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    Brock

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AYW2
    Paperback 12 years +
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    Anthony McGowan's Brock was longlisted for the 2014 Carnegie Medal. It's a bleak, evocative and poetic tale about one boy's determination to save a badger cub from a destructive local gang.

    Nicky catches Jezbo and his gang digging up a badger set and realises there's not much he can do to save them. But then he realises one cub has managed to escape. Will Nicky be able to lead this one to a better life?
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    I Killed Father Christmas

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AWG2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    Jo-Jo is convinced that Christmas is cancelled - and it's all his fault. To make amends, he decides he must become Father Christmas. An old coat of his mum's, a sack of outgrown toys and a sudden snowfall are all he needs - along with a little help from some very Christmassy magic. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.
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  • Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: Shocking Science: X-Bot Reboot

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AMIDN
    Paperback 7 years +
    Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Ant discovers a room full of X-bots in X-bot Reboot, he is sure he can use them for good. Will his plan succeed? Or will the robots rise again? Each book also contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.
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  • Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Strong Defences: the X-Bots are Coming

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AMIAK
    Paperback 7 years +
    Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Team X are faced with an imminent attack from the evil Dr X and his robot army in the first book of a two-part adventure, The X-bots are Coming. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.
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  • Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: Great Escapes: Revenge of the X-Bots!

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AMIAZ
    Paperback 7 years +
    Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger are beamed up into a space craft in Revenge of the X-bots! they know that only one person can be behind it Dr X! But can they escape his army of X-bots or has Dr X finally captured them? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.
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  • Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Strong Defences: Attack of the X-Bots

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AMIAL
    Paperback 7 years +
    Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Team X are faced with an imminent attack from the evil Dr X and his robot army in the second book of a two-part adventure, Attack of the X-bots. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.
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  • How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: CAXML
    Hardback
    Monty was just like any other dog. A scruffy and irascible Maltese terrier, he enjoyed barking at pugs and sniffing at trees. But after yet another dramatic confrontation with the local Rottweiler, Anthony McGowan realises it's high time he and Monty had a chat about what makes him a good or a bad dog. And they don't stop at ethics. Taking his cue from Monty's canine antics, McGowan leads us on an enlightening jaunt through the world of philosophy. Will Kant convince Monty to stop stealing cheesecake? How long will they put up with Socrates poking holes in every argument? Do they have free will to pursue answers to these questions? Join the dutiful duo as they set out to uncover who - if anyone - has the right end of the ethical stick and can tell us how best to live one's life. But there is also a shadow over their conversations. Monty is not well... And so towards the end the biggest questions raise their heads: is there a God? Does life have a meaning? By the time of their last walk together, Monty - and the reader - will find that they have not just solved a few philosophical puzzles, but absorbed much of the history of Western philosophy.
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  • Lark

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: BTWMV
    Paperback
    Things are tense at home for Nicky and Kenny. Their mum's coming to visit and it will be the first time they've seen her in years. A lot has changed since they were little and Nicky's not so sure he's ready to see her again. When they head for a trek across the moors to take their minds off everything, a series of unforeseen circumstances leaves the brothers in a vulnerable and very dangerous position. There might even be a chance that this time not everyone will make it home alive... Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant, or dyslexic readers aged 13+.
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  • The Truth of Things

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: BTWLZ
    Paperback
    Life is tough for Nicky and his brother Kenny. Money is tight at home, they often run into trouble with local bullies, and Dad's had a lot on his plate since Mum left when they were little. With only each other for support, Nicky and Kenny wind up on unpredictable adventures that will change their lives in unexpected ways. A deftly handled exploration of modern poverty, the highs and lows of adolescence, and life with learning difficulties, this is a novel for every reader.
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  • Henry Tumour

