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Two Words

Written by Tanya Landman

Illustrated by Julia Page

Part of the gr8reads Series

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Adventure Stories

LoveReading View on Two Words

Reading age 7, interest age 12+. Reluctant or struggling readers with a reading age of around 7 but an interest age of 12+ will thoroughly enjoy this novel.  A tense story of how life can change from one moment to the next. Best friends Matt and Jake are near the end of their hike; their sore feet are desperate for a rest. But, in one split second, Matt finds himself dealing with the catastrophe that has happened to Jake. A striking adventure with a dramatic twist in the tail.  

A Note from the author Tanya Landman:


A friend of my mum’s was talking about what the two saddest words were. The idea two words summing up some life-shattering event stuck in my head. For a long-time the idea did nothing but sit at the back of my mind. But at last it shape itself into a story. Two Words is the result.

Be sure to also check out Tanya Landman's debut novel Apache.

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Two Words Synopsis

Jake and Matt have trained hard for a weekend hiking with the school. They've got the gear, they've got fit - and they've got homework: something 'to keep their minds occupied' while walking. But Jake is more occupied with finishing first and beating Lee Harper. The weekend careers towards a dramatic climax - and Matt returns to school with his homework done in a way he could never have imagined. A heartstopping tragedy.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781122242
Publication date: 15th March 2013
Author: Tanya Landman
Illustrator: Julia Page
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 64 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Topics: Adventure Stories

About Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman has written numerous books for children and young people, including Buffalo Soldier, winner of the Carnegie Medal, Apache, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, The Goldsmith's Daughter and Hell and High Water, shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Sam Swann and Poppy Fields mystery series and the beautiful picture book Mary's Penny. Tanya lives in Bideford, Devon, with her husband and their two sons. Read more about the author here.  

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