The Star Series
Books in the Star series are for those who need to build their reading confidence and are ready to try longer stories. They are written at approximately Entry Level 3 to Level 1 in adult literacy levels.
Forty-six Quid and a Bag of Dirty Washing by Andy Croft is an unflinching story about Barry – released from prison with little money and no support – and his struggle to cope with the harsh reality of life on the outside.
Bare Freedom by Andy Croft continues Barry’s story as he struggles to claim benefits, find a job and escape the notice of the local drug dealer. Will he manage to stay out of prison?
The books are accessible in format, but do challenge the reader to think and not accept easy, stereotypical narratives. They are moral without being moralising, clever without being over-intellectualised, accessible without being simplistic
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Barcelona Away by Tom Palmer is the moving story of Matt, who loves to watch the football, sink a few pints with his mates, and throw a few punches. But when his friend is killed in a riot, Matt has to choose what he loves more, the footie or his family.
Nowhere to Run by Michael Crowley is the compelling story of Jacob Jones, one of the first convicts transported to Australia, and his struggle to overcome the odds and build a new life.
One Shot by Lena Semaan is a stirring story about Dan, the star of the local boxing club, who struggles to overcome his difficult past and must decide whether or not to take revenge on his abusive Dad.
Not Such a Bargain by Toby Forward is a tense story about Josh, who’s worked out a great scam for ripping off old ladies. When he meets the lovely Lisa, however, he begins to realize that a life of crime may not pay after all.