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James Riordan

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    James Riordan grew up during the war. After he left school he worked as a postman, a barman, a crate stacker, a railway clerk and a double bass player before doing his national service. After demobilization he did a joint honours degree in Social Science and Russian and then spent five years in Moscow working as a translator. Back in England he lectured at Birmingham and Bradford Universities before becoming Professor of Russian at Surrey University. In 1999, he won the NASEN book award for 'Sweet Clarinet' (OUP) His book, 'The Prisoner' has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
    2nd July 2009

    My Gr-R-R-Reat Uncle Tiger

    When Marmaduke, a stripy marmalade cat, discovers a picture of a stripy orange tiger, he recognises their similarities a... More

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    1st March 2010

    The Ugly Little Swan

    The newly born swan is not like the others - he's small and brown and ugly. His brothers and sisters won't play with him... More

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    1st April 2000

    The Coming of Night: A Yoruba Creation Myth from West Africa

    Long, long ago, when the earth was new, the great river goddess Yemoya sent her daughter Aje to marry a handsome earth c... More

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    14th November 2008

    Sniper

    Stalingrad snipers were a legend in their time. Their patience, keen eyes and ruthlessness helped win the Battle of Stal... More

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    26th November 2015

    Survivors: WWII: A Young Girl's Story

    It's spring 1940 in occupied France when Marie and her mother find themselves looking after two injured soldiers. But ... More

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    26th November 2015

    Survivors: The Great Depression: A Young Girl's Story

    It's 1930s America and the Depression has ripped the nation apart. Poverty is rife and families are starving. Fourteen... More

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    1st October 2007

    The Little Puppet Boy

    Petrushka is part of Russian folklore, but is not a folk tale. It is in the European tradition of 'Harlequin' and 'Punch... More

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    9th January 2014

    Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 14: Grace the Pirate

    Meet Grace Barry in Grace the Pirate. Grace is a wild young girl; she is captured by pirates and marooned on a desert is... More

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    6th October 2011

    Blood Runner

    Samuel's parents and young sister, innocent bystanders during an uprising, are killed by South African police. Samuel is... More

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