Phonic Books: Talisman 2 Book Series


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What are Catch-up Readers?

Catch-up readers are decodable, systematic phonic reading books for older readers

Interest Age: 8 to 14+


80% of struggling readers have a gap in phonics knowledge. Phonics books fill in these missing gaps. They are designed for older students who may have already experienced reading failure. Since many of these students also experience loss of confidence and low self-esteem, Phonics Books develop confident, independent reading strategies.


Included in each series:

    • Systematic (sequenced) phonic progression
    • Age-appropriate illustrations and story lines
    • Reading practice page which prepares the student for reading the text
    • Vocabulary page to develop receptive and expressive language
    • Reader-friendly layout

Each of the series engage students in action-packed stories, while introducing step-by-step decodable phonics skills. Each series is supported by a photocopiable workbook (sold separately) that provides a variety of skill based activities.



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Talisman 2 Book Series


Written by Tami Reis-Frankfort and Illustrated by Drew Wilson

The Dark Master is creating a new Talisman and Zak must save the world.



The Talisman 2 Series continues the action packed stories of the Talisman 1 Series and follows the same phonic sequence as Titan’s Guantlets. Alternatives for new vowel and consonant sounds and common Latin Suffixes are introduced in this series. Each book has 12 full-color pages to stimulate and engage older readers, while including more text per page.


Subject/Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

Ages: 8-14

Interest Level: Grades 2-8

Books: 10 Decodable Books Sold Together as a Complete Series


Phonic/Spelling Skills Taught:

  • Book 1: ‘ue’: u, ue, u-e, ew
  • Book 2: ‘u’: u, o, ou; and ‘o’: o, a, ou, au
  • Book 3: ‘s’: s, ss, se, c, ce, sc, st
  • Book 4: ‘l’: l, ll, le, al, el, il, ol
  • Book 5: ‘j’: j, g, ge, dge, dj
  • Book 6: ‘f’: f, ff, ph, gh
  • Book 7: ‘cher’: ture
  • Book 8: ‘shun’: tion, tian, sion, ssion, cian
  • Book 9: ‘shul’: tial, cial; ‘shus’: cious, ious, tious
  • Book 10: ‘zhun’: sion; ‘zher’ sure



Talisman 2 Workbook (Sold Separately)

Catch-up reader workbooks are integral to the reading program as they include activities to support the learner. 

The 167 page, Talisman 2 photocopiable workbook has 10 chapters of activities designed for older students, ages 8-14. This workbook corresponds directly to the 10 books in the Talisman 2 series, and includes activities such as word building, reading, spelling and comprehension based on the characters and adventures in the Talisman 2 series.

For help deciding which series to begin with, click the photo below for an assessment.


Additional information

Weight 2.0 lbs
Dimensions 7 × 5 × 3 in


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