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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins is an ex English and Drama teacher turned award-winning writer. She has written the My Funny Family series for younger readers, but is probably best known for her teen novels, which have gained her two nominations for Queen of Teen. Here she talks to Graham Marks about how she became a writer, tells us some of her writing secrets and talks about her latest novel, The Day I Met Suzie.

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My Dad's in Prison

Jackie Walter
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Jackie Walter

Dad's gone away for a while, but I don't understand why. I miss him. Every year in the UK, over 200,000 children suffer the trauma of parental imprisonment. Children with a parent in prison feel isolated, ashamed - unable to talk about their situation because they are scared of being bullied and judged. They often feel that they are to blame and having a parent in prison marks them as an outcast. Children with parents in prison are: - twice as likely to experience conduct and mental health problems, and less likely to do well at school- three times more likely to be involved in offending- sixty-five per cent of boys with a convicted father will go on to offend This sensitively written picture book explores the experience of having a parent in prison from a child's point of view. Perfect for sharing with children, it promotes understanding and provides reassurance. It has been written with the advice and support of Storybook Dads, a charity that seeks to help children and parents maintain their relationship during imprisonment by providing CD recordings of fathers reading bedtime stories to their children.

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The Bike Ride

Jackie Walter, Jem Maybank
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Jackie Walter, Jem Maybank

Ben is excited when his mums suggest a family day out on their bikes, but his sister Milly thinks it will boring. The day gets even worse when Milly realises she can't get a signal on her phone. But will a family day in the woods turn out to be more fun than Milly thought after all?This story features a family with two mums. For children progressing through Book Bands, it is suitable for reading at level 6: Orange. It is part of the Family Days Out series, fun, humourous stories with bold illustrations and a range of family set-ups including two mums, two dads, a young carer and a step-family.

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The Toy Shop Train

Jackie Walter, Marcus Cutler
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Jackie Walter, Marcus Cutler
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The Bunk Bed

Jackie Walter, Chris Borges
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Jackie Walter, Chris Borges
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Poppy's Project

Jackie Walter, John & Gus Art
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Jackie Walter, John & Gus Art
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Merlin the Mouse

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

When Mia goes off to school she leaves cat in charge of her pet mouse, Merlin. But as soon as Mia goes out, Merlin escapes from his cage... 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 Blue 4 stories are perfect for children aged 5-6 who are reading at book band 4 (Blue) in classroom reading lessons.

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Tap, Tap

Jackie Walter, Trevor Dunton
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Jackie Walter, Trevor Dunton
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Mum Sees Rat

Jackie Walter, Kate Sheppard
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Jackie Walter, Kate Sheppard

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 1A stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1A (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, the pet rat has escaped and Mum keeps finding it everywhere!

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Count Them Up!

Jackie Walter
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Jackie Walter

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What Size Is It?

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

What Size Is It? looks at how we can measure different things: size, height, weight, capacity, time, speed. It encourages children to think critically, taking a first look at mass and density, and stimulates discussion about the words we use to describe size.Bright, eye-catching and clear photographs encourage children to look at Maths in their environment and makes the books accessible for a wide age range. Simple text incorporates mathematical terms and builds children's awareness of numbers and counting. Great for preschoolers.

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The Ugly Duckling

Jackie Walter, Sarah Horne
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Jackie Walter, Sarah Horne

When the biggest egg finally hatches, Mother Duck is in for a surprise. This duckling does not look like the others, but she loves him anyway. The large, ugly duckling is teased until he runs away and spends winter all alone, But then the spring arrives and he can hardly recognise himself... A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 2 stories are told in chapters in under 1000 words.

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The Princess and the Pea

Jackie Walter, Jane Cope
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Jackie Walter, Jane Cope
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What Shape Is It?

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

What Shape Is It? looks at different shapes and encourages children to spot them in the environment. It introduces language for discussing shapes, for example faces and sides, and promotes thinking creatively about which shapes fit together well. Bright, eye-catching and clear photographs encourage children to look at Maths in their environment and makes the books accessible for a wide age range. Simple text incorporates mathematical terms and builds children's awareness of numbers and counting. Great for preschoolers.

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Sorting and Sets

Jackie Walter
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Jackie Walter
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The Lion and the Mouse

Jackie Walter
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Jackie Walter
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The Hare and the Tortoise

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

When Tortoise challenges Hare to a race, Hare is so sure he will win that he stops for a little nap. Will Tortoise be able to beat the cheeky Hare to the finish line?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story.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 Magic Porridge Pot

Jackie Walter
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Jackie Walter
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The Ants and the Grasshopper

Jackie Walter
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Jackie Walter
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The Enormous Turnip

Jackie Walter
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Jackie Walter
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Chicken Licken

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

"The sky is falling in!" That's what silly young Chicken Licken thinks when an acorn falls on her head. She rushes off to tell the king. But will she ever reach the palace?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story.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.