on 30 December 2011
I have an 11 year old son that really does struggle with dyslexia. Any parent in this position will know how difficult it is to get your child to even pick up a book, let alone read it.
Having studied the second world war at school, and shown a great deal of interest in this subject, this book was just perfect for him. The story is about how a thirteen year old boy assists the resistance in France and helps the RAF whilst the Germans are now occupying the village.
Although a fictional book, it is written with fact.
The chapters are short (7 or 8 pages), with lots of illustrations to help break it down and only 6 chapters to the book; it is definitely one I'd recommend for struggling readers. I had my son read two pages and then I read one (to help keep the flow going), and we got through 2 chapters a day (2 lots of 1 chapter each day over the school holidays), and he felt he had really achieved something as well as reading a story he is interested in.
It has been a breath of fresh air to have a book that is not too child like for an 11 year old dyslexic.
on 9 December 2013
The following was written by two students as part of an English intervention. Under Cover of Darkness is great for reluctant readers:
This book was about the Second World War in France. The Nazis had invaded Michel's village. Michel's dad had gone missing and the resistance were helping the war effort. The Nazis threatened the children with death if they were seen out after dark. However, Michel helped with the air force in the dark which was very dangerous. My favourite part of the story was when the Nazis went into the school. My least favourite part was the ending because it didn't tell you what happened to Michel's dad.