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Helen Dennis was born in Brighton and loves living near the sea. Her mum gave her a library card when she was six weeks old which made her, at the time, Brighton Library's youngest member! She went to the library every Saturday morning ... to change her books and have a doughnut in the library cafe and by the age of seven she was sure she wanted to be a writer. Helen wrote her first (unpublished) book at the age of eleven. It was inspired by The Hobbit and set in outer space! As a student Helen volunteered at a boarding school for deaf children and at Brighton Deaf Centre. She also worked in a bookshop. After university Helen taught at the largest Junior School in Europe as Head of English and then Assistant Headteacher. Many of the characters in her stories are inspired by children she has taught but her biggest inspiration comes from her daughter, Meggie, who patiently listens to all her story ideas and also corrects her spellings! Helen loves chocolate, hates marmite and is still very keen on libraries and doughnuts. Previous books include the Secret Breakers series written under the name H L Dennis, Book Three of which was nominated for the Carnegie Award.
What if a teenage boy washed up on the banks of the River Thames, soaked to the skin and unable to explain who he is? What if the only clue to the boy's identity is a sketch he made of a strange symbol? Who would help him? Who would hunt him? Who is River Boy? Unable to communicate, the River Boy is given paper and a pencil and begins to scribble. Soon a symbol emerges, but the boy has no idea why he has drawn it even thought it's the only clue to the mystery of his identity... As the boy begins to build a new life under a new name, the hunt for his real identity begins. A hunt which will lead him on a dangerous QUEST that he has only one year to complete ...
'I have a story to tell you,' he said. 'But I must not be interrupted. You must let me explain it all from the beginning to the end. Do you understand? ' On a dark night, a man tells a story that seems too fantastical to be true. He claims to have travelled through time, in a machine he has built. His journey has taken him to a mysterious land filled with strange inhabitants, and a dark underworld filled with terrible creatures. Will the Traveller's listeners believe him? Will you? The Time Machine is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 9-10 years
Jed has been hunted across the world in his quest for immortality. Now his time is nearly up. This is the fourth and final book in a thrilling series. Jed is back in London, where it all began. But there's no time to draw breath. The hunt continues: by the river Thames, during New Year's Eve fireworks, and into the secret heart of St Paul's Cathedral. If Jed can't complete his quest within the year, he will die. Is his time really up ... or just beginning? This action-packed book has an illustrated narrative running through it, helping readers to solve the mystery alongside the characters in the story.
Jed needs a miracle. If he can't complete his quest within a year, he will die. If he can, he will become immortal. Jed and Kassia know that time is running out. And when their enemies hunt them down in Paris, the friends flee to Istanbul to reveal its age-old secrets. But they know that the biggest clue to the mystery is Jed himself. Who is he? And what is hidden in his past? The third in an action-packed series full of adventure, this book has an illustrated narrative running through it, helping readers to solve the mystery alongside the characters in the story.
Jed must confront the revelation of his true identity: he is the alchemist Fulcanelli who discovered the elixir of life and used it to become young again. He must take the elixir one more time in order to live for ever. If he doesn't take it he will die. But Jed only has nine months left to take the elixir. And he has absolutely no idea how to make it. The challenge is clear. Jed, Kassia and co. must hunt down the secret recipe.Their quest takes them to Prague and then on to Paris - but hot on their heels are NOAH, the secret organisation that will do anything to get their hands on the secret to eternal life. Jed has everything to live for. But who can he trust? The second in an action-packed series full of adventure, this book has an illustrated narrative running through it, helping readers to solve the mystery alongside the characters in the story.