Rock Bottom: A Midsummer Nightmare

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Nick adores Jessie, but despite his best efforts to woo her, she barely notices him. Distraught that she will be leaving New Forest Academy at the end of term to attend drama school, Nick devises a cunning plan to ensure Jessie will fall madly in love with him and decide to stay. Confident that he will be cast as one of the romantic leads in the end-of-term school production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nick intends to dazzle Jessie with his exceptional acting talents.

Unfortunately, he is given the part of Bottom, a comic fool dressed as a donkey, and his hopes of capturing Jessie’s heart are dashed. Luckily, Robyn – the naughtiest girl in school – offers to assist Nick in his quest for true love and makes some last-minute changes to the cast list, with hilarious results.

Zany characters, a daft plot and plenty of humour combine to create a hugely entertaining tale. This super-readable book from Barrington Stoke features tinted paper to reduce visual stress, a special font to assist with character recognition and lively black-and-white illustrations throughout the chapters, all of which help break down barriers to reading.

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