Another corker from Barrington Stoke, which has been publishing easy-to-read but excellent books for 20 years, this spooky, suspenseful tale will keep teenagers gripped to the last page. From the author of Goodnight Mister Tom. Andy Stanton studied English at Oxford, but they kicked him out. He is best-known for the hilarious and award-winning Mr Gum books, which are published in 34 countries worldwide and which focus on a horrible man who hates children, animals, fun and corn-on-the-cob.
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This one, which is as loved by children today as it was when it was it was first published a decade ago, is the first in the series, and attracts readers with its side-splitting adventure and without overwhelming kids with too many words on the page. Four friends meet up at their old school to open a memory box containing letters that their friend Millie, who died, left them — only to discover a new letter that leads to them revealing their deepest secrets.
This is the much-loved tale of Mr and Mrs Twit, an obnoxious couple who spend their lives trying to outdo each other in nastiness. But the Muggle-Wump monkeys and the Roly-Poly bird hatch an ingenious plan to give them just the ghastly surprise they deserve. Many parents reading this will probably credit Roald Dahl as the author who started their love of reading, and this new edition is perfect for passing that onto younger generations. This is the latest in the successful Daisy series and particularly timely, what with Halloween nearly upon us. Plus, kids may well already be familiar with Daisy, from the famous pre-school Eat Your Peas story.
Life is really unfair for year-old Norm, whose parents drag him to IKEA, make him switch the lights off and force him to be host to his perfect cousins. In this one, he wakes up home alone and has the fridge to himself. Drawing on her own childhood memories from the mid-seventies when her own father left, this is the story is of year-old Raymie Clarke who decides that if she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father might also come home.
As the competition approaches, she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with two of her contestants. Claude — a plump dog, with a red beret — has adventures that his owners, Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes, know nothing about.
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In this hardback book — the latest in the series that was first published six years ago — Claude and his sidekick Sir Bobblysock, accidentally kidnap Santa. The pace, plot and humour make it fantastic for getting kids to make that jump to independent reading and a delight for young readers. This rollicking rib-tickler is an unlikely superhero comedy adventure. From the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author Barry Loser, it is the second adventure of Colin Lamppost — the ordinary boy who was zapped by lightning and blasted millions of years in to the future, and blended with an old television and a rat in the process.
The pressure is piling up on Greg Heffley, whose star attributes lie in playing video games, but whose parents want him to do something anything else instead. When he finds an old video camera in his basement, he decides to make a scary movie with his friend. Meanwhile, Unboxed by Non Pratt is a fantastic page-turner for older readers and comes from a publisher that specialises in dyslexic and struggling readers. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and buy the products, but we never allow this to bias our coverage.
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Spread the word. YR - Alaska Young Reader. Description This exciting series of beginning chapter books follows the energetic and curious Sam on his adventures in beautiful Seldovia, Alaska, where he lives with his parents and dog, Neptune. Humor, family relationships, survival, natural history, and geography are all part of Sam's ""misadventures. A great choice for avid and reluctant readers In this new adventure, Sam discovers and reports a wildfire that is dangerously close to the isolated community of Seldovia. When the townspeople gather to be evacuated onto fishing boats, Sam realizes his friend's family hasn't made it to the docks and heads out to find them Heroic Sam and Neptune escort the family and rescue their litter of kittens.
Included is natural history information about the spruce bark beetle life cycle and wildfires-the dangers as well as the benefits to the forest and wildlife. About the Author Susan Springer grew up in a fishing village on the coast of Maine. She attended college in Maine and Vermont, and worked in Utah and Maine before moving to Alaska in where she developed the series, The Misadventures of Seldovia Sam. And an environmental education color book commission in by Alyeska Pipeline Co. Her text and interactive pen pal program featuring Alaska schools, titled "Alaska Pure Poetry, "is part of Alyeska's environmental education program and was selected by the Smithsonian Museum gift shop to complement the Alaska Pipeline exhibit.
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Susan Springer, an artist and writer currently lives in Boulder, Colorado. Amy Meissner completed her undergraduate degrees in art and textiles in Nevada and spent several years as a clothing designer in the United States and Canada. Besides her existing illustrations in the expanding series entitled, The Misadventures of Seldovia Sam, she has illustrated three other children's books.
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