The League of Enchanted Heroes

The League of Enchanted Heroes by Tim Collins and James Lawrence

Reading Age 6-7 ★ Interest Age 9-12 ★ Word Count 750 

This series of eight books sees some familiar faces on some daring new adventures! Featuring the famous fairy tale characters Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Tom Thumb and Hansel and Gretel, this series contains new and exciting stories for a modern audience.

The League of Enchanted Heroes series is primarily aimed at reluctant readers who would struggle with a higher word count and language level. Series features include dyslexia-friendly font, spaced out text, general introduction, vocabulary page and story questions to help the reader understand and contextualise the text.

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  1. Risky Rescue - the Play

    Risky Rescue - the Play

    Posted on: Jan 24, 2017
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    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.

  2. Simply MARVELlous Superhero Series Available

    Posted on: Sep 14, 2016
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    We are thrilled to announce that The League of Enchanted Heroes is NOW AVAILABLE. The eight new stories for struggling readers focus on the adventures of the superhero league of fairy tale characters featured in a title in our Once Upon Another Time... series, due to popular demand we just had to get them back!

    There's no stopping this motley crew, the returning superheroes recently jetted into Badger Towers and can't wait for 9-12 year olds across the land to join them in their new adventures. Our Billy Badger's Book Club reviewers have already given the new series the thumbs up!

    Experience famous fairy tale characters Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Tom Thumb, and Hansel and Gretel as you've never seen them before. Forget fusty old folklore and get ready to be beguiled by these new and exciting stories for a modern audience.

    Superheroes as you've never seen them before!

    • Does Rumpelstiltskin win it all at the Olympic Games in Anotherland Stadium in Golden Glory?
    • What happens when The League of Enchanted Heroes clashes with a monster in Giant Problem?
    • Do Jack and Red Riding Hood succeed in their battle of the beasts in Werewolf Hunt?
    • Does The League of Enchanted Heroes, in particular Hansel; chase a witch to her gingerbread castle in Castle Capture?
    • Can The League of Enchanted Heroes save Prince Charming in Risky Rescue?
    • Will Red Riding Hood and the heroes come out on top in their race against time to destroy a cursed mirror in Creepy Curse?
    • Can the superheroes super powers match a fire-breathing beast in Dragon Danger?

    Discover the Ifs, What, Where, Why, Who in this exciting superhero series...

    From author Tim Collins and illustrator James Lawrence, the eight books are suitable for those with a reading age as low as 6-7. With the look and feel of a 'real' book, features include spaced out paragraphs and dyslexia friendly font. The combination of low word c

  3. Going for Gold

    Going for Gold

    Posted on: Jul 19, 2016
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    This September join The League of Enchanted Heroes as they support and cheer on their colleague, Tom Thumb, as he competes for a wrestling medal in the Anotherland Olympics!

    How will the team react when they discover Toms Thumb's opponent, Rumpelstiltskin, is planning on cheating his way to the gold medal?

    Reluctant readers all over the land will be enthralled with Tim Collins' amusing new series, The League of Enchanted Heroes. Golden Glory and the other seven titles, all feature an introduction to the characters, a vocabulary page to highlight any difficult words and questions at the back of the book to help aid comprehension.

    The full colour illustrations by James Lawrence feature on alternate pages and help to keep the reader's attention and bring the story to life.

    Each title has a word count of 750 and has been specifically written for 9-12 year olds with a reading age of 6-7, but will be equally enjoyed by their peers and adults!

  4. It's a strange world

    It's a strange world

    Posted on: Jul 12, 2016
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    A Giant has got through to the real world and is on the attack. For the first time The League of Enchanted Heroes is called to our world to battle.

    As they adapt to this strange land of cars, shops and dogs they prepare to do what they do best, but wait, what's happened to their powers?

    Giant Problem is one of eight humorous, light-hearted stories for struggling readers that have been specifically written for children aged 9-12 but who have a reading age of 6-7.

    With a balanced combination of a low word count and imaginative plots, each title, written by Tim Collins, will capture reluctant readers' attention and draw them in to a story they can realistically comprehend.

    James Lawrence's amazing illustrations really reward and encourage the reader to keep turning the pages too.

    This September treat your pupils, and yourself, to these fantastic titles and follow the adventures of Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Tom Thumb and Hansel and Gretel who together form, The League of Enchanted Heroes.

  5. Will it all come crumbling down?

    Will it all come crumbling down?

    Posted on: Jul 04, 2016
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    All kinds of perils befall our league of fairy tale heroes in Castle Capture, not least a spot of post-traumatic stress disorder for Hansel when their adventure takes them to a gingerbread castle.

    Will Hansel be able to put the memories aside long enough to rescue the children trapped inside the castle? There's only one way to find out!

    This fun and light-hearted series, though free to be enjoyed by all, is primarily aimed at reluctant readers who might require a reading level lower than their actual age of 9-12. The books are heavily illustrated with text and images on alternate pages, and the total word count is no more than 750.

    The books are carefully designed to have the look and feel of a 'real' book, so as to be appealing to the reader but also accessible and inclusive. Readers are therefore drawn in to stories that they can realistically comprehend, providing confidence for the future and fostering an enjoyment of reading.

