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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.

Wayland

The Colour Thief

Andrew Fusek Peters, Polly Peters, Karin Littlewood
Contributors:
Andrew Fusek Peters, Polly Peters, Karin Littlewood

The Colour Thief is a simple, heart-warming tale which helps to open up the conversations around depression and to support young children whose families have been affected. We follow a young boy who loves spending time with his dad, doing fun things together. When his father becomes sad and distant, he doesn't understand and believes he has done something to make his dad so, despite being told otherwise. Time passes and his father begins to get happier again and they have fun together like before. Narrated from the child's perspective and illustrated with beautiful pictures by the award-winning artist Karin Littlewood, this is the perfect book to read with children aged 7-9 years old who are trying to understand the cause and effects of depression, and reassure them that depression passes and their parents are not lost to them.'It's crucial kids learn about depression; that it's nothing to feel ashamed about and they are not alone - one fourth of the world knows what it feels like. It's going to be them that break the stigma, not us.' Ruby Wax'This book brings freshness and vibrancy into a world often portrayed as dark and hidden, and it can help take away the feelings of helplessness and fear that can make families feel so alone.' Marjorie Wallace CBE, Hon FRC Psych, Founder of SANE.'Vividly depict[s] a young boy's reaction to his father's depression... it's worth sharing this clever and heartfelt book with the kids in your life.' - Elise Moon (6) and Nick Moon (42), Kent - Single Step Magazine

Wayland

Poison!

Andrew Fusek Peters
Authors:
Andrew Fusek Peters

A short thriller that's high on suspense! This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a story in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers. Cool, edgy computer hackers, Kiran and Ros are teens on a mission to fight crime and injustice with the help of a shape-shifting data beast they've created.In Poison!, Kiran and Roz set out to prove that a chemical company is polluting the river near their school and the poisoning the fish that live in it. With the help of the data beast they attempt to bring the murky activities into the light - and the beast goes on a dangerous mission to save the threatened fish.Reading level for this book:-ATOS: 2.6Lexile ® Measure: 360LBook Band: 11 Lime

Wayland

Monster Savings

Andrew Fusek Peters
Authors:
Andrew Fusek Peters

A short thriller that's high on suspense! This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a story in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers. Cool, edgy computer hackers, Kiran and Roz are teens who set out to fight crime and injustice with the help of a shape-shifting data beast they've created.In Monster Savings, Kiran and Roz take on the might of shopping phenomenon everythingonearth.com, a company that sells anything to anyone, but evades tax and avoids giving its workers fair pay and conditions. It's the data beast's most perilous mission yet - will it survive?Reading level for this book:-ATOS: 2.6Lexile ® Measure: 360LBook Band: 11 Lime

Wayland

Bats!

Andrew Fusek Peters
Authors:
Andrew Fusek Peters
Franklin Watts

Breathe and You Die!

Andrew Fusek Peters
Authors:
Andrew Fusek Peters

Matt wakes up alone, in a room rapidly filling with poison gas. How did he get here? And more importantly, how is he going to escape?Breathe and You Die! is a lightning-fast thriller with a plot involving poison gas and international intrigue, writtten by the author of Ravenwood and The Glass Forest.This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.

Wayland

Wolf Boy

Andrew Fusek Peters
Authors:
Andrew Fusek Peters

A short mystery that's high on suspense! This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a thriller in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers. Cool, edgy crime detective duo, Jas and Sam are teens who solve spine-chilling cases - using equal measures of humour and heroism along the way! In this humorous mystery, 'Wolf Boy', Jas and Sam are called to solve the case of an escaped dog. The moon is full and suddenly, a mass of fur and teeth looms out of the shadows towards them. That's no dog - there's a werewolf on the loose!Reading level for this book:-ATOS: 2.4Lexile ® Measure: 340LBook Band: 10 White

Wayland

High Stakes

Andrew Fusek Peters
Authors:
Andrew Fusek Peters

A short mystery that's high on suspense!This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a thriller in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers.Cool, edgy crime detective duo, Jas and Sam are teens who solve spine-chilling cases - using equal measures of humour and heroism along the way!'High Stakes' is a humorous mystery about first love and vampires, and there's a lot at stake! Vladya Blud-chik is the new girl at Jas and Sam's school. With her red lips and killer smile, she's soon the most popular girl in the class, but Vladya is bad news - as Jas and Sam soon find out!Reading level for this book:-ATOS: 2.4Lexile ® Measure: 320LBook Band: 10 White

