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Robert Muchamore speaks to Graham Marks

Interview with Robert Muchamore

For official reasons the characters in Robert Muchamore’s award-winning Cherub and Henderson’s Boys series don’t exist. The man behind these worldwide bestsellers certainly does, and here he talks to Graham Marks about writing, research and how he came to create the shadowy, sometimes savage and very real world of Charles Henderson…

Hodder Children's Books

Run, Riot

Nikesh Shukla
Authors:
Nikesh Shukla

A powerful novel about young people standing up for themselves and their community, from the editor/author of The Good Immigrant.When teenagers Hari and Jamal film the police shooting an unarmed young man from their estate, they find themselves hunted by the very people who should be protecting them. But as they go on the run with Hari's twin sister, Taran, and Jamal's girlfriend, Anna, the teenagers discover that the truth behind the shooting goes so much deeper, with terrible personal consequences for them all. A hard-hitting YA crime thriller dealing with timely themes of youth helplessness, gentrification and police brutality.

Orchard Books

Pixie Princess

Rosie Banks
Authors:
Rosie Banks

The fourth brilliant Secret Kingdom bumper special - two magical stories in one! Jasmine, Ellie and Summer are thrilled to be visiting Trixibelle's home for a special pixie celebration! But evil Queen Malice is determined to ruin the fun...and steal the crown of the mysterious Pixie Princess. Can the girls stop the queen's wicked plans and save the pixies' Heart Tree home?

Orchard Books

Puppy Fun

Rosie Banks
Authors:
Rosie Banks

Ellie, Summer and Jasmine are delighted to meet the adorable Animal Keepers of the Secret Kingdom, who spread fun, friendship, kindness and bravery throughout the land. But when Queen Malice casts an evil spell to reverse their powers, it's up to the girls to find the Puppy Keeper and reunite him with his magical charm - before fun is lost from the kingdom forever!

Orchard Books

Magic Seal

Rosie Banks
Authors:
Rosie Banks

The Snowy Seas are home to the Ice Mermaids, who love and care for all the animals that live there. But something's made the mermaids cruel and unkind - it must be Queen Malice's spell! Can Summer, Ellie and Jasmine find the Seal Keeper and return her kindness charm before the mermaids' kind nature is lost forever?

Orchard Books

Glitter Bird

Rosie Banks
Authors:
Rosie Banks

The students at the Pixie Flying School are arguing all the time and have forgotten how to be friends... It must be the work of Queen Malice! Ellie, Summer and Jasmine have to find the magical Bird Keeper and reunite her with the friendship charm to make everyone friends again - but how will they manage it when even they can't get along?

Orchard Books

Rainbow Lion

Rosie Banks
Authors:
Rosie Banks
Orchard Books

Sticker and Colouring Book

Rosie Banks
Authors:
Rosie Banks
Orchard Books

Christmas Ballerina

Rosie Banks
Authors:
Rosie Banks

Ellie, Summer and Jasmine are getting ready for their Christmas celebrations when the Magic Box summons them to the Secret Kingdom. Their old friend King Merry is in trouble again - his wicked sister Queen Malice has cast another of her horrible spells on him! Can the girls work together to break the spell, or will Christmas be ruined for everyone in the Secret Kingdom?A bumper Christmas instalment in the gorgeous new series that's tailor-made for little girls.

Orchard Books

Snow Bear Sanctuary

Rosie Banks
Authors:
Rosie Banks

Wicked Queen Malice has cast a spell on Summer's storybook and unleashed all the fairytale baddies into the Secret Kingdom. Ellie, Summer and Jasmine are thrilled to visit the snow brownies' animal sanctuary and help look after all the cute animals. But a hungry ogre has been eating their food! Can the girls catch the ogre, get him back in the book and save the animals?

Orchard Books

Phoenix Festival

Rosie Banks
Authors:
Rosie Banks

Wicked Queen Malice has cast a spell on Summer's storybook and unleashed all the fairytale baddies into the Secret Kingdom. Ellie, Summer and Jasmine are excited about attending the annual Phoenix Festival fireworks display, but when they get there they discover that a nasty wizard is controlling the fireworks - and he's kidnapped King Merry! Can the girls rescue their friend and get the wizard back in the book?

