Monthly Archives: June 2015
When Adventure Park's new ride goes wrong, Emily, Jacob and Frank find themselves in a land where candy grows on trees!
But things aren't as sweet as they first appear. Will their love of candy land them in danger?
Welcome to a world that would make even Willy Wonka green with envy (and probably give him a stomach ache), with illustrations that suggest a marshmallow factory exploded.
For this instalment of Adventure Park, Cavan Scott has created a magical world, further enhanced by Abby Bulmer's vivid illustrations that pepper the book's interior. As with the others in this series, this story has been created especially for reluctant and struggling readers, with an interest age much higher than the required reading ability, to increase immersion and enthusiasm for the act of reading.
Despite appearances, this story is actually filled with perils and dangers for the main characters, Emily, Jacob and Frank. The tale is thoughtfully shaped in the hopes that your students will be invested enough in the outcome to progress all the way to the end, thus elated by the achievement of finishing a book.
Cole Day has just finished building his go-kart to enter the annual Shiverton 'Roll Down The Hill A Bit' race. He's eager to take it out for a test drive. So the last thing he needs are giant, golf-ball sized blocks of ice falling from the sky and smashing up everything in sight.
Cole must crunch a carrot and transform into Snow-Man once more. It's time to confront the ice-hearted Hayley Stone and her plan to bring Shiverton to its knees.
Snow-Man's latest adventure is in danger of giving him a headache that he won't forget in a hurry! Have your reluctant readers join him in getting to the bottom of this curious crisis - we're confident they will traverse the text with ease and enthusiasm.
The story is inviting and fun, and the language and word count are accessible for less able readers. Each book also boasts extra features including a general backstory, vocabulary page, questions about the story and a 'Meet the Author/Illustrator' page – all to increase engagement with the text.
Not to mention, the weird weather and perilous happenings faced by Snow-Man and his team are captured skilfully in full colour illustrations throughout the story.
A fearless pirate and an enormous sea monster come to life in the latest instalment from Adventure Park!
Join Emily, Jacob and Frank on a treasure hunt with a twist where cunning Captain Wildbeard leads them on a merry dance to uncover some lost loot.
They are certainly in for a rough ride...
As with all 8 books in this series, this title is enhanced by Abby's brilliantly detailed illustrations which help readers to follow the story more effectively.
Simple language and short sentences have also been constructed specifically to make the language more accessible to struggling readers.
We are confident that primary-aged children with a reading age of 7-8, who may often feel reluctant to pick up a book, will be drawn in by the exciting cover and then further convinced by Cavan's action-packed writing!
Posted on: Jun 22, 2015
Making friends in a new school is tough, but Lauren is determined it'll work out.
Maybe she'll even be happy again, after everything her family has been through.
Just as long as nobody finds out about Harry...
Beverly Sanford's newest Teen Read deals with a very prominent and poignant issue – even today. This is a mature story which is sure to have a deep resonance amongst all teenage readers.
Beverly has skilfully woven a story of emotional depth and intrigue, whilst keeping the language level and sentence structure accessible for reluctant and struggling readers.
Here is a note from the author herself about writing the novel:
I was thrilled to be asked to contribute another story to the fantastic Teen Reads series. I'm a huge fan of all the titles so far, and it's lovely to share a bookshelf with so many brilliant authors.
When I read the brief for Teen Reads IV, I knew I wanted to write about something that mattered. Remember Rosie was inspired by things that have happened and continue to happen around the world. Although I picked a specific focus for the story, I had a broad inspiration in my head as I wrote, and the themes in the book go beyond just Rosie's story – prejudice comes in many forms, after all.
I did enjoy writing it, although it was a slightly different process to my first Teen Reads book, The Wishing Doll. I was even more conscious than normal of every word that I wrote, as I wanted to ensure I did the story – and the idea behind it - justice.
Posted on: Jun 09, 2015
Ellie lacks confidence in most aspects of her life, especially at school and where boys are concerned. Her only solace is her YouTube channel where she likes to vlog about the geeky things she's into. It's what everyone is doing and her view count is below 10 so she's confident nobody really notices her.
That is until a selfless act of bravery changes her life forever. Caught on camera, there's now definitely no hiding from the big, wide world! But will this be a change for the better or worse?
Find out how Ellie adapts to this sudden U-turn in her life in Tony Lee's newest Teen Read, due to be published this September. Written specifically to engage a teenage audience by incorporating relatable themes, emotions and characters, this short fictional story, with the language level maintained at a reading age of 8-9, will also appeal to those potentially put off by long, daunting reads.
Will your pupils have the courage to pick it up off the shelf?
Posted on: Jun 05, 2015
Emily, Jacob and Frank go on safari, but find the animals are being attacked by strange creatures.
Who is creating these monsters? And what is wrong with Frank?
Join the heroes of Adventure Park as they get to grips with its latest attraction, Rainforest Riot. But be prepared, this is no regular safari through the rainforest. A surprise alteration to the wildlife means our friends have an experience much... greater than they originally expected (especially Frank the hamster)!
Fans of action-packed tales will love this story, created especially for primary-aged reluctant readers with a reading age of roughly 7-8. The brilliant cover below provides a taster of what to expect.
Across the whole Adventure Park series, the text is broken up with line spaces to make it less daunting, and difficult words appear in a glossary at the front. Each book is filled with delights, designed to help the reader engage with the text, such as full colour illustrations, a map of the whole park and questions at the end of the story.
And there are six more amazing books still to reveal! Don't look away!
The theory behind problem solving in Maths lessons is twofold. First, so that pupils understand why Maths is fun and useful in the real world i.e. to solve problems. Secondly, to encourage pupils to apply the skills they’ve learnt to resolve various maths problems without necessarily telling them which skill to use.
Zoe is lying on the floor of her classroom. She's in the recovery position. As her brain starts to function again, she realises she's had another epileptic fit. She wants to weep. Bad enough she's suffered from seizures for most of her life, but it's the embarrassment of it all. No wonder she never gets asked to go out with anyone.
Retreating from relationships, Zoe is slowly withdrawing into herself and her parents realise that something has got to change, and fast.
But how do you overcome a lasting illness? Surely that's impossible?
Ann Evans' latest Teen Read, By My Side, tackles the sensitive subject of a common disability and highlights the everyday challenges faced by frustrated teenager, Zoe. She needs help to manage her illness more effectively and to stop the feelings of isolation. This, she finds in the most unexpected place, one she once feared...
This honest and fascinating story aims to inform the reader about epilepsy as well as maintain the interest by utilising a dyslexia-friendly design with bite-sized chunks of text and line spacing. Your pupils won't want to put it down!
Cole and his sister Winter are blown away (pun intended) when an uninvited guest breezes into town and wreaks havoc on homes, shops and local businesses!
Can Snow-Man and his team put a stop to the path of destruction unfolding along the streets of Shiverton before everything is completely destroyed?
This light-hearted tale comes complete with laugh-out-loud moments and an impressive villain that will have primary school children glued to the pages until the very end!
Author, Tommy Donbavand, is an expert at developing stories for struggling readers and Windy-Pops! combines just the right balance of accessible language with a witty and highly entertaining plot. Accompanying a number of the pages are Steve Beckett's bright and engaging full colour illustrations which really bring this fun story to life.