When Jake gets Sam to come and have a look at the old lighthouse, Sam isn’t happy. The lighthouse gives him the creeps and they’re not supposed to be there. When Jake gets inside, Sam follows, to try to convince him to come out. They are disturbed by an old man, and leave, but not before Jake takes a fruit drink from the fridge in the lighthouse.
At home, Jake experiences some strange symptoms. Are they to do with the drink? He has to find out.
Sam finds himself following Jake as he returns to the lighthouse a second and then a third time to visit the old man and take part in his wild experiments. But, when the experiments are over and the boys tell their story, no one believes them. The lighthouse is empty and has been for a long time. Have the boys imagined it all?
The Lighthouse Secret, by Penny Garnsworthy, is a Quick Reads title from Wordweavers Press. Aimed at reluctant readers, particularly boys, the series provides a range of easy to read tales, high on fun and adventure. The Lighthouse Secret is likely to appeal to its intended audience.
The Lighthouse Secret, by Penny Garnsworthy
WordWeavers Press, 2003
When Lance finds an old bottle with a note in it on the beach, he is excited. Perhaps the message is a treasure map, or a letter from the grave. He can’t wait to get it home. On the way home, however, he is stopped by the school bully, who takes the bottle from him. The next day at school Lance watches in disbelief as the bully, Colin, shows the bottle and the note to the class, causing great excitement. The note, the teacher says, could well be very valuable.
Colin gives the bottle to Lance, taunting him that he collects junk. Is Lance going to get anything out of all this?
Uncorked is a humorous tale of bullying and friendship. A Quick Reads title from Word Weavers Press, it is likely to appeal to 8-12 year olds, and caters especially for reluctant readers with its digestible length and action-packed plot.
Uncorked, by Archimede Fusillo
Word Weavers Press, 2003
When Sam and Davey see the snake they are amazed. It’s way bigger than any other carpet snake they’ve ever seen – its body is as thick as a man’s thigh.
The boys’ first reaction is to run away, but once their fear wears off, they’re more interested than scared. Their science teacher, Mr Watson, is interested too. He’d like a chance to photograph the snake. And a stranger who hears about the snake is pretty interested too. He sets up camp near the swamp, hoping to track the python down.
Sam and Davey don’t trust the mysterious Mr Smith. They’re sure he’s up to no good. What they don’t know is how to stop him.
The Giant Scrub Python is a Quick Reads title from Word Weavers Press, aimed at reluctant readers, especially boys in upper rpimary. As with other titles, The Giant Scrub Python is a good blend of fun and action, in a format which will appeal to its target audience.
The Giant Scrub Python, by Grace MacDonald Baldwin
Word Weavers Press, 2003.
Mouse isn’t enjoying year eight camp too much – mainly because Derek, the class bully is seeing to it that he doesn’t. His friend Lumpy has problems too – he’s convince that the camp managers are feeding them sandwiches designed to make them more clever.
Mouse has his doubts about what Lumpy’s saying, but he does find himself acting differently – and Lumpy certainly does seem more clever. Together with their friends Wanda and Angie, the pair set out to solve the mystery of what they’re being fed. Along the way, they inadvertently solve some of their other problems too.
Clever Sandwiches, a Quick Reads title from Wordweavers Press, is a humorous tale of underdogs finding hidden talents. As with all titles in the series, the story is easy to read and designed to appeal to reluctant readers, especially primary aged boys.
A fun read.
Clever Sandwiches, by Rowena Cory Lindquist
Word Weavers Press, 2002
When Kent and Brad climb the hill looking for adventure, they get more than they bargained for. They witness a man being pushed off a cliff! Now they are running for their lives, terrified the baddies might catch them too.
Escape is not easy. They have to contend with caves, snakes, wasps and waterfalls. And, even though they manage to overcome these, the baddies still seem to be gaining on them. What will happen if they’re caught?
Race of Fear is a Quick Reads title from Word Weavers Press. Aimed at reluctant readers, and especially primary school boys, these are stories which are both fun and accessible. Race of Fear is no exception.
Race of Fear, by Kathy Hoopmann
Word Weavers Press, 2002
Tom, his brother Harry, and his friend, Ben, love to watch the wrestling on television. They know all the moves and all the wrestlers – like Clawhammer and Beefsteak Billy. Now Wrestlefest is coming to town. Tom’s dad has promised to get tickets on his way home from work.
But all the tickets are gone – Wrestlefest is sold out! To make things worse, the school bully, Ricky Jones, bought the last tickets and he keeps taunting Tom and Ben. Ricky Jones – who thinks wrestling is dumb and all wrestlers are wusses! Will they get to see their heroes in action? Will Ricky Jones get what he deserves?
Wrestlefest is a Quick Reads title from Queensland publisher, Word Weaver Press. Quick Reads are short, fast-moving fiction titles pitched at upper-primary aged boys. Boys will enjoy the action, recognise characters like Ricky Jones, and cheer as Ricky gets what he deserves!
James Roy is a NSW writer of fiction for both younger readers and young adults. Other titles include A Boat for Bridget, Full Moon Racing and Captain Mack.
Wrestlefest, by James Roy
Word Weavers Press 2002
Bicky and Miles can’t stand each other. Although they went to the same primary school, they were never friends. Bicky, according to Miles, thinks he is a legend because he dresses tough and his dad drives a V8 ute. Miles, according to Bicky, is a snob and a wuss because he goes to boarding school and his dad drives a four-wheel drive. It doesn’t help that Miles’ father is Bicky’s father’s boss.
But Bicky and Miles do have something in common. They both like to box at the local youth club. When a sparring session in the ring becomes too heated, Terry, who runs the youth club, offers to umpire them in a real boxing match. He even offers to bring proper red boxing gloves for them both. Both boys wax lyrical about their own strengths and their opponent’s weaknesses. They invent wilder and wilder descriptions of their opponents, trying to ignore their nervousness. On the day of the fight, Bicky and Miles have to wait together in the change room while Terry tries to locate the missing gloves.
The Red Boxing Gloves, by David Metzenthen, from Word Weavers Press, is another Quick Reads title aimed fairly and squarely at boys who’d rather be out kicking a ball, or hitting a punching bag. This is a fast moving story, with more than a touch of humour, told alternately from the point of view of the two main characters. It is sure to capture the target reader.
The Red Boxing Gloves, by David Metzenthen
Word Weavers Press 2002