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Fly in the Ointment is Anne Fine's seventh novel. Her first was the critically acclaimed The Killjoy, which was runner up for the David Higham Prize for Fiction. Taking the Devil's Advice and Telling Liddy have both been adapted for radio. The Observer referred to her novel In Cold Domain as ‘a glorious tirade against the grind of motherhood’ and the Evening Standard described All Bones and Lies as ‘splendid, clever, cruel and funny ’. Anne Fine’s work has been translated into over thirty languages. She has two grown up daughters and lives in County Durham.
Anne Fine takes no prisoners, she is very forthright about feelings and relationships, especially women, and that is one reason her writing is so compelling. It reaches your gut. This is a ‘Beauty and the Bitch’ story, although it is the Bitch who is beautiful but only on the outside. It’s a tale of sister rivalry, slightly predictable but in a very satisfying way. I love all her adult books, I’m sure her children’s ones are brilliant too but I’ve not read one. This comes highly recommended. Comparison: Rachel Cusk, Maggie O’Farrell, Joanna Trollope.
A perfect gem, a short, sharp tragedy with an unexpected twist. This acclaimed children’s author never disappoints and her adult fiction has an edge that is truly satisfying. I love her. Comparison: Maggie O’Farrell, Kim Edwards, Sara Banerji.
Everyone's always telling Will to stop making so much noise. That is, until he meets music teacher Mr Brand. He thinks Will's not just noisy but that he has a gift and must learn to play the violin. But Will doesn't feel special . He can never find peace to practice at home and carrying a violin around school is too embarrassing. There's also the small matter of his stage fright ... Can he really become the star Mr Brand believes in? Beloved and award-winning author Anne Fine returns with a touching, musical story of patience, practice and courage. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+
A delightful collection of stories about friendship from the award-winning former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Once best friends, always best friends. Nothing can come between Jamie and Angus - a boy and his toy Highland bull. Join them as they tackle a lively play mate, get muddled in a pretend game, and discover that playing isn't fun unless they are doing it together. These heartwarming stories for young readers are filled with playful adventures and lessons in just how wonderful friends can be. They are brought to life with enchanting black and white illustrations from the celebrated author-illustrator Sam Usher.
Sam loves making gnomes out of clay. Dozens and dozens and dozens of gnomes, living huddled together out in the shed. But when Sam's mum suddenly needs that space, she says the gnomes will have to go. And so Sam plans a send-off for his little clay friends - a send-off that turns into a night the family will never forget! Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.
Tom wants to join the army, but he has to pass his exams first! When he turns up without proper uniform on exam day, strict Mrs Dell threatens to send him home. There are spare clothes available, but is Tom brave enough to face the exam hall - in a skirt? Touching comedy for low ability readers. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+
Warm, timeless and humorous illustrated stories about a boy and his soft toy companion by the former Children's Laureate, with new illustrations by celebrated artist Sam Usher. When Jamie sets eyes on Angus he knows they will be the best of friends. On Christmas morning, they're finally united and soon the toy Highland bull is Jamie's constant companion. Jamie and Angus. Angus and Jamie. These heartwarming stories for young readers are filled with playful adventures and lessons in just how wonderful friends can be. They are brought to life with enchanting black and white illustrations from the celebrated author-illustrator Sam Usher.
The classic award winning story from Anne Fine. Kitty Killin is not just a brilliant story-teller, but also the World's Great Expert when it comes to mothers having new and unwelcome boyfriends. So it's no surprise that she's the one chosen to sort out classmate Helly, who's gone into meltdown. Kitty decides to share her story about old Goggle-eyes - possibly one of the worst episodes in her life...
Mr Frost's classroom is always in a mess, and now his class are on a mission to send all the things they don't need off to a charity shop - including the rubbish bin that falls over at the slightest touch! From books to old toys, they bring in all sorts of items to send away in the bin, but little do they know that what one person doesn't want might be just the thing someone else has been looking for. A fun and quirky tale on the wonders of recycling! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+
A man as brave as I am, who can kill seven at one blow, should become a king! declared the brave little tailor as he set off to seek his fortune. Before long, a royal reward lies before him - but only if he can defeat a pair of troublesome giants. Will he rid the kingdom of them armed with only his wits, a lump of cheese and a rescued bird? He may just need to be very lucky... The Brave Little Tailor 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: 7-8 years
A classic children's story from one of our best-loved authors, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Gemma doesn't believe a chicken could have written a book - chickens can't even read! But here in front of them is The True Story of Harrowing Farm, and its scratchy pages definitely look, well, chickeny. It is an epic tale of cruelty and bravery, the story of a chicken who flies frillions of miles, reaching the heights of intergalactic superstardom, to try to save us humans ... Perfect for boys and girls aged 6 and up, and for fans of Jeremy Strong and Pamela Butchart's Wigglesbottom Primary series. Anne Fine's fun school stories have been delighting children for more than 20 years, winning her awards such as the Smarties Book Award and Carnegie Medal along the way.
A classic children's story from one of our best-loved authors, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Anneli hates art. She doesn't like looking at it or thinking about it, and when the paints come out in the art class at school, she just can't stand it. But behind a hidden door in her house, Anneli finds a painting that draws her into an extraordinary story ... Anne Fine's fun school stories have been delighting children for more than 20 years, winning her awards such as the Smarties Book Award and Carnegie Medal along the way. Perfect for boys and girls aged 6 and up, and for fans of Jeremy Strong and Pamela Butchart's Wigglesbottom Primary series.
Reissued for the Originals series of powerful teen fiction. Nobody wants Tulip in their gang. She skives off school, cheeks the teachers and makes herself unpopular with her classmates by telling awful lies. None of this matters to Natalie who finds Tulip exciting. At first she doesn't care that other people are upset and unnerved by Tulip's bizarre games, but as the games become increasingly sinister and dangerous, Natalie realises that Tulip is going too far. Much too far. Racing, in fact, to the novel's shocking ending.
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