2016
04.03

A new ‘Young Adult’ series by Andy McNab is coming up. Never mind ‘young adult’ though… these books are an awesome read at any age!!

Synopsis:

Sean Harker is good at two things: stealing cars and fighting. One earns him money, the other earns him respect from the gang that he calls family.

A police chase through the city streets is just another rite of passage for Sean . . . as is getting nicked. But a brutal event behind bars convinces him to take charge, and turn his life around.

Now he must put his street skills to the ultimate test: as a soldier in the British army. And the battlefield is London, where innocent people are being targeted by a new and terrifying enemy.

Undercover, under threat – only Sean Harker can save the streets from all-out war.

Exited yet?!?! I know I am! We’ll have to wait until August though:

Product details
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (11 Aug. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0857534696

Andy McNab's Street Soldier

2016
04.03

World Book Day: 9 tips to help your child learn to read by SAS author Andy McNab
3 March 2016 – By BOUDICCA FOX-LEONARD

Andy McNab didn’t read his first book until he was 17. Now the bestselling author of over 20 books, he’s on a mission to get more kids reading.

“As long as you read, you get knowledge. With knowledge, you get power. Then you can do things you want to do in life,” says Andy, himself a father.

He came to public prominence in 1993 when he published his account of the Special Air Service (SAS) patrol Bravo Two Zero in 1991.

A proflic author, who enjoys everything from thrillers to Dickens, his own experience is proof that it’s never too late to start reading.

“The first book I read was in the army. It was Janet and John book ten. Afterwards I felt really proud, I’d actually enjoyed it too.”

So if you’re struggling to get your little ones to put down their screens and take up a book, here are Andy’s top nine survival tips for parents.


1) Lead by example

Reading is infectious. If your child sees you reading, they are more likely to pick up a book. And once you get into a good book, it’s like a drug.

2) Don’t be a sergeant major
Let your children read what they like. Don’t shove a book down a kids throat. If they don’t like it, they won’t read it. It could be a comic or a cartoon strip, as long as they’re reading they are learning.

3) Seen the movie? Now read the book

That film they loved at the cinema? That TV adaptation they were hooked on? Ask your child it they knew it was a book and suggest they give it a go to see the difference between the two.

4) Don’t break the bank
Books can be expensive, especially if you haven’t got a library nearby. Luckily publishers are realising this. I support a series of books called Quick Reads. They cost a quid each and are great for children and adults alike – they are brilliant for building confidence. So money is no excuse not to bury your nose in a good book.

5) Read aloud
Making time to read aloud to your children is imperative! Einstein was asked how you make children intelligent and he said read them stories and then read them more stories.
Being read to allows kids to spark up their imagination. Research shows that even if they drift off and you keep talking, unconsciously they are sill carving new neural pathways.

6) Trick them into it
Few kids want to do what their parents tell them to do. So telling them to turn off the Playstation isn’t going to work. But how about suggesting they read a book of cheats for their favourite games? Some of them are 40,000 words long! They won’t even realise that what they’re doing is reading.

7) Appeal to their passions
If your child loves fashion, suggest they reads the Devil Wears Prada. If a child finds the subject matter interesting, they’ll read the book.

8) Explain how reading is a life skill
I’ve had children say to me ‘but footballers don’t need to read’. But yes they do. Some of those contracts are 120 pages long. Do you really want someone else deciding that for you? Reading is a lifeskill we all need.

9) Don’t categorise books!
Dickens is great. If you took away the coal fires and put in central heating, the characters would still remain the same. But the classics aren’t for everyone. Don’t categorise a book by class. Read what you enjoy, not what you think you should be reading.

The 2016 Galaxy Quick Reads are bite-sized books written by best-selling authors for £1. Available now from bookshops, supermarkets and online or libraries nationwide.

Source: Mirror.co.uk