Reading for ages 12 to 16

Combining skills-based phonics practice with reading for pleasure

  • Engaging and humorous stories combined with rigorous, research-based reading instruction
  • Emphasis on fluency through sustained reading of continuous text underpinned by Synthetic Phonics principles
  • Straightforward tutor-friendly guide with photocopiable materials
  • Decodable text with manageable increase in language complexity

Piper Books offers a fresh chance to those who have fallen through the educational net. Catch-up learners with weak or missing phonics knowledge need opportunities to read intelligent and engaging texts. This is exactly what the stories offer. The MRI programme establishes automatic decoding skills within stories that students can read and want to read.

From the tragicomedy of Henry VIII to the doom of an Aztec city, from the antics of Africa’s spider demi-god to the trials of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, from Hamlet’s insanity to Beowulf’s heroics, the fifty Mature Reading Instruction books offer a darkly comic take on history, myths, folk tales and literary masterpieces.

Word count:
MRI Sets 1 and 2: 32,000 words
MRI Sets 3 and 4: 48,000 words

See Free Resources for copies of Set 1: Book 6: Macbeth
Set 2: Book 8: Story 3: Problems with the Number Nine
Set 3: Book 9: Story 3: Athena and Arachne
Set 4: Book 5: Extract from Pride and Prejudice
Plus progress assessment sheets and graphs

The majority of older readers will start with Set 1, but students with very poor reading skills will benefit from the shorter and simpler Starter Set (See Older readers: Reading for ages 9-11).

MRI also offers abundant Systematic Phonics practice for ESL (English as a Second Language) programmes.

MRI Tutor Guide

Tutor Guide Piper BooksThe photocopiable MRI Tutor Guide enables all teachers to assess exactly where a student is in his/her progress towards becoming a competent reader. Information and procedures are clearly and simply explained.

Contents include:
Practical Teaching Points, Initial and Final Assessment, Background Information About the Stories, Record Keeping, Fluency Practice, Copying and Dictation Exercises, Frequently Asked Questions, and Troubleshooting.

Buy the Tutor Guide
“The overview is very clear and practical and provides the tutor with all the important introductory information – research base, relevance to Synthetic Phonics, range of literature spanned and suggestions for further activities.”Adult Literacy Teacher

Catch-up for older students


MRI Set 1 Mature Reading Instruction

MRI Set 1 Mature Reading Instruction
Books 1-10 £24.00


MRI Set 2 Mature Reading Instruction

MRI Set 2 Mature Reading Instruction
Books 1-10 £24.00


MRI Set 3 Mature Reading Instruction

MRI Set 3 Mature Reading Instruction
Books 1-10 £26.00


MRI Set 4 Mature Reading Instruction

MRI Set 4 Mature Reading Instruction
Books 1-10 £26.00

Buy MRI books
“We thought the stories were hilarious and really engaging, laugh out loud funny, which is what a lot of our learners need… The author really has the knack for retelling great stories in a concise and entertaining way.”Adult Literacy Tutor
“We’ve hit the ground running with them this term – just what I needed for my strugglers and they love the stories.”English Teacher, Middle School
“Very useful… Very clever books.” Founding Developer, leading Synthetic Phonics programme