Billy Growing Up

8 books in series
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Billy Has a Birthday Summary

Billy Has a Birthday is the first volume in the Billy Growing Up series. The story follows Billy, a young boy who turns 10 on the tenth October - 10, 10, 10 - a once in a lifetime occasion. Billy's excitement at his 'big' birthday perfectly captures that of a child who is bordering on adolescence - each birthday seems so much more important than the last, and the move from single to double figures is one of the greatest of all.

On Billy's birthday, he is over the moon to be given a £20 note by his granddad. No more silly children's toys, he can finally buy what he wants. At the age of 10 this seems like a huge amount of money - more than Billy has ever owned. Things take an unpleasant turn when the local bully hears about Billy's birthday present, and forces him to give it up - or else. Billy, like many other children his age, agrees to the bully's demands.

Billy is devastated to have lost his special birthday present, but he attempts to keep the situation a secret from his mum and granddad. He has nothing to be ashamed of, but has convinced himself that the adults in his life will be cross if they find out what has happened. Like many bullied children he feels he cannot turn to anyone for help. Fortunately, luck is on Billy's side, and his best friend's little sister finds out about the bully and tells Billy's granddad. Together they are able to hatch a plan to get the note back and to ensure the bully gets what's coming to him!

Billy Has a Birthday is a wonderful example of a story that young children can enjoy listening to together with their parents. Using traditional storytelling, it is entertaining while dealing with a serious issue that affect many children as they grow up. Bullying can be a difficult subject for children to talk about, and many feel frightened or embarrassed if they fall victim to bullying. This book acts as the perfect icebreaker for adults and children to begin discussing these issues.

The message in the book is clear - you can't rid the world of bullies but you can do something about how you deal with them.

©2014 James Minter (P)2016 James Minter
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  • Book 1

    • Billy Has a Birthday

    • Billy Growing Up, Book 1
    • By: James Minter
    • Narrated by: Lola-Rose Maxwell
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Billy Has a Birthday is the first volume in the Billy Growing Up series. The story follows Billy, a young boy who turns 10 on the tenth October - 10, 10, 10 - a once in a lifetime occasion. Billy's excitement at his 'big' birthday perfectly captures that of a child who is bordering on adolescence - each birthday seems so much more important than the last, and the move from single to double figures is one of the greatest of all.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story!

    • By christopher hogg on 17-06-16

    Regular price: £6.39

  • Book 2

    • Billy and Ant Fall Out

    • Billy Growing Up, Volume 2
    • By: James Minter
    • Narrated by: Lola-Rose Maxwell
    • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is book two of the Billy Growing Up series written to help children form positive values that will serve them at this stage in their lives. Each book uses the power of traditional storytelling to illustrate, guide, and shape their understanding in a safe environment. In this book, we discuss pride. There are two different kinds of pride. The first is selfless and is based on a person's achievements and qualities. Being proud of how we look, being part of a team or of one's country is a feeling that comes from deep within us.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Useful entry in a series of 'dilemma' stories

    • By K. J. Noyes on 06-03-17

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  • Book 3

    • Billy Is Nasty to Ant: Jealousy

    • Billy Growing Up, Book 3
    • By: James Minter
    • Narrated by: Lola-Rose Maxwell
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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    Using traditional storytelling, as well as providing an entertaining listen, this book discusses jealousy. Jealousy is based on wanting something for ourselves that someone else has. As children, we learn by making comparisons with others. Jealousy usually involves another person. Seeing them with something we want but do not have can lead us to harm and bring unhappiness to the other person at whatever cost. These emotions can also generate feelings of guilt and shame.

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  • Book 4

    • Billy and Ant Lie

    • The Billy Books, Book 4
    • By: James Minter
    • Narrated by: Lola-Rose Maxwell
    • Length: 57 mins
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    A lie is deliberately saying something that is not true that you want someone else to believe. Lies are told to protect ourselves or someone else from getting into trouble, to avoid punishment or embarrassment. Nearly everyone has told a "white" lie at some point, but lying becomes a problem when the person is compelled to frequently tell untruths. Lying then becomes a way of life.

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  • Book 5

    • Billy Helps Max

    • By: James Minter
    • Narrated by: Lola-Rose Maxwell
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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    Max knows that stealing is wrong but at first she justifies it to herself, and even acts as if she just forgot to pay for the item. But stealing at whatever level is a crime, and if we get caught there are serious consequences like fines or a prison sentence. Parents can teach their children that stealing is wrong by insisting they return whatever item they have taken and apologize to the owner.

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  • Book 6

    • Billy Saves the Day

    • Billy Growing up, Book 6
    • By: James Minter
    • Narrated by: Lola-Rose Maxwell
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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    Billy Field is given an opportunity to act in the school play, but he tells himself he can't do it. He convinces himself that he'll never learn all the lines. Feeling unsure and vulnerable, he thinks of all the ways he can get out of playing the part. Instead he becomes a member of the stage crew, and without even realizing it, he learns the lines, not only for the main part but all the other parts too. Following an accident befalling Ant Turner who is playing the lead role, the play might have to be cancelled.

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  • Book 7

    • Billy Wants It All: Money

    • Billy Growing Up, Book 7
    • By: James Minter
    • Narrated by: Lola-Rose Maxwell
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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    Children, usually driven by peer-pressure, want the latest toys, electronics, and clothes, but have little understanding of the value of money or where it comes from. This is essential knowledge for later years. Billy wants a new skateboard and games controller, but doesn't understand why he can't have them bought for him. He doesn't pay anything towards other household costs, so why does he have to contribute to a toy?

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  • Book 8

    • Billy Knows a Secret

    • Billy Growing Up, Volume 8
    • By: James Minter
    • Narrated by: Lola-Rose Maxwell
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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    Billy Field and Ant Turner are asked to keep a secret from Max Turner, Ant's sister, about her upcoming birthday present. What starts off as innocent fun ends up being nasty when Ant uses the secret to get his own back. When Billy accidentally damages his dad's new car, he makes a pact with Ant about keeping it a secret. This puts a burden on them both and nearly gets Eddy Jost into a lot of trouble. Does Max find out what her surprise birthday present is? Does Eddy get into more trouble? Will Billy own up? How does Ant cope with keeping secrets?

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