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Books for In Betweens

The stories at the beginning of this section all have full colour illustrations to help the young reader visualise the action and characters. They are split into chapters, so the young reader isn't daunted by pages of unbroken text.  Some of these books are out of print but you can get them from your local library or often buy them secondhand on Amazon. Please just click on the cover illustration.

Next come books with fewer illustrations, usually in black and white.  The reader must rely on the words to create pictures and tell the story.  Several of the books comprise several short stories, others are broken into chapters to make them more digestible.

At the end of this section you'll find longer stories, short novels, mostly without illustrations.  Children lucky enough to have been read to a lot, often aspire to read these 'meatier' tales.   If they don't, don't worry, keep reading to them! Some children acquire the taste and stamina for reading novels only when they are in secondary school, and these titles will still be suitable.

You can buy all of these books on Amazon, just click on the cover illustration.

 

 



The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess

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The Time Travelling Cat  and the Egyptian GoddessWhen Ka, the time-travelling cat vanishes for the first time, Topher is worried. When he finds a message on his computer, saying she's in Ancient Egypt, he's desperate to get her back - but how? Incredibly, he finds himself travelling through time to the ancient own of Bubastis, where Ka is trapped in the temple of the cat goddess, Bastet. Can Topher rescue her and bring her back to the twentieth century?

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Learning About Egypt Through Fiction at St Columba's School - An article from the Scottish Book Trust

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 January 2011 19:55 )
 

The Time Travelling Cat and the Tudor Treasure

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The Time Travelling Cat and the Tudor TreasureThis novel is about a real search for the Philosophers Stone, which people really believed in in the sixteenth century.  Queen Elizabeth I ordered a magician cum scientist called Dr Dee to find it, so she could have lots of gold and live for ever. In my story Dr Dee gets Topher and Ka, the time-travelling cat to help him in his search. If you want a Terrible Tudors Quiz to test your kids go to my Puzzles and Games Page

Go to the Write Away website for an excellent Teachers Guide

Also see Issue 55 July 2008 of Literacy Time Plus (pub Scholastic) for more super teaching materials.

(The guided reading resources ‘Novels set in Tudor times’ were published in Literacy Time PLUS Ages 9 to 11 July 2008, Issue 55, © Scholastic Ltd 2008 (www.scholastic.co.uk/literacytime). To order a copy, call 0845 850 4411.)

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 August 2009 09:01 )
 

The Time Travelling Cat and the Roman Eagle

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The Time Travelling Cat and the Roman EagleThis story is set in Calleva Atrebatum near Silchester, not far from Reading where the artefacts from the town are on display in the museum.  You can see the Roman eagle, the subject of my story.  It's stolen from the statue of the emperor in the forum, creating danger for all the inhabitants Roman and British.  You can also see a Roman tile with a cat's paw print in it - created by Ka! 

Follow this link for an interesting review.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 March 2009 14:32 )
 

The Time Travelling Cat and the Aztec Sacrifice

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The Time Travelling Cat and the Aztec SacrificeKa, the time-travelling cat, leaves the word TENOCHTITLAN on Topher's computer.  He is horrified. That was the home of the blood-thirsty Aztecs.   When Topher travels to sixteenth century Mexico he finds Ka, and he makes a new friend, the Aztec girl, Patti. Can he stop the Aztecs sacrificing her. Can he save Ka from terrible danger? Can he escape before the Spanish conquistadores destroy the beautiful city of Tenochtitlan?  In this fast-moving adventure Topher meets Montezuma, the legendary Aztec chief, and Cortes, the famous Spanish explorer.

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The Time Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror

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Time Travelling Cat and the Viking TerrorTopher is in London where there is a terrorist threat, when Ka, his beloved cat disappears. She leaves a message on his computer saying she has gone to HaEgellisdom. Pursuing her, Topher finds himself in an Anglo Saxon village threatened by the fearsome Viking, Ingwar the Boneless.

Nominated for a Fantastic Book Award 2008 by Lancashire School Library Service.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 March 2009 14:32 )
 

Ghost Writer

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Ghost WriterA chalky handprint on the shoulder of his school sweatshirt. Wobbly letters on the blackboard.
What's going on?

Frankie's sure that the cupboard in the classroom holds the key to a mystery that's haunted the village for generations. He's convinced that the ghost of a boy who went to the school over a hundred years ago is trying to tell him something: if only he could figure out what it is..........

Ghost Writer won the Stockport Schools Book Award, (KS2),was Highly Commended for the NASEN Award and was shortlisted for the West Sussex Book Award.

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Ollie and the Bogle

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Ollie and the BogleWhen Ollie first sees the bogle she can't quite believe it. Then the wizened tree spirit points a long spiky finger at her, and writes STOP HIM in elderberry juice on the shed roof. Dare she obey? Dare she not?

Andersen paperback.
ISBN  1 84270 039 1 

 

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