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Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins is an ex English and Drama teacher turned award-winning writer. She has written the My Funny Family series for younger readers, but is probably best known for her teen novels, which have gained her two nominations for Queen of Teen. Here she talks to Graham Marks about how she became a writer, tells us some of her writing secrets and talks about her latest novel, The Day I Met Suzie.

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Silent Enemy and The Walk of Death

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler

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Deadly Storm and Fatal Voyage

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler
Authors:
Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler

The third and fourth instalments of this exciting spy series set in Tudor England, amid the intrigue and danger of Henry VIII's royal court, from the authors of books in the bestselling BEAST QUEST series.In DEADLY STORM the royal court of King Henry VIII is on the move - and in danger!A terrible storm forces the court to shelter in a nearby castle. The King is in disguise, and he's not the only person with a secret. Death stalks the castle - but is it the dreaded plague or something even more sinister? When a servant is found dead, it's clear that something terrible is going on.Can young spy, Jack Briars, and his friend, Cat Thimblebee, solve the mystery before the King himself becomes a target?While in FATAL VOYAGE, Jack and Cat are once again called upon to save the King's life, this time aboard his majestic new ship, Fair Anne. But will this adventure leave the pair all at sea?A thrilling adventure series featuring young spy Jack Briars and his friend, Cat Thimblebee. This is WOLF HALL for children.

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Traitor's Game

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler
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First Blood

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler
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Monkey Madness

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Alex Paterson
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Alex Paterson

Do you wish your life was full of excitement and adventure? The pets from space are here to help!In this third hilarious book in the series, join Satniks Fizz, Toppo, Zingle and Gronk as they go on a crazy supermarket shopping trip and a walk on the wild side at Monkey Magic Adventure Park. But can friends Tom, Zack and Daisy keep the pets from space out of trouble when one of them is spotted monkeying around? Will the day be cosmic or will everyone go bananas?Moshi Monsters meets Horrid Henry in this hilarious new series for readers of 6+. Each book features two fun stories.

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Splash Landing

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Alex Paterson
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Alex Paterson

Is there something strange in your garden? LOOK OUT! It could be an ALIEN from another planet!Pets from Space are cool! Pets from Space are clever! Pets from Space have gadgets with superpowers! But... WARNING! Pets from Space are naughty and their tricks might get you into trouble!Find out what happens to Tom, Zack and Daisy when they meet the PETS FROM SPACE! Each book features two fun stories, fully illustrated in black and white throughout by Alex Paterson.

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Cosmic Claws

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Alex Paterson
Contributors:
Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Alex Paterson

LOOK OUT! The PETS FROM SPACE are back. If you don't like madness, mayhem and mischief then run away from this book! But if you love jokes, tricks and FUN then dive in!Tom, Zack and Daisy meet a new alien and take the Pets from Space to the wildlife park. What will happen when they meet elephants, penguins and lions? Will they be friends or will they be LUNCH?Each book features two fun stories, fully illustrated in black and white throughout by Alex Paterson.

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Dead Man's Hand

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas

Transported back in time to the pirate ship Sea Wolf on the Caribbean Sea, Sam arrives to find the crew sharing out a new haul of treasure! Amidst the gold and jewels, Sam finds a gruesome skeletal hand clutching an ancient relic. It doesn't look important, but could it lead to greater riches? Sam is determined to find out but others are also on the trail. Can he solve the riddles, outwit his enemies and find the treasure?

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The Sea Monster

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
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The Treasure Map

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas

When Sam's crewmate, Harry Hopp, wins an ancient treasure map while playing cards, he is disappointed to find that the treasure lies at the heart of a famous cave complex. The treasure is legendary - and so is the fact that all those who seek it get lost in the labyrinth! Sam is convinced that with the aid of the map, he can find the treasure, but if he's wrong he could be doomed to wander the caves for ever...

