I’ve written more than ninety books. Many were for very young children but the most important ones to me are novels and non-fiction for older children (10-12) and teenagers, and most have won or been shortlisted for awards. All my books are very different – historical, thrillers, or unusual stories that make you think. Read on to find one that you might like…
Mondays are Red is back as a new ebook with extra material! You'll find lots of details, reviews, a video trailer and a link to the blog tour, where I provided loads of varied information about synaesthesia, writing tips and other things about being a writer. Price around £2 on Amazon.
An unusual novel about luck, chance, risk, fate, danger, passion, hate, alcohol, music, and why leaving the house a few seconds later could change your life. Hugely popular amongst adults and teenagers.
A gruesome, thrilling tale, set in Edinburgh in the horrific 1820s. Robbie meets the surgeon who killed his mother - during an operation without anaesthetic - and vows to make the man pay, and care. But Dr Knox is the surgeon who bought the bodies from the murderers, Burke and Hare, and now Robbie is in terrible danger.
Will and Bess are on the run and find themselves in Galloway, Scotland, falsely accused of murder. Captured by smugglers, they become embroiled in a story of hatred and revenge that goes back generations: to the days of the Killing Times, when men, women and children were killed in the name of religion.
Two thrilling historical adventures aimed at 10+ but equally enjoyed by teenagers and adults. Will and Bess are two young highwaymen, thrown together unwillingly and facing great dangers together.
A chilling, creepy thriller about a 14-year-old girl who is being stalked. She doesn't know but you know right from the start. You watch the stalker but you don't know who it is, why he is stalking her or, more importantly, what he plans to do do her.
A funny, warm, moving novel about chickens, friends and a crazy family.
Matilda has been looking forward to leaving school and leaving home - her childhood has been tough, thanks to the early death of her brother and her parents' grief and religious strength, which has helped them but not her. To earn money to fund her gap year, she goes to work on a fruit farm in Devon. However, all is not as it seems and she becomes embroiled in a sinister religious cult.
A chilling dystopian novel set 150 years in the future, when language has been killed and emotion dulled. Four teenagers have the task of restoring hope - but first they must find the secret behind the government and all of their lives.
As I’ve said somewhere else, I’ve written around 90 books in total. Ten are novels, three are full length non-fiction, one is a school text book on Greek history, and the rest are educational home learning books, for various age ranges from 3-5 and upwards. These are the best known ones: The I Can Learn series for Egmont. I wrote the whole of the original series, for reading, writing and maths, and they have been huge best-sellers ever since they were first published in about 1996. They have been re-printed and re-jacketed many times. I loved doing this work and...