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  • The Very Worst Wizard

    By Elizabeth Dale
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    Elizabeth Dale
    Max is learning to be a Wizard at Wizard school, and although he loves helping others, he often forgets to get his own spells right! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Turquoise 7 stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 7 (Turquoise) in classroom reading lessons.
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    The Violin Man

    By Colin Thompson, Colin Thompson
    Authors:
    Colin Thompson
    Illustrated by:
    Colin Thompson
    For as long as anyone can remember, Oscar has played his violin outside the theatre. Every night, as the people queue for their tickets, Oscar fills the air with his music and the echo of his lost dreams. In the old days, his daughter, Marietta, had been there as well, dancing. For just as Oscar dreams of being a famous violinist, it was Marietta's dream to be a famous ballet dancer. But Marietta became ill and now Oscar plays alone. Some nights, though, he catches sight of Marietta's ghost, dancing under the street light.One night, Oscar's dream comes true and he is invited to play in the theatre in front of an audience. They are swept away by his music and his skill. But under the glare of the spotlight, Oscar can't see Marietta dancing. He decides to play only outside on the pavement, where he and Marietta can perform together. 'Don't worry,' he says. 'I won't leave you again.'
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  • Vikings

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    Read all about Early Britons with the Fact Cat! The Viking age began in around 700 CE and during this time, boatloads of raiders and settlers came to Britain to find new lands and steal treasure. At the time, Britain was ruled by the Anglo Saxons. They fought back against the Viking invaders and you can read all about their struggles for power. Follow the Fact Cat on a journey through Viking England; find out where and how they lived, what they ate and what they believed in. Learn how we know about the lives of the Vikings with the evidence of artefacts and ancient sites that have been discovered. Simple quiz questions at the back help readers to remember what they've just read.Perfect one-stop-shop for help with homework assignments!Broad-ranging appeal for nursery age through to Key Stage 2.
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  • The Very Clever Cat

    By Vivian French, Abeer Al-Taher
    Authors:
    Vivian French, Abeer Al-Taher
    A charming new full colour Early Reader story about friendship and a long journey home, from bestselling author, Vivian French.Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books perfect for building confidence in new readers and reluctant readers. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Friendship can be found in the most unlikely places. A heartwarming story about a very clever cat who always finds its way home.
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  • A Village

    By Jen Green
    Authors:
    Jen Green
    Full of hands-on activities to help you learn all about map skills whilst also learning about the features of a village. This book will show you what a bird's eye map is by looking at aerial photos of villages; how village landmarks, such as churches and village greens can be shown as symbols; how to measure scale and distance on a walk around a village; what map plans are using a village shop and a farmers' market, as examples; how compass points show you how to find directions around a stable yard; how to follow pathways, roads and bridleways on a country walk; how to use grid references by looking at a village green; what contour lines are by looking at a country valley; looking at landuse by showing farming land; and looking at transport maps showing routes between different villages.Illustrations by Sarah Horne in an amusing and lively style are combined with photographs to really capture a child's attention helping them to learn these important map skills.
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  • Vet

    By James Nixon
    Authors:
    James Nixon
    What's it like to be a vet? Perhaps one day you might like to become a vet too? In this book you will meet our vet, Nafisa - and some of her colleagues - and see what she does at work every day. Find out about the types of animals she looks after - from cats to cows! - the equipment she uses to do her job and what it is like to work with animals.Brilliant introductory books for very young readers that follow real professionals around their place of work to give a flavour of what it means to work in a particular job.
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  • A Very Bothersome Bear

    By Vivian French, David Melling
    Authors:
    Vivian French
    Illustrated by:
    David Melling
    A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling.Sam J. Butterbiggins' only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he's been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his aunt, uncle and cousin Prune while his parents are away. But Sam's discovered a magical scroll listing the six quests to be completed to become a knight, and with his True Companion Prune's help, he's already managed two! Now Sam must find a goodly sword, but he keeps getting distracted by noble deeds that need doing. Helping a grumpy dwarf, a dunderheaded bear and an island of tiny elves might mean he'll never find his sword, but isn't that what a Very Noble Knight would do ...?
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  • Volcanoes

    By Annabelle Lynch
    Authors:
    Annabelle Lynch
    Volcanic eruptions are one of Earth's amazing sights. Find out how and why these mountains explode!Froglets Learners offer fun facts in accessible text, perfect for building reading confidence.
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  • Victoria