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: BJPCN
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    WINNER OF THE 2006 BOOKTRUST TEENAGE PRIZE It wasn't my choice: Henry was in charge. As if school bullies and his mum's tofu sandwiches weren't enough for Hector Brunty, he now has another dilemma: a talking brain tumour. Henry Tumour turns out to be the perfect alter-ego, advising Hector on haircuts, high-fashion, and tactics for snogging the best-looking girl in school, Uma Upshaw. Controlling his speech and brain chemicals is one thing, but soon Henry Tumour is trying to make more decisions about Hector's life than he'd like. Can Hector overpower his tumour in order to get what he really wants ...before they both go under the knife?
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  • The Bare Bum Gang and the Football Face-off

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: BITNI
    Paperback 7 years +
    Join Ludo, Noah, Jamie and Phillip - the Bare Bum Gang - as they defend their gang headquarters with Smarties tube fart bombs and other ingenious traps. The gang's new (and unwanted!) name is bad enough, but things are about to get much worse. Their number 1 enemies have challenged them to a football match, and the prize at stake is the gang den. And guess what - they're all completely rubbish at football! How can they save the den? How can they get back their pride? Find out in the first Bare Bum Gang adventure!
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  • The Art of Failing

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: BHARE
    Paperback
    HAUNTED! By endless tiny humiliations. STRUGGLING! To resurrect the corpse of his literary career. ENSNARED! In a loving yet perplexing marriage. Anthony McGowan is a man at odds with the universe. Stumbling from one improbable fiasco to the next, patrolling the mean streets of West Hampstead like some unholy cross between Columbo, J. Alfred Prufrock and a common tramp, he ponders the very stuff of life itself. For McGowan that's holed socks, unsatisfactory packed lunches, athlete's foot powder, Kierkegaard, the eccentricities of the British Library, liver salts, Morrissey and disapproving ladies on trains... Relentlessly honest, exquisitely funny, The Art of Failing is a paean to the glory and desperation of everyday existence.
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  • Rook

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: BDMBT
    Paperback 13 years +
    A poignant, beautifully written novella about growing up and family. A companion piece to the hugely successful Brock and Pike, McGowan warms hearts once more with the adventures of Nicky and Kenny. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's CILIP Carnegie Medal.
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  • The Fall

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: BAJDW
    Paperback
    Mog clings to the social fringe through association with Chris. But when Chris befriends loser Duffy and threatens Mog's status, Mog takes drastic action. There will be consequences...A tragic tale of betrayal, sparsely and finely told by a master of teen storytelling. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 14+
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  • Pike

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AZZDM
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    A stunning companion piece to Brock from award-winning Anthony McGowan. Nicky and Kenny return in Pike as a fishing expedition nosedives into near tragedy. The Bacon Pond is famous for its monster-sized fish and Kenny is determined to catch one. And as usual, Nicky is dragged along for the ride. But when the boys glimpse what could be a body in the water - the body of a well-known local criminal who's just been announced missing - the secrets of the Bacon Pond might just take them all down. Sometimes it's better not to look too deep. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
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  • Willard Price: Leopard Adventure

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AXJVN
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    Adventure, animals and action in the first authorized Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers. Deep in the remote forests of Siberia, a mother Amur leopard, one of the rarest big cats in the world, senses danger. Something faster than any human and deadlier than any tiger. Meanwhile Amazon Hunt, aged twelve, is recruited from England by Tracks in America, ready to take off at a moment's notice to rescue wild animals under threat - no matter how great the danger. Now Amazon and her thirteen-year-old cousin Frazer must brave the Russian wilderness to save the Amur leopard, before a blazing forest fire wipes out the race - for good ...'The good old-fashioned adventure romp brought up to date without losing the fun or the thrills.' Independent 'A pacy read aimed at 9-12 year olds with a taste for adventure' We Love This Book Anthony McGowan is a multi-award-winning author of books for adults, teenagers and younger children. He has a life-long obsession with the natural world, and has travelled widely to study and observe it. He has also written feature articles and travel journalism for The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard and Mail on Sunday.
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  • The Knife That Killed Me

