AR Level 3.0 - 3.9

10 Experiments Your Teacher Never Told You About: Gravity
Andrew Solway

A Circus Wish
Sue Bentley

A Crash Course In Forces And Motion With Max Axiom, Super Scientist
Emily Sohn
Here, a superhero mentor guides the reader through basic science concepts using a graphic novel approach

A Greyhound Of A Girl
Roddy Doyle
12-year-old Mary's beloved grandmother is near the end of her life. Letting go is hard - until Granny's long-dead mammy appears at Mary's door, returning to help her dying daughter say goodbye. But first she needs someone to drive them all on a visit to the past.

A kind of magic
MacPhail, Catherine, 1946-

A matter of survival: materials and their properties
Weil, Anne

A slip in time
Pearson, Maggie, 1941-
The year is 1885 and London is full of mysteries. When Jack Farthing stumbles into the foggy streets of Victorian London, he is mixed up in trouble before he knows it. London is a dangerous city and he has to learn quickly to survive

A summer spell
Bentley, Sue

A swift pure cry
Dowd, Siobhan
Life has been hard for Shell since the death of her mam. Her dad has given up work and turned his back on reality, leaving Shell to care for her brother and sister. When she can, she spends time with her best friend Bridie and the charming, persuasive Declan, sharing cigarettes and irreverent jokes

A year without Autumn
Kessler, Liz
On her way to visit her best friend, Autumn, Jenni Green suddenly finds she's been transported exactly one year forward in time. Now she discovers that in the year that's gone by, tragedy has struck and her friendship with Autumn will never be the same again. But what caused the tragedy?

Adventures in sound with Max Axiom, super scientist
Sohn, Emily; Timmons, Anne; Martin, Cynthia, 1961-
Here, a superhero mentor guides the reader through basic science concepts using a graphic novel approach

After obsession
Jones, Carrie; Wedel, Steven E
Aimee's deceased mother struggled with mental illness & hallucinations, & Aimee thinks it could be hereditary. Alan is Aimee's best friend Courtney's cousin. He is in touch with a kind of spiritual mysticism from his Native American heritage. In a desperate plea to find her father, Courtney invites a demonic presence into her life

After the snow
Crockett, S. D. (Sophie D.), author
Set in the haunting and barren landscape of a new ice age, this is the story of 15-year-old Willo, a 'straggler' kid who loses his family in the opening pages. Completely alone, he is immediately flung into an icy journey of survival, adventure, friendship and self-discovery - with only the dog spirit inside his head to guide him

Al Capone shines my shoes
Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-
Moose's sister has got a place in the perfect school on the mainland, one that will help her deal with her autism. But there is one hitch. She got the place with the help of Al Capone and now it's payback time. Soon Moose is caught up in a terrible cycle of secrets and favours that threatens to destabilise his family

Breslin, Theresa; Grant, Shona
Jono didn't mean to buy an alligator - it just sort of happened. Now his mum is going to kill him - if the alligator doesn't get there first!

Amelia's school survival guide
Moss, Marissa
Amelia's back at school and has developed a whole range of tactics to help her cope. She targets the various species of difficult teachers and gives advice on dealing with cafeteria food

Amir Khan
Croft, Andy; Gibson, Dylan
Amir Khan recently won his first WBA world title, but it took hard work and dedication to get there. His rise from a small gym in Bolton to being Britain's youngest boxing world champion is an inspirational story that doesn't pull any punches

Angel blood
Singleton, John

Another me
MacPhail, Catherine, 1946-
Fay can't help thinking it is odd when people begin remarking on conversations she knows she hasn't had, or saying they have seen her when she has been somewhere else. But then she starts hearing muffled footsteps behind her and seeing the flash of fair hair just like hers. Is she imagining things?

