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Our phonics books for kids provide a useful study aid at home and at school. They will help children recognise links between sounds, spelling and pronunciation, as they develop reading skills. Phonics for kids books are essential as children learn to read, we then have a range of accelerated reader books and book bands for those ready to progress!

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9 years + : Phonics & Reading Schemes

  • The Ethan I Was Before

    Ali Standish

    Product Code: CGB2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    My dare. My friend. My fault. Uplifting and unpredictable, this poignant debut middle-grade novel is a classic in the making. Perfect for fans of Wonder and A Boy Called Hope. Ethan had been many things. He was always ready for adventure and always willing to accept a dare, especially from his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Before the accident that took Kacey from him. Before his family moved from the city he loves to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. Ethan's new home feels like the place for second chances. It's also home to Coralee, a girl with a big personality and even bigger stories. Coralee may be just the friend Ethan needs, except Ethan isn't the only one with secrets. Coralee's are catching up with her, and what she's hiding might be putting both their lives at risk. The Ethan I Was Before is a story of friendship, wonder, adventure and ultimately of hope.
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  • Space Hoppers: Victory for Venus

    Tommy Donbavand

    Product Code: BZU2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Space Hoppers is a brand new series of hilarious sci-fi fiction from popular author, Tommy Donbavand. Set in the year 2281, Space Hoppers follows the adventures of special agents Dan Fireball, Astra Moon and Volt as they patrol the universe, fighting crimes and chasing the Solar System's most notorious villain, The Geezer! Alarmingly, The Geezer's efforts to discredit children seem to be working, and Venus is considering being the first planet in the Solar System to go back to adult rule. There are debates between kids and grown-ups, and passionate rallies for both sides. Dan, Astra and a disassembled Volt are sent to Venus to help police the elections, but end up investigating when the President suddenly announces that she is conceding defeat to The Geezer himself. Have the adults got something on her, or could she be a replica of the real leader, programmed to say whatever she's told?
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  • Space Hoppers: Nursery on Neptune

    Tommy Donbavand

    Product Code: BZW2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Space Hoppers is a brand new series of hilarious sci-fi fiction from popular author, Tommy Donbavand. Set in the year 2281, Space Hoppers follows the adventures of special agents Dan Fireball, Astra Moon and Volt as they patrol the universe, fighting crimes and chasing the Solar System's most notorious villain, The Geezer! With education now taking only a few short years, children from all over the Solar System are keen to enrol in the best possible schools - and they don't come much better than the one on Neptune. It's a nursery, school, college and university all in one. With speed learning classes in every subject, there's plenty of time for the students to kick back and party - which is exactly what Dan wants to do. But things quickly get old when The Geezer turns the clever kids into petulant pensioners. Can our heroes rejuvenate the pupils before they retire?
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  • The Guggenheim Mystery

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: AVO2
    Hardback 9 years +
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    My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends. Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. This is the story of my second mystery. This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth GBP9.8 million. Perhaps that's because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else's. But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft - and Aunt Gloria is family. And I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.
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  • Zombie in the Library

    Michael Dahl

    Product Code: AQF2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    The Library of Doom finds a librarian heading off on so many heart-pounding adventures. Ideal for readers who are less confident, this is a scary story full of drama and adventure.

    It will help children build their vocabulary and develop their reading confidence.
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  • Thor and Loki

    Carl Bowen

    Product Code: XAF2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Loki, the god of mischief, is Thor's troublesome adopted brother. Their father Odin (ruler of the Viking gods), orders the quarrelsome siblings to tame the violent Giants once and for all together. But what Loki and Thor find in their series of adventures puts them in conflict with each other as well as with the giants. And in the land of Utgard, a mysterious place made from magic and illusion, Thor must trust his magic-wielding and misbehaving brother in order to get out alive. Likewise, Loki must count on his brother's unmatched strength if he, too, hopes to survive their encounters with the Giants.
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  • Volcano: A Fiery Tale of Survival

    Thomas Kingsley Troupe

    Product Code: COX2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    When Cam's family decides to go to a luau during their vacation in Hawaii, he decides to stay behind to play some video games in the hotel. Lost in gaming euphoria, Cam slowly begins to realize that the rumbling noises aren't coming from the TV--the entire hotel is shaking. Cam glances out the window of his hotel room just in time to see the nearby "non-active" volcano explode. Chunks of rock and lava cascade down into the city. Giant, flaming rocks start to tear the hotel to shreds. Cam knows he needs to find his family and get out fast, but a river of lava is between him and his loved ones . . .
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  • Bad Mermaids