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The Great Rescue

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas

When the Sea Wolf stops at a quiet island to make repairs, they are surprised to find the native people in need of help! They've been attacked and are now being held prisoner. The chief's son managed to escape and now he needs the Sea Wolf crew - and all Sam's Silver's cunning - to help him take his village back.

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The Double-cross

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas

How to become an Undercover Pirate...1) Have a pirate captain as your ancient ancestor2) Find a message in a bottle and a magic gold doubloon3) Get whisked back in time to join a pirate crew4) When you get home DON'T TELL ANYONE. Remember - you're undercover!Captain Blade's old enemy, Blackheart, is out for revenge. With his ruthless crew he's determined to steal the Sea Wolf. Can Sam and the pirates outwit their deadly enemy?

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Dragon Fire

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
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The Deadly Trap

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
Contributors:
Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas

How to become an Undercover Pirate...1) Have a pirate captain as your ancient ancestor2) Find a message in a bottle and a magic gold doubloon3) Get whisked back in time to join a pirate crew4) When you get home DON'T TELL ANYONE. Remember - you're undercover!There's a new pirate aboard the Sea Wolf and he's popular with the crew, but Sam is suspicious - why is the new recruit so interested in Captain Blade? And how can Sam convince his friends that they're falling into a deadly trap?

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Kidnapped

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas

How to become an Undercover Pirate...1) Have a pirate captain as your ancient ancestor2) Find a message in a bottle and a magic gold doubloon3) Get whisked back in time to join a pirate crew4) When you get home DON'T TELL ANYONE. Remember - you're undercover!A fearsome encounter with enemy ships leads to a huge sea battle. When the smoke clears, Sam realises Charlie has vanished. Could his crewmate have been kidnapped? It's Sam Silver to the rescue!

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Skeleton Island

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas

How to become an Undercover Pirate...1)Have a pirate captain as your ancient ancestor2)Find a message in a bottle and a magic gold doubloon3)Get whisked back in time to join a pirate crew4)When you get home DON'T TELL ANYONE. Remember - you're undercover!Sam Silver lives near the sea and enjoys beach-combing for pirate treasures. When he finds an ancient message in a bottle he thinks it will make a great new relic for his collection, but the bottle holds a very special secret... Inside is a gold doubloon which whisks Sam back in time to 1706. Suddenly he's on board a pirate ship - the Sea Wolf - surrounded by her fearsome captain and crew and sailing the Caribbean Sea. If Sam can't think of a very good reason why they should keep him alive, he'll be forced to walk the plank!

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The Ghost Ship

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
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Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas

How to become an Undercover Pirate...1)Have a pirate captain as your ancient ancestor2)Find a message in a bottle and a magic gold doubloon3)Get whisked back in time to join a pirate crew4)When you get home DON'T TELL ANYONE. Remember - you're undercover!When Sam Silver and the crew of the Sea Wolf board a galleon looking for Spanish gold, they find it's already been stolen - by a ghost ship! Can our pirate heroes outwit a ghostly crew or is the treasure gone for ever?

Becka Moor

Becka Moor graduated in October 2012 with a 2:1 in Illustration for Children's Publishing and has been scribbling her way into a career as a children's illustrator ever since! She has worked on projects including THE ROYAL BABYSITTERS for Bloomsbury, and she can be found at http://www.beckamoor.com/ and @beckamoor on Twitter.

Chris Mould

Chris Mould went to art school at the age of sixteen. During this time, he did various jobs, from delivering papers to washing-up. Chris loves his work and writes and draws the kind of books that he would have liked to have on his shelf as a boy. He has won the Nottingham Children's Book Award, has been shortlisted for the Greenaway Award and commended for the Sheffield Book Award. Chris has also worked for the RSC, the BBC, the FT and many other famous initials, as well as for Aardman Animations, where he did character and environment development work on the film Flushed Away. Chris is married with two children and lives in Yorkshire.

David Melling

David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.