Wayland

The Crawling Hand

Andrew Fusek Peters
Authors:
Andrew Fusek Peters
Wayland

Sliced in Two

Andrew Fusek Peters
Authors:
Andrew Fusek Peters

A short mystery that's high on suspense! This is a perfect page turner if you want to finish a thriller in one sitting, especially for reluctant and struggling readers. Cool, edgy crime detective duo, Jas and Sam are teens who solve spine-chilling cases - using equal measures of humour and heroism along the way! In this mystery, 'Sliced in Two', there's a ghost on the loose in the local woodyard and it looks like it's not just a ghost - it's a ghost that has been sliced in two by a wood saw! Sam keeps her cool but Jas is all of a dither as they try to solve the case.Reading level for this book:-ATOS: 2.5Lexile ® Measure: 340LBook Band: 11 Lime

Orchard Books

Morgan the Midnight Fairy

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

Miranda the Beauty Fairy

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

Kirsty and Rachel are excited to be entering a charity fashion show where children get to show off their own designs. Unfortunately, Jack Frost thinks everyone in the world should dress like him, and steals the Fashion Fairies' seven magical items to put his naughty plan into action!In this opening book of the magical series, Kirsty and Rachel must help Miranda the Beauty Fairy, so that people everywhere can continue to look good and feel great.

Orchard Books

Yasmin the Night Owl Fairy

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

Maisie the Moonbeam Fairy

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

Sabrina the Sweet Dreams Fairy

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

It's Kirsty and Rachel's last night at Camp Stargaze, but horrible dreams are keeping them awake! The girls know they must find Sabrina the Sweet Dreams Fairy's bag of dream dust. It's time to pay a visit to mean Jack Frost's Ice Castle...

Adam Blade

Adam Blade is the name for a small collective of authors who have been writing the bestselling series Beast Quest and Sea Quest for ten years! Beast Quest has now sold over 10 million copies. The newest series from the Adam Blade team is called Team Hero. You can find out more about all these amazing adventures at the series websites: beastquest.co.uk and teamherobooks.co.uk

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)

James Mayhew

James Mayhew studied at Maidstone College of Art and his first children's book, Katie's Picture Show was published in 1989. It's been firmly in print ever since, recognised universally as the original and best introduction to art for children. Many more titles have followed, and the series sells in museums and galleries all over the world, from the Met in New York, to the Uffizi in Florence, the Louvre in Paris and beyond. He is also the creator of the much-loved Ella Bella Ballerina series, and many other titles. Alongside his work in publishing, James has devised and performed in a hugely successful series of concerts for children, combining live classical music, storytelling and live art. From Peter and the Wolf, to Scheherazade, James has worked internationally with many different orchestras and musicians, creating illustrations in time to music. James grew up in Suffolk but now lives in Hertfordshire.

Katie Woolley

Katie Woolley is a creative and versatile editor and writer who has worked on children's books for all age levels, from board books, novelty books and picture books to non-fiction, licensed publishing and educational books and apps. With more than 10 years' publishing experience working for companies such as Ladybird Books and Hachette Children's Books, she has written, commissioned, edited and project-managed a wide variety of titles for some of the biggest children's publishers.

Margaret Mayo

Margaret Mayo is an acclaimed storyteller and author who has been creating stories for children for over 35 years. She has written more than 50 books, including the bestselling Dig Dig Digging, Choo Choo Clickety-Clack! and Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! A former teacher, Margaret uses her wide-ranging experience with children in her writing. She lives in Brighton.

Vivian French

Vivian is a writer of both books and plays; she has written more than 250 children's books, including the very successful Tiara Club series, and is consistently one of the top 30 most borrowed authors from UK libraries. She has had plays performed both in London and throughout Scotland; her audiences include young adults as well as children. She has won many awards for her books, and is regularly invited to festivals including Cheltenham and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. (2012 Guest selector for the children's programme.) Vivian teaches part time at Edinburgh College of Art, and is one of the two founding members of the PictureHooks programme supporting Scottish illustrators. She is married with four grown up daughters and three grandchildren, and lives in Edinburgh. She'd like a cat, but lives up 66 steps and has no garden ... maybe one day. Her favourite book is an empty notebook.Since 1990, Vivian French has published more than 100 books for children of all ages. She has been a reviewer and has worked in the theatre - she is also well-known as a playwright. Among her most popular books are the Tiara Club titles for Hachette. Married with four grown-up daughters, she now lives in Edinburgh.Visit her website at www.vivianfrench.com.