    Sibeal Pounder

    Product Code: BJV2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Mermaids Beattie, Mimi and Zelda are enjoying a summer on land with legs when they receive a strange CRABAGRAM ordering them to return home at once. Some seriously BAD MERMAIDS are on the loose and the girls are the only ones who can stop them. If they're going to save the day, they'll need answers. And a clam car. Definitely piranha-print nail polish. Possibly not the talking seahorse. CAN THEY DO IT? Filled with magical mysteries, fabulous fashion, and a serious piranha problem, Bad Mermaids brings a whole new twist to the underwater world of mermaids. If you enjoyed The Little Mermaid, you'll love this too!
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  • Zombie Cupcakes

    Xavier Bonet

    Product Code: XAQ2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    After enjoying some tasty cupcakes together, siblings Kareem and Amina hear a loud noise in the cupboards. They are horrified when they open the cupboards and find the leftover cupcakes have come to life and are eating each other! Soon the siblings crave more and more cupcakes, and their desire for sweets is making them crazy. Will Kareem and Amina be able to stop the madness before the zombie cupcakes take over? This collection of scary stories will bring you the answer to that question and many others, but you may never want a cupcake again!
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  • Flash

    Radio Boy

    Christian O'Connell

    Product Code: RAO2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    When Spike is sacked from his job on hospital radio, he decides to make the most of a bad situation by launching his own show from a makeshift studio in his dad's shed. To avoid being found out, he takes on the secret identity of Radio Boy...

    Spike soon has a hit on his hands but can he handle this newfound fame? He decides that Radio Boy should call a homework strike, but quickly reconsiders if this is a good idea. Spike's also desperate to impress Katherine Hamilton... But how can he do this when he needs to keep his Radio Boy identity a secret?

    Absolute Radio (and Book People Bedtime Story Competition judge!) Christian O'Connell's debut children's book is a laugh-out-loud read about a boy who stumbles upon something extraordinary. This book features illustrations from Rob Biddulph and will appeal to fans of David Walliams, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and David Baddiel.
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  • Roller Girl

    Victoria Jamieson

    Product Code: AVM2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for a summer camp, she's sure Nicole will be right by her side - until Nicole signs up for ballet camp instead, with Astrid's biggest rival. So begins the hardest summer of Astrid's life, as she struggles to stay on her skates, to learn who she is without Nicole . . . and to find out what it takes to be a strong, tough, awesome roller girl.
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  • National Trust: The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, a Medieval Knight in Training

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: EEJ2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    John Drawbridge moves to Wildmoat Castle to learn how to be a knight in this hilarious and fact-filled book from popular author, Philip Ardagh.

    John discovers he has a lot to cram in if he is to succeed - including why spiral staircases go clockwise, how to defend a castle against invading parties and the reasons that plates served at banquet are made of stale bread (which you definitely shouldn't eat!).

    Published in association with the National Trust, this fun book will help children learn about Medieval times and inspire them to read on further about this fascinating era.
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  • Thor vs. the Giants

    Carl Bowen

    Product Code: XAG2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Odin, father of the Viking gods, shares his favourite tales of his son, Thor! With his mighty hammer Mjolnir firmly in hand, Thor sets out to show the warlike Giants why he should be feared. But Thor finds his battles with the Giants to be anything but easy. Known for his strength, bullheadedness and temper, Thor find himself under the thumb of many a giant before his adventures are over. Outnumbered and outsized, Thor is forced to use his brains as well as his brawn. Unfortunately, Thor's adopted brother Loki, a Giant himself, has a habit of complicating everything.
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  • Snow White and the Seven Robots: A Graphic Novel

    Louise Simonson

    Product Code: WXS2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Far, far away, on a distant planet called Techworld, a little girl named Snow White is born. Created by the planet's smartest minds to be the perfect scientist, Snow immediately shows a knack for working with electronics. The Queen, fearing for her crown, exiles Snow White so she cannot grow up and take the Queen's place as the most intelligent person on the planet. However, Snow White's willingness to help those in need -- especially the downtrodden robots of Techworld -- earns her many friends, and they are all quite eager to help her cause.
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  • The Wind in the Willows

    Stephanie True Peters

    Product Code: XAE2
    Paperback 10 years +
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    Part of the Graphic Revolve series, this version of The Wind in the Willows is a graphic novel illustrated by Fernando Cano.

