5 reasons to try Super-Readable Rollercoasters

Super authors, super accessible, simply super-readable fiction for KS3/11-14

Written by award-winning authors and developed in partnership with Barrington Stoke, the experts in producing accessible fiction, Super-Readable Rollercoasters aim to encourage less-confident readers and support them to become life-long readers.

With findings from the latest Word Gap report by Oxford University Press showing that pupils may have read less widely for pleasure during lockdown, these new titles offer exciting and accessible stories for less-confident readers and for those who have may have lost their ‘reading spark’ during lockdown.

Here are five reasons why your school should try Super-Readable Rollercoasters.

1. Amazing Authors

Super-Readable Rollercoasters bring together best-selling and award-winning authors to create exciting and accessible fiction for 11-14-year-olds. I am the Minotaur by Carnegie Medal winner Anthony McGowan, Rat from Patrice Lawrence, and Edgar & Adolf by Phil Earle and Michael Wagg.

You can find out more about the authors by watching our interviews with them here.

2. Accessible for Less-Confident Readers

This series brings together Oxford University Press’s understanding of the schools’ market and commitment to improvements in educational outcomes with Barrington Stoke’s expertise in commissioning and editing accessible fiction. The titles have been expertly edited to remove any barriers to comprehension and then carefully laid out in Barrington Stoke’s dyslexia-friendly font to make them as accessible as possible.

“The dyslexia friendly font is in keeping with the fonts I recommend to staff for printed/digital texts.” says Katie Ward, a specialist teacher supporting dyslexic & reluctant readers. “The spacing between letters supports slower letter recognition along with the line spacing, which also allows readers who would use a ruled overlay to fit it neatly across the page to keep their place without it overlapping lines below.”

3. Build Vocabulary and Help Close the Word Gap

Reading is one of the best and most important ways to build language, unlock vocabulary, and to help close the word gap and Super-Readable Rollercoasters are an exciting way to support readers to do this. Each of these titles has been written to help build confidence, make reading enjoyable, and enthuse readers by providing them with accessible reading material that encourages them to develop a love of reading. Their shorter length allows readers to build reading stamina whilst engaging in a gripping, well-told story that will ensure an enjoyable reading experience.

4. Exciting and Engaging Fiction

The titles range from powerful historical tales of friendship and loyalty, to gripping contemporary stories of bullying, loneliness and growing up. They focus on relevant themes and issues that will resonate with 11+ readers both in and out of the classroom.

“I love this book. I wish I could have read it when I was at school. A really important story, beautifully told.”

– Dan Freedman, author of the Jamie Johnson books, review of Edgar & Adolf by Phil Earle and Michael Wagg

5. Support for School and Home

To help readers get even more from each title, insights including author interviews, language analysis and book club questions, are provided within the book. An additional teacher resource pack is also available for schools to download for free to support the teaching of these titles within the classroom.

Look out for the next three titles in the series from Sally Nicholls, Tanya Landman and Marcus Sedgwick, coming later in 2021. 

Visit www.oxfordsecondary.com/superreadable to download the free teacher resource packs and to order an evaluation copy.

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