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Muncle Trogg

Muncle Trogg

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Who wrote it?

Janet Foxley grew up in various towns in the north of England and studied German at the universities of Newcastle and Erlangen (Bavaria). After marrying a Londoner she lived in the south-east of England for twenty-five years, first as a full-time mother and later as an administrator at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Janet has written as a hobby for most of her life, but since she retired writing has become her 'day job'. Her children have long since left home and she now lives in a former farmhouse in Cumbria with her husband Donald, an engineer-turned-sculptor.

What's it about?

GIANTS live on the top of Mount Grumble, hidden from the HUMANS below. But not all of them are big. Muncle Trogg is so small that he is laughed at by the others for being human-sized. Fed up, he decides to take a look at the 'smallings' that he's meant to look like. But what he discovers is very surprising indeed. What happens sets off a chain of events that threatens all of the giants - and only Muncle can save them.

Fact File

Janet paints pictures as well as writing stories.

You can see these pictures and find out more about Janet by visiting her website: www.janetfoxley.co.uk.

Gravenhunger

Gravenhunger

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Who wrote it?

Harriet Goodwin studied English Literature at Oxford, where she enjoyed reading a few books and the endless parties. After leaving Oxford Harriet trained as a professional singer, she still performs to this day. Harriet now lives in the countryside with her husband and four young children.

What's it about?

When twelve-year-old Phoenix Wainwright is told he is to spend the summer in an old house in the middle of nowhere with his father and cousin, he is not best pleased – especially when it is revealed that Gravenhunger Manor belonged to his dead mother, Elvira, a secret which she kept from both her husband and son during her lifetime. Phoenix discovers a letter from his mother in which she explains that something quite terrible happened at the house during her childhood, something for which she has never been able to forgive herself and which she cannot bring herself to confess to anyone…

Fact File

Harriet had moments of mischief at school. One day she locked her poor music teacher in the cupboard as a dare and used to pretend she was dangerously ill in science by sticking a thermometer under a hot tap.

You can find out more about Harriet by visiting her website http://www.harrietgoodwinbooks.com/.

Gold Seekers

Gold Seekers

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Who wrote it?

Jane Johnson is a writer, publisher and climber. She writes books for both adults and children.

For many years Jane was also responsible for the publishing of the works of J R R Tolkien, and as Jude Fisher wrote the bestselling Visual Companions which accompanied Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy of The Lord of the Rings. As such, she was one of very few visitors to the film sets in New Zealand and came away with some amazing experiences and memories.

What's it about?

In 17th century Cornwall, Jude's mother was called a witch. Her son is a 'finder' with a rare and strange power. He can sense the presence of gold wherever it is hidden. But Jude's talent is dangerous - especially when he leaves his childhood home after his parents' sudden deaths. Captured by a sinister, one-eyed sea-captain, he is plunged into terrifying magical adventures on the magnificent and mysterious Cornish coast. Battling Barbary pirates, slave-stealers and an evil telepathic cat, he is befriended by a family of gold-hungry djinns, doomed to dwell for eternity among the legions of the damned unless he agrees to save them...

Fact File

When not writing and publishing Jane likes to rock-climb, and it was in 2005, while climbing in Morocco, that she met her husband.

Jane has a Norwegian Forest cat, Thorfinna Hairy-Trousers: or Finn, for short.

For more information about Jane, visit her website: www.janejohnson.eu.

Sky Hawk

Sky Hawk

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Who wrote it?

Gill Lewis trained as a vet. Her love of animals and the natural world plays a big part in her writing. She has a master’s degree in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and won the 2009 course prize for most promising writer. Sky Hawk is her first book. Gill lives in Somerset with her young family and a motley crew of pets. She writes from a shed in the garden, in the company of spiders.

What's it about?

The majestic Osprey is an endangered bird that hasn't been seen in Scotland for years, so when Iona McNair locates an Osprey nest, she's desperate to keep the bird safe from poachers. She shares her secret with her classmate Callum, and the two become friends as they work to save the Osprey they've named Isis. They're able to get the bird tagged by a preservationist, but after Isis flies to Africa for the winter, her signal becomes stagnant, then lost. Spurred by a promise to Iona, who has fallen ill, Callum is determined to track and save Isis, and a leap of faith and the magic of e-mail connects him with a girl in Gambia who can help him make good—in more ways than one.

Fact File

Before she could walk, Gill was discovered force-feeding bread to a sick hedgehog under the rose bushes.

When she was working as a vet, Gill was once charged by a crazy cow!

You can find out more about Gill by visiting her website www.gilllewis.com.

Moon Pie

Moon Pie

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Who wrote it?

Simon Mason is the author of four previous books for children: The Quigleys, The Quigleys at Large, The Quigleys Not for Sale and The Quigleys in a Spin. He has also written three adult novels and The Rough Guide to Classic Novels. He lives in Oxford with his wife and their two children.

What's it about?

Martha, aged 11, is used to being the one who has to keep their head. Tug, her little brother, is too small. Dad is too strange. And Mum's not here any more. So when Dad falls off the roof, it's Martha who takes him to the doctor. And when Dad doesn't come home, it's Martha who cooks Tug's favourite pie.

Fact File

Simon’s first book for adults won the Betty Trask first novel award.

Moon Pie is published by David Fickling Books: www.davidficklingbooks.com

Magicalamity

Magicalamity

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Who wrote it?

Kate Saunders has worked for newspapers and magazines in the UK and was a guest on the first episode of the long-running news quiz programme Have I Got News for You. She has written multiple books for children and for adults. She lives in London with her son.

What's it about?

Tom is in shock. He’s just found out that he’s not fully human, and that his dad is an escaped fairy on the run. It seems that Tom is a demisprite – the child of a fairy and a human – and that he has dangerous enemies he never even knew about. Now he must trust his life to his three fairy godmothers, who have been summoned to protect him. But their magic is dangerous and two of them are hardened criminals. Will Tom survive their botched spells and learn to fly, so he can enter the perilous Fairy Realm and save his parents?

Fact File

Kate Saunders is also an actress, appearing as a policewoman who went out with Rodney Trotter in an episode of Only Fools and Horses in 1982.

Kate’s publisher is Marion Lloyd Books, part of Scholastic: www.scholastic.co.uk.