    Mole, Rat and Badger are the best of friends. As for Toad, well . . . he's not he's a bad guy. It's just that he really, REALLY loves cars. If he sees a sporty vehicle, he can't help but ask to take it for a spin. And if he takes it for a spin, he can't help but find out how fast it goes. And whenever he finds out how fast a car can go, Toad tends to end up in big trouble. Will Toad's pals save him from ending up in prison, or will Toad land his friends in even bigger trouble?
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  • Your Turn in Goal

    Tom Watt

    Product Code: BZC2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    What could be better for encouraging reluctant readers than a series of football fiction. With an amusing and slightly irreverent style that children will love the short bite-sized chapters telling the story of the ups and downs of a junior football team will encourage even the most reluctant readers.
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  • The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Fairy Child

    Vicki Lockwood

    Product Code: AJW2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Lizzie Brown and Fitzy's Travelling Circus are guests of the Earl of Galloway. They are staying at his grand home in Scotland, the Red Castle, to help celebrate his son's birthday. While there, Lizzie reads the palm of a servant girl and sees her draped in the rich robes and jewellery of a lady. How could this be? The girl laughs off Lizzie's vision. But concealed deep within the castle walls is a secret so powerful that it could destroy the Galloway family, and overturn the order of things forever...
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  • Dracula

    Bram Stoker

    Product Code: AEV2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    This is an exciting adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel, Dracula - retold in an exciting graphic novel format.

    This book's incredible artwork, easy-to-follow text and discussion questions will inspire conversation around the story and appeal to those who wouldn't normally pick up a book.
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  • Strawberry Storm

    Lucinda Cotter

    Product Code: WXV2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Engage Literacy is the new reading scheme from Raintree that introduces engaging and contemporary content to motivate and support early readers while providing a reliable and instructional framework. All titles are precisely levelled, with new vocabulary being introduced and reinforced throughout the levels. This is a level 21 fiction title in the Gold book band level.
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  • Space Hoppers: Panic on Pluto

    Tommy Donbavand

    Product Code: BZV2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Space Hoppers is a brand new series of hilarious sci-fi fiction from popular author, Tommy Donbavand. Set in the year 2281, Space Hoppers follows the adventures of special agents Dan Fireball, Astra Moon and Volt as they patrol the universe, fighting crimes and chasing the Solar System's most notorious villain, The Geezer! Yes - Pluto is a planet again! Having been downgraded to a dwarf planet in 2006, the population of Pluto began a massive building programme in order to increase the mass of their little world and, eventually, regain planetary status. However, someone is now making thousands of unwanted deliveries to Pluto - adding to its already critical size and threatening to tip the entire planet out of its usual orbit. Can Dan, Astra and Volt put a stop to this sudden onslaught of new arrivals - or is Captain Fireball too busy babysitting?
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  • Lena Lenik S.O.S.

    Bernard Ashley

    Product Code: AXD2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Lena's mum is expecting a new baby but Lena is more interested in her own concerns, most pressingly her quest for as many Scout badges as her sleeve can hold and having fun at Polish Club. When Lena's mum goes into labour, the midwife is caught in traffic and dad's out of range, Lena suddenly faces a challenge like no other!A wonderfully heartfelt tale, from a writer renowned for his realism, empathy and compassion for the underdog.Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+
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  • Fade to Black

    J. A. Darke

    Product Code: AEZ2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Part of the Spine Shivers series, Fade to Black finds Mila Chun wishing she knew what to say to the boy she likes. After seeing her crippling shyness, Mila's best friend Junie hands her a script explaining how to talk to him. However, this script seems to be transporting Mila on to the set of a TV show.

    Before long, Mila is seeing flashes of light, hearing people talking and laughing and seeing looming faces stare down at her. Will she be able to figure out what's going on and defeat this sinister force before the credits roll?

    This scary story is perfect for introducing children to the horror genre.
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  • The Derby Match

    Tom Watt

    Product Code: BZG2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    It's not easy being captain of the Jags - especially when your team-mates are also your best mates! When their schools face each other in a derby match, the Jags find themselves torn in half. What could be better for encouraging reluctant boy readers than a series of football fiction by footie enthusiast, writer and radio presenter Tom Watt?
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  • The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Ghost Ship

    Vicki Lockwood

    Product Code: AJV2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    The Maharaja Duleep Singh invites Fitzy's Travelling Circus to Whitby, to stay in the grounds of his marvellous castle there. While witnessing the lavish lifestyle of the Maharaja and his friends, Lizzie has a vision that someone is plotting to steal one of his famous precious jewels. Is it an outsider? Or is it one of the many guests at the castle? It is up to the Penny Gaff Gang to track down the thief, with the help of the fisher folk who live nearby. They tell Lizzie and her friends that there is more to the mystery than meets the eye, and warn the Gang of the ghost ship that lurks in the harbour...
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Phonics and reading scheme books have been specifically created to help your children develop their language and reading skills. From the classic Biff, Chip and Kipper books to the Ladybird collection of keywords, there's a book to help them every step of their way to reading success.

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The range of books in this category are grouped according to the age they're suitable for, with specific titles for ages three and up, five and up, and seven plus. Our extensive range also includes ways to make learning to read much more fun, including word games, poetry books and spelling books – if your child needs a particular leg up, you'll find the solution here.

A varied selection

With a great variety of topics and stories to tempt your little ones into reading, the collection of phonics and reading scheme books we carry is really varied. If your child doesn't have success with one, there's always another that might get them properly engrossed.

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