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David Melling is the international bestselling author and illustrator who first came to our attention with the critically acclaimed The Kiss That Missed, and whose The Tale of Jack Frost went from page to animated TV feature, voiced by Hugh Laurie. Here he talks to Graham Marks about how he became a children’s book illustrator, his influences, his passions and why he loves Twitter…

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King Midas

Damian Harvey, Sonya Abby Soekarno
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Sonya Abby Soekarno

In this retelling of the Greek myth, King Midas learns what true value means when his greed robs him of everything that he holds most dear.This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for Key stage 2 readers aged 9-10. 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 activities to provoke deeper response and encourage writing. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

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The Blitz Baby

Damian Harvey, Nicolas Hitori De
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Nicolas Hitori De
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Run, Melina, Run

Damian Harvey
Authors:
Damian Harvey

Melina lives in Ancient Greece. She is a great runner and can even outrun her male friends. Maybe, just maybe, she can find a way to compete in the famous games in Athens...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.

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Max and the Gladiator

Damian Harvey
Authors:
Damian Harvey
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A New Home in Space

Damian Harvey, José Rubert
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, José Rubert
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The Big Match

Damian Harvey
Authors:
Damian Harvey

Todd is football mad. It's Todd's birthday soon and he decides he wants to have a football party! But then he gets tickets to see the big match and it's on the same day - what will Todd decide to do? 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.

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The Disastrous Dentist

Damian Harvey, Ben Scruton
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Ben Scruton

Horrible Histories meets Wimpy Kid in these funny stories mismatching characters with careers. The stories are colour chapter books perfect for the independent reader.Oliver Payne has discovered a talent - for cleaning and fixing teeth! Only they are not just any teeth...Race Further with Reading is a series designed to build reading confidence with illustrated stories in manageable bite-size chapters, which encourage a sense of achivement at completing each one. They follow on a level from the Race Ahead with Reading series with stories of 2,000 words. The books are perfect for children aged 6-8 or who read book band 11.

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Sam's Super Family

Damian Harvey, Paul Davidson
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Paul Davidson

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 Yellow stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 3 (Yellow) in classroom reading lessons.Sam's family is anything but ordinary - in fact, it is super! But what about Sam?

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Granny at the Park

Damian Harvey, Jan Smith
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Jan Smith

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 Pink 1B stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1B (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, Granny loves the park - even more than her grandson!

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Just Like Me!

Damian Harvey, Federica Nuccio, Roberta Vottero
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Federica Nuccio, Roberta Vottero
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Damian Harvey, Yuliya Somina
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Yuliya Somina

Pieter Bruegel, the greatest Flemmish painter of the 16th Century, developed a unique style of painting and created many masterpieces, often painting scenes of daily life.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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William Caxton

Damian Harvey, Judy Brown
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Judy Brown

William Caxton led the way in bringing the printing press to the English and made books accessible to many people. 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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Tim Berners-Lee

Damian Harvey, Judy Brown
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Judy Brown

Tim Berners Lee started off his career building computers out of old televisions. He is now one of the most prolific internet experts in the world and was responsible for founding the World Wide Web!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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Victoria

Damian Harvey, Rupert Van Wyk
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Rupert Van Wyk
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Elizabeth I

Damian Harvey, Rupert Van Wyk
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Rupert Van Wyk
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LS Lowry

Damian Harvey, Yuliya Somina
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Yuliya Somina

Follow the life of LS Lowry from his childhood industrial roots to becoming a modern day celebrity artist.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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Captain Kidd: Pirate Hunter

Damian Harvey, Peter Cottrill
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Peter Cottrill
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Robin and Maid Marian

Damian Harvey, Martin Remphry
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Martin Remphry

Robin Hood is determined to see Maid Marian and sets off in disguise to find her. But there's a stranger in Sherwood Forest who is looking for Robin...The Hopscotch Adventures series features exciting, page-turning adventures in under 400 words for children developing their reading confidence.

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Hopscotch Histories: Tutankhamun and the Golden Chariot

Damian Harvey, Graham Philpot
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Graham Philpot

Young Tutankhamun is given a golden chariot, but he's not allowed to ride it outside the palace gates. How can he prove himself the greatest chariot racer?Hopscotch Histories are brand new stories in historical settings, told in under 400 words, perfect for children who are building up their reading confidence.

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Whizzy Witch

Damian Harvey, Marjorie Dumortier
Contributors:
Damian Harvey, Marjorie Dumortier