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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.

Franklin Watts

Dinner Ladies of Doooooom!

Tommy Donbavand, Kevin Myers
Contributors:
Tommy Donbavand, Kevin Myers

Written by the author of CBBC's Scream Street TV series!There's something weird going on at Penny Bridge School. Kids are asking for extra homework, demanding to stay in at break time to solve maths problems, and running their own spelling tests over lunch. It's unnatural!Two pupils set out to discover the cause of this very odd behaviour, and the trail leads them into the school canteen...Tommy Donbavand's Funny Shorts is a series of 4,000-word colour illustrated, chapter-based readers, which are perfect for bridging the gap between first chapter books and independent reading.Published by Franklin Watts EDGE, using off-white paper and a font recommended by the British Dyslexia Association.

Franklin Watts

There's A Time Portal In My Pants!

Tommy Donbavand, Alice Risi
Contributors:
Tommy Donbavand, Alice Risi

Franklin Watts

The Curious Case of the Panicky Parrot

Tommy Donbavand, Ken McFarlane
Contributors:
Tommy Donbavand, Ken McFarlane
Franklin Watts

Invasion of Badger's Bottom

Tommy Donbavand, Claudia Souza
Contributors:
Tommy Donbavand, Claudia Souza

Written by the author of CBBC's Scream Street TV series!Nothing ever happens in the sleepy town of Badger's Bottom. In fact, its only claim to fame is that it's the most BORING place to live in the universe.That's until a UFO lands in Jamie and Megan's back garden and invaders leap out to begin their conquest of Earth, under the command of Major Pain...Tommy Donbavand's Funny Shorts is a series of 4,000-word colour illustrated, chapter-based readers, which are perfect for bridging the gap between first chapter books and independent reading.Published by Franklin Watts EDGE, using off-white paper and a font recommended by the British Dyslexia Association.

Franklin Watts

Viking Kong

Tommy Donbavand
Authors:
Tommy Donbavand
Franklin Watts

Night of the Toddlers

Tommy Donbavand
Authors:
Tommy Donbavand

So, your parents have been turned into toddlers by a cranky scientist called Professor Troppy. She invented 'Born Again' cream, which promised to keep people young (they just didn't realise HOW young). What are you going to do? Phone the police - they're toddlers. Call the army - they're toddlers. Even the Royal Family are toddlers! This is exactly what happened to Bobby and Gail, two utterly unloved kids out to save the day. Tommy Donbavand's Funny Shorts is a series of colour illustrated, chapter-based readers published by Franklin Watts EDGE designed to get kids reading with confidence.

Franklin Watts

Granny Bit My Bum!

Tommy Donbavand
Authors:
Tommy Donbavand

One minute I'm lying on the floor reading a book, the next minute I've got my granny's teeth clamped to my bum. Yoweeeee! But that's only the start of the weird stuff! You just wait and see.Soon, Billy is feeling grumpy, and his hair has turned grey. Plus he's wearing VERY big pants! It can only mean one thing - TA - DA - DAR - Billy is a weregranny!Written by celebrated children's champion, Tommy Donbavand, this is one book in his series of colour illustrated, chapter-based readers which kids won't be able to resist. So make sure to check them all out (the books that is, not Tommy's actual shorts).This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get kids reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.

Franklin Watts

Duck!

Tommy Donbavand
Authors:
Tommy Donbavand

You've fed them bread, now they want you dead in this hilariously comic caper that'll have kids going quackers with laughter, written by the marvellous Tommy Donbavand (of TV's Scream Street fame).Six months from now ducks take over the world - and it's down to Jasmine and Luke to get them back where they belong - on a plate with some delicious hoisin sauce, mmmmm...But the leader of the ducks - The Drake - stands in their way. Tommy Donbavand's Funny Shorts is a series of colour illustrated, chapter-based readers which kids won't be able to resist. So make sure to check them all out (the books that is, not Tommy's actual shorts).This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get kids reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.

Abie Longstaff

Abie Longstaff is the eldest of six children and grew up in Australia, Hong Kong and France. She knows all about squabbling and bossing younger sisters around so she began her career as a barrister. She started writing when her children were born. Her books include The Fairytale Hairdresser series and The Magic Potions Shop books. She has a life-long love of fairy tales and mythology and her work is greatly influenced by these themes. Abie got the idea for the Trapdoor Mysteries from her parents' house in France. The house is big and old, with lots of rooms and outbuildings. In one of the bedrooms, there is a secret entrance hidden in a fireplace. It leads to a room that was used by the French Resistance during the war. It was the perfect idea for a book! Abie lives with her family by the seaside in Hove.

