Bobbie lives on a sheep farm in the Scottish Highlands with her parents and strong-willed, somewhat eccentric grandma.
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Can they prove it, and protect the eagle? Interest Age Everyone knows that footballers are super-superstitious and when things suddenly start going wrong for the Saints, they decide their team is under a curse. The question is, what can they do to lift it? The action flows, both on the pitch and in the dressing room, and the story feels as real and authentic as a pair of muddy football boots.
A winner! So when they notice a sad boy in the audience and find out his granny has gone missing, they set about finding her, using some of their circus skills in the process. The toads provide the backdrop to a thoroughly enjoyable tale of friendship, inter-school horticultural rivalry and the fall and rise of an umbrella emporium.
Patrice Lawrence makes sure the storylines leap along nicely and her central characters Leo and Rosa feel like old friends even by chapter two. A fun, original adventure that will keep everyone hoppy. July Book of the Month A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July A beautifully told, deeply moving story about how a boy finds a special way of remembering his soldier father. When the council decide to remodel the garden and remove the statue Owen knows that he must take dramatic action.
And fast. The first two stories are genuinely chilling and dark, fortunately the final story takes us back into the sunshine, and a happy ending, if a distinctly uncanny one. Anne Fine is one of our most brilliant authors for children and these stories, simple and super-readable as their sticker says, will stay with readers for far longer than the time it takes to read them.
Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category.
Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range. A brilliantly fun whimsical comedy featuring Tom, Ellie and their cat who are whisked off to stay with the dreaded aunt, aka The Sticky Witch. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title. Funny, surprising, original, it unfolds as smoothly as treacle dripping off a spoon, but much much faster.
Written to be super-readable, it is action and fact-filled both, a skilful piece of storytelling that will catch the imagination of all young football fans and give them lots to talk about.
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Each title has a host of unique accessibility features to offer cracking reads to more children including reluctant and struggling readers and those with dyslexia or visual stress. Here at Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting the best of their new and backlist titles to recommend to you. Chapter one and Robbie and Gareth are local celebrities being interviewed by local TV.
But why? A story of ghostly goings on in the local woods, bravery plus a bit of playground humiliation is revealed leading up to a surprise twist in the tale as we learn just what was making those creepy night-time howling noises and why the boys are in the spotlight. Interest Age When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes.
But when a White Knight on a charger follows, Patrick soon finds himself playing a very big part in the story! One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year - Interest Age When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes. She also has a commitment to make sure that children of all kinds can find themselves in a story. The touching story tells of how Christmas is made happy for Jake by his friendship with a lost dog. For Jake, Christmas is not a time of fun but a time of huge anxiety as he copes with bright lights, loud noises and the unexpected behaviour of others and the changes in routines.
But, when he finds a lost dog on the street, the two forge a very special bond. In the little dog Susan, Jake finds a companion who enables him to stay calm and to cope with the things he finds difficult. A beautiful story which is especially suitable for children finding reading stamina.
A story that takes real pleasure in words and language, this is a lively and entertaining read.
Dilly has a wart. Follow Dilly as he struggles with teasing from other kids and faces life with a wart called George on his knee. Dilly's life was great until he found the wart growing on his knee. When lying doesn't work out and George the wart is revealed to the world, poor Dilly becomes one easy target.
Can a little bit of magic help Dilly get his life back on track? Beautifully crafted story from a multi award- winning and bestselling author. That luck, together with something he finds on the seabed, changes his life. In this new instalment of witty, sharply observed domestic drama, Mr Peachey has developed a passion — indeed, an obsession — with baking. He is convinced he will win the local bake-off with his entry, a recreation of the Palace of Versailles in gingerbread.
His family are only too aware that his skill as a baker falls far short of his ambition. Fortunately, McTavish is prepared to do whatever it takes to save Mr Peachey from disaster and humiliation. It stars a group of young footballers, two of whom — the most talented — are refugees, only recently invited to play with West Team Celtic. Our main character, Sam, is happy to accept them into the squad but a boy called Jordan resents anyone who is better than him, and does his best to keep them out of the team.
