Backstreet has classrooms, desks and teachers but it's no ordinary school. At Backstreet, lessons are learnt the hard way. Set in a special school, "New Boy" is part of a new fiction series that follows the experiences of boys and girls who have been excluded from mainstream education. These gritty and realistic streetwise stories will resonate with teens and young adults, but are carefully written to cater for a reading age of 5-6. The low word counts and controlled vocabulary provides access for even the most reluctant and struggling of readers, while the edgy black and white illustrations support the narrative. In "New Boy", it's Kyle's first day at Backstreet, but he hates school and walks out of class before it's even started. Mr Carter goes after Kyle and finds a policeman trying to get him down from the roof of a bus shelter. Mr Carter deals with the policeman but there's only one person that can persuade Kyle to get down and give Backstreet another go.
Before writing full-time, Helen Orme taught as a Special Needs Co-ordinator in a large comprehensive school. At the last count she had written around 40 books, many for reluctant readers. Helen also runs workshops for children and courses for teachers.