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Secrets By Sue Torr MBE

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"If a child slips through the net and leaves school without being able to read and write, that child will be starting a life sentence - embarrassment, rage, isolation, fear, torment. I know. I’ve been there and so have thousands of others." 

Sue was a dinner lady when, at the age of 38, she finally admitted that she couldn't read or write. Secrets is an autobiographical account of the difficulties she faced in a life without literacy. The book has been designed for both beginner and confident readers, with standard text on the left-hand page and a simplified text on the facing page. Secrets also makes fascinating reading for children of primary and secondary school age.

Sue Torr is a dedicated adult literacy campaigner who was awarded an MBE for Outstanding Service to the Community.

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ISBN / EAN 9781842310243
Author Sue Torr MBE
Publisher Gatehouse
Reading Level 1 - Very Easy Beginner Reader
  • Really inspirational

    It is really inspirational. I love the way the text is on two levels too. Perfect for mixed ability groups, and also brilliant for readers needing a confidence boost reading the simplified text to then delve further without fearing that they may be adrift. Very clever and encouraging for learners.

    Sue Gordon, Literacy Tutor, South Thames College 9 February 2015
  • A brilliant book

    Secrets made me cry. It is such a brilliant book. It will change lives, because it shows what it feels like if you can't read and, best of all, it shows us all that we can learn to read.

    Anonymous 9 October 2012
  • Her story is an inspiration

    Sue Torr is the authentic voice of someone who has struggled with the skills most adults take for granted. Her story is an inspiration to the many adults faced with similar challenges in an ever more complex and demanding world.

    Alan Wells OBE, former Director of the Basic Skills Agency 4 October 2012
  • A remarkable story

    Sue Torr's remarkable story will inspire thousands of adults and young people to find the confidence to improve their reading and writing.

    The Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, Prime Minister 4 October 2012

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