A spooky and eerie new series of fiction for struggling and reluctant readers.

This January we published a new series of fiction for students aged 13+ which are perfect for struggling readers who are ready to move on to longer books but are intimidated by full-length novels.

Papercuts consists of six titles that include ghost, horror, supernatural, action and adventure stories which have themes touching on friendship/relationship issues and extraordinary happenings in the real world.

Written by respected and accomplished authors, these six titles have spectacular covers that will attract the attention of any reader.

Key series features

  • Interest Age 13+, Reading Age 8-9
  • Mature themes touching on extraordinary happenings in the real world and friendship/relationship issues.
  • Eye-catching, appealing covers.
  • Novel-like look and feel with a word count of 5,000-6,000.
  • Dyslexia-friendly design with bite-sized chunks of text and line spacing.
  • Off-white paper to reduce visual stress on sensitive eyes.
  • Age-appropriate fiction aimed at struggling and reluctant readers
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  1. A Little Secret Wins Coventry Inspiration Award

    A Little Secret Wins Coventry Inspiration Award

    Posted on: Mar 07, 2019

    A LITTLE SECRET - The Book Awards 2019 category winner.


    I am very excited to announce that the team here at Badger Learning have won the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards – Rapid Reads category. This award is for the best quick read book for young people aged 11-16.


    A Little Secret, written by Ann Evans and James Lawrence took home the award. This book is part of our bestselling series, Papercuts, an eerie series of short reads for teenagers.


    We are so proud to have won this along with Ann and James as we were up against some huge titles and even bigger publishers. It’s particularly gratifying as this award is a vote by young people in Coventry who are reading these books and voting for their favourites in weekly elimination rounds. See the shortlist and results below:


    A Little Secret

    By Ann Evans (Author), James Lawrence (Illustrator)

    Badger Publishing - The Book Awards 2019 category

  2. Papercuts II Coming Soon

    Papercuts II Coming Soon

    Posted on: Jan 07, 2019

    Papercuts II — Out Now!

    Almost exactly a year ago, we published our first Papercuts series, a brand new bone-chilling horror series for teenage reluctant readers. The eye-catching covers and gripping content were the perfect combination and the series proved very popular.


    So it is with great pleasure that we are able to spice up your January for the second year running, with a brand new Papercuts series — Papercuts II. Granted, the name might not be that original but the stories are so fresh they’re practically still dripping. They are also positively brimming with twists, turns, thrills, chills and toe-curling frights; perfect for keeping a bloodthirsty teenager satisfied until the very end.


    Once again our artists have surpassed themselves with some truly terrifying covers. Each book also contains four images interspersed throughout the inside text, in order to hold the reader’s

  3. Win a signed set!

    Win a signed set!

    Posted on: Jan 08, 2018

    It feels like Christmas all over again as we have taken delivery of Papercuts, our new eerie fiction series for struggling readers.

    The extraordinary, eye-catching covers are even better in the flesh. We know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but the illustrators, Mark Penman and James Lawrence, have created six phenomenal covers that will grab the attention of any reluctant reader.

    These sinister new titles have been written by respected and accomplished authors to appeal to teenage readers with a reading age of 8–9. The realistic word count of 5000–6000, ensures that these titles are perfect for students who are intimidated by full-length novels. The stories include elements of horror, the supernatural, action and adventure.

    To celebrate the launch of this sensational new series, if you order your copies in January 2018 you will also receive an A3 double-sided poster free of charge*. We are also giving you the opportunity to win a signed set of all six titles.

  4. A Little Secret by Ann Evans

    A Little Secret by Ann Evans

    Posted on: Dec 04, 2017

    Lucas likes to visit his great gran. She's ninety and in a care home. Her mind has gone. She thinks she's still a little five-year-old girl.

    Lucas's girlfriend, Kay, has no time for the old woman. Until she and Lucas go looking for a long-lost doll that has been locked away in a wardrobe these past eighty years.

    How could they know the horror their search would unleash?

  5. The Sickness by Jacqueline Rayner

    The Sickness by Jacqueline Rayner

    Posted on: Nov 27, 2017

    Trina is searching for buried treasure. But in her dreams she's the one who's being buried.

    Buried alive.

    The terrors of the past are reborn in the present and no one is safe. Can Trina and her friends solve the mystery of her nightmares in time to stop the sickness spreading?

  6. Alice by Danny Pearson

    Alice by Danny Pearson

    Posted on: Nov 20, 2017

    The storm outside passed and the late evening was calmly turning into night.

    As the light of the moon shone through Alice's bedroom window, the cat looked up and smiled a wide, toothy smile. "This is the Alice I have been looking for."

  7. Queen of Flies by Tim Collins

    Queen of Flies by Tim Collins

    Posted on: Nov 13, 2017

    Mia thinks she sees something strange and horrible under Lauren's hair when she flicks it back. But when she looks again, it's gone. She must have imagined it. But Lauren's friends, Savannah and Gabriella, seem equally weird.

    When Mia spies on them to find out what's going on, she finds herself dragged into a sickening nightmare.

  8. Scissor Man by Tim Collins

    Scissor Man by Tim Collins

    Posted on: Nov 06, 2017

    The story goes that the Scissor Man wanted to be happy forever, so he snipped the corners of his mouth into a wide, jagged smile.

    Now he's a ghost who haunts Sam's school. If you meet him you must answer his question. Your fate depends on your answer.

    But it's just a story, right?

  9. The Trick by Kate Ormand

    The Trick by Kate Ormand

    Posted on: Oct 31, 2017

    They watched him in the darkest part of the night.

    They watched him in the lightest part of the day.

    He would be easy to take.

    No one would know he was gone — until it was too late.

    The stories say that fairies can't be seen by those who don't believe. But what if they want to be found?

  10. New series announcement

    New series announcement

    Posted on: Oct 09, 2017

    Coming soon, a spooktacular, spine-chilling series for reluctant teenage readers!

    We all know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but the illustrations on the six new Papercut titles are extraordinary. If they don't capture the attention of struggling or reluctant readers we're not sure what will. Mark Penman and James Lawrence, the two illustrators, have designed these impressive covers to appeal to students aged 13+, which coupled with the realistic word count and low reading age provide an appealing and accessible way in to this popular genre.

    These super spooky, modern titles include elements of horror, the supernatural, action and adventure and have been written by experienced authors Tim Collins, Ann Evans, Jacqueline Rayner, Kate Ormand and Danny Pearson.

    Featuring bite-sized chunks of text and a dyslexia-friendly design, these eerie and chilling titles will prove to be an incredibly popular series amongst your students.

    Here's a sneaky peek

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