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Books by Joanna Nadin

  • Ordinary George

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AUCUZ
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    A warm, witty tale about family and celebrating difference, from the award-winning author of the Penny Dreadful series and Joe All Alone. Perfect for children learning to read. Everything about the Jones family is extraordinary - even their dog Digger, who can dance the can-can. Well, nearly everything...George Jones is utterly ordinary, and he hates it. But now the school talent contest is looming. Will George be able to discover exactly what it is that makes him extraordinary before he has to go up on stage? The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Features: clear type; up to 8 lines per page; bright, appealing pictures for added interest; a variety of sentence structures; a wider range of vocabulary; and, strong themes and characters to discuss. All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Turquoise.
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  • It Wasn't Me: A Bloomsbury Young Reader

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: BVLVP
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    If a microwave explodes or there are bubbles all over the bathroom floor, it's bound to have been because of Alfie Braithwaite. Only Alfie swears that it's all the fault of Dave, the terrible gremlin that lives in his sock drawer. But one day Dave really does appear and starts to wreak more havoc than even Alfie could have imagined! Will Alfie catch Dave? And will Alfie's parents ever believe that it really wasn't him? This mischievous and thought-provoking adventure from best-selling and award-winning author Joanna Nadin is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. It features engaging illustrations from Pauline Reeves and quirky characters young readers will find hard to resist. Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. They are packed with gorgeous colour illustrations and include inside cover notes to help adults reading with children, as well as ideas for activities related to the stories. Book Band: Lime Ideal for Ages 6+
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  • Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Stanley Manners

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: BUOXZ
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    Stanley Manners tells lies - a lot of lies! When he wishes for the lies to come true, he ends up in a lot of trouble! Books with short chapters are a great way for children who are reading independently to extend reading stamina and progress to the next step of their reading journey. This Read with Oxford Stage 6 book has short chapters, an engaging story and humorous colour illustrations. Tips for parents and fun after-reading activities help you to get the most out of the story. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!
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  • The Queen of Bloody Everything

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: BTNAZ
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    As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the fourteenth floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter Dido tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day Dido - aged exactly six years and twenty-seven days old - met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David. The day Dido fell in love with a family completely different from her own. Because the Trevelyans were exactly the kind of family Dido dreamed of. They were normal. Joanna Nadin's first novel for adults, The Queen of Bloody Everything, is about mothers, daughters and how we can make many choices in life but can't choose where we come from.
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  • Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: BQHCU
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    From the author of JOE ALL ALONE - now a major CBBC series. A story about finding yourself when everything changes and believing that love never runs out. Perfect for fans of A Boy called Hope and Jacqueline Wilson. Eleven-year-old Birdy Jones is all alone. She doesn't belong at school, at home, or even with her dad anymore. The only place she feels like herself is at her grandpa's pigeon loft, where the familiar warmth and birdsong block out the world. It's also where she meets Dogger - her only friend and the one person who really seems to know where she's coming from. Birdy used to be happy, when it was just her and Dad, but now she has a stepmum, a little sister, and another baby on the way. Worse, her growing family needs to move house, but Birdy doesn't believe there'll ever be enough room for her in Dad's busy life - and she can't leave Grandpa and the pigeons. She won't. Birdy dreams of a different family and future, and with Dogger's help she decides to find one - even if it means running away from everything she's ever known. But sometimes you need to fly away to find your way home again . . .
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  • Everybody Hurts

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: BGDGF
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    MORE HOPE. MORE HEART . . . MORE FOOL YOU.Matt and Sophia live in the same city, but they come from opposite sides of the track. By rights they should never have met. They definitely should never have fallen in love at first sight, of all cliches.But, to their great surprise, they do. That's the easy part. It's what to do next that they struggle with. Friends, family and circumstance are mostly against them. They betray themselves; then they betray each other. And in the end they learn, the hard way, what it takes for love to survive. It's true what they say. Everybody hurts sometimes. But sometimes, too, the pain is worth it.
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  • The Incredible Billy Wild

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AZPJT
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    This cover comes in four different colours, supplied at random. Which one will you receive? When a greyhound turns up in Billy Wild's shed, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. Can Billy keep his new best friend and save hundreds like her? A story about dogs, love, family and freedom, full of heart and humour. Perfect for fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce and Eva Ibbotson. When Billy Wild's teacher asks the class to write a letter to their god, Billy's request is simple: Please send me a dog. So when he discovers a greyhound hiding in the shed, he decides someone must really be listening. With the help of his brothers, Billy sets out to hide her from Dad, who's far too stressed to add a dog to the mix. But keeping a greyhound a secret is a difficult task, and when Billy's classmate Paris enters them all in a local talent show, it becomes even harder! Billy must make a big, brave, wild decision - but it's one that might save Dog and hundreds like her. And it might just make him incredible...
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  • The Stepmonster

