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Fantasy: a bicycle
 
In this genre, the coming and goings of fairies and trolls and tarantulas and vampires may have helped Artemis Fowl and Cirque du Freak become something of a cult in Years 5-7.
 
However, it is the hilarious anctics of a not-so-ordinary bicycle that have made Frank Murphy's Charlie Harte and his Two-wheeled Tiger such a hit (O'Brien Press, 0-86278-532-4).

It changed his life
 
In this ‘tale of determined ambition and rewarded', Charlie Harte really wanted a bike.
 
His family could not afford to buy one, so when he found a bike frame lying between two bins, he brought it home and visited the scrapyard until he had all the makings of a functioning bike.
 
When the bike was finished, he named it Tiger and then discovered that he and his bike could communicate with each other.
 
With Tiger’s help, Charlie set up his own courier service, and all went well until bicycle thieves moved into the area.

In the end, though, The Hair and his accomplice were not match for Charlie Harte and his talking Tiger!

Barbara Heath's study unit
Barbara's study unit made the National Literacy Strategy fun when her classes at Gorsemoor Primary School read Charlie Harte.
 

Contents

Gorsemoor’s Ireland project
The story of Charlie Harte and

His Two-Wheeled Tiger
The author
Lesson plans

WORKSHEETS
O’Brien activity sheets 1 - 13
Personification
Exploring sentences
Investigating clauses
Asking questions


O'Brien Press resources: Frank Murphy  Charlie Hart