New Release Books by Theresa Breslin

Theresa Breslin is the author of Duncan of Carrick (2000), Spy for the Queen of Scots (2012), Mutant (2005), Dream Master Nightmare (2011) and other 80 books.

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Duncan of Carrick

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Duncan of Carrick
Designed to fit the National Curriculum, this is part of the Longman Book Project. The project aims to enable teachers throughout the primary school to teach: language; fiction; and non-fiction.

Spy for the Queen of Scots

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Spy for the Queen of Scots
As lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, the beautiful Ginette known as Jenny, is the young queen's closest childhood friend. Growing up in the elegant but ruthless French court, surrounded by enemies and traitors, not least the jealous, manipulative Catherine de Medici, and Mary's own scheming half-brother James, Jenny has always been fiercely loyal to her mistress. But when she overhears a mysterious whispered plot, closely followed by several unexplained deaths at court, she puts her own life in danger and turns spy for Mary. Jenny quickly realises not a soul at court can be trusted, and when she and Mary return to their Scottish homeland for Mary to claim her throne, they face even greater peril. Desperate to protect her friend from those who would slit her throat to steal her crown, while battling her feelings for the charismatic nobleman Duncan Alexander, Jenny becomes embroiled in a dangerous web of secrets, betrayals and lies.

Mutant

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Mutant
"Good quality fiction for the seriously struggling reader aged from 12-16. The Bookseller Award-winning authors gripping and relevant stories Top quality, age-appropriate illustrations Stylish packagingInterest age 12 Reading age 7

Dream Master Nightmare

release date: Aug 31, 2011
Dream Master Nightmare
When Cy visits a special Viking exhibition in York and looks at a glorious Viking helmet, he is horrified to suddenly find a face in the helmet - his Dream Master! The Dream Master is in terrible trouble, a prisoner of Eric Bloodaxe - a fearsome Viking chief. Only Cy can rescue him. But first he must enter his dreams again . . . This is the second terrific adventure involving Cy and the Dream Master and is just as packed with action and wit as the first title.

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales

release date: Jan 01, 2012
An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales
Slithering stoorworms, mischievous brownies, fierce kelpies and magical selkies are exquisitely brought to life for children in Theresa Breslin's enchanting tales and Kate Leiper's otherwordly illustrations.

Death Or Glory Boys

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Death Or Glory Boys
A terrorist bomb shatters their bright, safe world of school and friends and Saturday shopping trips, and suddenly Sarah and Phil find themselves divided. Is Phil a pacifist at any price? When Sarah decides to join the Army Cadet orientation course, Phil is stunned: 'You're joking. Join the Death or Glory Boys?' And always near, moving in a terrible dance of death, is Cal, waiting to bomb again...A terrifying thriller that challenges our response to terrorism, and to soldiers fighting to keep the peace with the weapons of war.

Simon's Challenge

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Simon's Challenge
All that Simon really wants is a computer. However, with his father away looking for work and a new baby in the house, money is tight. One evening on his way home, Simon passes Mr Peterson's computer shop. Everything seems normal. But when the police start asking questions, Simon realizes that he may have witnessed a major burglary. The only problem is that he can't remember any details ...This is an exciting detective story, with realistic characters and a gripping plot.

The Dream Master

release date: Aug 31, 2011
The Dream Master
'There are always rules . . . I am the Dream Master. Not you. What I say goes. And I say this dream is gone, so beat it.' There are good dreams and there are rotten dreams, but once they're over, they're over. Or are they? For one morning, as Cy is about to wake up from a terrific dream about Ancient Egypt, he discovers that he can get back into his dream world. There's just one problem: the Dream Master, who isn't used to stroppy boys standing up to him and wanting to break all the rules. And as Cy moves back and forth between the present day and the land of the pharaohs - sorting out all kinds of problems with schoolwork and bullies - dream life and real life become ingeniously intertwined!

The Medici Seal

release date: Jun 30, 2011
The Medici Seal
A gloriously rich and authentic story of the Renaissance, The Medici Seal is perfect for fans of The Da Vinci Code, The Borgias or Netflix hit Medici: Masters of Florence! Romagna, Italy 1502. On the run and fleeing for his life, a young boy - Matteo - is saved from drowning by mysterious men, who turn out to be companions of Leonardo da Vinci. From this moment on, Matteo's life is changed forever, and he thrills at working alongside Da Vinci as he carries out his incredible work. But Da Vinci's cruel and ruthless employer, Cesare Borgia, seems set to ruin Matteo's happines, and as Da Vinci and Matteo travel across Italy on the Borgia's business, murder, deceit and revenge follow in their trail. For Matteo carries with him a secret - a life-changing secret that both the Borgia and Medici families would kill to obtain. A secret that must, finally, come to light for all to see . . .