    By Damian Harvey, Rupert Van Wyk
    Authors:
    Damian Harvey
    Illustrated by:
    Rupert Van Wyk
    Queen Victoria was the longest ever reigning British monarch and saw extraordinary developments during her reign, from the development of the railways to the discoveries of Charles Darwin.Discover the stories of people who have helped to shape history, ranging from early explorers such as Christopher Columbus to more modern figures like Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.These chapter books combine historical fact with engaging narrative and humourous illustration, perfect for the newly independent reader.
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  • Vedra & Krimon Twin Beasts of Avantia

    By Adam Blade
    Authors:
    Adam Blade
    New Beasts have been created in Avantia - twin dragons Vedra and Krimon. But the Wizard Malvel plans to capture them, so Tom must take the dragons into hiding. Can Tom save the twin Beasts from the wizard's evil spell?Beast Quest Early Readers are perfect for children learning to read and for families to enjoy together, with text vetted by a literacy expert and bright new colour illustrations.Look out for another Beast Quest Early Reader soon: Kragos and Kildor the Two-headed Demon!
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  • Violet the Painting Fairy

    By Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
    Authors:
    Daisy Meadows
    Illustrated by:
    Georgie Ripper
    Strange things are happening on Rainspell Island! Kirsty and Rachel must help Violet the Painting Fairy track down her magical paintbrush. But can they find it before Jack Frost and the goblins manage to create more chaos?
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  • Viking Victory

    By Jennifer Gray, Amanda Swift, Amanda Swift, Sarah Horne
    Authors:
    Jennifer Gray, Amanda Swift, Amanda Swift
    Illustrated by:
    Sarah Horne
    A nasty builder with a huge digger is threatening the guinea pigs' woodland! The furry pals must protect it - but how? Terry wants to tell all his friends online... Eduardo thinks a protest song will do the trick... While Coco just wants everyone to get on with it! Then they meet Olaf the Viking guinea pig who claims to be over 1,000 years old. Can they use his ancient tactics to help fight the builder?
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  • A Visit to the Seaside

    By Louise Spilsbury
    Authors:
    Louise Spilsbury
    Ways into Geography: A Visit to the Seaside explores the different kinds of coastlines around the world, and looks at the jobs that people who live by the seaside do. It also looks at what activities we can do by the seaside and explains how we can all take care of our coastlines. Ways into Geography is an ideal introduction to geography. It combines simple text and colourful illustrations to teach basic geographical skills and build up confidence and enthusiasm.
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  • The Victorians

    By Alison Cooper
    Authors:
    Alison Cooper
    See for yourself what life was like in Victorian times! Spend a day in the life of a Victorian servant, climb aboard a steam train and take a ride through a Victorian street on a horse-drawn cart. Find out more about homes, food, schools and jobs in Victorian times.
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  • The Very Clever Aliens

    By Joan Stimson
    Authors:
    Joan Stimson
    The Very Clever Aliens are on their way to Earth - what do they want? Find out in this fun rhyming adventure!
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  • Vanessa the Dance Steps Fairy

    By Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
    Authors:
    Daisy Meadows
    Illustrated by:
    Georgie Ripper
    Kirsty and Rachel are in for a surprise when their fairy friends whisk them off to the Fairyland Music Festival, only for Jack Frost and his goblins to strut onto the stage! The naughty gang have stolen the Pop Star Fairies' magical clef necklaces, and Jack Frost intends to use them to become the biggest star in the world.In this third book of the magical series, the girls must help Vanessa the Dance Steps Fairy get her clef back, or dancers everywhere will be no more graceful than an elephant on stage!
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  • Village Home

    By Nicola Barber
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    Nicola Barber
    Homes Around the World looks at different homes in geographically-diverse locations. Each book encourages readers to ask questions about their own homes and looks at the different ways in which people live across the world, thus devloping awareness of the wider world.Village Home looks at locations from Turkey to Canada, from Africa to Russia. The variety of homes and how they are built is focused upon, together with the themes of weather, environment, travel, work, school and play in a village setting.
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  • Viking Vik and the Bug House

    By Shoo Rayner
    Authors:
    Shoo Rayner
    Viking Vik and Wulf are squabbling over who should be the leader. What they need is a contest to see who's the bravest. A contest with bugs and creepy-crawlies should do the trick...
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  • Viking Vik and the Lucky Stone

    By Shoo Rayner
    Authors:
    Shoo Rayner
    Viking Vik is cold, hungry and lost in a snowstorm. His faithful dog, Flek, leads him to the house of an old woman. But she thinks he seems suspicious. Can Vik convince her to let him in before he freezes to death?
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  • Viking Vik and the Chariot Race

    By Shoo Rayner
    Authors:
    Shoo Rayner
    Viking Vik is racing down the mountain, driving his goat cart as if he were the great god Thor himself. But watch out! Wulf is right behind him and he looks like he means business...
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