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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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The Talk of Pram Town

The Talk of Pram Town

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Absolutely Fine and Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel, comes a story about mothers, daughters and second chances... It's 1981. Eleven-year-old Sadie adores her beautiful and vibrant mother, Connie, whose dreams of making it big as a singer fill their tiny house in Leeds. It's always been just the two of them. Until the unthinkable happens. Jean hasn't seen her good-for-nothing daughter Connie since she ran away from the family home in Harlow - or Pram Town as its inhabitants affectionately call it - aged seventeen and pregnant. But in the wake of the Royal Wedding, Jean gets a life-changing call: could she please come and collect the granddaughter she's never met? We all know how Charles and Diana turned out, and Jean and Sadie are hardly a match made in heaven - but is there hope of a happy ending for them? Written in Joanna Nadin's trademark dazzling prose, The Talk of Pram Town tells the story of three generations of Earnshaws and asks whether it always has to be like mother, like daughter . . .

The Talk of Pram Town

The Talk of Pram Town

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Absolutely Fine and Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel, comes a story about mothers, daughters and second chances... It's 1981. Eleven-year-old Sadie adores her beautiful and vibrant mother, Connie, whose dreams of making it big as a singer fill their tiny house in Leeds. It's always been just the two of them. Until the unthinkable happens. Jean hasn't seen her good-for-nothing daughter Connie since she ran away from the family home in Harlow - or Pram Town as its inhabitants affectionately call it - aged seventeen and pregnant. But in the wake of the Royal Wedding, Jean gets a life-changing call: could she please come and collect the granddaughter she's never met? We all know how Charles and Diana turned out, and Jean and Sadie are hardly a match made in heaven - but is there hope of a happy ending for them? Written in Joanna Nadin's trademark dazzling prose, The Talk of Pram Town tells the story of three generations of Earnshaws and asks whether it always has to be like mother, like daughter . . .

The Worst Class in the World

The Worst Class in the World

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

A brand new, laugh-out-loud young fiction series from bestselling author Joanna Nadin. Perfect for fans of Horrid Henry and the Trouble with Daisy series. According to head teacher Mrs Bottomley-Blunt, 4B is the WORST CLASS IN THE WORLD. She says school is not about footling or fiddle-faddling or FUN. It is about LEARNING and it is high time 4B tried harder to EXCEL at it. But Stanley and Manjit didn't LITERALLY mean to make their whole class sick with homemade biscuits. And they definitely didn't LITERALLY mean for Manjit's dog Killer to eat their teacher's shoes or for Bruce Bingley's rat to escape. These things just happened even though they had a FOOLPROOF plan. You see, 4B may be the WORST CLASS IN THE WORLD. But you wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Highly illustrated and featuring two hilarious madcap adventures in one book, these books are just right for children ready for their first chapter books.

Reading Planet KS2 - Telling Tales - A Guide to Writing Fantastic Fiction - Level 6: Jupiter/Blue band

Reading Planet KS2 - Telling Tales - A Guide to Writing Fantastic Fiction - Level 6: Jupiter/Blue band

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2020

Do you enjoy reading great stories? How about writing them? Are you sometimes stuck for ideas? In this inspiring and practical guide by award-winning author, Joanna Nadin, you will discover how to hunt down brilliant ideas for your own stories, get into the minds of your characters, and give your writing a final, brilliant shine. Get ready to pick up your pen and start telling your own fantastic tales! Telling Tales - A Guide to Writing Fantastic Fiction is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 9-10 years

Alan Turing

Alan Turing

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Alan Turing: code-breaker, mathematician, father of modern computing. Award-winning children's author, Joanna Nadin, explores the extraordinary life of code-cracking genius, Alan Turing. A Life Story: This gripping series throws the reader directly into the lives of modern society's most influential figures. With striking black-and-white illustration along with timelines and never-heard-before facts. Also in the series: Katherine Johnson: A Life Story Stephen Hawking: A Life Story Rosalind Franklin: A Life Story

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Stanley Manners

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Stanley Manners

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

Stanley Manners tells lies - a lot of lies! When he wishes for the lies to come true, he ends up in a lot of trouble! Books with short chapters are a great way for children who are reading independently to extend reading stamina and progress to the next step of their reading journey. This Read with Oxford Stage 6 book has short chapters, an engaging story and humorous colour illustrations. Tips for parents and fun after-reading activities help you to get the most out of the story. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

The Queen of Bloody Everything

The Queen of Bloody Everything

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2018

Joanna Nadin's first novel for adults, The Queen of Bloody Everything, is about mothers, daughters and how we can make many choices in life but can't choose where we come from. As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the fourteenth floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter Dido tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day Dido - aged exactly six years and twenty-seven days old - met the next door neighbours and fell in love. Because the Trevelyans were exactly the kind of family Dido dreamed of. Normal.

It Wasn't Me: A Bloomsbury Young Reader

It Wasn't Me: A Bloomsbury Young Reader

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

If a microwave explodes or there are bubbles all over the bathroom floor, it's bound to have been because of Alfie Braithwaite. Only Alfie swears that it's all the fault of Dave, the terrible gremlin that lives in his sock drawer. But one day Dave really does appear and starts to wreak more havoc than even Alfie could have imagined! Will Alfie catch Dave? And will Alfie's parents ever believe that it really wasn't him? This mischievous and thought-provoking adventure from best-selling and award-winning author Joanna Nadin is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. It features engaging illustrations from Pauline Reeves and quirky characters young readers will find hard to resist. Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. They are packed with gorgeous colour illustrations and include inside cover notes to help adults reading with children, as well as ideas for activities related to the stories. Book Band: Lime Ideal for Ages 6+

Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?

Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2018

From the author of JOE ALL ALONE - a BAFTA winning and Emmy nominated CBBC series. A story about finding yourself when everything changes and believing that love never runs out. Perfect for fans of A Boy called Hope and Jacqueline Wilson. Eleven-year-old Birdy Jones is all alone. She doesn't belong at school, at home, or even with her dad anymore. The only place she feels like herself is at her grandpa's pigeon loft, where the familiar warmth and birdsong block out the world. It's also where she meets Dogger - her only friend and the one person who really seems to know where she's coming from. Birdy used to be happy, when it was just her and Dad, but now she has a stepmum, a little sister, and another baby on the way. Worse, her growing family needs to move house, but Birdy doesn't believe there'll ever be enough room for her in Dad's busy life - and she can't leave Grandpa and the pigeons. She won't. Birdy dreams of a different family and future, and with Dogger's help she decides to find one - even if it means running away from everything she's ever known. But sometimes you need to fly away to find your way home again . . .

Girl Thursday

Girl Thursday

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2018

Monday 1st January - New Year's Resolutions 1) Persuade Marlene not to pursue her dream of becoming an alternative tattooed glamour model 2) Try to get breasts 3) Try not to get period, which so far am excelling at 4) Snog someone, preferably Dexter Braithwaite 5) Don't get killed by my own knickers Perpetual worrier Thursday Jones is at the end of her tether. She lives in semi-squalid (in her eyes) chaos subsisting mainly on Supanoodles; her mum has no qualms about revealing the gruesome details of the day's A&E patients; her big sister Marlene is boy-obsessed, as is their internet-dating nan; her twin sisters terrorize their primary school; and her estranged dad is an Elvis impersonator called Pelvis Presley who ran off with his backing singer with whom he now has a mildly delinquent three-year-old called Hank Junior. Aunt Jeanie says she should woman up and watch some YouTube like a normal teenager; best friend Millie says there are more important things to worry about like climate change, or everyday sexism and Mum says she's taking life too seriously. Worried that she's overdosing on oestrogen Alabama sets out to find some men, including a boyfriend for Mum, a potential boyfriend for herself, and, unsolicited, an idiotic dog called Dave. A laugh-out-loud diary following Thursday Jones as she navigates the every day trials of life, perfect for fans of DORK DIARIES and GEEK GIRL.

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Rudy versus the Robot

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Rudy versus the Robot

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2018

Rudy is bored. Will Dad's helpful robot, hiding in the workshop, help to cheer Rudy up or will Horace just cause chaos? Rudy versus the Robot is a hilarous variety fiction story. 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. 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.

The Queen of Bloody Everything

The Queen of Bloody Everything

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Joanna Nadin's first novel for adults, The Queen of Bloody Everything, is about mothers, daughters and how we can make many choices in life but can't choose where we come from. As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the fourteenth floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter Dido tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day Dido - aged exactly six years and twenty-seven days old - met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David. The day Dido fell in love with a family completely different from her own. Because the Trevelyans were exactly the kind of family Dido dreamed of. They were normal.

The Story of the Suffragettes Band 17/Diamond

The Story of the Suffragettes Band 17/Diamond

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

For nearly a century, women fought for the right to be able to vote. Their leaders brought together women from all social classes. Their fight for equality led to imprisonment and even death. This is the story of the suffragettes. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 5: Tomorrow Never Comes

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 5: Tomorrow Never Comes

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2017

Mabel's family won't spend time with her because they are all busy until tomorrow. But tomorrow comes, and they are still busy! Can Mabel have an adventure by herself? Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series that will fire children's imaginations and develop their comprehension skills. The variety of authors and illustrators broadens children's reading experience, with something to appeal to every child. This story is one of six titles at Oxford Level 5, which are phonically decodable with some extra high-interest words to expand children's vocabularies and enrich the stories. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every reader to the right book.

Everybody Hurts

Everybody Hurts

Author: Joanna Nadin, Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

MORE HOPE. MORE HEART ...MORE FOOL YOU. Matt and Sophia live in the same city, but they come from opposite sides of the track. By rights they should never have met. They definitely should never have fallen in love at first sight, of all cliches. But, to their great surprise, they do. That's the easy part. It's what to do next that they struggle with. Friends, family and circumstance are mostly against them. They betray themselves; then they betray each other. And in the end they learn, the hard way, what it takes for love to survive. It's true what they say. Everybody hurts sometimes. But sometimes, too, the pain is worth it.

The Incredible Billy Wild

The Incredible Billy Wild

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

From the author of JOE ALL ALONE - a BAFTA winning and Emmy nominated CBBC series. A story about courage, sacrifice and family - and how everyone has something incredible inside of them, just waiting to be discovered. For fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce and Eva Ibbotson. This cover comes in four different colours, supplied at random. Which one will you receive? When Billy Wild's teacher asks the class to write a letter to their god, Billy's request is simple: Please send me a dog. So when he discovers a greyhound hiding in the shed, he decides someone must really be listening. With the help of his brothers, Billy sets out to hide her from Dad, who's far too stressed to add a dog to the mix. But keeping a greyhound a secret is a difficult task, and when Billy's classmate Paris enters them all in a local talent show, it becomes even harder! Billy must make a big, brave, wild decision - but it's one that might save Dog and hundreds like her. And it might just make him incredible...