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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


Red Eyes at Night by Michael Morpurgo
Published by Hodder Children’s Books, 1998
ISBN 0-340-68753-3
Illustrations © Tony Ross, 1998

Michael Morpurgo writes for children of all ages and for teenagers also. His books have won many awards, and he became Children’s Laureate in 2003.

Red Eyes at Night is funny story written in a chatty style in the first person. It is also a story with a spooky twist.

Every summer Millie’s cousin the perfect Geraldine comes to stay, and it’s up to Millie to entertain her. It wouldn’t be too bad if Geraldine wasn’t so good at everything. Gran and Mum think she’s wonderful and even Bingo the dog will go to no one else when Geraldine’s around.

When Millie discovers that Geraldine is afraid of ghosts she devises a plan to take her down a peg or two. But the best laid plans are often doomed to backfire.

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