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Books for older readers

Warrior King
This book tells the story of Alfred, the only King of England to be dubbed 'the Great'. Until recently, Alfred has been largely forgotten - though the recent TV series, The Last Kingdom, based on Bernard Cornwell's books, may well have changed that! I wanted to explore how he became the remarkable man and ruler he turned into - and along the way, I discovered his daughter Aethelflaed, who later became a ruler in her own right: the Lady of the Mercians. Most of the story is told through her eyes. There's a touch of magic and mystery, too, mostly embodied in the character of Cerys, a silver-eyed Briton who reminds Alfred that he has a responsibility to all his people.

Warrior King was originally published by Walker Books.

Daughters of Time 
This is an anthology written by The History Girls, a group of historical fiction writers, and published by Templar. Each story features a woman who has featured significantly in the history of Britain, from Boudica through to Emily Davison, the suffragette, and Amy Johnson, the pioneer pilot.

For my story, I was delighted to be able to revisit Aethelflaed - at the point where she leaves Wessex and goes to Mercia to become the wife of the Lord of the Mercians.

‘Tom was gazing absently at the Willow Man. The sun was behind the figure’s arm, but then something odd happened: the arm seemed to move, as if it was beckoning, releasing the sun so that its rays reached and dazzled Tom…’

When illness strikes his younger sister, Sophie, Tom feels forgotten in all the turmoil. His

friend Ash is the only person who understands, but Ash has problems of his own.

Towering above the fields, the Willow Man seems powerful and strong – as if at any moment he could run away. Can he help Tom, Sophie and Ash break free as well?

This book is about children who are ‘stuck’ in different ways: through illness, through family problems, through difficulties at school. But it's also about how difficult it can be for us to communicate, to talk about what we feel - and to make somebody listen.

And it's about how sometimes, a little bit of magic comes along to help...

Originally published by Walker Books, it's now available as an ebook.

Books for younger readers

What could be worse for a ghost than not being frightening enough? That's Spooker's problem as he faces his Practical Haunting examinations at the Anne Boleyn Secondary School, under the watchful eye of the Inspectre-ate and Sir Rupert Grimsdyke (who's definitely not Spooker's favourite teacher). He isn't helped by the fact that he's sent for training to a brand-new house in Buttercup Avenue - not at all the kind of place where ghosts feel at home. Spooker must find a way to spook the most unspookable people imaginable ...Or maybe ghosts don't have to be scary, after all?

Spooks Away
Spooker is back for a new school year at the Anne Boleyn Secondary School, and now that the wicked Sir Rupert is out of the picture, he hopes his life will be much easier. But when he goes on a residential trip to a remote Scottish castle to make a video about the school's new approach to haunting, strange happenings start to take place - it's almost as if the ghosts themselves are being haunted. Who or what can possibly be behind these odd events?

Both books are illustrated by the brilliant Lynne Chapman.

Emily's Surprising Voyage
Emily and her parents have embarked on the famous SS Great Britain, the first-ever iron ship, designed by the great Victorian engineer, Brunel, and are bound for Australia. Emily assumes the journey will be long and boring, but life gets much more interesting when she meets Thomas and his pet rat, Barney. Then the children hear about a ghost...

Fans of the ss Great Britain will love the accurate drawings by James de le Rue - who also brings the characters beautifully to life

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