Cambridge Reading is a major new reading scheme which provides stimulating books and support materials for the teaching of reading throughout the primary years. Key features include: a coherent yet flexible structure for teaching and learning; a variety of high quality attractive picture books; a balance of different text types and genres, including stories, poems and information books; an integrated phonics programme; comprehensive support materials.Spike and the Concert is one of the books in the Towards Independence phase of Cambridge Reading. It forms part of a set of nine titles within the Contemporary Fiction strand. The books are written by June Crebbin and illustrated by Peter Kavanagh. They centre around the everyday lives of children from two neighbouring families.