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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

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.

Orchard Books

The Unicorn Prince

Saviour Pirotta, Jane Ray
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Saviour Pirotta, Jane Ray
Wayland

Stories From China

Saviour Pirotta, Tim Clarey
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Saviour Pirotta, Tim Clarey

This beautifully illustrated collection of stories from one of the world's richest story-telling traditions is ideal for young readers and for reading aloud to 7-11 year-olds.There are stories of how the world began, Chinese dragons, zodiac monkeys, legendary monsters, Chinese New Year and hopping ghosts.Each story is introduced with information about its origins and the people who first started telling it, and maps locate the places associated with it. The book includes a glossary and sources of further information as well as ideas for activities that children can do to explore the stories and their culture further.Retold by an experienced writer of stories for the young, this is a book to inform and entertain in equal measure.

Wayland

Multicultural Stories: Stories From The Amazon

Saviour Pirotta, Rebecca Gryspeerdt
Contributors:
Saviour Pirotta, Rebecca Gryspeerdt

This beautifully illustrated collection of stories from one of the world's richest story-telling traditions is ideal for young readers and for reading aloud to 7-11 year-olds.Each story is introduced with information about its origins and the people who first started telling it, and maps locate the places associated with it. The book includes a glossary and sources of further information as well as ideas for activities that children can do to explore the stories and Amazonian culture further.Retold by an experienced writer of stories for the young, this is a book to inform and entertain in equal measure.

Orchard Books

Orchard Ballet Stories for Young Children

Saviour Pirotta, Brigette Barrager
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Saviour Pirotta, Brigette Barrager

Discover all the magic of the ballet with this collection of classic tales and meet enchanted princesses, magical birds, dancing dolls and wicked witches. Travel to a magical kingdom of sweets, twirl at an enchanted fairytale ball, and discover the story of a sleeping princess, woken after 100 years by her true love's kiss.This beautiful gift collection contains six of the best-loved stories from the ballet: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia and The Firebird.Award-winning storyteller Saviour Pirotta retells the classic tales in an accessible style that's perfect for young children, while New York Times bestselling artist Brigette Barrager's beautiful full-colour illustrations bring each magical scene to life.The perfect gift for little ballet dancers and ballet fans.

Orchard Books

The Orchard Book of Grimm's Fairy Tales

Saviour Pirotta, Emma Chichester Clark
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Saviour Pirotta, Emma Chichester Clark
Wayland

Divali

Saviour Pirotta
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Saviour Pirotta
Wayland

Chinese New Year

Saviour Pirotta
Authors:
Saviour Pirotta

An ideal introduction to the celebration of Chinese New Year for children aged 4-7 in Foundation Stage and KS1 classes. This book describes how Chinese people prepare for New Year by cleaning their house and having their hair cut. It shows how people around the world scare the monster Nian away with fireworks and watch the dragon dance in the street.Attractively designed, its simple text and wonderful full-colour photos make this an essential resource in every Early Years setting. 'Did You Know?' boxes highlight interesting and unusual facts about Chinese New Year to give further points for children and adults to discuss. And a chart enables them to work out what Chinese year they were born in.

Orchard Books

Theseus and The Minotaur

Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
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Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
Orchard Books

Pegasus The Flying Horse

Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
Contributors:
Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis

The king wants Bellerophon, the bravest man in the country, to kill a hideous monster that is scaring his people. Bellerophon must use Pegasus, the flying horse, to help.

Orchard Books

Arion The Dolphin Boy

Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
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Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
Orchard Books

Jason and The Golden Fleece

Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
Contributors:
Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis

Jason goes to find the Golden Fleece, so he can get the throne back from his wicked uncle. But first he must brave evil skeletons and get past a terrible serpent...

Orchard Books

The Secret Of Pandora's Box

Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
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Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
Orchard Books

King Midas's Goldfingers

Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
Contributors:
Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis

King Midas's greatest wish is for everything he touches to turn to gold. But once this wish is granted, Midas realises he will never be able to hug his little princess again. What will he do? Join a cast of larger-than-life characters in a series of extraordinary adventures.

Orchard Books

Odysseus and The Wooden Horse

Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
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Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
Orchard Books

Icarus, The Boy Who Could Fly

Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
Contributors:
Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis

Icarus's dad is a great inventor but when he gives his son wings, so they can escape the island they live on, things don't go according to plan at all. Join a cast of larger-than-life characters in a series of extraordinary adventures.

Orchard Books

Perseus and The Monstrous Medusa

Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
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Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
Orchard Books

The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths

Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis
Contributors:
Saviour Pirotta, Jan Lewis

Here are ten of the greatest and best-loved Greek legends retold with warmth and humour for young children and illustrated with bright, friendly artwork. Meet Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus, Pandora, King Midas and a whole cast of larger-than-life characters in a series of extraordinary adventures. The perfect introduction to Greek Myths.

Orchard Books

The Sleeping Princess and other Fairy Tales from Grimm

Saviour Pirotta, Emma Chichester Clark
Contributors:
Saviour Pirotta, Emma Chichester Clark

Step into a magical world of beautiful princesses, handsome princes and wicked witches. This collection contains ten of the most loved fairy tales from the brothers Grimm, retold by master storyteller, Saviour Pirotta, and exquisitely illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. The well-loved stories within the book include: Little Briar Rose, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and Rose Red, Rapunzel, Cat and Mouse in Partnership, Little Snow White, The Six Swans, The Frog Prince, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Ben Hubbard

Ben Hubbard began his writing career at a what's-on newspaper in the 1990s, interviewing bands, actors and artists in his native Wellington, New Zealand. He later joined the fast-paced world of daily newspaper journalism before packing up shop and moving to England. Here, Ben tied a number of new strings to his bow: magazine editor, book editor, and finally, author. Today, Ben writes a mix of non-fiction for all ages - preschoolers through to adults. He has penned titles on an eclectic subject range: from space exploration, samurai warriors and medieval castles; to pop music, pets, tornadoes and rugby skills.

Brian Moses

Brian Moses lives in the village of Etchingham with his wife Anne, a loopy labrador called Honey and a collection of bad-tempered chickens.He first worked as a teacher but has now been a professional children's poet since 1988. To date he has over 200 books published including volumes of his own poetry such as Holding the Hands of Angels (Salt) and Behind the Staffroom Door (Macmillan), anthologies such as The Secret Lives of Teachers and Aliens Stole My Underpants (both Macmillan), picture books such as Beetle in the Bathroom and Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe (both Puffin) and non-fiction titles such as Titanic: Lost & Saved (Wayland). Over 1 million copies of Brian's poetry books have now been sold by Macmillan and in 2005 he was nominated for both the CLPE Award and the Spoken Word Award. Brian also visits schools to run writing workshops and perform his own poetry and percussion shows. To date he has visited well over 2500 schools and libraries throughout the UK. He has made several appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, been writer in residence at Castle Cornet on Guernsey, on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway and at RAF schools in Cyprus. Recently he has visited several International schools in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland.He has performed his poetry at Borders on Second Avenue, New York and in September 2006 he was invited to Iceland to take part in 'Kids in the Marsh' - a festival of children's poetry and song. At the request of Prince Charles he spoke at the Prince's Summer School for Teachers in 2007 at Cambridge University. He is one of ten children's poets invited by then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to feature on the National Poetry Archive.Favourite book: 'Turtle Diary' by Russell Hoban.Favourite Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Favourite Music: Bob Dylan