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Dark Man
The Dark Man series has won great acclaim for its ability to engage older, very reluctant readers. Starting at just 200 words a book and focusing on the key high frequency words, Dark Man offers older readers strong, atmospheric storylines combined with powerful black and white illustrations. Reading age 5-8, Interest Age 11 and up.
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A Superhero for Reluctant Readers

Meet Dark Man, a shadowy, brooding loner who shuns society, living in the shadows. Recruited to play a part in a secret, cataclysmic struggle between good and evil, his continuing mission is to seek out an artefact, a Golden Cup, which can channel limitless power and energy. Opposed to him, and also seeking to find this cup of power, is a sinister and corrupt organisation, The Shadow Masters.

Each paperback book features a self-contained story, with short sentences, plenty of repetition and a carefully selected vocabulary focusing on high frequency words. The text is laid out clearly on off-white paper, good for dyslexic readers and some visual impairments.

Key Features

  • Designed to engage older children and young adult poor readers
  • Clear, short texts with limited vocabulary and extensive repetition
  • Dark, evocative illustrations complement the text
  • Extensively Supported with workbooks and Teacher's Resource Books.


The Dark Man reading books are all supported by workbooks containing photocopiable worksheets specific to each title, as well as detailed teacher's notes. The workbook tasks are varied throughout to allow a degree of progression as they are used.

"The Dark Man series is dark stuff indeed - gritty and full of tension and mystery. Perfectly pitched at reluctant teens and young adults, these short, clever stories also feature memorable artwork and clear layout. Those with a low reading age will want to spend time with the mysterious Dark Man and following his ongoing adventures. More power to him!"

Ian Rankin, bestselling author of the Rebus novels

Customer reviews
"They're not boring like most school books, and they don't insult my intelligence. The stories are told with very few words which is good and the illustrations are brilliant"

Sam Mills - Wribbenhall Middle School, Worcestershire
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