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Tall Tales Laura

Author: Cynthia Rider

Publisher: Heinemann (1998)

Laura tells stories of dragons, dinosaurs and other creatures to explain to her teacher why she is late for class.

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The Day Our Teacher Went Batty

Author: Gervase Phinn

Publisher: Puffin Books (2002)

Another entertaining selection of poems by best-selling author Gervase Phinn, everyone’s favourite school inspector. In this book you will meet cheeky children tetchy teachers and proud parents, in poems that are sometimes funny, sometimes sad and often thought-provoking.

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The Night Before Christmas

Authors: Clement C Moore, Mark Marshall

Publisher: Little Tiger Press (2015)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse . . . It’s Christmas Eve and the whole house is sleeping – all except one little boy, woken by the jingle of bells and the clatter of reindeer hooves on the roof. As he tiptoes downstairs, who will he find? An enchanting re-imagining of this beloved Christmas poem.

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The Rainmaker Danced

Author: John Agard

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton (2017)

A fresh and entrancing new children's poetry collection, from a celebrated, multi-award-winning poet. From nature and science to identity, prepare to be transported on a journey through past and present. This collection from John Agard, winner of the Queen's Gold Medal and the Eleanor Farjeon Award, explores the wonders of the world – inviting you to ponder life's questions, with lots of fun along the way!

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The Same Inside

Authors: Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow, Roger Stevens

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2018)

The Same Inside is a sweet and thoughtful collection of poems about friendship, empathy and respect by three of the nation's best-loved poets, Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens. These fifty poems deal sensitively with feelings, empathy, respect, courtesy, bullying, disability and responsibility. They are the perfect springboard to start conversations.

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The Weight Of Water

Author: Sarah Crossan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (2013)

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat. The Weight of Water is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

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Author: Sarah Crossan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (2019)

The astonishing new novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan. I am not who I say I am. Marla isn't who she thinks she is. I am a girl trying to forget. Marla is a woman trying to remember. Allison has run away from home and with nowhere to live finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn't empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there – and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee. Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be. But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself –where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

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Transport Poems

Author: John Foster

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Stages 7-8: Glow-worms

Publisher: Oxford University Press (1994)

Part of the Oxford Poem Tree - a series of fun poetry collections on a wide variety of topics. This book contains a selection of poems about various forms of transport, which are written by Tony Mitton, Barbara Ireson and Brian Moses, Celia Warren and John Foster.

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Transport Poems

Author: John Foster

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree I Can Read Poetry Levels 7-8

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2016)

Chosen by children’s poet, John Foster, this collection of poetry is ideal for children who are learning to read, supporting their learning at home and building reading confidence.

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Two Sea Songs

Author: Jeanne Willis

Part of a series: All Aboard Series Stage 8

Publisher: Pearson Education (1994)

Two poems about the sea. The first describes a school trip to the seaside, and the second tells the tale of an old sailor who rescued a baby whale.

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