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Nitty Gritty Novels bring to your classroom ...

  • a New Zealand, award-winning series of graded novels
  • 48 high-interest, levelled chapter books written by acclaimed New Zealand and international authors including Stu Duval, Diana Noonan, Jillian Sullivan, William Taylor, Tina Shaw, John Lockyer, Glynne MacLean and more
  • Strong themes, cutting-edge design and high-interest texts to engage young readers
  • Stimulating and engaging discussion prompts, and activities focusing on key critical literacy areas including author purpose, power of language, characterisation, bias, point of view and more
  • Different social and cultural perspectives, strong themes and messages to spark discussion and encourage the questioning, challenging and deconstructing of texts
  • Each novel is supported by research-based blackline masters and teacher's resources


Classroom approved!


"Nitty Gritty Novels and Teacher Guides form the basis for our literacy programme. Students get to read, discuss, think about issues and ideas in their literacy groups.

The activity sheets are designed to encourage thinking rather than busy work, and relate to the objectives and themes. The programme is not prescriptive but allows flexbility for teachers within a guided outline.

I know the students are getting a good reading programme when teachers use this series."


- Debbie Ussher, Head of Prep, St Peter's School, Cambridge, NZ



Teaching Resources

A wealth of resources directly addressing the development of critical literacy skills.



  • 1 Teacher's Resource Book per series
  • Learning Objectives and Assessment Tools are reflected in the blackline masters and focus questions.
  • Pre-Reading and Chapter Discussion provide the framework for group-based instructional reading sessions.
  • Literature Circles Discussion Prompts for use in peer-led literature circles.
  • Extension Activites extend student's ideas and understanding
  • Blackline Masters provide relevant information to assess understanding of the text and development of critical literacy skills.







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