Archie's war
Williams, Marcia, 1945-
In 1914, just before the outbreak of the First World War, 13-year-old Archie is sent a scrapbook in the post from his Uncle Colin. In the years that follow, until the war ends in 1918, we experience life through Archie's eyes and learn about his world and family

Are you kidding?
Rai, Bali
Marcus is in trouble - there's a new caretaker in school and it's his grandad. How embarrassing! But what's worse, the school mascot, Flossie the goat, has gone missing and Marcus suspects his grandad may have something to do with it

Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret
Blume, Judy, author
There are lots of things about growing up that are hard to be honest about, even with your best friends. So Margaret talks to God about her feelings - in one of Judy Blume's funniest and best-known novels

Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl. The opal deception
Colfer, Eoin, author; Dickey, Chris, illustrator; Lamanna, Paolo, 1973- artist; Colfer, Eoin; Donkin, Andrew, author; Rigano, Giovanni, illustrator
After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis Fowl's mind was wiped of memories of the world belowground and any goodness grudgingly learned is now gone with the young genius reverting to his criminal lifestyle

Athens is saved!: the first marathon
Ross, Stewart; Shields, Susan

Graves, Sue
Sima, Kojo and Tom work for Dangerous Games, a software design company. Each story in this series sees the three best friends tackle deadly situations as they enter a real-life version of their game

Kennen, Ally, author
In the depths of a reservoir lives a monstrous creature. Its existence is unknown to anyone except the boy who feeds it. Now the creature has grown huge, & its cage can't hold it much longer. Stephen is a boy with many secrets, & the beast is the biggest. His efforts to free himself of the beast make him a hero

Because of Winn-Dixie
DiCamillo, Kate, author
One summer's day India Opal Buloni goes down to the supermarket - and comes back with a dog. Winn-Dixie is big, skinny and smelly with a winning smile. Through him, Opal gets to know lots of people and finally discovers what happened to her mother

Before I die
Downham, Jenny
Tessa has just a few months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, and drugs with horrible side-effects, Tessa compiles a list of things to do before she dies. And number one is sex. Released from the constraints of 'normal' life, Tessa wants new experiences to make her feel alive while her body fails

Best in the world
Powling, Chris; Remphry, Martin
In this gripping circus story twins Jeb and Lucas are determined to become the best trapeze artists in the world. Will they make it?

Jungman, Ann; Marks, Alan, 1957-

Between shades of gray
Sepetys, Ruta
One night 15-year-old Lina, her mother and young brother are hauled from their home by Soviet guards, thrown into cattle cars and sent away. They are being deported to Siberia. An unimaginable and harrowing journey has begun. Lina doesn't know if she'll ever see her father or her friends again. But she refuses to give up hope

Beware! Killer tomatoes
Strong, Jeremy; Clifford, Rowan

Big Nate goes for broke
Peirce, Lincoln
Big Nate is back the fourth instalment of his own super-funny series. Big Nate is created by Lincoln Peirce, who inspired Jeff Kinney, author of 'DIARY OF A WIMPY KID'

Big Nate strikes again
Peirce, Lincoln
Big Nate has got his heart set on leading his sports team to victory. But it won't be easy. He's stuck with Gina, his all time enemy and really rubbish player. Worse yet they have to work together on the class special project which means Gina's allowed to call on Nate at home!

Bigfoot and other mysteries
Townsend, John, 1955-
'CLASH' is a series of non-fiction books for older reluctant or struggling readers. The books contain dramatic imagery and fact-packed text aimed at older readers with reading ages of between seven and eight

Bish bash bosh
Allen, M. E

Black Beauty
Owens, L. L; Tanner, Jennifer; Sewell, Anna, 1820-1878
Black Beauty, a handsome colt living in Victorian England, has a happy childhood growing up in the peaceful countryside. Black Beauty endures a life of mistreatment and disrespect in a world that shows little regard for the happiness of animals

Blood in the Library
Dahl, Michael; Kendall, Bradford
The Archivists' worst fear has happened: the Librarian is dead. Or is he? The sub-librarian needs to help

Blood ties
McKenzie, Sophie
When Theo discovers the father he thought died when he was a baby is still alive, he's determined to find him. The clues lead him to the lonely Rachel, who has problems of her own, including parents who compare her unfavourably to her long-dead sister

