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

By: Georgina Jonas


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Size: 167 x 118mm

Pages : 64

ISBN : 9781785831058

Format: Paperback

Published: August 2016


Woody loves music, but can’t play an instrument – as his family’s reactions make clear! Will he find his true talent?

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.


Reviews

  1. I read Woody and, while it was a good story, I finished it in about fifteen minutes. So, I think the book is probably more suited to children around the ages of eight or nine. The blurb was slightly misleading as it said that he 'loved music but can't really play any instruments'. In reality there were only a few chapters on that. I do understand why it would be in there because of the ending, but maybe for future books music will be focused more around the plot. All in all, its a good read and I would recommend it.

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