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The Princess in Black

This is a great book if your reader:
Is starting to read short chapter books.
Needs to gain confidence and develop reading stamina with simple vocabulary but rich and exciting content.
Would enjoy a twist on the traditional Princess genre as the Princess disguises herself as Princess Black, who secretly battles monsters to protect her land.
Likes to look at humerous and colourful illustrations that perfectly capture the action of a story.
Wants to follow the Superhero Princess Magnolia's fortunes as she develops her secret identity throughout the series.
Loves a series as children seem to love the humour and adventure and characters The Princess in Black books have to offer.

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Magic Treehouse: Night of the Ninjas

This is a great next book if your reader:
Would find the concept of time travel in different settings interesting.
Is just ready to read short chapter books.
Likes adventure and mystery around the world.
Would find a series with the same language, the same structure, and the same characters comforting.
If your reader enjoys tis series there are over 50 books in total - all with Annie and Jack solving time travel mysteries and a set of non-fiction companion books, called Fact Trackers.

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Stig of the Dump

This is a great next book if your reader:
Enjoys stories about friendship and adventure.
Loves to empathise with characters.
Gets wrapped up in the events and problems faced by the characters.
Is intrigued by outdoor adventures set in the countryside.
Wants to read a classic story from the 1960s that is still relevant today.
Historical fiction, with references to Stonehenge, Stoneage, and life in the 1960s.

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Wonderscape

This is a great next book if your reader:
Is a gamer, and likes to immerse themselves in the world of computer games.
Likes Jumanji or Ready Player One
Enjoys futuristic time travel settings.
Would find the real-life historical heroes placed in Wonderscape's  fascinating worlds. Influential people who helped shape the world we live in today feature throughout the story - from Issac Newton, Mary Shelly, and Thomas Eddison, to the lesser known Wangari Maathai and Tomoe Gozen, to name but a few.
Wants rich characters whose relationship grows from having nothing in common to loyal friends.

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Alex Rider Series

This is a great next book if your reader:
Is an avid reader of fast action, adventure stories
Has enjoyed the film Stormbreaker or Scorpia Rising, as the book is, as always, much better.
Loves fast-paced, action stories based on a central character that is 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. Horowitz masterfully links each book in the series through symbolic clues to add interest for the attentive reader.
Is ready for more grown-up themes, such as death.
Likes accessible and engaging text that is not too complicated.
Needs 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

This is a great next book if your reader:
Is 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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