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Apr 28 2010

Right Now (series) by various authors

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London, Evans Brothers, 2009.
(Ages 11-14) Right now, a series of books produced by Evans Brothers Ltd in London caters for those early teens who find reading a chore. These are graphic in design with between 20 and 40 words to the page, exciting and fast paced. Although short, brightly coloured and enticing, they do not have the look of a reader for those who cannot read, and will be eagerly picked up by more able readers as well. At the end of each book is a couple of pages of suggestions for both the teacher and the student to follow up their reading.
Dumped by Dee Phillips has Vicky waiting for her boyfriend Chris. He is late and she evaluates the reasons why she should stay in London with Chris or go to Australia with her father.
Fight by Dee Phillips has several boys incensed over the loss of a mobile phone which has apparently been stolen, meeting on Friday night where things escalate out of control when one boy produces a knife.
Dare by Dee Phillips, shows Lauren staying overnight in a scary house, where she must face whatever is in there. When asked what was her scariest moment by the television host of the series she explains about the voice, but is told there was no voice in the script
Blast by Dee Phillips shows the reader a day on the life of a combative soldier, as he fights his fears during a battle in which he and his friends are targeted by the enemy and almost lose their lives.
Fran Knight

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