Dyslexia Friendly titles this September

The books that were published yesterday (15th September) by Barrington Stoke offer a variety of content, themes and adventures to those looking for dyslexia friendly content and books that are equally beneficial to reluctant readers that would enjoy the depth and detail each of these books have to offer, and without the length of a full size chapter book. Each of these books will take readers on an unbelievable adventure that they will cherish, immersed in worlds that include an eerie toy factory, searching the sea bed for tin, sneaking into a hot air balloon and flying in a plane in Poland during WW2. We also have a sneak peek of a title due out next month that is hugely relevant in the current financial and political climate.

Sophie takes to the Sky

This is a story based on the childhood of Sophie Blanchard who was the first female aeronaut. Known in her childhood to be fearful and anxious of machinery and anything noisy or that has the potential to be dangerous the story documents these details of her childhood, continuing to tell the reader how she has a change of heart when she becomes keen to see the hot air balloon showcasing at the local fair and overcomes her fears when she sneaks into the hot air balloon to have a closer look and is in absolute awe and completely hooked on the experience. A great idea of a story that involves overcoming your fears in order to achieve your goals, this really does leave you feeling inspired and adventurous and pushes you to be brave like Sophie who is definitely a new idol to all that read this inspiring book.

Written by – Katherine Woodfine.

A Most Peculiar Toy Factory

A fantastic novella about a magical yet slightly eerie factory that reopens after a rumoured teddy bear massacre(!) closes it down. The new factory owner will only employee children in an attempt to rid the place of those bad teddies with adults being terrified of what they see in there. Cue an adventure between siblings who take on duties in the factory to help keep the family farm going, it being their livelihood. Creepy and interesting in equal measures, there is much sympathy to be had for the scared toys and a hope that the children succeed in eradicating the troublesome aspects of the factory to allow the good toys to exist happily. There is a sublime ending that gives this mischievous adventure story a worthy conclusion, and the story definitely welcomes bravery just like Tess and her siblings when they enter the factory hoping to earn money to help keep the family farm ticking over and come face to face with the unruly toys created there and the crazy antics they create too.

Written by – Alex Bell.

Tin Boy

An insightful story of a young boy called Tono and his life spent mining deep trenches in the ocean searching for tin, a valuable resource used in the manufacturing of mobile phones. Tono lives with his uncle and cousin in a day to day battle to make ends meet, wearing tatty old clothes and repeatedly being sent to scavenge the ocean beds by his unforgiving uncle. When Tono survives a landslide whilst searching for tin with his cousin, who managed to dig him out and get him to safety, he is nursed better by a girl called Kemala. A rumour that Tono has the magical ability to keep people alive during a landslide is rife amongst the other miners and it is Kemala that started it in a ruse to earn money from people willing to pay for Tono to protect them after she saw a red glowing stone he picked up just before the landslide that should have killed him and that he miraculously survived. Reading of Tono’s struggle along with so many others that mine for tin brings an awareness to a sensitive situation ongoing whilst people are so blase about the electrical products they own, changing them so frequently to keep up with the newest design, something the intended audience would be familiar with.

Written by – Steve Cole

White Eagles

A depthy YA title that tells the story of brother and sister twins that are living in Poland, interested in the same things especially aviation, and both have the skills to fly planes. Kristina is conscripted to the Polish Air Force first, with her brother Leopold following the same fate when Polish planes started to take fire from the German Forces that had previously been gathering at the Polish border and concerning the country and now considered an immediate threat. Sadly Leopold is killed and Kristina witnesses his murder, using the grief to push her into escaping capture and flying her plane to safety. Kristina finds a stowaway aboard her plane in the form of an eleven year old orphaned school boy who witnessed the murder of his parents by German troops. The journey that the pair set off on is fueled by grief and a desperation to escape the horror of war and sees them put themselves in serious danger, overcome the worst of the elements and achievable the impossible. The story really is an emotional rollercoaster as it starts of so light and happy in its tone but quickly becomes a story of sadness, fear, and anger as war takes hold and affects the characters in such cold, savage and heart breaking ways which unite Kristina with Julian the orphan as they grieve for those they loved most. The entire story feels authentic as a war story and shines for it portraying a female hero – hugely unusual in war storylines.

Written by – Elizabeth Wein

It’s a No Money Day – Out October 2019.

This is a hugely significant book about a struggling single parent family who don’t have enough money to cover everything at times and consequently use a food bank to make up for the empty cupboards at home. This is quite an emotional story that is raw and revealing to the struggles faced by many families behind closed doors through no fault of their own and it is made interesting by coming from the perspective of the small child who shows no anger or resentment for the circumstances she faces daily, indicative of this being all she has ever known and she seems so accepting of how they are expected to cope and the extent they will need to go to on bad days. A heart warming story that casts light on a much needed subject in a dignified and sensitive way.

Written by – Kate Milner.

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