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Reading Champion

Reading Champion from Franklin Watts offers fantastic independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.

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Pirate Hank's Plank

Penny Dolan, Nacho Gomez
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Nacho Gomez

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Flip the Flamingo

Penny Dolan
Authors:
Penny Dolan
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Penny Dolan, Martin Impey
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Martin Impey
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Clever Little Monkey

Penny Dolan, Nicola Anderson
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Nicola Anderson

Clever Little Monkey really wants the bananas on the other side of the river - but the river is full of hungry crocodiles! Can he trick his way across?The Tadpoles series contains fun, original stories told in under 80 words and accompanied by bright illustrations, perfect for beginner readers.

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The Egyptian Cat Mystery

Penny Dolan, Andy Elkerton
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Andy Elkerton
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The Little Red Hen

Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake

Little Red Hen found some grains of wheat. Who will help her to grow them?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Join Little Red Hen in her efforts to get some help around the farm yard!Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

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Hansel and Gretel

Penny Dolan, Graham Philpot
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Graham Philpot

Hansel and Gretel saw a pretty cottage, covered in gingerbread and sweets...A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Join Hansel and Gretel as they attempt to escape the wicked old witch.Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

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The Lovely Duckling

Penny Dolan, David Boyle
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, David Boyle

A fabulous retelling of the Ugly Duckling by respected children's author Penny Dolan in which a family of ducklings are all born a little bit strange except for one called Beauty!Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for children starting to read independently.

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Leapfrog: That Noise!

Penny Dolan, Gerald Kelley
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Gerald Kelley
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The Winter Cave

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
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A Wolf in the Woods

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards

Erg and Luli head into the woods to find some more pine cones for the fire, but as they collect them they are sure they can see a shadow in the trees. What could it be?This story is perfect for learning about life in the Stone Age.

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Mrs Bootle's Boots

Penny Dolan, Maddy Mcclellan
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Maddy Mcclellan

In this fun story in a familiar setting, Ollie and Emma are left at school as their mum is running late from work. They help Mrs Bootle sort out the lost boot box. It seems a shame to throw away such lovely boots, but what on earth else could they be used for?The Hopscotch series features exciting stories with under 400 words by top authors and illustrators for children who are building their reading confidence.

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Danger in the Forest

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards

The children head off into the forest to find some berries for dinner. But as they wander into a clearing a large boar rushes out from the trees. How will the children get away?This story is perfect for learning about life during the Stone Age.

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Rushing River

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
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Miss Polly's Seaside Brolly

Penny Dolan, Jan Lewis
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Jan Lewis
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The Little Red Hen

Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake

The Little Red Hen needs some help - she has some seeds, but who will help her plant them? All her friends are too busy! Will she let them eat the bread she makes if they do not help her?

Abie Longstaff

Abie Longstaff is the eldest of six children and grew up in Australia, Hong Kong and France. She knows all about squabbling and bossing younger sisters around so she began her career as a barrister. She started writing when her children were born. Her books include The Fairytale Hairdresser series and The Magic Potions Shop books. She has a life-long love of fairy tales and mythology and her work is greatly influenced by these themes. Abie got the idea for the Trapdoor Mysteries from her parents' house in France. The house is big and old, with lots of rooms and outbuildings. In one of the bedrooms, there is a secret entrance hidden in a fireplace. It leads to a room that was used by the French Resistance during the war. It was the perfect idea for a book! Abie lives with her family by the seaside in Hove.

Ailie Busby

Ailie Busby studied Graphic Design at Nene College in Northampton, then Illustrationat Anglia Poly Cambridge. She has been illustrating children's books for about 9 years. Her all time favourite children's books are Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins, all theDr Seuss books, and of course Babar the Elephant.Ailie is married and lives in Newcastle with her two children Hamish and Ruby and her two cats Hughie and Matilda.

Caryl Hart

Caryl Hart is the author of many bestselling books for children, including the hugely successful How to Grow A Dinosaur and The Princess and the Peas. She is the winner of the Stockport Children's Book Award, the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Lancashire Share a Story Award. Caryl lives on the top of a windy hill in the Peak District with her guitar-playing husband, two cheeky daughters, one extremely fluffy black cat, a goldfish, four hens and an invisible dog called Paddy.Follow Caryl at carylhart.com and @carylhart1

Charlie Fletcher

Having studied English Literature at university , Charlie began his career in the film business carrying cans of film round Soho and making very bad cups of tea on the principal that he'd then be asked to do something a bit more interesting, a strategy that he recommends to anyone starting out as a tea-boy. He progressed to the BBC where he worked in film editing on everything from Drama to Current Affairs. He then went to California where he morphed into a screenwriter, having been awarded a Warner Brothers Fellowship in Screenwriting at USC School of Cinema and TV. He's written screenplays for Tri-Star, MGM, Paramount and Warner Bros among others. He continues to write for the movies, and also television. He still thinks that being a film editor is a pretty damn fine way to learn about story-telling in general, and narrative structure and pacing in particular. Charlie also moved into other types of writing including magazine features, a computer game and as both a national Sunday newspaper columnist and restaurant reviewer. Finally he found the way to combine all those writing strands and produced some rattling-good children's books! The Stoneheart trilogy has been a massive international hit and Charlie has recently sold the movie rights of Stoneheart to Paramount. He has also been asked to write the screenplay himself, which just shows you should never make plans, since he actually wrote the books to get away from Hollywood for a bit... In his personal life, Charlie met and married his wife, a fellow Scot, in LA. They have two children, whom Charlie calls his first, most important, and toughest audience. They've all now returned from California and live in Edinburgh with a terrier called Archie.