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Guy Parker-Rees

Guy Parker-Rees is the award-winning author of whole shelf of bestselling picture books, including the international hit Giraffes Can’t Dance. He writes his own stories, as well as working with other authors, such as Giles Andreae and Tony Mitton. Here he talks to Graham Marks about his world of colour, line and characters, and his latest Tom & Millie books.

Hodder Children's Books

The Summoner's Handbook

Taran Matharu
Authors:
Taran Matharu

Enter the world of the Summoner with this beautifully designed special edition handbook, including a complete illustrated Demonology and an exclusive new story. A must-have for all Summoner fans!"The ability to summon is passed down through the blood..."Summoner: One who is gifted with the ability to summon demonic creatures that are emotionally connected to their human counterparts.As brought to life in the bestselling Summoner series, the magic of summoning is also an art, with a story of its own. The Summoner's Handbook reveals the epic journal of James Baker, who inspired the series hero, Fletcher, to discover his own summoning abilities.Along with a complete illustrated demonology, a guide to the basics of summoning and glorious artwork from the world of the Hominum Empire, you'll learn everything a Summoner should know, and more.Beautifully rendered in two tone colours and full of detailed sketches, this hardback is the perfect treat for new and old fans of the New York Times bestselling SUMMONER series.

Hodder Children's Books

The Outcast

Taran Matharu
Authors:
Taran Matharu

The highly anticipated prequel to the New York Times bestselling Summoner trilogy - if you like Pokemon and wish you went to Hogwarts, you'll love this fantasy world from Wattpad sensation Taran Matharu.Arcturus is just an orphaned stable boy when he accidentally summons a demon. As Hominum's first common summoner, he becomes the key to a secret that the powerful nobility would do anything to keep hidden.He is immediately whisked away to Vocans Academy where the lost arts of summoning, spell craft and demonology are taught to the noble children of the Empire. In no time, Arcturus finds himself surrounded by enemies as noble teachers and students question his right to be there.But before he can even attempt to make friends, his life is turned upside down once again, for the Empire is in turmoil. Rebellion is simmering among the masses, and it will not be long before it boils over. Arcturus must choose a side . . . or watch the Empire crumbleSet before the events of SUMMONER: The Novice this is the perfect introduction to the New York Times bestselling SUMMONER series.

Hodder Children's Books

The Battlemage

Taran Matharu
Authors:
Taran Matharu
Hodder Children's Books

The Inquisition

Taran Matharu
Authors:
Taran Matharu

ONE BOY'S POWER TO SUMMON DEMONS WILL CHANGE THE FATE OF AN EMPIRE ...More demons, epic battles, and fights to the death: introducing the unmissable next instalment in the New York Times bestselling Summoner Trilogy...On trial for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must face the Inquisition who will decide his future - the process is gruelling, lead by those who will do anything to see him suffer and haunted by ghosts from the past with clues to Fletcher's tragic origins. But Fletcher has little time to dwell on these new revelations when the king announces a deadly challenge to the graduating students at Vocans. One that involves entering Orc territory to complete a risky mission. With loyal demons by their sides, commoners and nobles, dwarves and elves must overcome barriers of class and race and work together to triumph. The reward: a fortune in gold, the safety of an empire and PEACE.With the entire empire watching, Fletcher has much to prove, but there are those out to get him and it soon becomes clear that there's a traitor in their midst, trying to thwart the mission and create unrest within the Empire. With everything stacked against him, Fletcher must use everything in his power to fight his way to victory.BONUS MATERIAL: Find out more about Demons in an illustrated DEMONOLOGY - exclusive to this paperback edition.'Friendship, loyalty, magic and political intrigue beckon ...' The Bookseller

Hodder Children's Books

The Novice

Taran Matharu
Authors:
Taran Matharu

ONE BOY'S POWER TO SUMMON DEMONS WILL CHANGE THE FATE OF AN EMPIRE ...Demons, magic and epic adventure - introducing the first book in the New York Times bestselling Summoner Trilogy...Fletcher was nothing more than a humble blacksmith's apprentice, when a chance encounter leads to the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel with his demon to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. The academy will put Fletcher through a gauntlet of gruelling lessons, training him as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire's war against the savage orcs. Rubbing shoulders with the children of the most powerful nobles in the land, Fletcher must tread carefully. The power hungry Forsyth twins lurk in the shadows, plotting to further their family's interests. Then there is Sylva, an elf who will do anything she can to forge an alliance between her people and Hominum, even if it means betraying her friends. Othello is the first ever dwarf at the academy, and his people have long been oppressed by Hominum's rulers, which provokes tension amongst those he studies alongside.Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon Ignatius to help him. As the pieces on the board manoeuvre for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands ...BONUS MATERIAL: Find out more about Demons in an illustrated DEMONOLOGY - exclusive to this paperback edition.'Friendship, loyalty, magic and political intrigue beckon ...' The Bookseller

Sara Vogler

Jan and Sara were already friends when one day they decided they wanted to write children's stories and it would be more fun to write them together. That was 18 years ago. Since then they've written over 160 stories - including some about ghosts, football, ghosts playing football and naughty gargoylz. Jan lives in Essex with her family and Sara lives in London with hers. They both have black cats who completely rule their lives. For more information, please visit Jan and Sara's website www.burchettandvogler.co.uk and follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BurchettVogler. Keep up-to-date with the Sam Silver: Undercover Pirate blog at http://samsilverundercoverpirate.blogspot.co.uk.

Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski started writing books when she was three years old. Kind of. She would tell them and her mom would transcribe them. They were all about Princesses named Sarah. After learning to use her own pencil, she continued scribbling stories throughout elementary and high school, and studied English literature in college.When she was twenty-four she published her first chick lit novel, Milkrun. Since then she has written five novels for teens, four additional novels for adults, co-written a guide to writing chick lit (See Jane Write), co-edited two bestselling charity collections, and contributed to various anthologies. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in Manhattan.

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald was born in New York in 1965 but grew up in Co. Dublin. She's a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. She runs regular writers' retreats for academics and students in Ireland and internationally.Follow her on Twitter @SMooreFitz

Sarah Prineas

Sarah Prineas is from Iowa City, where she works at the University. She is married to John Prineas, a physics professor, and she says the evil device in Magic Thief bears a striking resemblance to some of his laboratory equipment. They have two children. The Magic Thief is her first novel.

Sarah Warburton

Sarah has many books, working for a large variety of publishers. With author Hiawyn Oram, she created the Orchard Books' character of Rumblewick - the witch's familiar - employed by a very unwilling witch. Both in picture book and fiction this character has sold worldwide and is under movie option with DreamWorks. Sarah also illustrated the 'Happy Ever After' series, written by Tony Bradman, as well as the picture book 'Sir Laughalot', written by Tony Mitton for Orchard. Sarah works using a wide combination of pencil sketches, digital colour and traditional pen and ink and watercolour. She lives in Bristol, with her husband and two children.

Saviour Pirotta

Saviour Pirotta has written over 100 children's books, ranging from picture books to novels. He has been fascinated by traditional tales since he was a child, and before becoming a full-time writer he worked as a storyteller for the Commonwealth Institute in London. His titles include The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths and The Orchard Book of Grimm's Fairy Tales. He lives in Saltaire, West Yorkshire.

Sharon Jones

Undiscovered Voices 2012 winner, Sharon Jones, has been writing since childhood. While studying for a degree in politics and then a Masters in theology, she worked in two independent bookshops where she developed a love of young adult fiction. Sharon gained a doctorate in the theology of story whilst being den mother to 500 undergraduates and has taught courses on everything from the philosophy of education to the history of Neo-Paganism. Having lived in Liverpool, Cambridge, Warwick and Colchester, she now lives back in her native Lancashire with a giant white poodle, Harvey.

Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Smriti Prasadam-Halls is the author of over 25 books for children. Her I Love You Night and Day was read on CBeebies Bedtime Hour and her Black and White Sparklers series has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide. She lives in Richmond with her husband and three sons.

Steve Antony

Steve Antony - a graduate from the prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin - is the author-illustrator of The Queen's Hat and Please Mr Panda. Only debuting in 2014, Steve has had enormous success: The Queen's Hat won the Evening Standard's Oscar's First Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Please Mr Panda was chosen as Picture Book of the Month by US retailer Barnes & Noble, who held over 650 Panda events over one weekend. Steve aims to create picture books that are slightly 'off the wall', books that children will laugh at and adults will tweet about, but most of all, books that he enjoys.

Steven Lenton

Steven Lenton loves to illustrate books, filling them with charming, fun characters that really capture children's imaginations. He is the illustrator of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, which was both Waterstones picture book of the month and The Times children's book of the week, and the Radley Twelve Days of Christmas. Steven is originally from Congleton in Cheshire and now splits his time between Bath and London where he works from his studios with his little dog, Holly.Visit http://www.2dscrumptious.com

Suzanne Selfors

Best-selling author, Suzanne Selfors, feels like a royal on some days and a rebel on others. She's written many books for kids, including the Smells Like Dog series and The Imaginary Veterinary series.She has two charming children and lives on a magical island kingdom where she hopes it is her destiny to write stories forever after.

Tad Williams

Tad Williams is a best-selling and well-loved fantasy author. Deborah Beale is a former book publisher for adults and children and founding member of the Orion Publishing Group. This is the first book they have written together. They live with their children in the San Francisco Bay area in California. You can learn more about Deborah and Tad at www.tadwilliams.com.

Tania Unsworth

Tania has published two novels for adults with Viking/Fig Tree - THE SEAHORSE and BEFORE WE BEGAN. THE ONE SAFE PLACE is her first children's novel. She is the daughter of the late Booker prize winning novelist, Barry Unsworth. She lives in Boston, USA, with her husband and two boys, but travels frequently to the UK. Visit her author website www.taniaunsworth.com and follow her on Twitter @TaniaUnsworth1

Tim Healey

Tim Healey is a freelance writer and broadcaster, and author of over 40 children's titles. Following a brief spell working in publishing in London he has lived for more than 30 years in Oxford where he brought up his family. He is a frequent broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, often contributing to the late John Peel's Home Truths.

Tony De Saulles

Tony De Saulles is the illustrator of the bestselling multi award-winning Horrible Science series, which won The Blue Peter Prize for Best Book With Facts. In between the Horrible Science titles Tony also writes his own books, holds cartoon illustration workshops and appears at book festivals. Visit Tony's website www.tonydesaulles.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @TonyDeSaulles.