When the Singh family move into a new house, their neighbour Mick is far from welcoming. He’s mean to everyone and his racist beliefs make living next door to him hard for the Singhs. But Harvey is convinced that Mick just needs help and that he’s the one to do it – he just needs to work out how! A charming and heart-warming story about the importance of family and friends.

 

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

A heartwarming tale of wit, warmth, friendship and self-confidence. Zeni’s week goes from bad to worse when she is fitted for braces and then sent to Magnolia Gardens Care Home for her Work Experience placement. But then Zeni meets Alice, an old lady with a story to tell and some lost false teeth to find. As Zeni takes on the challenge of finding the missing teeth, an unexpected friendship grows between the pair and as Zeni learns more about Alice’s life, she also comes to understand the power of stories.

 

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Laura Norder lives her life by the Golden Rules and so should everybody else. But being Sheriff of Butts Canyon at the age of ten is a big job to handle, and when a no-good rule-breaking bandit causes chaos in the town, enough is enough! It’s time for Laura to step up to the plate and catch the masked mischief-maker before he breaks any more of her rules!

 

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Seth has a special ability: to see things from the past. He’s at a football match when flickering flames and a screaming, wild-haired man appear on the pitch. A storm hits from nowhere and the crowd panics. No-one’s hurt, but more odd things happen over the following days and Seth learns he’s seeing a 1000-year-old, brutal Viking massacre. Except the past is starting to affect the present. Seth must find a way to stop it – before the Vikings have his head too.

Defenders is a fast-paced story with a little something for everyone: football, history, friendship, mystery and danger, and even a hint of the supernatural. As a relatively short story in a dyslexia friendly font, it’s also ideal for reluctant or struggling readers. Seth and his best friend Nadiya are brilliantly engaging characters, drawing you straight into the story from page one.

Matthew Henson was simply an ordinary man. That was, until Commander Robert E. Peary entered his life, and offered him a chance at true adventure. Henson would become a navigator, craftsman, translator, and right-hand man on a treacherous journey to the North Pole. Defying the odds and the many prejudices that faced him to become a true pioneer. This is his incredible and often untold story.

 

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

A hundred years ago, women didn’t have the vote. When Lizzy Frost becomes involved with the fledgling Suffragette movement, it expands her horizons in ways she never could have imagined. From time spent in prison for the cause, to new relationships with fellow campaigners, Lizzy’s struggle for votes for women sets her heart on fire.

 

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

 

A brilliantly diverse cast of characters face heartbreak and home truths as they return to their old school and discover no one can ever truly go back.Four friends meet up at their old school to open the memory box they stowed there years ago – with five letters inside for four of them, because their friend Millie has died. When they open the box they find a new letter from Millie and discover that she has left them special instructions: permission to open her letter only if they all read aloud the letters they wrote to their older selves, revealing their deepest secrets.

Cal wants to help new boy Jacob, but Jacob doesn’t want anyone’s help. Most of all, he doesn’t want anyone to know that his whole family needs help – and they’re getting it from the local food bank. But Cal and his mum are volunteers there, and so Jacob’s secret is out. Cal wouldn’t dream of betraying him, but there are others at school who can’t pass up the chance to pick on the kid who’s different.

Aman’s dad is gone, leaving her feeling lost and alone. She struggles to talk about it, but it’s a fact and he isn’t coming back. When a lovely man called Gurnam moves into her street and saves Aman from some local bullies, he and Aman quickly become friends, perhaps even like family. But Gurnam has his own sadness, one that’s far bigger than Aman can understand, and it’s tearing his life apart.

When Kenny and Nicky rescue a rook left for dead, Kenny is determined to keep it alive. Nicky doubts the scruffy bird will make it, but then Nicky has plenty else to worry about – a school bully, his first love, and the fact that everything is about to go very, very wrong.