Brooks, Kevin

Blume, Judy
It's easy to bully someone, especially when they're weak and different, and everyone else joins in the game. That's why they all call Linda 'Blubber', including Jill. Jill can't stop joining in, even though she can see how much Linda is hurting

Mayfield, Sue

Bobby, Charlton and the mountain
Smiley, Sophie; Foreman, Michael, 1938-

Body art
Orme, Helen
Each book in this series contains a fascinating fact-finding section followed by a story which appears on two parallel ability levels - allowing access for the poorest of readers

Breslin, Theresa; Matysiak, Janek

Bog child
Dowd, Siobhan
Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she's been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him, a little voice comes to him in his dreams, and the mystery of the bog child unfurls

Boy overboard
Gleitzman, Morris

Boy proof
Castellucci, Cecil, 1969-

Boy trouble
Webb, Sarah
When Amy's 17-year-old Aunt Clover lands a dream job giving advice for teen mag The Goss Amy quickly realizes that this is no ordinary column. Clover, being Clover, doesn't just want to answer her readers' letters, she wants to solve their problems personally

Boys are back
Ure, Jean
Polly and Rees have split up, but Polly's not sure she wants to be like Keri - who's never seems to stick with the same boy. Perhaps it is time to do new things and meet new people. But will Polly be brave - and does she really want to leave Rees behind?

Boys will be boys
Ure, Jean
They're the Girlfriends - Polly, Keri, Frizz and Lily. But will they still be friends forever, now that boys are on the scene?

Brownlie Bojang, Ali, 1949-
In this country studies series with a twist, readers act as a detective, and use their skills to discover the culture, food and language of another country

British front
Brown, Eric, 1960-

Bug brother
Johnson, Pete, 1965-; Gordon, Mike
Jamie is smaller than his younger brother Harry and he's fed up with everyone thinking he's the youngest. Then Jamie finds a magic cloak and accidentally turns Harry into a bluebottle

Bungee hero
Bertagna, Julie; Salisbury, Martin

Burger wuss
Anderson, M. T

Buried thunder
Bowler, Tim
It was meant to be the perfect venture. A beautiful guesthouse in a beautiful village with a sprawling forest nearby. Maya's parents have sunk all their money and hopes into Fir Tree Lodge and they're determined to make it work. Then Maya strays into the forest - and into a nightmare

Swindells, Robert E., 1939- author
Josh only feels alive when starting fires. Dragged ever deeper into the power and the destruction, how far is he willing to go?

Calamity Jack
Hale, Shannon; 
Jack thinks of himself as a criminal mastermind with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, a trickster - maybe even a thief? But, of course, he's not out for himself he's trying to take the burden off his hardworking mum's shoulders. She'd understand, right? He hopes she might even be proud 

Camille and the sunflowers: a story about Vincent van GoghCamille and the sunflowers: a story about Vincent van gogh
anholt, Laurence

Can't I just kick it?can't I just kick it?
Pielichaty, Helena 
Nine-year-old Tabinda Shah is worried about losing her place on the team, especially as she's afraid of heading the ball. Her dad doesn't help the situation by having a go at the coach - as team sponsor he believes his daughter should get special treatment. Can Tabinda overcome her fear and prove that she doesn't need her dad's help?

jones, carrie
A turf war is imminent as the new pixie king moves in. He swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, and that he's one of the good guys. Zara isn't so sure - despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But there's a lot more than her relationship with boyfriend Nick at stake

Captured by pirates!

captured by pirates

 Biskup, Agnieszka; Stewart, Roger

Here, readers can explore history without the confines of time or distance. Dr Isabel Soto is an archaeologist and world explorer with the skills to go wherever and whenever she needs to research history, solve a mystery, or rescue colleagues in trouble. Join Izzy on her journeys and gain knowledge about historical places and cultures

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Cartoon Kid

cartoon kid

Strong, Jeremy, 1949-; May, Steve 

Casper the Cartoon Kid and his best friends Big Feet Pete and moaning Noella Niblet - also known as the Incredible Sulk - fight injustice and Gory and Tory, the evil Vampire Twins. Now, the twins have stolen something that belongs to the friends - and, wham-bam-jelly-and-jam, do they want it back!

