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David Belbin is the author of more than thirty novels aimed at teenagers and has been translated into twenty-five languages. He was born in Sheffield but has lived in Nottingham since going to university there; he now teaches Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.
Bone & Cane, MP and ex-con - and ex-lovers - make for an interesting crime fighting partnership, even better when it's brilliantly set in the late 1990s and the New Labour experiment. Second in the series sees Bone promoted to prison minister but the murder of her married lover looks set to ruin her. Cane is out of prison but not out of trouble after a violent attack and attempted frame-up; are the two events related? Gritty, graphic, political this is the second in what we hope will be an on going series. Bone and Cane series:1. Bone and Cane2. What You Don't Know
A very promising start to a rather unusual crime partnership; a female Labour MP and an ex con. Set in the late 1990s it’s well researched, packed full of intrigue, spin and abuse of power, and a fair amount of sex. Think Michael Dobbs' House of Cards mixed with a Lynda La Plante novel. Bone and Cane series:1. Bone and Cane2. What You Don't Know
Layla is a young singer who is just hitting the big time: she has even got her own bodyguard. With all of the excitement of her growing fame comes the eerie presence of an unknown heckler who begins to follow all her performances. But who is more dangerous, the heckler or her bodyguard? In the same style as the Shades 2.0 series, this book tells a fast-paced story but is much shorter than the Shades, allowing for less-able readers to still experience the gripping story but with much simpler language and a larger font. The excitement of the Shades series is still there in these shortened versions of the dramatic, enticing stories.
Layla is thrilled. Her first album is selling well and she is playing in concert halls across Europe. But not everyone likes her music. When a heckler starts turning up at her concerts, everything quickly turns into a nightmare. Her bodyguard decides to sort out the heckler. Can her bodyguard be trusted? And has the heckler really gone? Or is he still out there, shouting at the stars? Republished as a new edition, this book is one of the Shades 2.0 series. This book is perfect for reluctant teens who still want an exciting, unpatronising story that is relevant to their interests and concerns, but who don't want to read a longer novel. With a length of only 6,000 words, and filled with drama, this story will appeal to all reluctant teen readers.
"e;Ich mochte, dass ihr so tut, als wart ihr Dickens."e; Die Aufforderung eines Englischlehrers wird das Leben des vierzehnjahrigen Mark entscheidend verandern. Die Schuler sollen ein Kapitel im Stil von Charles Dickens schreiben. Marks Entwurf ist so echt, dass der Lehrer ihm unterstellt, er habe gemogelt. Aber das macht nichts, denn Mark hat nun ein Talent entdeckt, von dem er bisher nichts wusste. Ab jetzt soll sein Leben der Literatur gehoren, und wenn man damit auch noch Geld verdienen kann, umso besser. Als junger Mann jobbt Mark in London bei einer renommierten, aber leider erfolglosen Literaturzeitschrift. Schnell kommt ihm die Idee, dass seine Gabe zum literarischen Flschen vieles erleichtern knnte. Was mit Hemingway und Graham Greene beginnt, wird bald zu einer professionellen Obsession. Und zum Verhngnis. Denn schlielich ist Mark schon lange nicht mehr der Einzige, der von seinem auerordentlichen Talent wei.
Ryan's eyes are opened to people-trafficking when he befriends a young Chinese girl who's come to work for his family. This is a topical drama. Barrington Stoke specialises in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.
Stacey is always on the wrong side of the law - but Kev falls in love with the lost girl behind the tough looks. Can he help Stray - or will she drag him down with her? This is a compelling, edgy teen romance. The key features include: first class award-winning authors; appealing, gripping plots guaranteed to interest teenagers and provoke discussion; top quality, age-appropriate illustrations; huge demand - in 2005 over 35 per cent of 14-year-olds were failing to reach their expected standard of literacy; stylish packaging; and extensive trialling by teenagers with the target reading age ensures accessibility.
Tod's mad about Lucy, and devasted when a bike accident leaves her in a coma. A heart warming love story. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.
Young Edward VI is crowned king upon the death of his father, Henry VIII - but he is only nine years old. How can he fight his way through the treacherous adult world to claim the sovereignty he is entitled to? This thoroughly researched novel features some of best-known and most intriguing characters in English history - including, of course, King Henry VIII and his many wives. This story presents a balanced view of Edward VI, who is often portrayed as an unpleasant, rather sickly child, whose death was inevitable. Above all, it's a page-turning read not to be missed.
The Glastonbury Festival. Three days in June. For many, it's the event of the summer - for three Glastonbury virgins and one fourteen-year-old veteran, it's going to be a life-changing experience. Leila, exams over, just wants to have fun. But first she has to find a way to get there... Jake is playing the festival. This could be his big break. Or his biggest nightmare... Wilf is forced to sell his ticket, so his only way in is to jump the fence. And there's a big surprise waiting on the other side... Holly gets in free. It's her tenth Glastonbury. She's promised herself it'll be the last...
The stories in the World War II Flashbacks series draw the reader into the experiences and emotions of a young person's life, caught against a period backdrop of historical upheaval. The child reader can also absorb important historical details that might otherwise be taught only as dry facts.