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
Ollie and the Bogle
Ollie and the Bogle When 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
The Sewer Sleuth
The Sewer Sleuth The cholera epidemic of 1854 is raging. Nobody knows how to stop it. Then Tom Cracknell, an orphan boy turns detective. He helps Doctor John Snow, Queen Victoria's physician to find the cause of the deadly disease. Watts ISBN 0 7496 2590 2
Jessame to the Rescue
Jessame to the Rescue Six more stories about the irrepressible Jessame. She visits the Cutty Sark, rescues her little brother and dances the special Ashobee dance at a wedding. "Jessame to the Rescue" gets a 5 star review in "Books for Keeps" They said (No 110 May...
The Jessame Stories
The Jessame Stories To SEE and HEAR me read Jessame's Very Lucky Day, the first of six stories in this well-loved series click this link: A viewing inspired pupils at Sundon Lower School to write their own Lucky Day stories. 'Boys and girls relate to Jessame's...
Stowaway Set in Tudor times, Stowaway is about a boy who stows away with the famous sailor, Francis Drake. The illustrations, by Mike Oldroyd are all in full colour, and are so dramatic! Collins commissioned me to write a story about the Golden Hinde. I'd already...
Rabbit Helps Out
Rabbit Helps Out Rabbit's feeling sad. All his friends are good at things - Owl's wise, Badger's strong, Mole's funny........ But Rabbit feels like a lazy lump. Surely there's something he's good at? Colour Young Hippo ISBN 0-439-97811-4
Little Mouse Grandma
Little Mouse Grandma 4 stories of 1,500 words each with pictures by Alex de Wolf.Little Mouse Grandma was selected by the Book Trust as one of the 100 best books of 1998. They said: "Matthew's Grandma is no ordinary Grandma. When his parents go out she turns into a...
Gertie and the Bloop
Gertie and the Bloop 2,500 words, lots of coloured pictures by Julie Anderson and speech bubbles.) Gertie Goodchild lives up to her name. She's kind and helpful. She's polite and hard-working. But no-one notices how good she is - that's the trouble. Then the Bloop, a...
King Midas’ Golden Touch
King Midas' Golden Touch A Greek myth. When King Midas is granted a wish from the god Dionysus, he knows just what to choose: everything he touches to turn to gold. But that's just when all his troubles start...
Henry VIII Has to Choose
Henry VIII Has to Choose Henry VIII is looking for another wife. So he sends his painter, Hans Holbein, to paint him portraits of all the best-looking princesses. Who will he choose, and will she look like her portrait? Below is a news article from the York Press...
Tooth Fairy in Trouble
Tooth Fairy in Trouble When Tooth Fairy can't get round to all the children to collect their teeth Fairy Queen is angry. But what can Tooth Fairy do? She's already in trouble with the other fairies who say the tooth dump is dangerously high. Then a horrid boy catches...
The Magic Backpack
The Magic Backpack Josh's class is making a chocolate cake, but Josh forgets the chocolate. He's in trouble till his magic backpack takes him on an amazing journey. Do you know where chocolate comes from? You'll find out in this story! Red Fox ISBN 0 09 941734 0 (1500...