    And the magical storylines are just the beginning. All the books in The League of Enchanted Heroes series are packed full of extras such as a character introduction and vocabulary page, a full-colour map, questions to contextualise the story and more!

  6. Fighting fire with fire

    Fighting fire with fire

    Posted on: Jun 27, 2016
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    How would you approach an angry dragon?

    This exciting new instalment of The League of Enchanted Heroes sees Jack, Tom Thumb, Hansel, Gretel and Red Riding Hood pooling their collective resources to recover some treasure from a greedy, grumpy dragon. Aren't you keen to know how beanstalks will feature?

    As with all the stories in The League of Enchanted Heroes series, Dragon Danger is appropriate for reluctant readers aged 9-12, reading at a lower level of about 6-7. Author Tim Collins and illustrator James Lawrence have done an amazing job of creating a series that is as engaging as it is accessible.

    Check out the cover for this title below, as well as some info about Tim and James.

    Tim Collins has written over fifty books, including, Cosmic Colin, Dorkius Maximus, Monstrous Maud and Wimpy Vampire. His other titles for Badger Learning include Natural Disasters, Hip-Hop, The History of Cats and Dogs, The Secrets of Magic and Gladiators. His books have been translated into over thirty languages and he has won awards in the UK and Germany.

    James Lawrence hails from a faraway land of vikings and motorcycles. He spends his days drawing rad pictures and chugging ice tea. He is the creator of the fantasy wrestling webcomic The Legend of La Mariposa.

  7. Mirror, mirror

    Mirror, mirror

    Posted on: Jun 20, 2016
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    Jack Mayer used to be an ordinary schoolboy, but when he crossed into Anotherland he became Jack the Giant Slayer. Together, he and his friends Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Hansel, Gretel, and Tom Thumb form The League of Enchanted Heroes, the greatest crime-fighting team in the world.

    The team are under attack, blue flames are relentlessly being fired at them – by GRETEL!

    Hansel tries his best to talk to his sister, but she won't listen.

    Why is Gretel attacking her friends?

    How can they stop her?

    Tap into Tim Collins's imagination and join him in Anotherland to discover the adventures he has in store for his readers. James Lawrence's fantastic illustrations equal the writer's ingenuity and make this series enthralling for reluctant readers!

    Creepy Curse has been written specifically to capture the interest of 9-12 year olds with a reading age of 6-7. This series of eight books can all be read as standalone titles, but rest assured, once your students have read one, they will want to read all eight!

    Keep coming back to New Resources for Schools to see illustrations for this upcoming series!

  8. Can you stomach it?

    Can you stomach it?

    Posted on: Jun 13, 2016
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    Tom Thumb is trapped inside the belly of a giant. He's sinking into stinky stomach acid and time is running out.

    Jack, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel need to find a way to rescue him.

    And fast.

    Talk about being in a sticky spot! Digest that!

    Puns aside, Queasy Quest is one of our eight brand new titles for The League of Enchanted Heroes by Tim Collins. We are confident that reluctant readers will be amused and engrossed right to the end of this story, which, as well as being punchy and engaging, is brought alive by James Lawrence's quirky illustrations.

    The simple sentence structure and accessible language makes the stories in this series ideal for readers aged 9-12 who are reading at a level of 6-7 years. And despite being short, they are styled like 'real' books, so those who read them can gain self-confidence without feeling like outsiders.

    Check out the brilliant cover for this story below. Who wouldn't want to read about this modern day Jonah?

  9. Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw up your hair!

    Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw up your hair!

    Posted on: Jun 07, 2016
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    Join Rapunzel and her friends, The League of Enchanted Heroes, as they carry out a daring rescue of a handsome prince who's being held captive in a high tower!

    Tim Collins's Risky Rescue is one of eight titles in Badger Learning's new series which has been specifically written for reluctant readers with a reading age of 6-7. This fantastic, humorous series follows the team as they set off into Anotherland to battle their evil foes.

    With bright, colourful illustrations by James Lawrence, the pictures encourage the reader to turn the page whilst portraying the amusing stories which are sure to capture the interest of 9-12 year olds. With a word count of no more than 750, Risky Rescue is an accessible read for struggling readers and will capture the imagination of boys and girls alike.

  10. Into the woods

    Into the woods

    Posted on: May 31, 2016
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    If you go down the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise...

    Introducing you to Werewolf Hunt by Tim Collins.

    In this instalment of our brand new series, The League of Enchanted Heroes, the team visit a friendly little village deep in the forest. All seems pleasant enough, until they discover the villagers are actually WEREWOLVES! Good thing Red Riding Hood has some experience with wolves. Just check her CV.

    Enter a world of familiar fairy tale characters having unique new adventures!

    Tim Collins's imaginative stories, expertly illustrated by James Lawrence, are ideal for reluctant readers with an interest age of 9-12 and a lower reading age of 6-7.

    These short reads are packed with features to aid and engage reluctant readers, enabling them to gain the confidence that comes from persevering with and finishing a book. Features include a vocabulary and character introduction page, interesting story facts and questions, clear sentences and alternate pages of text and illustrations.

    Most importantly, the stories in this series are fun and light-hearted, designed to foster a love of reading in those who might be otherwise put off.

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