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Jane Simmons

Jane Simmons is a uniquely talented award-winning illustrator and author, and the creator of some of our best-loved children’s books. Here she talks to Graham Marks about boats, motorbikes and making a mess, as well as her words, her art and her latest picture book, Lily Gets Lost.

Orchard Books

Chrissie The Wish Fairy

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

Magic Mansion

Sara Grant, Erica-Jane Waters
Contributors:
Sara Grant, Erica-Jane Waters

Trix is desperate to attend the exciting and glamorous Sisterhood of Magic Ball, but first she must pass a series of magical tests. Can Trix draw on all her witchy know-how - and the power of friendship - to become the belle of the ball?

Orion Children's Books

Magic Trix: Secrets and Spies

Sara Grant, Erica-Jane Waters
Contributors:
Sara Grant, Erica-Jane Waters
Orion Children's Books

Magic Trix: Museum Mayhem

Sara Grant, Erica-Jane Waters
Contributors:
Sara Grant, Erica-Jane Waters
Orion Children's Books

Half Lives

Sara Grant
Authors:
Sara Grant

The present: Icie is a typical high school teenager - until disaster strikes and her parents send her to find shelter inside a mountain near Las Vegas.The future: Beckett lives on The Mountain - a sacred place devoted to the Great I AM. He must soon become the leader of his people. But when Beckett is forced to break one of the sacred laws and the Great I AM does not strike him down, Beckett finds himself starting to question his beliefs.As Beckett investigates The Mountain's history, Icie's story is revealed - along with the terrifying truth of what lies at the heart of The Mountain.A compelling and thought-provoking novel that explores the eternally popular YA themes of identity, love and friendship.

Orion Children's Books

The Witching Hour

Sara Grant, Erica-Jane Waters
Contributors:
Sara Grant, Erica-Jane Waters

Trix wasn't expecting to develop magical powers when she turned ten, but it was definitely her best, if most surprising, birthday present! Now she's taking witching lessons and has an invisible kitten of her very own - but how can she keep it all a secret from her best friend, Holly?

Orion Children's Books

Flying High

Sara Grant, Erica-Jane Waters
Contributors:
Sara Grant, Erica-Jane Waters
Orchard Books

Morgan the Midnight 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

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

Claudia the Accessories 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!Claudia's magical necklace has been taken by goblins! Without it, scarves tear, gloves get lost and bead strings break. Can Kirsty and Rachel get it back?

Orion Children's Books

Dark Parties

Sara Grant
Authors:
Sara Grant
Orchard Books

Yasmin the Night Owl 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.