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Reading for Pleasure

The Secret Dragon

After voting between a a selection of books, The Secret Dragon was selected for the new class novel. The thought of their being a new creature out there somewhere certainly hooked the class. The Secret Dragon is about a young girl, who is fascinated by fossils (following in her father's footsteps) and accidentally discovers a new creature 'a gwiber'. The adventures that follow the discovery alongside her new friend  Dylan, are everything a child would want to do.


Vocabulary - What is a fossil?

Predict - What will happen to the gwiber?

Explain - Why didn't Mari want to tell an adult about her discovery?


Who is Ed Clarke?


Ed Clarke is not only an author for children but is a writer and producer for television. He lives with his wife and two daughters in North London. He has written a selection of books that you can find on his website - 




Stig of the Dump is an exciting book that hooks children and adults alike. The main character Barney goes in search of adventures and comes across a man/creature called Stig. The two together develop a lovely relationship learning so much from each of other, helping each other in their daily lives. Over time, Barney's sister Lou accepts that Stig is not a fictional character and in turn deepens her relationship with her brother.

Infer - How do the descriptions of Stig suggest he isn't like a modern day human? Use the text to support you.

Predict - What might happen when Stig goes on a fox hunt?

Summarise - In a paragraph, can you summarise the opening to the story?


Who is the author?

Clive King

Clive King was born in Richmond, Surrey, in 1924. When he was young his family moved to a village called Ash, near Sevenoaks in Kent, which is the setting for Stig of the Dump. He went to Downing College, Cambridge, and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He then served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. His service as a sailor and his work as a language teacher took him all over the world. Clive King lived with his family in Norfolk and was a full-time writer. Clive King unfortunately died on the 10th June 2018.