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: ASOLT
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    A funny, poignant family story by bestselling author Joanna Nadin, perfect for children learning to read. Tom knows all about stepmothers from the books he's read. They do all sorts of horrible things. In fact, they aren't really stepmothers at all. They are StepMONSTERS! So when his dad's new friend Lulu comes to tea, Tom is convinced she will turn out to be a stepmonster. She might not look like a stepmonster. (Her hair looks like it's been spun from gold.) And she might not act like a stepmonster. (She likes all of the same things that Tom does - manatees and moles and woodlice and playing Snap for hours.) But maybe that's just a clever disguise...The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. It features: varied sentences; detailed illustrations to enjoy; chapters; interesting characters and themes; a rich range of vocabulary; and, more complex storylines to stretch confident readers. All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Gold.
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  • White Lies, Black Dare

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AQXXQ
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    How far would you go to fit in? When I think of all the people I ever wanted to be, I'm pretty sure this isn't one of them...Asha Wright has it all - a barrister mum, a place at a private school, and big dreams of a life where she's a real Somebody. But when her mum gets cancer, Asha's fairytale fades and she finds herself back in Peckham, at a tough new school with new teachers, new kids ...and Angel Jones, queen bee. Angel is everything Asha wants to be - beautiful, brash and, above all, brave. But being one of the gang comes at a cost, and Asha is forced to play a dangerous game of Truth or Dare. Where will it end?
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  • Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 11: Stanley Manners

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AOVFR
    Paperback 5 years +
    Stanley Manners tells lies - lots of them! When he lies to his friends about his birthday party, they expect to see an enormous cake, a tennis-playing robot, amazing conjurors and a dragon! When Stanley wishes really hard for his lies to come true, disaster unfolds. Can Stanley get his birthday party back under control, or will his lies just get bigger and bigger? This story shows the importance of telling the truth ...and the dangers of having a dragon as a pet! Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series that will fire children's imaginations. These 36 original stories will get children thinking, and develop and deepen their comprehension skills. The variety of authors and illustration styles broadens children's reading experience, with something to appeal to every child. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book for them. They also contain inside cover notes, to enable parents and teachers to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.
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  • Joe All Alone

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: ANICG
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    When thirteen-year-old Joe is left behind in Peckham while his mum flies to Spain on holiday, he decides to treat it as an adventure, and a welcome break from Dean, her latest boyfriend. Joe begins to explore his neighbourhood, making a tentative friendship with Asha, a fellow fugitive hiding out at her grandfather's flat. But when the food and money run out, his mum doesn't come home, and the local thugs catch up with him, Joe realises time is running out too, and makes a decision that will change his life forever.
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  • Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Chocolate: The Chocolate Finger

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AMIDA
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    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 Tom is sent to stay with his aunt and uncle for the summer in The Chocolate Finger, he makes a very special discovery. However, he gets much more than he bargained for 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: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Top Secret: the Secret Diary of Danny Grower

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AMIBR
    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. In The Secret Diary of Danny Grower Danny is excited to find the missing actor, Kurt Gold, hiding in his Nan's shed and is eager to help him. But is Kurt really who he says he is and can Danny find the stolen Jack Brown movie script? 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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  • Eden

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AKIIH
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    This is a chilling and compelling YA mystery from Joanna Nadin - bestselling author of Rachel Riley and three times nominated for Queen of Teen. "I wait for my heart to slow and then I begin the game of 'what ifs' and 'if onlys'. What if I could turn back time? Would Eden still stand? Would Bea still be alive?" After her cousin Bea is killed in a house fire, Evie returns to her childhood home of Eden, full of guilt for what might have been. She is not the only one seeking redemption. Bea's boyfriend, Penn, arrives in Cornwall, desperate to atone for a terrible mistake. And as Penn and Evie's feelings for each other intensify, Evie slowly unravels the dark truth behind Bea's tragic death...This is a chilling and atmospheric family mystery, set in Cornwall. Joanna Nadin was nominated for the 2012 Queen of Teen award, in the company of Maureen Johnson and Cathy Cassidy. She was also shortlisted for the award in 2008 and 2010.
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  • Oxford Reading Tree Treetops Chucklers: Level 16: The Trials of Ruby P. Baxter

