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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Emmy Laybourne

Emmy Laybourne is, in her own words, ‘a writer, teacher and a recovering character actress’ who lives in upstate New York with her husband ‘and two surprisingly well-mannered children’. Here she talks to Graham Marks, on Skype, about how she became a writer, the highs and lows of starting out on a writing career, and her novel, Monument 14.

Orchard Books

Pearl The Cloud Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

Jack Frost has promised not to trouble the Rainbow Fairies again, but he didn't say anything about the Weather Fairies! Now he has stolen the feathers from Doodle, the weather-vane cockerel in charge of the weather. It's up to Rachel and Kirsty to get each of the feathers back from Jack Frost's goblins, with a little bit of help from the weather fairies: Crystal the Snow Fairy, Abigail the breeze Fairy, Pearl the Cloud Fairy, Goldy the Sunshine Fairy, Evie the Mist Fairy, Storm the Lightning Fairy and Hayley the Rain Fairy.Pearl the cloud fairy is down in the dumps without her fluffy cloud feather. Rachel and Kirsty need a ticklish plan to cheer her up.

Orchard Books

Evie The Mist Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Hodder Children's Books

When Darkness Comes

Robert Swindells
Authors:
Robert Swindells
Orion Children's Books

Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo
Authors:
Leigh Bardugo
Orchard Books

Honor the Happy Days Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

Rachel and Kirsty are thrilled to be spending the week at Golden Palace - where real kings and queens once lived! Whilst they are settling in, Polly the Party Fun Fairy appears - the girls have been invited to a magical Fairyland ball to meet the seven nieces of King Oberon and Queen Titania - the Princess Fairies! But when Kirsty and Rachel arrive in Fairyland things soon go wrong, Jack Frost and his wicked goblins steal the princesses' tiaras! The tiaras contain special fairy magic that look after happy times and fun things in both the human and fairy worlds. The tiaras are hidden around the Golden Palace, and Kirsty and Rachel must return them to their fairy owners. First of all the girls must help Honor the Happy Days Fairy find her tiara so everyone can be happy once again!

Orchard Books

Demi the Dressing-Up Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

Rachel and Kirsty are thrilled to be spending the week at Golden Palace - where real kings and queens once lived! Whilst they are settling in, Polly the Party Fun Fairy appears - the girls have been invited to a magical Fairyland ball to meet the seven nieces of King Oberon and Queen Titania - the Princess Fairies! But when Kirsty and Rachel arrive in Fairyland things soon go wrong, Jack Frost and his wicked goblins steal the princesses' tiaras! The tiaras contain special fairy magic that look after happy times and fun things in both the human and fairy worlds. The tiaras are hidden around the Golden Palace, and Kirsty and Rachel must return them to their fairy owners. Now the girls must help Demi the Dressing-up Fairy find her tiara so everyone can enjoy dressing up again!

Orchard Books

Madison the Magic Show Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

Jack Frost has stolen the Showtime Fairies' magic stars, which means everyone is losing their special talent! Can Rachel and Kirsty help Madison find her star so that the magic auditions for the Tippington Variety Show will be a success?

Orchard Books

Leah the Theatre Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

Jack Frost's pesky goblins have stolen Leah's magic star, and this is causing chaos at the auditions for the Tippington Variety Show! Kirsty and Rachel must find the star and stop the goblins from using it to ruin the auditions for everyone.

Orchard Books

Darcey the Dance Diva Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Orchard Books

Taylor the Talent Show Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

It's time for the Tippington Variety Show! Rachel and Kirsty have helped the Showtime Fairies find six magic stars, but one is still missing. Can they find it before mean Jack Frost and his goblins ruin the show...?

Orchard Books

Hayley The Rain Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

Jack Frost has promised not to trouble the Rainbow Fairies again, but he didn't say anything about the Weather Fairies! Now he has stolen the feathers from Doodle, the weather-vane cockerel in charge of the weather. It's up to Rachel and Kirsty to get each of the feathers back from Jack Frost's goblins, with a little bit of help from the weather fairies: Crystal the Snow Fairy, Abigail the Breeze Fairy, Pearl the Cloud Fairy, Goldie the Sunshine Fairy, Evie the Mist Fairy, Storm the Lightning Fairy and Hayley the Rain Fairy.

Orchard Books

Alesha the Acrobat Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Orchard Books

Amelia the Singing Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

Rachel and Kirsty must find Amelia's magic star. Without it, nobody can sing in tune and the auditions for the Tippington Variety Show will be a disaster! Could the badly behaved, green-footed band Thrillz and Chillz have something to do with the missing star...?

Orchard Books

The Orchard Book Of Viking Stories

Robert Swindells, Peter Utton
Contributors:
Robert Swindells, Peter Utton

Daisy Meadows

The Rainbow Magic and Magic Animal Friends books are written by a small collective of authors under the name Daisy Meadows. Rainbow Magic is the no.1 bestselling series for girls aged 5 and up with over 30 million copies sold worldwide!Learn more about the books at www.rainbowmagicbooks.co.uk (where you can download the Rainbow Magic Reading Challenge poster) and www.magicanimalfriends.com (where you'll find fun animal activity sheets)

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon worked for 12 years as a freelance arts journalist, writing for the Sunday times, and The Guardian amongst others. Francesca wrote her first children's book in 1989 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. She lives in London with her husband and son.Francesca Simon spent her childhood on the beach in California, and then went to Yale and Oxford Universities to study medieval history and literature. She now lives in London with her family. She has written over 50 books and won THE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR at the Galaxy British Book Awards for HORRID HENRY AND THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN. Visit Francesca's website at www.francescasimon.com and keep up-to-date with Horrid Henry at www.horridhenry.co.uk. You can also follow her on Twitter @simon_francesca

Joanna Nadin

Joanna Nadin is a winner of the Fantastic Book Award, the Surrey Book Award, Blue Peter 'Book of the Month' and Radio 4 Open Book 'Book of the Year'. She has been shortlisted for the Booktrust Best Book Award and Queen of Teen, and Spies, Dad, Big Lauren and Me was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. In 2011, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Joe All Alone was nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal. She writes the Flying Fergus series with Sir Chris Hoy. Joanna previously worked as a policy writer for the Labour Party and a special adviser to the Prime Minister. She continues to freelance as a speechwriter and editor, and lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the number one New York Times bestselling author fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology and The Language of Thorns. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.Find her website at www.leighbardugo.com and follow her on Twitter @lbardugo.

Tony Ross

Tony Ross is one of the most popular and successful of all children's illustrators, with many picture books to his name. He has also produced line drawings for many fiction titles.

Tracy Banghart

Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland, with a cornfield in her backyard and flying squirrels in her bedroom walls, and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All that isolation and pretty scenery led to a reading addiction, writing obsession, and several serious book boyfriends. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world army-wife style with her husband, son and sundry pets. Follow her adventures on Twitter @tracythewriter.