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by Katherine Woodfine
illustrated by Briony May Smith

Sophie is afraid of almost everything, earning her the nickname "Scaredy-Cat". When a balloonist arrives at the town fair, Sophie misses out on the excitement while others watch him fly in his marvelous balloon. Her fear of crowds, noise, and even horse-drawn carriages holds her back. But if she can find the courage to overcome her fears, where might her journey take her? This book retells the childhood of Sophie Blanchard, one of the first female aeronauts.

Information for Grown-Ups: This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it.

Book Band – Lime

AR Level – 4.4 (What is an AR level?)

(Accelerated Reader is a computer programme used in some schools for monitoring and managing children’s independent reading practice.
We send all our books to be levelled so any schools using the programme can incorporate our books into their reading scheme.
The AR level of a book does not relate to or impact its Reading Age (RA) or Interest Age (IA).)


Breaking down barriers to reading
For 25 years Barrington Stoke has been publishing super-readable books to help every child unlock a love of reading. Alongside award-winning and engaging stories from the best writers, our books contain a whole host of specialist features designed to help dyslexic and reluctant readers.
Our Design
Unique, dyslexia-friendly font to make reading easier.
Accessible layouts and spacing to stop the page from becoming overcrowded.
Off-white, heavier paper to help reduce visual stress.

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