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  • Bad Dog, Digby!

    By Claire Llewellyn, Jacqueline East
    Authors:
    Claire Llewellyn
    Illustrated by:
    Jacqueline East
    Start Reading is a new series of highly enjoyable books for beginning readers at KS1. They have been carefully graded to correspond to the Book Bands now widely used in schools. This enables readers to be sure that they choose books that match their own ability. There is very careful and gentle graduation from Band to Band. The books can be shared with an adult or read independently. They promote the enjoyment of reading through reading real, satisfying stories with a beginning, a middle and an end. This is a series of 4 books at band 3 of the Start Reading programme. Pip's Pets is about Pip and his pets- Coco the cat, Digby the Dog, Sid and the snake and the perfect pet.
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  • The Baker's Boy and the Great Fire of London

    By Tom Bradman, Tony Bradman, Andy Catling
    Authors:
    Tom Bradman, Tony Bradman
    Illustrated by:
    Andy Catling
    This exciting story brings the tale of the great fire of London to life for young readers. When Will Farriner wakes to the sound of crackling flames and the smell of smoke, he knows something is terribly wrong! As his family escape the flames engulfing their bakery, Will realises he must stop the fire from spreading. But what can be done before all of London goes up in smoke?Full of adventure and danger, this short text is suitable for struggling readers but engaging enough to give confident readers a quick, fun read.Suitable for use in schools as guided reading texts or for reading independently.
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  • Bang the Drum

    By Kate Ruttle
    Authors:
    Kate Ruttle
    Bang the Drum looks at different instruments and the sounds they make, to support the teaching of reading using phonics.
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  • Bangers and Cash

    By Tom Easton, Matt Buckingham
    Authors:
    Tom Easton
    Illustrated by:
    Matt Buckingham
    Captain Flint and the Poor Pirates have just captured a ship and stolen lots of gold, as well as a whole sackful of sausages!
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  • Bats!

    By Andrew Fusek Peters
    Authors:
    Andrew Fusek Peters
    A short thriller that's high on suspense! This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a story in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers. Cool, edgy computer hackers, Kiran and Roz are teens who set out to fight crime and injustice with the help of a shape-shifting data beast they've created.In Bats!, Kiran and Roz take on a firm of developers who are planning to build a shopping mall next to their school, tearing down a local habitat for endangered bats in the process. Can the data beast reveal the dodgy dealings going on behind the scenes and stop the environmental vandalism before it's too late?Reading level for this book:-ATOS: 3.3Lexile ® Measure: 460LBook Band: White
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  • Beauty & the Pea

    By Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
    Authors:
    Hilary Robinson
    Illustrated by:
    Simona Sanfilippo
    The beast of Pea Castle was sad and lonely. He needed a kiss from a princess to turn him back into a handsome prince. One day, Beauty arrived at the castle. The beast put a pea under her matress and she could not sleep a wink. Was Beauty the princess that could break the spell? Fairytale Jumbles is a series of four rhyming books for Purple Band 8 of the Start Reading programme.
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  • Beauty and the Beast

    By Christopher E Long
    Authors:
    Christopher E Long
    This traditional fairy tale tells the story of Belle. She is sent to see the Beast in his castle after her father steals a rose from his garden. Although they become friends she cannot marry him as he is too ugly. When he lays dying of heartbreak she declares her love for him and he turns back into a handsome prince.
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  • Bella's Birthday Bounce

    By Jill Atkins, Eleftheria-Garyfalia Leftheri
    Authors:
    Jill Atkins
    Illustrated by:
    Eleftheria-Garyfalia Leftheri
    Mad Uncle Albert loves making machines and inventions for his family, but they don't always turn out as they should. Luckily Uncle Albert manages to save the day...
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  • Beware The Wicked Web

    By Anthony Masters, Alan Marks
    Authors:
    Anthony Masters
    Illustrated by:
    Alan Marks
    These ghostly adventures and spine-chilling stories are great for reads for reluctant readers. Written by well-known authors and illustrated by much-loved illustrators, this series will appeal to boys and girls.
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  • The Big White Box

    By Tom Easton
    Authors:
    Tom Easton
    Sea Force Four are called on another mission. There's a big white box on the seabed and a baby turtle is trapped in it! What could the box be? Sea Force Four to the rescue...
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  • Birdy and the Ghosties

    By Jill Paton Walsh, Alan Marks
    Authors:
    Jill Paton Walsh
    Illustrated by:
    Alan Marks
    Sometimes, Birdy watches her father row people across the dangerous sea, but when the wrinkled old woman asks to be ferried across, Birdy jumps in too. The woman tells Birdy that she has second sight, but Birdy isn't sure she wants this special gift. However, soon she finds that looking twice at things can bring the most unexpected results . . .With an engaging story told in short chapters, and illustrations in black and white and colour on every double-page spread, this short novel is ideal for newly confident readers.
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  • Blue

    By Gabrielle Woolfitt
    Authors:
    Gabrielle Woolfitt
    This photographic series will look at the colour blue around the world, from colour in food, animals, nature, everyday objects, historical objects, in festivals and in habitats. Written by a science teacher, these books contain questions throughout to give children a chance to think about and discuss colours around them.
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  • Book and Magazine Publishing

    By Sarah Medina
    Authors:
    Sarah Medina
    This series takes a look behind the scenes at a variety of creative and media industries. The books give an overview of the various jobs available and features first-hand accounts of people working in each industry. 'Planning ahead' panels encourage readers to think about their interests and talents in relation to the skills needed in different jobs and frequently asked questions are addressed in an 'Any Questions?' feature. Each book features a comprehensive glossary and page of further information.
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  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf

    By Rob M Worley
    Authors:
    Rob M Worley
    The tale concerns a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking a wolf is attacking his flock. When a wolf actually does appear, the villagers do not believe the boy's cries for help, and the flock is destroyed. The moral shows how lying is not rewarded.
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  • British History

    By Bob Fowke
    Authors:
    Bob Fowke
    'Who's Who in British History' contains biographies of 250 of the most important people in British history. Written in an informal, friendly style, the book provides essential information about their lives. Aimed at children of 8-12 years, the book is easy to use, with cross references, a glossary and an index. The text is interspersed with appealing cartoon-style illustrations.Includes a huge range of biographies from kings and queens, artists, saints, writers, inventors, sporting heroes, explorers, politicians and statesmen, philanthropists, pilots, rebels and villains, pretenders to the throne to teachers, warriors and fashion victims.Expert consultant: Dr Miles Taylor of King's College, University of London.
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  • Bubbles, Tub, Have a Scrub!

    By Debbie Foy
    Authors:
    Debbie Foy
    Explore simple bath time routines in a positive, rewarding and engaging way that young children will love!With fun rhymes and bright, friendly pictures, the All By Myself series helps to nurture your child's sense of pride and growing independence. It features fun, subject-specific learning elements based around counting, colours, shapes, and basic time concepts.
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  • Bullies and the Beast

    By Andrew Fusek Peters
    Authors:
    Andrew Fusek Peters
    A short thriller that's high on suspense! This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a story in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers. Cool, edgy computer hackers, Kiran and Roz are teens who set out to fight crime and injustice with the help of a shape-shifting data beast they've created.In Bully and the Beast, Kiran and Roz first encounter the data beast as it emerges from their computer. Initially terrified of it, they become friends with the beast and see it become more than a match for the bullies that are terrorising their school.Reading level for this book:-ATOS: 2.7Lexile ® Measure: 360LBook Band: White
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