Monthly Archives: January 2017
It is that time of the year again for us to climb to the highest point of Badger Towers and to shout out about our very new, and very exciting series. We teach children and young adults to never judge a book by its cover. BUT, for this blog only you can throw that rule away and treat your eyes to these visual delights…
We are all well aware of the multiple benefits that reading brings to our health and happiness. The advantages appear endless; reducing the symptoms of depression, staving off Alzheimer’s and Dementia, improving memory, focus and concentration, widening vocabulary, advancing analytical skills, the list goes on. But what if, despite all these beneficial reasons to read, your pupils are refusing to jump on the reading for pleasure bandwagon? One major point to take into consideration is your offering of books. Are they dated? Are they tatty? And most importantly, have you chosen them for your pupil, or have they chosen the book themselves?
Posted on: Jan 24, 2017
Now The League of Enchanted Heroes can captivate your pupils even more as they can read aloud and become their favourite character in Risky Rescue!
Risky Rescue has been rewritten into a play by specialist author Tim Collins and has 7 different speaking parts with varying amounts of lines and reading levels so everyone can be included. With a reading age of 7-8 and an interest age of 8-12, this play will entertain your reluctant readers and capture the imagination of both boys and girls.
This exciting play features famous fairytale characters Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame) and Tom Thumb, as they carry out a daring rescue of a handsome prince held captive in a high tower.
The clear and easy to follow layout allows your pupils to readily identify their lines and follow the developing plot with confidence. Each page features a full page colour illustration by James Lawrence and the question page at the back of the book is a great comprehension tool to ensure your pupils have followed and understood the text.
You can find out more about the original fiction series by reading the blogs below.
Posted on: Jan 19, 2017
Let your pupils become the imaginatively named characters in comic author, Tommy Donbavand's, exciting and witty play, Hot Hot Hot!
Watch the smiles appear on your pupils' faces as they are immersed into the humorous and entertaining play.
Cole Day was an ordinary school boy until, one day....COSSSSHHH! A stray snowball hit Cole on the back of his head!
But it wasn't just any snowball, it was a radioactive snowball. Now every time Cole eats a raw carrot he becomes Snow-Man – the world's chilliest superhero!
Your class will be enthralled as they act out the adventures of Snow-Man and his sidekicks, Thin Ice and Frostbite, as they try to get to the bottom of a heat wave in the middle of December. Could this be the work of Ray Burn and his giant sunglasses?
The whole play consists of 1,000 words and has 7 speaking parts with varying numbers of lines and reading level so that everyone can be included. The book features bright colourful illustrations by popular illustrator Steve Beckett, and there is a useful question page at the back of the book to aid comprehension.
The reading age of this play is 8-9 and it has an interest age of 8-12, but we're confident that pupils (and adults) of all ages and abilities will absolutely love to take part.
Read our blogs on the six original fiction series below!
Our first series of YA Reads is now available!
Treat your students and yourself to this riveting series written by successful, skilled authors including Tim Collins, Ann Evans, Daniel Blythe, Iain McLaughlin, Catherine Bruton, Echo Freer and Cliff McNish.
All eight titles have been specifically written to appeal to 14-18 year olds and have mature themes including sexuality, identity, dystopia, mortality, peer pressure and more. With a word count of between 5,000 and 6,000, these gripping novels have a reading age of 8-9 and will capture the attention of their reader.
S/HE by Catherine Bruton
Follow Raven's journey as the new person at school. Refusing to be defined as a boy or a girl, Raven is 'gender fluid', everyone is curious to start with but that curiosity soon turns to hostility.
Kill Order by Daniel Blythe
Caleb Grayden is a killer for hire, a special kind of shape shifter. His latest job is easy – but what happens next is not quite what Caleb expects.
The Craving by Cliff McNish
Elias has always been treated differently to other teenagers, protected, guarded. He always believed it was because his Dad had a special job that put him in danger, it's only when he gets thirsty that he realises his family are part of a much darker secret.
In The Stars by Echo Freer
Jaz and Dex are 16 and in love. But true love does not run smoothly. Jaz's parents have forbidden her to see boys and the worse is yet to come.
Members of Billy Badger's Book Club have been reading and reviewing Echo Freer's new title, In the Stars, this is what they have said;
"Gently and beautifully told. Very emotive." Secondary School Librarian
"It was good. It was very emotional." Secondary School Student
"It was short, but packs a punch. It deals with a sensitive issue without feeling patronising or overly sentimental." Secondary School Librarian
Our first series of YA Reads are printed on o