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Cartoon kid strikes back!
Strong, Jeremy,
Casper and his friends have an amazing secret - they are all superheroes! Which will come in very handy this sports day when a dog named Jaws is let off his lead. And what happens when Casper's vacuum cleaner swallows a hamster?

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Cast away
Pitcher, Caroline
This is one in a series of graphic novels for 9-12 year-olds written by well-known authors. Well-plotted, fast-moving stories are integrated with black-and-white illustrations on every page, using comic strip conventions and cinematic techniques

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Cave of the bookworms
Dahl, Michael

One night after wakening from a terrible dream, a young boy heads out on his bike. The boy does not know where he is going, but soon he arrives at a mysterious cave. Inside a giant, deadly worm has trapped the Librarian and now the boy is also in danger
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Chocolate moon
Arrigan, Mary

Markham, Lynne

City boy
Combes, Alan; Sotirovski, Aleksandar
Josh is football mad - and so is his grandad, who used to be a league player. Josh is disappointed when he doesn't do so well in matches at school, so his grandad comes up with some rather unorthodox training methods to help him. Will Josh make it all the way?

Classroom chaos
Bentley, Sue

claws in the snow
Dahl, Michael
This series is aimed at reluctant readers with simple, easy-to-read text, engaging illustrations and design. Fantastic settings and computer-game speed grip readers in these high-low novels

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Almond, David
There's a stranger in town - Stephen Rose. He's got waxy skin, haunting eyes, a sickly smell. No parents. No friends. He's come to live with 'Crazy Mary'. There are so many tales and rumours about him. One thing's certain: there's magic in the weird creatures he makes with clay

Cliff edge
West, J. A. C. 
Danny and Cristo are free climbers, scaling sheer cliff faces virtually unaided. But on a climb up El Captain, one missed footing means that Cristo's injured and Danny has to make the most dangerous climb of his life

Wilson, Jacqueline

Clive keeps his cool
Morgan, Michaela

Cloud busting

Cloud busting

Blackman, Malorie

Clover Twig and the incredible flying cottage
Clover Twig and the incredible flying cottage
Umansky, Kaye
Clover Twig needs to find a job to help out her lovable and chaotic family. So when she sees an advert for a cleaner for Mrs Eckles at the house in the woods, she knows this is the job for her, even though Mrs Eckles is (perhaps) a witch, even though the gate is rude to Clover, and it seems that the house in the woods can fly

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Orme, David

Cool as a cucumber

Morpurgo, Michael
At first Peter isn't keen on his teacher's plan to dig a vegetable garden to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Then he starts to dig up some interesting things - a huge worm, a big beetle, bits of china, an old coin and what looks like a giant cucumber but turns out to be a lot more exciting!

Morpurgo, Michael;


 Marc Tyler

The 'Atomic' series incorporates a variety of non-fiction text types to develop key literacy skills. This title introduces the text type 'explanation'

Lebert, Benjamin, 

Creepy customers
Hay, Samantha
When Steve helps out in his Dad's chemist shop, he meets some very creepy customers. Are they going to a fancy dress party?

Cup Final kid
Waddell, Martin
Herbie Bazooka may be small, fat and only eight, but he plays football like they do in Brazil. So when the Hottenham Totspurs' star striker is injured just before the FA Cup Final, who better to take his place than Herbie?

Danger in dead man's lane
Hurn, Roger
The Spook Squad are Roxy, Leena, Nita and Emma, together with their poltergeist, Rattle. They're all as bright and sparky as a fire in a fireworks factory, and they go into action on a dark and stormy night when the vampires are being a pain in the neck and the hairy horrors are on the prowl