Catherine Forde is one of Egmont's new star authors. Her first Egmont book, Fat Boy Swim, received critical acclaim for its honest portrayal of growing up in today's world: 'Fat Boy Swim should be force-fed to every secondary chool child in the country', said Dinah Hall (Sunday Telegraph). Before turning to writing full time, she worked as a lexicographer for Collins and taught in secondary schools. She currently lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons. Catherine's next novel, Skarrs, is published this August.
Mel, Alan and Ben love filming their crazy stunts and putting them up on YouTube. But they want to go further and get one of their stunts on a cool TV Show. All they need is a decent camera...Will they be able to pull it off and have their stunt shown on National TV? Crazy comedy particularly suitable for dyslexic, reluctant and struggling teen readers.
Forget romance, Jane tells the story of how she made sure that her sister’s wedding was a truly bad wedding. From the bridesmaid dress through the hen night to the actual wedding itself, Jane makes sure nothing goes according to plan. But sometimes, even catastrophes, can have surprising and successful endings… A great title for reluctant or struggling readers in particular as it’s short and straightforwardly written.
"e;Firestarter"e; is an edgy and raw thriller from award-winning author Catherine Forde.Keith's new next-door neighbour Reece is strange and obsessed with fire. Reeesss who pronounces his name like gas leaking. Reece who makes three-year-old Annie laugh. Then burns her favourite rag doll. Keith knows he should ignore Reece but Reece is like smoke: he pervades every aspect of Keith's life. One night Keith wakes up choking on thick black smoke...
From award-winning author, Catherine Forde, comes The Drowning Pond, a gritty, fast-paced thriller for young adults.Nickys the least popular girl in school, and the glossy friends who were briefly interested in her are bored. Shell do anything to keep them. Nicky can get back in with the It crowd by picking on Loopy Loner Lizzie. Halloween at the Drowning Pond is about to become pure evil. Another chilling tale from the master of the gripping book for young adults, Catherine Forde. Warning: contains some violence.Praise for Catherine Fordes books for young adults:True to form, Sugarcoated is a caustic, abrasive thriller that burns to the heart of adolescent angst The Bookseller on SugarcoatedAnother gripping story . . . from an author who never disappoints Independent on Tug of WarA gripping and edgy thriller The Bookseller on FirestarterA novel that is both troubling and inspirational Guardian on SkarrsShould be force-fed to every secondary school child in the country Sunday Telegraph on Fat Boy Swim
From award-winning author, Catherine Forde, comes Fifteen Minute Bob, a coming-of-age story for the social-networking generation.Me and Dad? Well, were on opposite sides of a gaping fault-line . . . No actually were on different planets.Rorys dad is a struggling singer-songwriter and obsessed by one particular music legend. Despite years of failure, his music is all that matters nothing else: not job, not money, not even family. So Rorys home life is unpredictable enough. But when his two best mates hook up with his dad to release a music viral, everythingflips.Once again, Catherine Forde cooks up an authentic and moving book for young adults. Tackling troubling subjects such as family separation and loss, its an abrasive page-turner in the same vein as her other awards-nominated titles Firestarter and Skarrs.
What's the hook? A humorous novel driven with gritty realism and thrilling imagination. The good mix of girl and boy characters make this book great for whole class work. What are the themes? Social issues such as bullying, self-image and confidence make Fat Boy Swim suitable for cross-curricular use in PSHE Teaching points? Scottish setting and the use of Scottish dialect expressions make it ideal for exploring dialect and cultural diversity.
Declan's snake escapes and the whole family are enlisted to find it. All you need to know about snakes coupled with a hilarious picture of family life. Irresistible reading! Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.