Less Confident Readers

Rat by Patrice Lawrence

Recommended by Jennifer Webb @FunkyPedagogy Author: Patrice Lawrence Form: Prose Novel Length: 152 pages Brief synopsis: A realistic novel about a teenager living in challenging circumstances – his mother is sent back to prison and he is convinced that his neighbour is responsible. This is one of the OUP Rollercoaster Reads which is written specifically …

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I am the Minotaur by Anthony McGowan

Recommended by Jennifer Webb @FunkyPedagogy Author: Anthony McGowan Form: Prose novel Length: 136 pages Brief synopsis: Realistic story about a teenager living in challenging circumstances and being bullied at school. This is one of the OUP Rollercoaster Reads which are written specifically for teenagers who struggle to read independently – they are accessible but also age …

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The Truth of Things by Anthony McGowan

Recommended by Paul Brackenridge Form and genre: Prose – three short novellas Length: 384 pages Summary: A collection of three short novellas about the relationship between two brothers, one with learning difficulties, who live in poverty in Yorkshire. Age recommendation and challenging content: Some mild bad language and mild violence, possible upsetting themes of separation …

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