YA Reads

Following on from the great success of Badger Learning’s Teen Reads, novels for teenagers who struggle to read, we are introducing a new series for a similar audience, Young Adult Reads.

The eight titles in our new YA Reads series focus on more mature themes than our Teen Reads series, with most set in familiar places such as schools and colleges. Not only are the books appealing, with eye-catching covers and the look and feel of a real novel, but the content is spot on and entirely relevant for the target audience, young adults.

Key series features:

★ Interest Age 14-18, Reading Age 8-9
★ Dyslexia-friendly design with bite-sized chunks of text
★ Off-white paper to reduce visual stress on sensitive eyes
★ Written by experts in developing stories for struggling readers
★ Mature themes touching on sexuality/identity, family breakdown, friendship/relationship issues, dystopia and peer pressure.
★ Novel-like look and feel, with a word count of 5,000 - 6,000
★ Modern and appealing covers
★ Fulfilling a need for age-appropriate fiction aimed at struggling teenage and YA readers

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  1. YA Reads Now Available!

    YA Reads Now Available!

    Posted on: Jan 09, 2017
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    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 w

  2. You decide...

    You decide...

    Posted on: Dec 08, 2016
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    The new kid at school is not like anyone Kat has met before. Raven is 'gender-fluid'. Not a boy. Or a girl. But kind of both - sometimes... sort of...

    The new kid, Raven, refuses to be defined as a boy or a girl. When the teacher splits the class by gender, Raven sometimes sits with the boys and at other times with the girls.

    At first the class are fascinated. But people like labels. Boy? Girl? Blue? Pink? People have a tendency to put others in boxes, to make people fit into one category or another. Do you need to make a choice? Does anyone have a right to know? You decide.

    Kat had always been the invisible one; teachers forgot her name. Raven made heads turn on walking into a room. Suddenly Kat stopped feeling invisible. Raven joined her at lunchtime and they partnered up in class. Kat was certain that with Raven in town things were not going to be boring.

    However, things start to get complicated. Curiosity turns to hostility, with the rumour mill going

  3. Dear Diary...

    Dear Diary...

    Posted on: Nov 30, 2016
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    Last Year was not the best of years for Claire Mason.

    Claire Mason got a diary for Christmas. It should be filled with entries about her life at college as she prepares to sit exams. The pages should be crammed full of exciting happenings and future plans. Instead, Claire's diary tells of a family illness, and the tough decisions it forces her to make.

    Join Claire as she tells the story of her most difficult twelve months to date.

    The latest title from author Iain McLaughlin, Last Year is from our new YA Reads series, a compelling story that your students will not want to put down. YA Reads are ideal for reluctant readers aged 14-18 and focus on mature themes with stories that are relevant to young adults.

    Each novel is suited to those with a reading age as low as 8 and is around 5,000-6,000 words long. The fast-paced storylines and varied content will have a wide appeal.

  4. Double crossed

    Double crossed

    Posted on: Nov 23, 2016
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    Daniel Blythe's Kill Order, transports you into the future and takes you on a journey of murder, deception and intrigue.

    The year: 2238. The place: Station Zero, an outpost on the Galactic Rim. It's a place where corrupt plans are hatched, where the low life of the Universe do their dark deals.

    Caleb Grayden is a killer for hire. A special kind of shape-shifter, he's viewed with suspicion. His latest job is easy – but what happens next is not quite what Caleb expected.

    Accused of murder, he has to rely on his eager young lawyer, Jandri Jax. But Caleb's story has a twist – and it's one which Jandri may regret finding out...

    Featuring no more than 6,000 words, Kill Order is within reach of struggling readers who have a reading age of 8-9. With the look and feel of a novel coupled with a modern, appealing cover, we're confident your students will be hooked on this compelling story and want to read more.

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  5. Who am I?

    Who am I?

    Posted on: Nov 16, 2016
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    Do you think people are bored with vampire stories? Well they haven't read The Craving by Cliff McNish!

    This novel, written specifically for struggling readers, completely captives it's reader and pulls them into the story and rewards them with rich, descriptive language suitable for those with a reading age of 8-9.

    The Craving has you hooked from the first page until the last, and has a fantastic twist...

    All his life Elias has been treated differently from other teenagers. Protected. Guarded.

    He always thought it was because his Dad had a special job that put him in danger.

    It's only when Elias starts to get thirsty that he realises his family is part of a much darker secret. A secret that involves him. A secret that will change the world.

    Our first series of Hi-Lo YA Reads will not disappoint its audience, with between 5,000-6,000 words per story and bite-sized chunks of text, all eight titles will ignite reluctant

  6. Is their fate written in the stars?

    Is their fate written in the stars?