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AXJVI
    Paperback
    He is coming to kill me. Now would be a good time to run. I cannot run. I am too afraid to run. Paul Varderman could be at any normal school - bullies, girls and annoying teachers are just a part of life. Unfortunately 'normal' doesn't apply when it comes to the school's most evil bully, Roth, a twisted and threatening thug with an agenda quite unlike anyone else. When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but when Roth hands him a knife it both empowers him and scares him at the same time...This thought-provoking and original novel highlights the terrible consequences of peer pressure and violence, and casts a spotlight on the worrying rise in knife crime among teenagers.
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  • Hello Darkness

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AMMMU
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    "Stealthy, furtive, unhurried yet urgent - In a few seconds of efficient butchery, the chickens are dead and dismembered." Someone is on a killing spree - slaughtering the school pets with a cold-blooded savagery. The number-one suspect: Johnny Middleton. Johnny's had problems in the past, but they're behind him now. So what if he still sees the world a little differently? He's not crazy and he's not a killer. And he's going to prove it.
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  • Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Hidden Depths: Operation Shipwreck

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AMIBY
    Paperback 7 years +
    Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Team X find themselves stuck at the bottom of the ocean in Operation Shipwreck when they try to stop the Collector stealing a valuable shipwreck. Will Tiger be able to save them and stop the Collector, or will the X-bots get them first? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.
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  • Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Working as a Team: Divided We Fall

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AMHZB
    Paperback 5 years +
    Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Divided We Fall Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger realize that they have to work together if they want to get themselves out of some difficult scrapes in the first book of this two part adventure. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.
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  • Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Journeys: Riding the Waves

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AMHYX
    Paperback 5 years +
    Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Max and Tiger go on a camping trip to the beach and decide to enter a surfing competition in Riding the Waves. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.
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  • Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Journeys: Hamster Rampage

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AMHYW
    Paperback 5 years +
    Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Hampster Rampage a trip to London goes horribly wrong when Ant's pet hamster accidentally grows to giant size! Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.
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  • Python Adventure

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AJDLX
    Paperback 9 years +
    Python Adventure is the next authorised Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers looking for action, adventure and animals! Amazon and her cousin Frazer are members of tracks. Normally they protect the world's rarest animals, but their mission just got personal. Amazon's parents have been kidnapped - and the trail leads to the buzzing city of Mumbai, India. Meanwhile reports reach the tracks HQ that a giant and very rare python has been spotted high in the foothills of the Himalayas and it needs help. Frazer has no choice but to leave Amazon so he can rescue the snake while she continues her search. It won't be long before they're reunited, though. Because out in the unknown a long-forgotten and ruthless enemy is waiting..."The good old-fashioned adventure romp brought up to date without losing the fun or the thrills". (Independent). About the author: Anthony McGowan is a multi-award-winning author of books for adults, teenagers and younger children. He has a life-long obsession with the natural world, and has travelled widely to study and observe it. He has also written feature articles and travel journalism for The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard and Mail on Sunday. Also available: Willard Price: Leopard Adventure; Willard Price: Shark Adventure; and Willard Price: Bear Adventure.
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  • Willard Price: Bear Adventure

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: AGYTJ
    Paperback 9 years +
    Bear Adventure is the next authorised Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers looking for action, adventure and animals! Amazon and her cousin Frazer are members of TRACKS. Normally they protect the world's rarest animals, but their mission just got personal. Amazon's parents have been lost in a tragic plane crash - her only hope is that they are wondering the wild forests of Canada. But they are not alone in the brutal wilderness. Two Spirit Bears, a mother and her cub, are searching for food. When a boy is attacked, these beautiful creatures become the hunted. Can Amazon and Fraser save their family and the bears? And what is the mysterious predator that waits for them? "The good old-fashioned adventure romp brought up to date without losing the fun or the thrills". (Independent). About the author: Anthony McGowan is a multi-award-winning author of books for adults, teenagers and younger children. He has a life-long obsession with the natural world, and has travelled widely to study and observe it. He has also written feature articles and travel journalism for The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard and Mail on Sunday. Also available: Willard Price: Leopard Adventure, and, Willard Price: Shark Adventure.
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