Orchard Books

Fancy Dress Party

Rosie Banks
Authors:
Rosie Banks

Wicked Queen Malice has cast a spell on Summer's storybook and unleashed all the fairytale baddies into the Secret Kingdom. Ellie, Summer and Jasmine are called to Snugglewool Village, where the wool imps make warm winter clothes for everyone in the Secret Kingdom. But a wily Big Bad Wolf has just got himself elected mayor, and he's up to no good... Can the girls unmask the wolf before he blows the whole village down, and get him back in the book?

Orchard Books

Jewel Cavern

Rosie Banks
Authors:
Rosie Banks

Wicked Queen Malice has cast a spell on Summer's storybook and unleashed all the fairytale baddies into the Secret Kingdom. Ellie, Summer and Jasmine travel to Jewel Cavern, where a huge fire-breathing dragon is running amok - and worst of all, he's got the magic storybook! Can the girls and their dream dragon friends rescue the book and get the last of the fairytale baddies back into it before the wonderful land is ruined for ever?

Orchard Books

Stephanie the Starfish Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Contributors:
Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Orchard Books

Antony And Cleopatra

Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross
Contributors:
Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

Ellie Sandall

Ellie loved drawing from an early age and has a passion for picture books (she keeps her collection in a huge wardrobe in her studio!) After competing a degree in Graphic Design at Bath Spa University, she became interested in drawing and writing specifically for children, and went on to achieve a Master's degree in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. As a child, her favourite picture book was The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and she still loves the work of Eric Carle. In her spare time Ellie loves to get stuck into some DIY or go out in her kayak, and she dreams of one day owning her very own sausage dog.

Franklin Watts

Franklin Watts is well-known for its high-quality and attractive books. We aim to give children of all abilities a life-long love of learning and reading.

Moira Butterfield

I have been writing for many years in a number of different genres, from books for babies up to books for 11 year-olds plus. I like to try new things and tackle new subjects, so I don't limit myself to one type of book. One month I might be writing about history, and the next month I might be creating an imaginary story. Examples of my work have been selected for national Key Stage study in the UK, and in the USA I was commended by the Library of Congress for my work in non-fiction, which they felt encouraged reluctant readers. I work with visuals always in mind, and love the challenge of getting across information or an exciting story with good graphics to back it up. Lately I have been blogging about the craft of writing, and I've also appeared at National Book Festivals, which I think of as the most challenging thing of all to do! I get a lot of emails from children around the world, inspired by one of my books they have read, and that gives me great pleasure.

Rob Colson

Rob Colson is an author and editor of a wide range of books for children and adults, including many natural history, maths and science titles. Previous titles as author: Wayland: Ultimate Cars, Ultimate Machines (Wayland); Super Science (Franklin Watts). Other titles: Bone Collection: Animals (published by Scholastic), Puzzles, Conundrums and Enigmas (published by Parragon). Contributing author to Battle (DK).

Roy Apps

Roy Apps is the author of more than fifty children's books, including The Twitches, Fang Gang and How To Handle. He is the author of the highly successful Dream to Win series for Franklin Watts.His novel The Secret Summer of Daniel Lyons won The Writers' Guild Children's Book Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Awards. It is now a successful musical.Roy writes extensively for radio, theatre and TV. In 2001 he was awarded a BAFTA for his children's TV work, which includes Byker Grove, The Ghost Hunter and Barmy Aunt Boomerang.Roy visits schools, libraries and bookshops to read from his books and to share the secrets of The Shed in Your Head . He runs Writing Projects for all ages and over the last few years has helped young and new writers make books, stage plays, films, performance poetry and most recently, an opera.

Sarah Horne

Sarah grew up in Derbyshire, mainly under a snow drift. She spent much of her childhood scampering in the nearby fields with a few goats. Then she decided to be sensible and studied Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts, graduating in 2001. She has illustrated for many different projects including an ad campaign for Kew Gardens entitled 'Plantastic Play'. She has also undertaken commission from The Guardian and The Independent newspapers. Sarah now specialises in funny, inky illustration and words for children's fiction and picture books. Sarah likes to paint on very big canvas. She loves funny detail, colour, music, dreams and big open spaces. Sarah now works from a studio on a hill in Forest Hill, London.