Books for In Betweens

"exciting stories & engaging characters"

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 to learn more.

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

A Friend In Need

A Friend In Need! - Erika is good at sport, actually she's good at everything, and she has loads of friends. But her two best friends Daisy and Phoebe are worried about her - she’s gone really quiet and is avoiding them. They discover she’s getting nasty texts...

New Friends Old Friends

New Friends Old Friends - Daisy, Erika and Phoebe are falling out again. It's because Phoebe has been asked to look after new girl, Shazia. But Daisy and Erika want to help make Shazia feel at home too. Why is Phoebe so possessive? Shazia has come all the way from...

Ghost Writer

Ghost Writer

Ghost Writer - A chalky hand print 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...

Make Friends Break Friends

Make Friends Break Friends

Make Friends Break Friends If you're six, sixteen or sixty and female your friends are what matter. You're happy when you're getting on but miserable when you're not! MAKE FRIENDS, BREAK FRIENDS is a girls' book I have to admit. Daisy has two best friends, Phoebe and...

The Time Travelling Cat and The Viking Terror

The Time Travelling Cat and The Viking Terror

The Time Travelling Cat and The Viking Terror Topher 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...

The Time Travelling Cat and The Aztec Sacrifice

The Time Travelling Cat and The Aztec Sacrifice

The Time Travelling Cat and The Aztec Sacrifice Ka, 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...

The Time Travelling Cat and The Roman Eagle

The Time Travelling Cat and The Roman Eagle This 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...

The Time Travelling Cat and The Tudor Treasure

The Time Travelling Cat and The Tudor Treasure This 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...

The Time Travelling Cat and The Egyptian Goddess

The Time Travelling Cat and The Egyptian Goddess When 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...

The Time Travelling Cat And The Great Victorian Stink

The Time Travelling Cat and The Great Victorian Stink Topher's amazing cat, Ka, has time-travelled again; she has left him the clue: CAppeLLis Following her. Topher finds himself in Victorian London where disease is rife and the Thames is clogged with stinking sewage!...

Owl’s Big Mistake

Owl’s Big Mistake

Owl's Big Mistake Glow worm needs help solving a problem and Rabbit knows just who to ask - wise Owl. But Owl is baffled. Maybe he's not quite so wise after all.... Colour Young Hippo ISBN 0-439-98103-4

Story Cat

Story Cat

Story Cat A BOOK FOR ASPIRING YOUNG WRITERS! If you want some story writing tips buy this book! It is a unique 'How to write a story' story, which includes my Writing Recipe for cooking up a story. I wrote it because I can't get round to all the schools who want me to...