Nolan (The College Collection Set 1 – for reluctant readers)

By: Georgina Jonas


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Size: 167 x 118mm
Pages : 48
ISBN : 9781785831041
Format: Paperback
Published: August 2016

Nolan has always been good at sports. One day an accident changes everything. What will he do now?

The College Collection centres around five main characters, Luca, Anda, Jim Jam, Woody and Nolan. They are from different backgrounds and first meet at Parkfield College, where they are studying for a BTEC in Media Studies. They quickly become friends. The College Collection follows them through their time at Parkfield College and the adventures and adversities they experience there. Above all they work hard, have fun and their friendship shines through. The subliminal messages of overcoming failure, of acceptance and support run through all the texts, alongside messages of resilience and perseverance.

In each of the first five books in this set we meet a different character, and learn about their personalities, backgrounds and what they did before they arrived at Parkfield College. In Art Attack, they are thrown into a project together, which takes them on a surprising and challenging adventure.

This first set of six books in the reading scheme, The College Collection, is designed to support and extend the acquisition of reading skills, and the enjoyment of reading, through exciting stories and relatable characters.

The books reinforce high frequency words and the core phonic skills needed to access basic reading levels. Each set provides stories which bridge the gap between base level schemes and longer, more challenging texts. They are suitable for readers who still need a formatted reading scheme and are not yet ready to go onto free readers, but who still want interesting, engaging, real-life books. They are flexible, so no matter what other schemes you may be using, these books stand alone, enhancing and extending any reading experience.

The books provide developing readers with age-appropriate material designed to boost competence and confidence, engaging the reader and encouraging reading for pleasure. The books are also useful for reluctant readers or where the acquisition of reading skills has been identified as a problem. They have been specifically designed to consolidate young readers’ skills and to improve the confidence of older readers who are still acquiring and developing reading skills.

Reading age 9-13 years, interest age 11+. Teacher notes to assist with the use of these books in the classroom are available here.


Picture for author Georgina Jonas

Georgina Jonas

Georgina Jonas - the pen name for the collective talent and expertise of one full-time teacher, who has also been a children's storyteller, and one former headmistress who currently tutors and leads workshops to show parents the best way to help their children with maths and English.

Click here to read the author's article for SecEd in which she offers guidance for engaging reluctant readers.


  1. This book is different because I haven't read one about someone's life before. There were a few problems, like when his dog ran out of the window and the bit where he broke his leg. I do a lot of sports; if you are a sporty person you would like this book.
  2. I enjoyed this book very much because it's relatable and realistic, especially as it has stuff to do with sports, like football and running. I would definitely want to read more. I would have to say my favourite part was when Nolan and his brother were playing sports, NON-STOP! When he got injured, I knew how he felt because I was injured and it seemed to be the same. 

    I loved this book!

    The author seems to understand struggles in real life. I don't like fairly tales. I like something real so this was just the book for me. It is now in my top five books of all time. Let's hope it stays there. Thank you for letting me read this book. If you have any more, give me a call!

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