Reluctant Readers

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  1. 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’

  2. Series Announcement: Monster Island

    Series Announcement: Monster Island

    Posted on: Oct 04, 2018

    Ready to get marooned?

    We are excited to announce that our new series, Monster Island, will soon be ready for release into a classroom near you!

    Lord of the Flies meets Robinson Crusoe meets Jurassic Park, this series has been expressly designed with reluctant and struggling readers in mind. 

  3. Two Sides — Available now

    Two Sides — Available now

    Posted on: Sep 14, 2018

    Appearances can be deceiving. In a judgemental world, can your students see Two Sides?

  4. There are two sides to every story...

    There are two sides to every story...

    Posted on: Jun 06, 2018

    Two Sides is our upcoming new series for teenagers which has a different format to anything we have published before.

    Each of the six titles contains two parallel narratives, featuring two differing perspectives on the same situation. Following a linear timeline, these stories read almost as diary entries, and the voice alternates each chapter, enabling the reader to keep up with events whilst gaining a multidimensional insight at the same time. These thought-provoking titles cover serious themes faced by many young people in today’s world—sexual identity, domestic abuse, racism and being a young carer. One perspective is written from the affected teenager’s point of view, and the other a friend, parent or authoritive figure, who has made an assumption about the situation coloured by pr

  5. Big Top of Horrors Available Now

    Big Top of Horrors Available Now

    Posted on: Apr 30, 2018

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, take your seats, the Big Top of Horrors series has arrived!

    These six, gruesome stories have been written by accomplished and well-respected authors who have been writing stories to capture and intrigue the minds of reluctant readers for many years. Every title has been overseen by the series consultant, Dee Reid, who has ensured that the vocabulary and sentence structure are accessible for very low level readers — without compromising the exciting plot lines and complex characters.

    With only 400–600 words and a reading age of 6–7, these gripping titles will appeal to your reluctant readers aged 12+ and leave them wanting more.

    These six titles are terrifyingly good and the striking covers, illustrated by Mark Penman, will attract both reluctant and able readers alike, but don’t just take our word for it – the Ringmaster dares you and your students to read them!

  6. The Wheel by Tim Collins

    The Wheel by Tim Collins

    Posted on: Mar 06, 2018

    Another knife landed just below his left arm.


    It’s all part of the show, thought Anna.

    No one will really get hurt.

  7. The Tank by Tim Collins

    The Tank by Tim Collins

    Posted on: Feb 26, 2018

    “But this trick has a twist,” said the escape artist. “I will not be doing it.”

    He looked at Shazia. “You will,” he said.

  8. The Prize by Ann Evans

    The Prize by Ann Evans

    Posted on: Feb 19, 2018

    “Who dares to join Zena?” asked the Ringmaster.
    “Who will win the prize of a lifetime?”

    Eve put her hand up.

  9. The Top Hat by Danny Pearson

    The Top Hat by Danny Pearson

    Posted on: Feb 12, 2018

    The lights had gone out. The show was about to begin.

    A big man wearing a cloak and a top hat was in the centre of the ring.

  10. The Box by Alex Woolf

    The Box by Alex Woolf

    Posted on: Feb 05, 2018

    “No, Ash, don’t!” cried Beth.

    But Ash wasn’t listening. He climbed
    inside the box, and was gone.

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