Monthly Archives: July 2015

Blog Posts: 1–11 of 7
  1. Summer Break Message

    Posted on: Jul 22, 2015

    The Park is closing for the holidays until you return in September. Albert needs some more time to develop his inventions and Emily, Jacob and Frank just need some R&R!

    Have a lovely summer break. We'll be revealing more covers, sneak peeks and exclusive artwork next term. For now, we'll leave you with our author and illustrator skilfully immortalised by Abby in cartoon form.

    Looking forward to resuming the adventure in September!

  2. Summer Break Message

    Posted on: Jul 21, 2015

    Snow-Man and his team are on ice until you return in September, when we'll be revealing more covers, sneak peeks and exclusive artwork.

    Have a great summer break, and keep an eye on any suspicious weather – you never know who might be responsible. For now, we'll leave you with our author and illustrator skilfully immortalised by Steve in cartoon form. We think they'd make fine additions to Snow-Man's super team!

  3. Too good to be true?

    Too good to be true?

    Posted on: Jul 16, 2015

    Leon should be Rachel's ideal match. They're perfectly suited and they get on brilliantly.

    But there's just one problem. Leon is a robot.

    Is it possible to fall in love with someone who isn't real? And how can you resist someone who's truly made for you?

    Funny yet sad; full of conviction and self-consciousness at the same time; Tim Collins creates an authentic teenage voice to tell a contemporary love story with a twist.

    An intriguing story with the look and feel of a YA novel, Mr Perfect is suitable for teenage reluctant readers with a reading age of about 8-9. A combination of short sentences, a clear format with line breaks, straightforward language and mature content make this story accessible and attractive to struggling readers with a reading age lower than their actual age.

    Here is a note from the author about his influences:

    This title pays homage to classic sci-fi titles such as Blade Runner and AI, filtered through a contemporary

  4. The benefits of non-fiction

    The benefits of non-fiction

    Posted on: Jul 15, 2015

    “Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts; nothing else will ever be of any service to them.”
    ― Mr Gradgrind, Hard Times by Charles Dickens

  5. Unexpected Famished Occupants

    Unexpected Famished Occupants

    Posted on: Jul 14, 2015

    All Jacob, Emily and Frank want to do is to experience all the rides at Adventure Park but things never seem to be that straightforward!

    While riding the Super Space Elevator they are unexpectedly flung into the midst of an alien invasion!

    And it looks like the aliens are pretty hungry! How will the trio escape this time?

    The fun continues in Cosmic Chaos as Jacob, Emily and Frank are faced with another adventure where they find themselves in a few close scrapes! The action-packed story, manageable text and striking illustrations combine to create an enjoyable reading experience which will tempt even the most reluctant of your readers.

    As with each book in this series, a glossary of difficult words has been included at the beginning of the book so that there is the option for them to be discussed and understood before the reader begins. This may eliminate any trepidation that could arise if a struggling reader is faced with something they don't fully understand

  6. Abracadabra...


    Posted on: Jul 08, 2015

    All 15-year-old Poppy wants is to be allowed to dye her hair jet black, and for everyone to call her Raven.

    And to discover whether her missing twin brother is alive or dead so that she and her parents can finally move on with their lives.

    Can Poppy find Stephen, and a place to belong, at the same time?

    Tommy Donbavand once again uses his witty writing style to create a compelling story for teenagers - brimming with humour and emotion in equal measures. He places his defiant teenage protagonist in a situation both atypical and relatable, capturing the complexities of teenage angst and isolation while highlighting a distinctive family hardship.

    Like the other titles in this set of six, the subject matter is aimed at teenage readers – most specifically female teenage readers – but the stories can be enjoyed by those with a reading age as young as eight. A low word count, short sentences, line breaks and accessible language aid this endeavour.

    We're als

  7. 'Mist-erious' goings-on in Shiverton!

    'Mist-erious' goings-on in Shiverton!

    Posted on: Jul 06, 2015

    Shiverton comes under attack again, but this time it proves even harder for Snow-Man and his crew to find the root of the problem due to a dense fog which shrouds the town.

    And why do everyone's trousers keep falling down?!

    Tommy crafts another witty and entertaining story, which, coupled with Steve Beckett's animated illustrations, make for an incredibly fun reading experience for children.

    To make the front cover stand out on a bookshelf and the inside artwork more vibrant, it was decided that an injection of colour to the previously white mist would be preferable and so different colours were experimented with in order to portray the fog.

    Green looked like it could be interpreted as an unpleasant smell and no-one was particularly keen on the pink so yellow was decided on because in colour psychology it is often associated with the mind. As the story transpires that the mist has come from wicked villain, Misty Morning, we thought that this was the most

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