Kezzie

release date: Jul 01, 2002
Kezzie
During the 1930s depression in Scotland, Kezzie and her young sister Lucy are orphaned following their father's death in a pit accident. Left to live with their grandfather, they manage to survive on the little work he and Kezzie can find. But life turns sour when Lucy goes missing and is taken up by an adoption agency who send her to Canada. Without hesitation Kezzie sets off to find her little sister, and after a frantic countrywide search discovers Lucy working for an uncaring couple. Having been badly treated, she is weak and seriously ill. Kezzie bravely snatches her young charge back and with the help of a local doctor and his wife nurses her to a full recovery, before making the decision to settle for life in Canada or Scotland.

Dream Master: Arabian Nights

release date: Mar 30, 2011
Dream Master: Arabian Nights
Every dream has a Dream Master to control it. But Cy has such a vivid imagination that he has met his Dream Master and can travel with him through Time and Space to actually live his dreams. But what would happen if a character from Cy's dream decided to come and live in his Time and Space? Well Cy's about to find out. He's accidentally conjured up the Princess Shahr-Azad from Ancient Arabia - creator of the 1001 tales of Arabian Nights. Cy and the Dream Master are keen to return the Princess back to her home, before she is discovered. Trouble is, the princess isn't keen to go back. She'd much rather stay and enter the upcoming TV talent contest and she's prepared to go to great lengths to get her own way. So begins a battle of wills (and imaginations) between the greatest storyteller of all time, and the timid but determined Cy. With flying carpets, Arabian dungeons and a trouble-making genie Cy's fourth adventure with his Dream Master is as fast and funny as before.

Different Directions

release date: Jan 01, 1989
Different Directions
No one should have to help their own mother with her maths homework Okay, so Katharine's mother wants to go back to school but did she have to choose HER school? Her friends all think Mrs Douglas is great, but Katharine feels embarrassed, especially when she hears rumours about her mother and hedgehog, the maths teacher. As if she hasn't got enough problems of her own to worry about But then Katharine learns something about her mother which puts everything else into perspective, and unexpectedly brings them closer together. Theresa Breslin deftly deals with the kind of issues which preoccupy today's young people, ranging from hair, boys and clothes to the environment and sexism, with references ranging from Miss Haversham, the Free French, Macbeth and Michelangelo to dilithium crystals, calculus and the Body Shop. There are many enjoyable touches, warmly urbane up-to-the minute humour and repartee immediately identifiable with the style of Bill Forsyth and Gregory's Girl.

Saskia's Journey

release date: Feb 28, 2011
Saskia's Journey
Saskia Granton is intrigued by an invitation to visit her reclusive great-aunt Alessandra, who lives on the Scottish coast. It's a chance to rediscover her lifelong love of the sea - and to forget, if only for a few weeks, the boring career her parents have mapped out for her. Swept immediately into the rhythm of life in a fishing community, Saskia slowly begins to realize how little she really knows about her roots. Somehow, she needs to understand the past if she is to find the direction she needs for her future - a future that may or may not include her new friend Ben. Just as the sea gives up its bounty, so too her great-aunt must reveal the secrets of the past - the terrible toll of lives lost, and the very personal tragedy that left Alessandra herself so isolated. Only then can Saskia break free . . .

Prisoner of the Inquisition

release date: Jan 01, 2011
Prisoner of the Inquisition
Saulo witnesses his father wrongfully arrested. Hauled off to be a slave at sea and pursued by pirates he is determined to survive, for he has sworn vengeance on the magistrate and his family. As Zarita, daughter of the town magistrate undergoes harsh changes, and frightening Inquisition arrives in the area, bringing betrayal and revenge.

The Nostradamus Prophecy

release date: Jan 01, 2009
The Nostradamus Prophecy
When Nostradamus proclaims to the French court his prophecy of a great massacre, the young King Charles only laughs. His mother, Catherine de' Medici, pays more heed - she believes that Nostradamus can truly see the future. But the great soothsayer's prophecies are not only for those who rule; he also has a message for Melisande, the minstrel's daughter, who he believes is linked with him by Fate. And as the Angel of Death approaches, Nostradamus entrusts to her safekeeping some very special parchments - parchments that the rulers of France would do anything to see . . .

Alien Force

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Alien Force
Sent from the planet Djan, and now disguised as a normal schoolboy, Jodie's mission is to investigate and report why pollution levels are rising so fast on the planet Earth. In theory the mission is safe, but now Jodie's Calling Crystal is flashing a warning - there is a hostile alien force nearby and it has begun to track him down. A fast-paced science fiction story to promote discussion on the environment and the concept of friends and "outsiders".

