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Phonic Books: Talisman 1 Series

Catch-Up Readers

Zak lives with his Grandpa, who raised him after his parents died. On his 13th birthday, his Grandpa gives him a strange gift – a talisman. Never take it off. It will protect you. One day, it might even save your life, his Grandpa said. But somebody else wanted the talisman and its special powers and they would do anything to get it. From the day he was given the talisman, Zak’s life was never the same again.

  • Created for guided or independent reading
  • Ideal for practicing specific decoding patterns in the context of a larger narrative
  • Text is supported by color pictures on each page
  • Each book focuses on a set of sound-spellings for readers to practice
  • Action-packed stories in short books (about 300 words each)

    Spelling Focus for each book

    • Book 1: ai, ay, a, a-e, ea, ey
    • Book 2: ee, ea, e, y, e–e, ie and ei
    • Book 3: ow, oa, o, oe and o–e
    • Book 4: er, ir, ur, or and ear
    • Book 5: ow, ou, oi and oy
    • Book 6: oo, ue, u–e, ew, ou and u
    • Book 7: igh, ie, i–e, I and y
    • Book 8: aw, awe, a, al, au and ough
    • Book 9: air, are, ear, ere and eir
    • Book 10: ar

    The Talisman 1 Series includes 10 fantasy/adventure stories for students ages 8 through 14 that introduce more alternative spellings for the vowel sounds: ae, oe er ow/oi, oo, ie, or, air, and ar. To promote interest, the series features one continuous story when read in sequence, and continues the story started in the Totem Series.

    Talisman 1 Series Workbook

    This spiral-bound photo-copiable workbook (150 pages) includes reading, spelling and comprehension activities for each of the stories in the Talisman Series.

    Talisman Cards

    sampleTalisman Cards are a collection of 20 beautifully illustrated card decks students can use to play a fast-paced game that gives them plenty of phonic skills practice. Starting at the CVC word level, the decks introduce consonant digraphs and alternative spellings for vowel sounds. Each deck of 56 cards corresponds to a phonic focus contained in the Phonic Books Series.

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    Reading Level

    Interest Level


    Grades 2-8

    Subject/Genre: Adventure Fantasy

    Recommended Ages: 8-14

    Pages: 12 pp, 5-7/8 x 8-1/4, softcover


    Item No.






    1 Set of 10 Books


    Workbooks and Accessories (Available Separately)

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    Talisman 1 Series Workbook



    Talisman Cards Decks 1-10



    Talisman Cards Decks 11-20


    See Also... (Sold Separately)


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    Phonic Books Complete Series



    Phonic Books: Magic Belt Series



    Phonic Books Spin, Read and Spell! Book 1



    Phonic Books: Talisman 2 Series



    Phonic Books: Alba Series



    Phonic Books: Rescue Series


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