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Black Powder, a tale of gunpowder, treason and plot, published by Chicken House 

Black Powder

England, 1605.

12-year-old Tom must save his father from hanging. He falls in with a mysterious stranger – the Falcon – who promises to help in exchange for his service. But on the long journey to London, Tom discovers the Falcon’s true mission – and a plot to blow up Parliament with barrels of black powder.

Tom faces a terrible decision: secure his father’s release, or stop the assassination of the king …

‘A rip-roaring, beautifully written life-and-death quest, packed with history and adventure.’

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The Buried Crown, a tale of Anglo-Saxon treasure and wartime skulduggery, published by Chicken House

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It’s World War Two and Britain is on the brink of invasion.
Londoner George has been sent to live in the countryside
while his brother and guardian, Charlie, trains as a fighter pilot. But the war is closer than he thinks. An ancient burial ground nearby contains a priceless treasure, a magical Anglo-Saxon crown Hitler is desperate to possess. Alongside Kitty, the granddaughter of a Jewish archaeologist, George must find and protect the crown from the Nazi invaders before it’s too late …

 

‘An exciting and thought-provoking World War II adventure from the author of Black Powder, winner of the Historical Association’s Young Quills Award.’

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – retelling for Rising Stars Reading Planet, published by Hodder

Jane Eyre retelling coverLife has not been kind to orphaned Jane Eyre. Treated harshly by her Aunt Reed and bullied by her spoiled cousins, Jane is glad to be sent to Lowood School to receive an education. Finally, she can be free of her uncaring family and learn how to make her own way in the world. Years of studying pass, until finally, Jane takes on her first job as a governess to a young girl in the remote Thornfield Hall. Jane tries to convince herself that the strange noises she hears in the night are just the creakings of an old house … but soon a deeper mystery begins to unfold, and long hidden family secrets will soon be revealed.

Jane Eyre is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills.
Reading age: 10-11 years

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