Steve Sharp is a reading series for older struggling readers. This is the first book in the series of six, which are read in order. Steve Sharp is an Afro-Caribbean detective trying to do the right thing in the tough world of gangsters and organised crime. These stories are a fresh update of the traditional hard-boiled tough detective fiction of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. The texts are based round recognised high frequency vocabulary and emphasis has been placed on making the texts phonetically decodable wherever possible. The books are black and white and illustrated throughout. The short clipped style of the 500-word stories is perfectly suited for older reluctant readers and struggling readers. The books are also suitable as back up reading for adult literacy programmes.
H.L.Dube has worked as a teacher in Leeds, Zambia, Botswana, Yemen and at Bolton University in the UK. The author has written many books over the years, catering for range of abilities and diverse cultural backgrounds. Her primary focus has always been on writing for less able readers, a subject close to her heart.