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The Murders Ape

Your child will enjoy the Murders Ape if they:

· Like action from the start. I was outraged for the characters and was rooting for them straight away. Rich characters who you really like or dislike are beautifuuly developed throughout the story.
· Get drawn into a narrative through the rich description of characters and community within the setting, and enjoys the extra detail.
· Are curious and want to solve a mystery from well written clues.
· Want a book that has beautiful illustrations that bring the story alive.
· Need to develop self-confidence and reading stamina, for big chunky books. The book is an epic text but the font is not dense on a page, coupled with its short chapters and 3 parts it is an easier read than it looks. It will need an investment of time, you can read it together or even read Part One have a rest and come back to it.

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Alex Rider Series

Your child will enjoy the Alex Rider series if they:

Are an avid reader of fast action, adventure stories

Enjoyed the film Stormbreaker or Scorpia Rising, as the book is, as always, much better.

Love fast-paced, action stories based on a central character that is set within the context of our world.

Get drawn into a narrative through the rich description of characters and setting, and enjoys the extra detail. Horowitz masterfully links each book in the series through symbolic clues to add interest for the attentive reader.

Are ready for more grown-up themes, such as death.

Like accessible and engaging text that is not too complicated.

Need to develop self-confidence and reading stamina. As the main characters continue to appear throughout the series, and events follow a pattern this can support readers to understand and stay with the plot.

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Gregor the Overlander

Your child will enjoy Gregor the Overlander if they:
Are an avid reader of adventure/ fantasy/portal stories
Has watched the Hunger Games but couldn’t access the books. Use the kudos of the author to appeal to an older, more reluctant reader.
Loves fantasy stories that are set within the context of our world.
Gets drawn into a narrative through the rich description of characters and setting, and enjoys the extra detail. Collins subtly leaves symbolic clues throughout the text to add interest for the attentive reader.
Enjoys a book that is only 245 pages and a fast-paced read.
Wants to be reading more grown-up, YA books. Gregor the Overlander looks like the Hunger Games, the graphics and premise are YA. However, the text is accessible and engaging but not too complicated.
This series can develop self-confidence and reading stamina. It is essential for a reluctant reader that books are finished and enjoyed before the interest in them is lost.

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