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Joanna Nadin - Author

About the Author

Joanna Nadin has had a varied and interesting career including writing John Prescott's parliamentary agony column and working as a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister. She left Downing Street in 2005 and is now a freelance government scriptwriter and writer. Joanna has previously written children’s titles for Walker Books but this is her first book for the teenage market. Inspiration came from her own tragically normal life in Saffron Walden. She now lives in Bath with her husband and daughter Amelia.

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White Lies, Black Dare

White Lies, Black Dare

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2016

From the author of JOE ALL ALONE - now a major CBBC series. A compelling story for 10+ readers about falling in with the wrong crowd, and standing up for what you believe in. How far would you go to fit in? When I think of all the people I ever wanted to be, I'm pretty sure this isn't one of them... Asha Wright has it all - a barrister mum, a place at a private school, and big dreams of a life where she's a real Somebody. But when her mum gets cancer, Asha's fairytale fades and she finds herself back in Peckham, at a tough new school with new teachers, new kids . . . and Angel Jones, queen bee. Angel is everything Asha wants to be - beautiful, brash and, above all, brave. But being one of the gang comes at a cost, and Asha is forced to play a dangerous game of Truth or Dare. Where will it end?

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 11: Stanley Manners

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 11: Stanley Manners

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Stanley Manners tells lies - lots of them! When he lies to his friends about his birthday party, they expect to see an enormous cake, a tennis-playing robot, amazing conjurors and a dragon! When Stanley wishes really hard for his lies to come true, disaster unfolds. Can Stanley get his birthday party back under control, or will his lies just get bigger and bigger? This story shows the importance of telling the truth ... and the dangers of having a dragon as a pet! Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series that will fire children's imaginations. These 36 original stories will get children thinking, and develop and deepen their comprehension skills. The variety of authors and illustration styles broadens children's reading experience, with something to appeal to every child. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book for them. They also contain inside cover notes, to enable parents and teachers to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Joe All Alone

Joe All Alone

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Now a major CBBC TV series. Joe All Alone won the Children's BAFTA award for Best Drama. It was also nominated for two other Children's BAFTA awards: Director and Young Performer. Home Alone meets Jacqueline Wilson - a heartwarming, humorous, issue novel for 10+ readers about a young boy left home alone. When thirteen-year-old Joe is left behind in Peckham while his mum flies to Spain on holiday, he decides to treat it as an adventure, and a welcome break from Dean, her latest boyfriend. Joe begins to explore his neighbourhood, making a tentative friendship with Asha, a fellow fugitive hiding out at her grandfather's flat. But when the food and money run out, his mum doesn't come home, and the local thugs catch up with him, Joe realises time is running out too, and makes a decision that will change his life forever. Deeply poignant, deceptively simple, this book will cut the reader to the bone almost without their realising it. Imogen Russell-Williams, Teens On Moon Lane

Joe All Alone

Joe All Alone

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Electronic book text Release Date: 07/05/2015

Now a major CBBC TV series. Joe All Alone won the Children's BAFTA award for Best Drama. It was also nominated for two other Children's BAFTA awards: Director and Young Performer. Home Alone meets Jacqueline Wilson - a heartwarming, humorous, issue novel for 10+ readers about a young boy left home alone. When thirteen-year-old Joe is left behind in Peckham while his mum flies to Spain on holiday, he decides to treat it as an adventure, and a welcome break from Dean, her latest boyfriend. Joe begins to explore his neighbourhood, making a tentative friendship with Asha, a fellow fugitive hiding out at her grandfather's flat. But when the food and money run out, his mum doesn't come home, and the local thugs catch up with him, Joe realises time is running out too, and makes a decision that will change his life forever. Deeply poignant, deceptively simple, this book will cut the reader to the bone almost without their realising it. Imogen Russell-Williams, Teens On Moon Lane

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Chocolate: The Chocolate Finger

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Chocolate: The Chocolate Finger

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Tom is sent to stay with his aunt and uncle for the summer in The Chocolate Finger, he makes a very special discovery. However, he gets much more than he bargained for Each book also contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Wonderland

Wonderland

Author: Joanna Nadin, Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

When your best friend can't live without you... A psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Rachel Riley. Jude must get away. She has to ace her exams and an audition at a prestigious drama school or she'll never escape her small town life and follow her dream of becoming an actor. But then her best friend Stella returns, bringing excitement and danger to Jude's dull existence. For the first time, she can be who she wants to be. But as her life spirals out of control, Jude uncovers a dark secret. Will Stella save her - or destroy her?