Bullies at School

release date: Feb 01, 2004
Bullies at School
Siobhan is unhappy at school. Tormented by some classmates, she feels unable to confide in her teacher or her mum. She has no one to talk to, no one to play with. One day she finds a strange brooch and it seems to help her -- it makes her stronger. But then Siobhan realises that to take revenge means that she might herself become a bully. Will she be able to find the courage to speak out against the bullies?Includes extra material on bullying, including how to be bullyproof and where to turn for help, with up-to-date contact details.

Whispers in the Graveyard Heinemann Plays

release date: Apr 01, 2009
Whispers in the Graveyard Heinemann Plays
Based on the novel by Theresa Breslin, this title is about a boy with dyslexia who uncovers the dark mysterious secrets of his local graveyard. As he struggles with these secrets, he discovers the courage he needs to come to terms with his dyslexia and with problematic family and school relationships.

Cold Spell

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Cold Spell
Midden the Messy Witch runs the famous magic factory in Starling Castle. All sorts of people pop in to buy spell ingredients, or for cauldron, broomstick and wand repairs. The King and Queen of Winter have a problem - their son, Prince Icicle, doesn't like the cold. Can Midden help, or will winter have to be warmed up? Ages 6+.

Trick Or Treat?

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Trick Or Treat?
Midden the Messy Witch and her team of helpers run the famous magic factory in Starling Castle. All sorts of people go there to buy spell ingredients, or for cauldron, broomstick and wand repairs, or just for helpful advice. The Magic Factory Mail Order Service is really big as well - spellsdelivered to your door any time of the day or night!In Trick or Treat? there's a bad tempered imp determined to spoil a party, a box of magical tricks mixed up by some mischievous school children, and a startling air display by the Terrible Twins.

The Tartan Rainbow

release date: Jan 01, 2002
The Tartan Rainbow
A collection of children's stories from Scotland's top writers.

Across the Roman Wall

release date: Jul 01, 2005
Across the Roman Wall
The minute that Marubetta meets Lucius, she hates him - pompous, stuck-up nephew of a Roman official! He thinks that, as a Briton, she is terribly provincial and she finds him arrogant and big-headed. But the year is 397 AD and life in Roman Britain is getting dangerous. And when Marinetta's home, close to Hadrian's Wall, is raided, Marinetta and Lucius are forced to act together.

Through Sand, Snow and Steam

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Through Sand, Snow and Steam
Through the Sand, Snow and Steam is a historical themed access short story collection by Ian Serrailler, Dennis Hamley and Theresa Breslin for Year 6/P7 for guided and independant reading. This book is part of Streetwise.

Graffix Bodyparts

release date: Jan 01, 1998

New School Blues

release date: Jan 01, 2002
New School Blues
It's first term at the Big School for Mary McPherson, and right from the start it looks as if her new friend, Jamie, is going to lead her astray . . . literally! Using a forgotten footpath on the way home, they are chased by a ferocious bull and narrowly escape being flattened. Meanwhile Mary has to put up with the humiliation of wearing braces and thick-framed glasses, and they both have to get used to new school subjects such as sex education, self-defence and basic soldering. But all this is as nothing compared to the dreaded dinner queues and the obnoxious prefects who police them.You really don't need all this when trying to establish a right of way. But help comes in the unexpected form of parents and teachers . . . who may just be human after all.

Literacy Land

release date: Mar 19, 2004
Literacy Land
Support for every short story (including access versions) *Two guided reading lesson plans per story *Writing, Drama, Speaking and Listening ideas to imaginatively extend teaching *Compare, contrast and connect work for short stories within each collection. Support for every novel *Independant reading and group work notes *Writing, Drama, Speaking and Listening ideas Ideal for teachers and teaching assistants

A Homecoming for Kezzie

release date: Jul 01, 2002
A Homecoming for Kezzie
For Kezzie, the war begins when German planes fire at her cruise liner as she returns home from Canada to Scotland with her young sister Lucy. Once home, she is reunited with the grandfather in the Clydebank before the war starts in earnest. Soon however, the family spirit is put to the test once again. First, she has to save an Italian family from the racial hatred they encounter, then she rescues her old school friend Peg after her home is destroyed in a bombing raid. Tragically as the Clydebank becomes a burning inferno, Kezzie's grandfather is killed and the girls are forced to move to England to live with a family friend Lady Fitzwilliam. Here Kezzie's medical skills are called into action as she works tirelessly in a local field hospital, and is fatefully reunited with her Irish friend Michael who arrives there with severe injuries.
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