so-called mates and being kept awake by his baby sister, or to take a step into the unknown. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the striking, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Spies

Spies

Author: Mike Gould Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

You've seen the films, you know the stories, but have you got what it really takes to be a spy? Find out more as this book, produced in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum, takes you through the devices, the disguises, the weapons, the codes and the experiences of real-life spies. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with photographs that bring these real-life stories to life. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Liam

Liam

Author: Benjamin Zephaniah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

The photo was small. I clicked to enlarge it. It was upside down. I clicked to rotate it. Then I stopped. As I stared into the computer screen I couldn't believe what I saw. A handsome, tall black man, with very short hair, wearing a black suit. He had on a pair of those small round glasses that clever people wear, and he looked so happy. Liam's life is going well. He's done okay in his GCSEs; he's getting pretty good at playing the guitar. If he could just persuade Amy Zyskowski to go out with him, everything would be perfect. Oh, and if he could find out who his real parents are... *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with fascinating and contemporary illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Unsolved Mysteries

Unsolved Mysteries

Author: Keith West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

What did happen to the crew of the Marie Celeste? And is there really a Loch Ness monster? Read about nine unsolved mysteries including an abandoned ship; unfathomable escapes; disappearing boats and planes; a time traveller and even signs of life on other planets. Can you tell the facts from the fiction to work out what really happened? *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3a in reading. *Support comprehension with the engaging images for each mystery. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Zombie Wasps

Zombie Wasps

Author: Mike Gould, Natural History Museum Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Are you scared of spiders? Have you heard of the zombie wasp? Do you know which bee has the most painful sting? Place yourself on the `scare scale' and, if you dare, find out all about the world's biggest, weirdest and most fearsome insects in this book produced in collaboration with the Natural History Museum. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3c to Level 3b in reading. *Support comprehension with the stunning photographs. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

This Boy

This Boy

Author: Pippa Goodhart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

A supernatural love story that touches on the First World War. Kerry hates her new school. She doesn't think much of the new house either, as it's full of strange noises. While waiting by the old war memorial for her mum to come home, she meets a boy. He seems nice, but very sad about something. And he's dressed a bit oddly too... *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3c to Level 3b in reading. *Support comprehension with the atmospheric, age-appropriate illustrations. *Contextualise the story using the double-page about the First World War. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Point Danger

Point Danger

Author: Catherine MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Point Danger loomed above me. I tried not to think of all the stories: the ghostly sailors, the serial killer, the headless bodies. They didn't seem so funny now. I opened the door and went inside. It was as cold as the grave. The wind from the sea roared through the broken window. I could hear the tide rushing in... Mark is always in trouble. Now on a last warning, he's determined not to do anything wrong on the school trip (although, in his opinion, he is never the one at fault). When two bullies dare another boy to go inside a crumbling lighthouse, Mark can't stop himself from following. But can he keep them both out of danger, and himself out of trouble, when he gets inside? *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3a in reading. *Support comprehension with the expressive, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

The Passenger

The Passenger

Author: Dan Tunstall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Mikey's trainers are box-fresh Nikes. They're as white as new snow. White leather, white laces, white soles. But something on the right shoe catches my eye. It's a tiny circle. The size of a five-pence piece. It's bright, bright red. Blood. Matt's on his way home from a Saturday afternoon shopping in town. His mum sends a text to check if he's okay, as there's been a stabbing in Renton. When a strange boy takes the seat next to him on the bus, Matt starts to wonder if he might have had something to do with it... *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3a in reading. *Support comprehension with the atmospheric, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Tunnel of Terror

Tunnel of Terror

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Enter the Tunnel of Terror and prepare to scream ... for your lives. Best friends Jim and Karl sneak out to the midnight launch of a new ride, the Tunnel of Terror. Expecting a rollercoaster, they are disappointed to discover it is just a boring looking ghost train. But, as they fasten their seatbelts, little do they realise they're in for the ride of their lives... *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3c to Level 3b in reading. *Support comprehension with the atmospheric, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

The Ice Man

The Ice Man

Author: Alan Parkinson, Mike Gould Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

When a body was discovered by two German hikers walking in the Alps in 1991, little did they realise it had been there for over 5000 years... Who was OEtzi the Ice Man, as he has become known? What did scientists find out by examining his remains? And what further finds from the ancient past might our changing climate reveal? *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the amazing photographs from the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book

Bound for Jamaica

Bound for Jamaica

Author: Gareth Calway Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Between 1500 and 1800, over 12 million Africans were sold into slavery. This is the story of one boy who is kidnapped, sold and transported as a slave across the Atlantic from West Africa to a sugar plantation in Jamaica. The story of slavery told through a mixture of narrative and factual history. Find out the real story of the thousands of Africans taken from their homeland to work as slaves in the Americas and the Caribbean. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3a in reading. *Support comprehension with the illustrations and historical images that bring to life the experience of slavery. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

Author: Alan Gibbons, Robbie Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2012

He saw it in flashes: a shadow of prickly fur, the gleam of teeth. The sight of it snatched the breath from Danny's lungs. He knew what the creature was. He thought they had died out in Britain hundreds of years ago, but there was no doubt about it. He was looking into the yellow eyes of a wolf. People have been going missing in the town. But Danny's got something else on his mind: how to avoid Carver and his gang. Running away from them into the dark woods beyond the estate, he meets something even more frightening... *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the graphic novel style illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

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