Andrew Solway

Andrew Solway is an experienced children's non-fiction author.

Caryl Hart

Caryl Hart is the author of many bestselling books for children, including the hugely successful How to Grow A Dinosaur and The Princess and the Peas. She is the winner of the Stockport Children's Book Award, the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Lancashire Share a Story Award. Caryl lives on the top of a windy hill in the Peak District with her guitar-playing husband, two cheeky daughters, one extremely fluffy black cat, a goldfish, four hens and an invisible dog called Paddy.Follow Caryl at carylhart.com and @carylhart1

Charlie Fletcher

Having studied English Literature at university , Charlie began his career in the film business carrying cans of film round Soho and making very bad cups of tea on the principal that he'd then be asked to do something a bit more interesting, a strategy that he recommends to anyone starting out as a tea-boy. He progressed to the BBC where he worked in film editing on everything from Drama to Current Affairs. He then went to California where he morphed into a screenwriter, having been awarded a Warner Brothers Fellowship in Screenwriting at USC School of Cinema and TV. He's written screenplays for Tri-Star, MGM, Paramount and Warner Bros among others. He continues to write for the movies, and also television. He still thinks that being a film editor is a pretty damn fine way to learn about story-telling in general, and narrative structure and pacing in particular. Charlie also moved into other types of writing including magazine features, a computer game and as both a national Sunday newspaper columnist and restaurant reviewer. Finally he found the way to combine all those writing strands and produced some rattling-good children's books! The Stoneheart trilogy has been a massive international hit and Charlie has recently sold the movie rights of Stoneheart to Paramount. He has also been asked to write the screenplay himself, which just shows you should never make plans, since he actually wrote the books to get away from Hollywood for a bit... In his personal life, Charlie met and married his wife, a fellow Scot, in LA. They have two children, whom Charlie calls his first, most important, and toughest audience. They've all now returned from California and live in Edinburgh with a terrier called Archie.

Chris Colfer

Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, the books of the Land of Stories series: The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning and Beyond the Kingdoms, and the companion books The Mother Goose Diaries, Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty, The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales and The Curvy Tree.

Chris Higgins

Before writing her first novel, Chris taught English and Drama for many years in secondary schools. She also worked at the Minack, the open-air theatre on the cliffs near Land's End, but now writes full-time.Chris has won a number of awards including Young Minds, the Lancashire Book Award, the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award, the KYBA, and she has been shortlisted twice for Queen of Teen.She lives in the far west of Cornwall with her husband.

Clementine Beauvais

Clémentine Beauvais was born in Paris in 1989, but decided to cross the Channel at 17 years old to see how things are done on the other side. And she very much liked what she saw, so, since then, she's been living in Cambridge. As well as studying and writing children's books, Clem is the co-host of the Kid You Not podcast on children's literature.She still makes funny mistakes in English sometimes, but she's very proud that she doesn't have a comedy French accent.Visit her website at: www.clementinebeauvais.com

Colin Hynson

Colin Hynson is an experienced children's and educational writer and broadcaster. He also acts as an educational consultant for museums and heritage sites.

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller. Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize,the 2017 Ruth Rendell Award for Championing Literacy, the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.

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)

Damian Harvey

Damian Harvey lives in North Wales with his lovely wife, Vicky. He has three wonderful daughters, one brilliant boy and a cat called Polly. He has written more than 60 books for children and is busy writing more. Although Damian loves sitting at home writing stories, he also loves visiting schools and libraries where he shares stories, talks about writing and generally gets people excited about books and reading. You can find out more about Damian by visiting www.damianharvey.co.uk.

David Almond

David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, Counting Stars, The Savage, Island, A Song for Ella Grey, The Colour of the Sun and many other novels, stories, picture books, opera librettos, songs and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, the Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcières (France) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world's most prestigious prize for children's authors. David speaks at festivals and conferences around the world. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. He is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, inspirational and innovative children's authors writing today. He has one amazing daughter. He lives in Bath and in Newcastle, the city in which he was born.www.davidalmond.com