The drama of the matches is broken up and balanced via short chapters explaining who refugees are, where they come from, and why — something that makes the book much more than just a sports adventure. Yee haw! But can she keep it secret from her Dad? This is a wonderfully touching and beautifully crafted story about growing up and learning about real life from one of our best-loved authors. In classic Gothic tradition, the narrative is passed from one storyteller to another: three children, neighbours on Weir aka Weird Street share local ghost stories.
Anne Fine is a superb writer and knows just how to turn the psychological screw. Highly readable, the stories will deliver their chills on each re-reading too. Lovereading Comment to follow. Noah Scape geddit? He decides there should be more people like him, and suddenly, bizarrely, each day the number of Noahs doubles, from one to two, to four, to eight and so on.
Jud is football mad but never seems to get a chance on the pitch. But when Seaburn football team meet their rivals, Jud finally has the chance to step in as goalie.
It's a make-or-break moment - can Jud rise to the challenge? A terrific football story from a master storyteller, set in the post-war period. Mia feels trapped in the wrong story. She wants to leave the foster home and get back to her own home and her mum. Cherry Green helps all the children by introducing them to the stories in which they can play big parts and, in doing so, find out some important truths about themselves.
The adventure that follows sees him camping overnight on a haunted plain, scene of a deadly battle, fighting off assassins, and facing an enormous dragon. Will he get to ride off into the sunset for a happy ending? How do you see off the school bully?
A farm boy himself he is quite at home with the big bully Olly and he dares Darren to come up close too. A gripping story with a surprising ending.
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Narrowly escaping the same fate, Maglos must leave his home and travel the land with two strangers. Tony Bradman brings the Bronze Age and its people vividly to life, and Maglos is an intriguing and appealing central character. Jackie Morris recognises perfectly the deep-seated importance to every one of us of wild creatures and wild landscapes, and this is a book to treasure.
Powerfully told, The First Hunter captures the harsh world of early hunters who survive by stealing the meat that the big cats kill. But can they develop a skill of their own which will enable them to hunt like the cats rather than steal like the jackals? How the group must learn from Wid, the simplest of them all, who comes up with the idea is touchingly told.
In urgent, staccato prose Robert Swindells transports readers back to the Stone Age for a gripping story of early hunters. Meres gives almost-eleven-year old Darren a very authentic voice, and his diary extracts are broken up at regular intervals by lists and fun facts, making this very accessible. A fun and satisfying story to make reading rock! It also teaches that being kind and generous, and accepting of other people, leads to happiness. Ashamed of her appearance Alice hides from the world, living a lonely life until her friend Daisy shows her another way.
When Alice starts to make friends with others, people willing to accept her the way she is, her life changes. The story is simply but beautifully told, and illustrations by award-winner Gary Blythe make this little book very special. Greg is at football camp but finding it hard to apply himself, in fact he wants to quit. A rousing story that describes the heroism demonstrated by so many in the last war to inspire young readers. The ending will leave readers on tenterhooks for the next part in the series too. Described by publisher Barrington Stoke as super readable, this definitely meets that description.
Young Jatinder is at a football camp located next to an old airfield used by pilots in World War One. Based on the true stories of three airmen - Indian, American and German — this gives readers a sense of what bravery really entails, and puts the spotlight on the extraordinary Malik, the first ever Sikh pilot to fly a plane of war. Click here to read more. It nearly ends in disaster when a frightened Blue Moon runs away. Full of drama, excitement and heartfelt emotion, this is a perfect story for girls who love horses.
Beautiful illustrations by Gary Blythe make it even more special. Economically told, this is a powerful story that raises issues of courage and responsibility. When the family embark on a camping holiday in a remote but beautiful bit of Scotland, McTavish needs all his cleverness and patience to show them how to relax and properly enjoy themselves.
McTavish is an irresistible character, his gentle guiding of the Peacheys is very funny indeed, and this beautifully story will leave all readers smiling. A clever, funny and extremely stylish novella, and a wonderful bit of domestic satire. When his mum talks to Seth about his father, who could also see ghosts, Seth finds the courage to do what has to be done.