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AJMNM
    Paperback 7 years +
    In The Trials of Ruby P. Baxter, Ruby has troubles at school, a totally embarrassing dad and a goat for a pet, so life can be very trying. Read all about it in her TOP SECRET diary. Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.
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  • Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AIERV
    Paperback 7 years +
    Written by established, bestselling author Joanna Nadin, with fantastically funny illustrations from Jess Mikhail throughout. The seventh book in a widely acclaimed series. The first, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Supported by marketing and PR coverage including a real-life record-breaking attempt.
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  • Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AHUSY
    Paperback 7 years +
    My name is not actually Penny Dreadful. It is Penelope Jones. The 'Dreadful' bit is my dad's JOKE. But it is not even true that I am dreadful...honest. You see, the DISASTER with Rooney, our class rat, might not have been such a DISASTER if it wasn't for Cosmo Moon Webster and his Amazing Maze. AND it is utterly not my fault that the Patented Burglar Trap accidentally tripped Gran over, so her bone went snap. ALSO, I only took Barry the cat to the hospital so he could revive Gran with The Power Of Pets. How was I to know it would be a Complete CATastrophe?
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  • Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales: Stage 7: Rumpelstiltskin

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AHGLB
    Paperback 5 years +
    Rumpelstiltskin is based on the traditional tale from German folklore about a goblin who helps a miller's daughter spin straw into gold. But magical help comes at a price; what will the goblin ask for in return and can Lily outwit him? This charming story written by Joanna Nadin and beautifully illustrated by Alejandro O'Keeffe will capture your child's imagination! It has been sensitively rewritten to enable your child to read it with confidence whilst capturing the magic of the original tale. There are useful tips for parents and an engaging story map inside the book to help you and your child retell the story together. The Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales series includes 40 of the best known stories from all over the world, which have been passed down for generations. They are a perfect introduction to different cultures, traditions and morals. All the stories are carefully levelled to Oxford Reading Tree stages and matched to the phonic progression in Letters and Sounds enabling your children to read the stories independently. Accompanying free Teaching notes are available online at www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/tales , along with an eBook and storyteller video for each stage. Parents can also visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk for practical advice, helpful information about phonics, lots of fun activities and free eBooks.
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  • Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales: Stage 7: Aladdin

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AHGJT
    Paperback 5 years +
    Aladdin is based on the traditional tale from the Middle East of a boy who finds a magic lamp containing a genie who grants him three wishes. What will Aladdin wish for and what will happen when the lamp is stolen by an evil sorcerer? This charming story written by Joanna Nadin and beautifully illustrated by Laura Anderson will capture your child's imagination! It has been sensitively rewritten to enable your child to read it with confidence whilst capturing the magic of the original tale. There are useful tips for parents and an engaging story map inside the book to help you and your child retell the story together. The Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales series includes 40 of the best known stories from all over the world, which have been passed down for generations. They are a perfect introduction to different cultures, traditions and morals. All the stories are carefully levelled to Oxford Reading Tree stages and matched to the phonic progression in Letters and Sounds enabling your children to read the stories independently. Accompanying free Teaching notes are available online at www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/tales , along with an eBook and storyteller video for each stage. Parents can also visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk for practical advice, helpful information about phonics, lots of fun activities and free eBooks.
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  • The Life of Riley

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: AGDDQ
    Paperback 12 years +
    When will Justin Statham realize what he's missing? Can't he see that his ONE is here, right under his nose, ie. ME! Maybe he's heard that I'm rubbish at snogging? I need to brush up on my technique-and fast! Or perhaps I am just generally unlovable ...after all, I am practically a medical midget and my hair is completely mental! I'm Rachel Riley - welcome to my so-called life. Will Rachel succeed in her quest to find the ONE? Or will she just end up with a big, fat ZERO? Not suitable for younger readers.
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  • Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster

    Joanna Nadin

    Product Code: ADUXX
    Paperback 7 years +
    My name is not actually Penny Dreadful. It is Penelope Jones. The 'Dreadful' bit is my dad's JOKE. But I do not see the funny side. Plus it is not even true that I am dreadful. It's just that sometimes my BRILLIANT IDEAS don't work out completely brilliantly. Like, I didn't mean for my cousin to end up bald and covered in superglue, and I also didn't mean to steal our neighbour's dog and make him speak Russian...It is not my fault. I can't help it - I'm just a Magnet for Disaster.
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