Wonderland

Wonderland

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

When your best friend can't live without you... A psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Rachel Riley.Jude must get away. She has to ace her exams and an audition at a prestigious drama school or she'll never escape her small town life and follow her dream of becoming an actor. But then her best friend Stella returns, bringing excitement and danger to Jude's dull existence. For the first time, she can be who she wants to be. But as her life spirals out of control, Jude uncovers a dark secret. Will Stella save her - or destroy her?

Undertow

Undertow

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: eBook Release Date: 17/07/2014

An emotionally compelling young adult book from Joanna Nadin - bestselling author of Rachel Riley and three times nominated Queen of Teen - featuring romance and family mystery through three generations of mother and daughters.Can Billie find the truth? When sixteen year old Billie Paradise inherits her grandmother's house, it's a fairytale come true. She and her family move from their rented flat in London to start a new life by the sea. Maybe Billie can even find the father she's never met. But moving back to her mum's childhood home uncovers long-buried secrets and Billie soon discovers that people may die, but the past lives for ever.

Eden

Eden

Author: Joanna Nadin, Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

A chilling and compelling YA mystery from Joanna Nadin - bestselling author of Rachel Riley and three times nominated for Queen of Teen. I wait for my heart to slow and then I begin the game of 'what ifs' and 'if onlys'. What if I could turn back time? Would Eden still stand? Would Bea still be alive? After her cousin Bea is killed in a house fire, Evie returns to her childhood home of Eden, full of guilt for what might have been. She is not the only one seeking redemption. Bea's boyfriend, Penn, arrives in Cornwall, desperate to atone for a terrible mistake. And as Penn and Evie's feelings for each other intensify, Evie slowly unravels the dark truth behind Bea's tragic death...

Penny Dreadful Causes a Kerfuffle & Cooks Up a Calamity

Penny Dreadful Causes a Kerfuffle & Cooks Up a Calamity

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Penny Dreadful manages to Cause a Kerfuffle with three uproarious stories in which she ends up blue, along with her sister's swan outfit, and turns Joshua Bottomley pale and green by doing a science experiment on him. Penny then Cooks Up a Calamity as she tries to turn over a new leaf in the school show, on a class trip and by making the cake of dreams for her mum s birthday ... but some how her efforts still turn into a huge disaster.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 16: The Trials of Ruby P. Baxter

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 16: The Trials of Ruby P. Baxter

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In The Trials of Ruby P. Baxter, Ruby has troubles at school, a totally embarrassing dad and a goat for a pet, so life can be very trying. Read all about it in her TOP SECRET diary. Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Heroes and Villains: Jake Jones v Vlad the Bad

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Heroes and Villains: Jake Jones v Vlad the Bad

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Join special agent Jake Jones as he tries to stop Vlad the Bad from taking all the things that start with the letter V in Jake Jones v Vlad the Bad. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: Time: The End of Time

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: Time: The End of Time

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In The End of Time Marley suddenly finds he has the power to stop time, but how should he use it? Should he steal a Porsche, get his own back on the class bully, or should he try to make amends with his best friend? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Top Secret: The Secret Diary of Danny Grower

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Top Secret: The Secret Diary of Danny Grower

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In The Secret Diary of Danny Grower Danny is excited to find the missing actor, Kurt Gold, hiding in his Nan's shed and is eager to help him. But is Kurt really who he says he is and can Danny find the stolen Jack Brown movie script? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 12: Dilemmas and Decisions: The Witness

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 12: Dilemmas and Decisions: The Witness

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Eddie witnesses his classmate being bullied in The Witness, he knows he should tell someone. But instead he finds himself being drawn into helping the bullies: can he find his way out of this tricky situation and do the right thing? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.