“Are you going to answer that?”
Check out the cover for Ringtone – the first of my two books in the new Dark Reads series for Badger Learning.
With only 600 words and amazing illustrations by the brilliant Mark Penman, Ringtone is ideal for teenagers with a reading age of 6 to 7.
Here’s what the lovely folk at Badger had to say about it…
A literary cocktail of peer pressure, friendship, guilt and a deep, dark secret pulse through Tommy Donbavand’s Dark Read, perfect for attracting and holding the interest of struggling teen readers! Tommy is no stranger to crafting spooky and captivating stories for children and teenagers and this latest offering has cleverly brought the haunting beat of The Tell-Tale Heart, a paranormal classic by Edgar Allen Poe, into a contemporary and relate-able setting.
Ben and Darren are best friends who do everything together. But when a dare goes horribly wrong, Darren is left haunted by his final decision.
What will it take to make it right?
Black, white and yellow are the sole colours used in this story and this simple, partial colour usage is designed to draw attention to certain characters and objects in the story in order to deliver maximum impact. This is a popular technique used in graphic novels such as Sin City.
The short chapters and low word count, together with the graphic-style illustrations, make Ringtone a highly appealing book aimed at teens with a reading age of 6-7 years and an interest age of 12-15 years.