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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.

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The Changeover

Margaret Mahy
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Margaret Mahy
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Nonstop Nonsense

Margaret Mahy
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Margaret Mahy
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Aunt Nasty

Margaret Mahy, Chris Mould
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Margaret Mahy, Chris Mould

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Aunt Nasty is coming to stay. Claire and Toby don't know what to expect. You see, Aunt Nasty isn't like other aunties. Aunt Nasty is a witch! A spooky and magical full colour Early Reader edition of a classic story from the CARNEGIE-winning and HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARD nominated author Margaret Mahy, with new full colour illustrations by Chris Mould.

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The Great White Man-Eating Shark

Margaret Mahy, Jonathon Allen
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Margaret Mahy, Jonathon Allen

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Norvin is a very good actor, but rather plain. In fact, he looks very like a shark, and more than anything, he loves to shoot through the water like a silver arrow. But his cunning plan to clear the water at Caramel Cove badly misfires . . .A brand-new full colour Early Reader edition of this charming story from the CARNEGIE-winning and HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARD nominee author Margaret Mahy, with illustrations by Jonathan Allen.

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Tale of a Tail

Margaret Mahy, Tony Ross
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Margaret Mahy, Tony Ross
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There's a King in the Cupboard

Margaret Mahy, Rosie Reeve
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Margaret Mahy, Rosie Reeve

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.A family move into a new house. They are just a small family - a mum, a dad and a little girl called Sarah. It is a big old house full of space and echoes. And Sarah is sure there is something very magical indeed about the cupboard under the stairs...A brand-new full colour Early Reader edition of this charming story from the CARNEGIE-winning and HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARD-nominee author Margaret Mahy, with illustrations by Rosie Reeve.

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The Boy Who Made Things Up

Margaret Mahy, Jenny Williams
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Margaret Mahy, Jenny Williams

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Michael loves to make things up, and when he and his dad go for a walk, they can't believe what they see. Islands. Giants. Even mermaids...A brand-new full colour Early Reader edition of this favourite story, with charming illustrations by Jenny Williams, illustrator of the beautiful and classic picture book, A LION IN THE MEADOW.

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Early Reader: The Witch Dog

Margaret Mahy, Sam Usher
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Margaret Mahy, Sam Usher

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.The Witch Dance is a special party. Every witch brings a cloak, a hat and a cat. But not Witch Rose. She is allergic to cats! Luckily for her, Nightshade, the perfect Witch Dog is on hand to help. But can Witch Rose and Nightshade convince the other witches that a Witch Dog really can be as good as any cat?A brand-new full colour Early Reader edition of this charming story from the CARNEGIE-winning and HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARD nominee author Margaret Mahy, with illustrations by Sam Usher.

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Chocolate Porridge

Margaret Mahy, Terry Milne
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Margaret Mahy, Terry Milne

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Timothy's sisters think that boys are all rubbish at cooking so Timothy sets out to prove them wrong - by making the most delicious chocolate porridge ever. The only trouble is... who is going to eat it?A brand-new full colour Early Reader edition of this favourite story, with charming, classic illustrations that have the same warmth and appeal as Shirley Hughes.

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The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate

Margaret Mahy, Margaret Chamberlain
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Margaret Mahy, Margaret Chamberlain
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A Lion In The Meadow

Margaret Mahy, Jenny Williams
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Margaret Mahy, Jenny Williams

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.When the little boy tells his mother he has seen a big, roaring, yellow, whiskery lion in the meadow, she decides to make up a story for him too and gives him a matchbox with a tiny dragon inside. A brand new Early Reader edition of this beautiful classic story.

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The Great Piratical Rumbustification

Margaret Mahy, Quentin Blake
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Margaret Mahy, Quentin Blake
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Watch Me!

Margaret Mahy, Peter Bailey
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Margaret Mahy, Peter Bailey
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Wait for me!

Margaret Mahy, Peter Bailey
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Margaret Mahy, Peter Bailey

An irresistible collection of stories brimming with bird-children, kind wizards, kings in broom cupboards, butterflies, goats, kites, woodland creatures and many other delights. Margaret Mahy is one of the twentieth century¿s most popular and successful children's authors . The stories in this book, first published as 'The Second Margaret Mahy Storybook', have appeared in many anthologies in many countries over the years. Here they are freshly presented with line drawings by Peter Bailey, as a companion volume to 'Wonderful Me!'

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Wonderful Me!

Margaret Mahy, Peter Bailey
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Margaret Mahy, Peter Bailey

Witches, mermaids, dragons, a dog who plays the violin, a girl who finds a dinosaur egg and a boy who wanted the world to be flat - all these and more appear in this book of stories and poems by a born storyteller. Written with warmth and a gentle humour, they read aloud beautifully and are rich in surprises and imaginative twists. First published in l972 as 'The First Margaret Mahy Storybook', many of these stories have been loved so much that they have appeared in many anthologies - and in many countries - over the years. They are now freshly presented with charming line drawings by Peter Bailey.

Jessica Townsend

JESSICA TOWNSEND sometimes lives in London, and sometimes on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, where she grew up. She was previously a copywriter and the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Her pet fascinations include public transport and secret societies, ancient cities and underground places, hotels and museums, Halloween and Christmas, old maps and giant cats - all of which have weaselled their way into her books. She is the author of the Nevermoor series and won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Younger Fiction Category with her debut novel: Nevemoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow.

Jon Richards

Jon Richards is an award-winning author of non-fiction books for children. He specialises in visual literacy, infographics and data visualisation.

Julie Brunelle

Julie Brunelle is a photographer, fibre artist and art educator. She has taught art and craft for more than ten years to socio-economically challenged schools in remote Canadian villages, French Montessori institutes in Quebec and A-level International Baccalaureate pupils. Julie inspires, challenges and encourages her students to push themselves and explore their full potential. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a double major in Arts and English with professional teacher qualifications in both subject areas.

Kate O'Hearn

Kate O'Hearn was raised in the heart of New York City. Throughout her life, she has always had an active and vivid imagination. As a child walking down Fifth Avenue, she would envision herself soaring among the city's canyons on the back of a wild dragon. While in Florida, looking over the sea, she could imagine living amongst the whales and breaching in the heavy swells. At night, a star studded sky was yet another playground. These dreams and ideas never faded. Instead they grew until they spilled over into the books she loves to write.Kate's first book, Shadow of the Dragon: Kira, won the 1066 Schools' Book Award.

Kes Gray

Kes is a bestselling, multi award-winning author of more than 70 books for children. He eats Ideaflakes for breakfast, spreads silliness on his toast and lives in a place called Different.Oi Frog!, Oi Dog! and Oi Cat! are a top ten bestselling series. Oi Dog! won the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and the British Book Awards in 2016, amongst others. It also won the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award, MadeForMums Award, Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and Portsmouth Picture Book Award. Oi Cat! was the Independent Booksellers Children's Book of the Season and Oi Goat! was the number one bestselling World Book Day book in 2018.