PageTurners are short, easy-to-read stories for adults learning to read. Designed by experienced adult educators, published by Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education and available now in the ACE Shop.
Approximately 100 words in length, 12–16 pages, up to 60 unique words.
- Bank hold up: I went to the bank for money and got a fright instead.
- The camel man: How cameleers helped build Australia
- The dentist: About putting off a visit to the dentist.
- The drink machine is evil: The drink machine never gives me what I want. It’s evil.
- The duck: A keen gardener enlists the help of a duck.
- The fortune teller: She can’t predict everything.
- Fresh fish: What to do when the fish don’t bite.
- The ghost: Ken spends a night in a haunted house.
- Helpful Harry: Helping other people isn’t easy.
- The hero: Mick is a ‘waste of space’ until he saves a little girl.
- I want a holiday: Anna’s holiday was all work, cooking and cleaning.
- Late for work: Luke was always in trouble for being later for work.
- Learning to swim: About a man who learns to swim.
- Motor bikes: Reasons why this guy like his motor bike.
- Not any more: When Tony came to Australia he was young and alone. But that was a long time ago.
- Red dog: The famous dog who lives in Western Australia.
- Robots: Would a robot make your life easier?
- Running with boats: The Todd River boat race in the desert.
- Spider! Scott is scared of spiders. His sister isn’t.
100-200 words in length, 16-20 pages, up to 150 unique words.
- Blood: Blood on the ground. Is it a murder?
- Can you read this: About learning to read.
- Car thieves: Two car thieves make a big mistake.
- Dance class: A woman tricks her husband into learning to dance.
- Double trouble: A slight car accident leads to a strange discovery.
- Dream job: Otus is a working dog. A story that rhymes.
- Drums: A teenager finds a creative way to get a drum kit.
- Fire! About dealing with bushfires.
- Football: Soccer, rugby or Australian rules?
- Good morning Max: Max’s plan to have coffee with Maria falls through.
- I’m watching TV: He watches TV; she wants action.
- Internet scam: An email from a stranger promises to make Ned rich.
- Lost: Driving with no GPS in a strange city is difficult.
- Mizuri the cat: Joyce got a kitten and it ate and ate and ate.
- On the goldfields: Life on the goldfields of the 1850s.
- Peanuts: Grandma’s revenge on her greedy grandson.
- The shave: Everyone wanted Kevin to cut his long hair.
- Shut up Steve: Steve talks all the time, until he meets a pretty girl.
200–300 words in length, 16-20 pages, approx. 200 unique words.
- Be careful: Most accidents happen at home.
- Black market bargain: Gino and Mario go bargain hunting and get a nasty surprise.
- Catnapped: Two girls steal a cat for the reward — and get a surprise.
- Convicts: About the 19th century convicts sent to Australia.
- Cuc’s bed: Cuc searches for the right kind of bed.
- Cyclone Tracy: Xmas 1975 in Darwin.
- Dancer: Suzanne’s dream was to be a dancer. She quit her job to try and become one.
- A dog’s life: ‘A dog’s life’ is actually pretty good.
- I hate the beach: She hates the beach but likes lifesavers.
- Just one friend: Alone in the city Rosie was lonely, until she got a dog
- My first plane trip: It’s my first time in a plane and I’m a little bit nervous.
- Rescue: It’s simple to rescue a cat stuck in a tree. Or is it?
- Snakes alive! Walking in the bush, you need to be careful.
- Spare parts: One woman’s way to get rid of her husband’s old car.
- Sports camp: A teenager goes on a sports camp.
- Strong Sam: Going to a gym isn’t the only way to get strong.
- Tooth fairy: A mix up in an old folks’ home.
- Would I lie to you? About the origin of the expression ‘to tell a furphy’.
400-600 words in length, 20-24 pages, approx. 300 unique words.
- The beach: Sue accidentally finds herself at a nude beach.
- The big TV: The too-big TV causes some problems.
- Bikini sandals: Thongs (flip-flops) are banned at work, but not ‘bikini sandals’.
- The burglary: After a burglary, Reg makes a false insurance claim.
- The doctor’s secret: James Barry was a well-known British doctor in the 1800s.
- Dog gone: Greg’s dog Diggy goes everywhere with him. One day Diggy just disappears.
- Marry me? Proposing to Jane wasn’t easy for Dave.
- The necklace: Jenny’s new job was hard, but it was worth it in the end.
- Outback road: Two girls travel in the outback.
- Pay dirt: A cunning boss wants some free digging done.
- Phar Lap: The story of Australia’s favourite racehorse.
- Scary story: John’s love for telling scary stories backfires on him.
- Shipwreck! A 19th century love story (based loosely on Loch Ard).
- Tattoos: One tattoo branded him, but more made things worse.
- Train surfing: Playing on the trains was fun, until …
- Turning forty: Luke makes a list: 10 things to do before I turn 40.
Longer stories, but with a unique word count of 300 words.
- A handful of sand: A story of indigenous land rights.
- Ned Kelly: Was Ned Kelly a hero or a villain?
- Simpson’s donkey: A larrikin hero of World War 1