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Anne Cassidy lives in Essex. She was a teacher for twenty years. Her first book was published in 1991 and she has published over twenty teen novels. She is the author of Looking for JJ, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2004 and the Carnegie Medal 2005 and was winner of the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Book Award. The Murder Notebooks series is Anne Cassidy's first publication with Bloomsbury. https://www.annecassidy.com/
A gripping and emotionally compelling thriller from award-winning Anne Cassidy who has cleverly followed up Looking for JJ with an equally enthralling sequel. Now a student with a job, a flat, friends and a passably normal way of life, Jennifer Jones has become Kate. While outsiders see her as an average student leading a normal life inside Kate knows that she is completely different to everyone else. Despite everything she has done to help herself, her past will never fade away and she can never make up for the terrible thing that she did all those years ago. Anne Cassidy cleverly tells enough of the back story to make this easy to read even for those who haven’t read the original title. But it is even better if you have! ~ Julia Eccleshare A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large, Hot Key Books Sometimes you have to wait a long time for books - and that is certainly the case with this one! Anne Cassidy wrote Looking for JJ ten years ago. Many, many people loved it and it was shortlisted for the Carnegie Award. Anne's portrayal of Jennifer, a girl who accidentally killed her best friend, was rightly praised. But even though Anne was asked again and again whether she would ever write a sequel, Anne did not feel it was right - until now. With Finding Jennifer Jones, Anne has finally found a way to write about Jennifer. So if you know Jennifer already and want to find out what happens to her, you will have to read it! If you haven't read Looking for JJ, do if you can - both books guarantee you an intriguing and thought-provoking read. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Finding Jennifer Jones a small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'this book kept me up at night wondering what the next page would hold...it is one I will not forget. Tragic, intense but heart-warming' - Juliana Christianson Scroll down to read more reviews...
Joshua's uncle has survived a near fatal accident and Rose and Joshua drive to Newcastle to visit him, along with their friend Skeggsie. Joshua is convinced they are being followed. Can it be true, or is it just his paranoia? Rose and Joshua do not know who to trust - even Joshua's uncle has a dark past, touched by murder. And then the precious murder notebooks are stolen and it is Skeggsie who pays the price for Rose and Joshua's so-called meddling. Somebody out there really does not want Rose and Joshua to find their parents. But who? And why? A taut and pacy thriller, perfect for teens.
Witness tells the story of Todd, who sees his ex-teacher Jason Ripley attacking a mild-mannered shopkeeper he knows from his paper round. Shocked by what he has witnessed, Todd informs the police of the brutal attack Mr Wilson has faced. But Todd has no idea just how this will change his life. It becomes clear that Jason Ripley has acquaintances who are keen to seek revenge on Todd for his actions. And they won't rest until they get it, no matter who gets in their way. 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.
When Todd Lucas sees Jason Ripley attacking a local shopkeeper, he decides to do the right thing and report it to the police. Unfortunately Ripley's brother finds out - and threatens Todd with serious injury if he doesn't withdraw his witness statement. How can Todd stay safe and see justice done? Recently 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.
Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 The powerful companion to NO VIRGIN. From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005. Stacey Woods has been raped and now she has to go through a different ordeal - the court trial. But nothing in life it seems is black and white and life is not always fair or just. Suddenly it seems that she may not be believed and that the man who attacked her may be found not guilty . . . if so Stacey will need to find a way to rebuild her life again . . . A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O'Neill.
Sammy is thrilled when he finds a tin y space rocket in the park . And even more thrilled when he discovers its owner, Jax, a very small and very irritable 300-year-old spaceman. Can Sammy save Jax from the greedy clutches of his nosy neighbour and help him get home? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+
Prequel to No Shame, which has been nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005. A raw, powerful, moving tale about a girl attempting to deal with the aftermath of a sexual attack. My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped. Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey's story. A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O'Neill.
George dreams of an easy life, a little record business, enough money to get by. But it's hard when he has Lennie to look after too. Lennie's not quite right, he's got a way of getting into scrapes, and he doesn't know his own strength. For now, their best option is to hole up with Billy and his dodgy business and hope they can stay long enough, this time, to get some money put by. But wherever Lennie is, trouble is never very far away...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
Helplessly drawn like moths to the light, two girls go missing in an evocative and gripping tale . . . They called them the Moth Girls because they were attracted to the house. They were drawn to it. Or at least that is what is written in the newspapers that Mandy reads on the anniversary of when her two best friends went missing. Five years have passed since Petra and Tina were determined to explore the dilapidated house on Princess Street. But what started off as a dare ended with the two girls vanishing. As Mandy's memories of the disappearance of her two friends are ignited once again, disturbing details will resurface in her mind.
They thought the joyride would be a bit of a laugh. They weren't meant to crash. No one was meant to get hurt. But now Mark's caught up in the worst possible scenario - he left Katie behind and now she's dead. The police can't prove he had anything todo with it, so he's got away with it, right? Wrong. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
Ben really wants to go into space. He tries hard to get there! Perhaps his dad can help him? The Tadpoles series contains fun, original stories told in under 80 words and accompanied by bright illustrations, perfect for beginner readers.
It's been five years since Rose's mother Kathy went missing and, after recent events, all Rose wants to do is get on with her life. Which means taking a break from her complicated stepbrother, Joshua. Then police officer Henry Thompson comes calling with bad news: a body has been found buried in the garden of Rose's old house. A body that has lain undiscovered for five years. The body of a missing teenage girl. With Kathy and Brendan implicated in her death, Rose and Joshua have one last chance to clear their parents' names. But if they fail, the consequences will be deadly . . .
The trouble with Jack was that he didn't listen to anyone. He didn't even listen to me, his girlfriend. That's why I was standing on Hutton Moor holding a bunch of flowers. There was a small card attached to them that said, Miss You, Jodie XXXX. I had tears in my eyes. Jack Berry loved to cycle on the moors. One day he went out on his own and didn't come back. A year later his girlfriend, Jodie, is still missing him. On the anniversary of his death, odd things begin to happen. She hears his ring tone. Then, at a bike race, Jodie catches a glimpse of someone wearing Jack's customised cycling jacket. His cycling bag is left on his best friend's bike. Is Jodie about to find out what really happened to Jack? This tightly-wrought mystery story is written by master of suspense, Anne Cassidy. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 4c to Level 4a in reading. *Support comprehension with the atmospheric, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 10 years and above.
Lizzie's brother Tommy is late. She is told that Big Alex is taking him to the cash machine. Lizzie guesses Tommy is being robbed by Big Alex, but does she have the right person? Slipstream is a new generation of reading resources specifically designed for struggling and reluctant readers. Through exciting and carefully levelled texts, Slipstream enables readers to accelerate their reading experience. This illustrated story is part of Slipstream LEVEL 1. The 300-word text is levelled for readers with a reading age of 5-7, but its engaging content makes it perfect for a wide range of older readers too. All texts are levelled by reading experts Dee Reid and Diana Bentley.
Three children walked away from the edge of town one day -but only two of them came back . . . A gripping and emotionally searing novel from a talented author, Looking for JJ explores the circumstances and motives behind the murder of a child - by her friend. Six years later, JJ has now been released, and has a new identity. But is there any way that she can lead a normal life?
When Sammy finds a tiny space rocket in the park, he quite naturally assumes it's a toy. Then he meets the spaceman who owns it - a postman! Can Sammy help him get home? A fun, heart-warming story perfect for young readers. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+