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Charlie Fletcher

Charlie Fletcher has written numerous screenplays, and is the author of the critically acclaimed Stoneheart trilogy. Here he talks to Graham Marks about the story so far, the differences between writing for screen and page, America, literary mash-ups, and of course his latest novel, Far Rockaway.

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Aliens Stole My Dog

Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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A Footballer Called Flip

Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross

Jack Lewis is short. REALLY short. So short, in fact, that Mr Bullock, the St Saviours football coach, doesn't want him on the team.But when Mr Willis discovers Jack's 'footballing brain' ... and Jack's mum steps in with a few tips ... it looks like the School Cup may be just the beginning!

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Through the Cat-Flap

Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Boy Racer

Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross

Henry's mum and dad think his new friend Gary is BAD NEWS. But Dad's got worse problems at work. If he doesn't win the charity go-kart race, he might lose his job!There's trouble ahead, that's for sure. But nobody reckons on a mystery boy racer who turns up at the track. He's got a surprise in store for everyone...Other titles in the series: YOUNG ROBIN'S HOOD; A FOOTBALLER CALLED FLIP; THE MAGIC SNEEZE; ALIENS STOLE MY DOG; WHIZZ THE FLEABAG.

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Jump In!

Ian Whybrow, David Melling
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Ian Whybrow, David Melling
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Robin Hood's Best Shot

Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross

From football to go karting, and real heroes and aliens, This series is packed with high action, adventure and humour, ideal for turning reluctant readers into lifelong bookworms. Do you know everything there is to know about Robin Hood and his Merry Men? Well, think again! Before they were famous, battling the nasty Sheriff of Nottingham, this famous band of heroes were normal boys with normal names. So how did they come to be called Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett and Little John? Well, it's quite a story, and certainly not one for the faint-hearted!

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All Change!

Ian Whybrow, David Melling
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Ian Whybrow, David Melling
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Sniff

Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Sniff Bounces Back

Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross

Sniff: big-hearted, brainless and untrainable! Has Sniff been dog-napped by mad scientists? Or "eated by a moocow"? And why are Ben and his family hiding in the bushes with no clothes on ...?Welcome back to the puzzling world of the most hilarious and chaotic canine ever!

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Nice One Sniff

Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Sniff The Wonderdog

Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
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The Houseminders

Ian Whybrow
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Ian Whybrow

Set over the course of a year, each season's changing colours and moods are portrayed through stunning artwork that perfectly captures the feel of this text.

Brian Moses

Brian Moses lives in the village of Etchingham with his wife Anne, a loopy labrador called Honey and a collection of bad-tempered chickens.He first worked as a teacher but has now been a professional children's poet since 1988. To date he has over 200 books published including volumes of his own poetry such as Holding the Hands of Angels (Salt) and Behind the Staffroom Door (Macmillan), anthologies such as The Secret Lives of Teachers and Aliens Stole My Underpants (both Macmillan), picture books such as Beetle in the Bathroom and Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe (both Puffin) and non-fiction titles such as Titanic: Lost & Saved (Wayland). Over 1 million copies of Brian's poetry books have now been sold by Macmillan and in 2005 he was nominated for both the CLPE Award and the Spoken Word Award. Brian also visits schools to run writing workshops and perform his own poetry and percussion shows. To date he has visited well over 2500 schools and libraries throughout the UK. He has made several appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, been writer in residence at Castle Cornet on Guernsey, on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway and at RAF schools in Cyprus. Recently he has visited several International schools in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland.He has performed his poetry at Borders on Second Avenue, New York and in September 2006 he was invited to Iceland to take part in 'Kids in the Marsh' - a festival of children's poetry and song. At the request of Prince Charles he spoke at the Prince's Summer School for Teachers in 2007 at Cambridge University. He is one of ten children's poets invited by then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to feature on the National Poetry Archive.Favourite book: 'Turtle Diary' by Russell Hoban.Favourite Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Favourite Music: Bob Dylan

Corrinne Averiss

Corrinne Averiss is children's author and BAFTA-winning producer of Share a Story (CiTV). She has written, directed and produced for children's television for 17 years, working for CBeebies, CiTV and Ragdoll. Corrinne's picture books include the critically acclaimed, CILIP Greenaway-nominated A Dot in the Snow and Sorrel and the Sleepover, illustrated by Susan Varley. She was born in Worcestershire, raised in Warwickshire and now lives in Marple, on the edge of the beautiful Peak District with her husband, daughter and cat.

Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author.She wrote over 600 books and hundreds of short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy. Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers.

Garry Parsons

Garry studied Fine Art at Canterbury and the Illustration Sequential Design MA at Brighton. He has illustrated many books and has won various awards, including the Red House Children's Book Award, the Stockport Schools Book Award, the Nottingham Children's Book Award and an AOI Images award.

Jackie Walter

Jackie Walter has written and edited many books for children. She never gets tired of listening to and telling a good story. Jackie lives in Cornwall with her husband and young daughters.

Magda Brol

Magda was born in Wroclaw, Poland, where she graduated with a degree in Business and Environmental Sciences. After a few years working in the City of London, she turned her passion for drawing into a dream job, illustrating children's picture books. Magda lives in London with her husband and two young children.

Mike Gordon

Mike Gordon is an ever-popular and award-winning cartoonist. He has produced over 500 cards for Hallmark and over 300 picture books for various publishers. His talent has been rewarded with numerous awards inlcuding Berol cartoonist of the year (1988) and runner up for the Trento Fra realto e Follia (1990). He was also nominated for the Silver Quill Award (Germany, 1991) and for the Book and Magazine Illustrator of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society (1995).

Peter Bently

Peter studied languages at Oxford and has two young children. He is the author of the bestselling Lark in the Ark (shortlisted for Red House Book Award) and the hilarious The Great Bottom Swap (rated 5 stars on Mumsnet). He recently won the American Library Association Notable Book of the year with King Jack and the Dragon and in 2011 he won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize with Cats Ahoy!