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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd (31 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842991175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842991176
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My first books were about teenage life and came from my own experiences and concerns - I was fourteen when I discovered the immense and liberating power of writing and it was my main stay during my largely unhappy teenage years. I wasn't that interested in writing at primary school - I wanted to be a footballer - but I always loved reading. I was a big fan of The Narnia books by C S Lewis, Michael Hardcastle's football stories and Enid Blyton's Famous Five series My favourite books of all were a Mannchester United Football Year Book from 1969 signed "To Alan from George Best" (my all-time hero) and Meriol Trevor's The King of the Castle that I came across quite by chance looking along a library shelf one day. These books are still my most treasured possessions and were the biggest inspiration to me to become a writer.

I've written nearly eighty books now and most of them started as stories I made up to entertain my three children and their friends. I've won a number of prizes, most recently The Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books for the picture book Billy Monster's Daymare. I write lots of different styles of books and for a wide age-range - from teenage thrillers to picture books. I also write poetry for children and adults. I've written spooky books, science-fiction, school stories, funny stories, horror (but not much because it scares me!), thrillers, football... Writing different styles of story about all sorts of different subjects keeps me on my toes and helps to entertain me. That's the first rule of being a writer: you have to entertain yourself - otherwise how can you hope to entertain anyone else?

My work was featured in the BBC series English Express, which won a Children's Bafta Award. I also appeared in two programmes in the award-winning Let's Write A Story series. I am a National Reading Campaign Reading Champion and a frequent visitor to schools, libraries and festivals around the UK and abroad where I give talks and readings and run writing workshops. I am a member of NAWE and The Society of Authors. I used to do all my writing in a garden shed, but I moved to Brighton in January 2010 and had to leave my shed behind. Maybe I'll find a beach hut to scribble in...


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CarolS on 6 Sep 2011
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My seven year old son wanted this book. He'd read it at school and really liked it. The 4U2read Barrington Stoke books were apparently written to help dyslexic children but from what I have seen they are suitable chapter books for all new readers. The print is easy to read, the vocabulary gently pushes the children on and the grammar is good (unlike many children's books, especially those based on TV series!!).

I used to help with listening to children read at my son's primary school and I know that this is one of the most popular books in the whole library for boys aged 6-8. There was always a waiting list for it and it was one of the few books that all the boys liked to read (even the ones who did not like reading). There was such a waiting list of boys, that I never actually saw a girl read it.

The story is about a boy who buys a video game from a spooky shop and then finds himself in the game with all the consequent life-threatening dangers. It is clever because it is arranged around getting to the next level, so every time the child completes a level, he's also just completed a chapter.

I would highly recommend this book for boys age 6 to 8 years
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My 10 year old son who has recently been diagnosed as dyslexic loved this book. I'm hoping that now I've found the series that he will start to enjoy reading rather than see it as a chore. I'm hoping that one day I see him pick up a book voluntarily. Thank you for providing him with the opportunity to become an independent reader.
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Fantastic book. My son would not read and this is the first ever book he has actually finished and enjoyed. Usually he would just read half a Mr. Men book but this book he was so into. He found it much much easier to read with the off white pages, different font and more paragraphs. The text on each page is just enough and he read it pretty well. Its quite a short book too and he is very proud of himself now he has finished a book. He even sat on the sofa this morning before breakfast and read a few pages. Unheard of!!!

Very impressed, will by more in the series.
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My 10 year old son found this book easy to read and enjoyed reading it! He does find it hard to read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boris on 14 Jan 2013
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What a way to calm two little boys down after Christmas lunch. Don't play games myself but this DVD was a great hit with the youngsters...........and our 32 year old Daughter!! Money well spent.
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