    Posted on: Nov 10, 2016
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    Jaz and Dex are 16 and in love. But there's a problem, the course of true love does not run smooth.

    Jaz's parents have forbidden her to see boys and worse is yet to come...

    The pair keep their love secret until one day Jaz doesn't feel well. Her dad sees them together and tells Dex he'll kill him if he tries to meet Jaz again. As Jaz's illness gets worse, Dex is desperate to see her because he knows she's the only girl he'll ever truly love. He just hopes he can win over her parents in time to help her through her illness. Will he win the race against time?

    In The Stars is the latest title from author Echo Freer and one of our must-read YA Reads. Our YA Reads are ideal for reluctant readers aged 14-18 and focus on mature themes with stories that are relevant to teenagers and young adults.

    Each novel is around 5,000-6,000 words in length with bite-sized chunks of text, making the stories accessible and suited to those with a reading age as low as 8. The

  7. Whose mind is it anyway?

    Whose mind is it anyway?

    Posted on: Nov 02, 2016
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    Malana lives on a planet called Paradise with sandy beaches and beautiful sunshine. But she hates it.

    She doesn't want to spend her life slaving for tourists. She wants to move to the planet of New Prospect and choose her own future.

    A man from a big company offers her the chance. But there's a catch. And when Malana finds out what it is, she knows she has to run away.

    Tim Collins has written another captivating novel for young adults. Paradise completely beguiles the reader and transports them into Malana's world where the reader is left desperately trying to turn the page to see what happens next!

    Written for 14-18 year olds who have a low reading age of 8-9 coupled with the look and feel of a real book, Paradise will engross any reluctant reader and will leave them wanting more.

    With no more than 6,000 words, our YA Reads are perfect for KS4 and 5 students who struggle with a 'normal' book, but who want to read a novel with more mature themes

  8. Introducing: Keeper by Ann Evans

    Introducing: Keeper by Ann Evans

    Posted on: Oct 20, 2016
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    Keeper is the latest title from award-winning author Ann Evans who has written 25 books, including novels for Badger Learning's popular Teen Reads and Dark Reads series.

    This gripping novel from our Young Adult (YA) Reads series tells of sinister goings on.

    There is a killer on the loose. Something is killing the sheep on Robyn's Uncle's Farm and eating them. He blames the new people who keep rare animals, one being a ferocious Black Panther. Sheena the keeper says it can't escape. But is she hiding a deadly secret?

    Who or what is the killer? To find out read Keeper...

    Our YA Reads are ideal for reluctant readers aged 14-18 and focus on mature themes with stories that resonate with teenagers and young adults. Each novel is around 5,000-6,000 words in length with bite-sized chunks of text, making the stories accessible and suited to those with a reading age as low as eight. The varied content and fast paced stories make this series a must-read for your

  9. Was he my boyfriend?

    Was he my boyfriend?

    Posted on: Oct 12, 2016
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    Award winning writer Tim Collins has written an intriguing story for our first ever series of YA Reads. With a reading age of 8-9, Delete, tells us a story about Ryan, a gay teenager who hasn't told anyone outside his family that he is gay. But if no one else knows then why is someone named Adam claiming to be his ex-boyfriend? Why does he have a selfie of the two of them together that was taken in HIS bedroom?

    Delete, follows Ryan in his quest to discover who Adam is, and why he can't remember him.

    With the look and feel of a real book coupled with bite-sized chunks of text printed on off-white paper, Delete is accessible to struggling readers aged 14-18.

    All the titles in our new YA Reads have mature themes and feature between 5,000 to 6,000 words which equates to approximately 50 pages.

    Delete is one of eight fantastic titles under our new YA Reads series, created by our talented authors, to engage and include young adults, the series features diverse

  10. Coming January 2017...

    Posted on: Oct 04, 2016
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    Following the popularity of our five Teen Reads series, we are incredibly excited to announce that this January we are publishing our first series of Young Adult titles specifically for reluctant readers.

    Although there are many YA titles on the market today, we believe there is still a need for less able readers. We relish the opportunity of providing your pupils relevant accessible and captivating novels with a mature theme.

    All eight titles have been written by successful, skilled authors who have developed a formidable reputation in writing books for struggling readers. With a reading age of 8-9 and a word count of 5,000-6,000, our new series of YA titles will prove to be an asset to your library and will enjoyed by both teenage girls and boys alike.

    Below is a sneaky peek of the upcoming titles and authors!

    S/HE by Catherine Bruton
    In the Stars by Echo Freer
    Kill Order by Daniel Blythe
    Delete by Tim Collins
    Paradise by Tim Collins

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