Geraldine Mccaughrean - Author

About the Author

Geraldine McCaughrean (born 1951) trained as a teacher but learned only that she was useless at teaching. So she worked instead as a sub at a partwork magazine company, perfect training in cutting to length, abandoning pretentions and writing blurbs. A Carnegie Medallist, three-time winner of the Whitbread and the very first recipient of the Blue Peter Book Award, she has written almost 150 books and plays.  In 2006 she was blessed with the chance to write the official sequel to J M Barrie’s Peter Pan at the behest of Great Ormond Street Hospital.  Peter Pan in Scarlet has been translated into 38 other languages.

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Where the World Ends

Where the World Ends

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018. Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they've been abandoned - cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive?

The White Elephant 4 Voyagers

The White Elephant 4 Voyagers

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2017

The cruel king of Siam punishes gentle Preecha with a terrible test. If he fails, exile or the Royal Tigers will be waiting for him. Books in the Voyagers strand are for learners experienced in reading a range of genres. Learners will be able to discuss how language is used and how the vocabulary chosen causes reactions and inferences in the reader. Texts use flashbacks, parody, summary and commentary. Fiction titles include chapters to reflect sustained reading while shorter books have deeper inferential meaning needing more advanced comprehension skills. Contains teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Lovesong A Novel of Courtly Love

Lovesong A Novel of Courtly Love

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2017

Lovesong

Lovesong

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: eBook Release Date: 21/01/2017

What does love mean to Oriole? As he discovers romance and passion in his own life we are introduced to an extraordinary cast of characters - rogues, mountebanks, villains, heroes, damsels, soldiers and holy men, all working out their own destiny. This is the story of one man's wreck on the sea of passion - and his daughter's stormy voyage.

Vainglory

Vainglory

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: eBook Release Date: 21/01/2017

Vainglory begins in France in 1429, as Victoire de Gloriole regains possession of the family castle from the English following the Battle of Agincourt. From Joan of Arc through to Catherine de Medici and the slaughter of the Huguenots, Vainglory tells the story of a power-hungry family who will let nothing and no one get in their way.

Stories from Shakespeare

Stories from Shakespeare

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/09/2016

Ten of Shakespeare's greatest plays, retold for children by multi-award winning author Geraldine McCaughrean. From love, jealousy, greed and betrayal to mad kings, magic and murder, Geraldine McCaughrean retells some of Shakespeare's best-known stories, including Romeo and Juliet, Henry the Fifth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth and The Tempest. With easy to follow prose punctuated with well-known quotations and featuring a cast list for each play, this accessible collection will delight and entertain readers of all ages.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 15: Animal Tails

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 15: Animal Tails

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2016

Chickens, foxes, horses, tigers, lions and mice this is a marvellous menagerie of tales about tails. Meet Chanticleer the pompous cockerel, Reynard the sneaky fox, the sad Ugly Duckling and many more enduring characters, taken from Chaucer and Hans Christian Anderson and traditional tales from around the world. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 19: Moby Dick

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 19: Moby Dick

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean, Herman Melville Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2016

Sometimes we kill the whale. Sometimes the whaling kills us.When Ishmael joins the crew of the Pequod he is told of the danger he faces, but he still longs for the adventure that whale-hunting brings. As the ship travels the globe looking for its prey, Ishmael realises that there is more to their mission than oil, blubber and riches. Captain Ahab is a man consumed by obsession, but will he ever find the elusive Moby Dick? This tale beautifully depicts the power and mystery of the magnificent whale, and the trials of those who seek to harm him. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Stones Are Hatching

Stones Are Hatching

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2014

Phelim was the only one, they said, the only one who could save the world from the Hatchlings of the Stoor Worm. The Stoor Worm, who had been asleep for aeons, since it was vanquished by the hero, Assipattle, was beginning to waken. It was the booming of the guns, the cries of the wounded, the dreadful sounds of war that had woken it, and now its Hatchlings were abroad to terrorize the people who had forgotten all about them, forgotten all the ancient magics. But how could Phelim, who was only a boy, after all, save the world from all these dreadful monsters? And where could he find the Maiden, the Fool, and the Horse who were supposed to help him? And as Phelim leaves his home and sets out on his quest, the words of the domovoy ring in his ears: 'You are the one. To stop the Worm waking. To do what must be done.'

The Middle of Nowhere

The Middle of Nowhere

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2014

A clear-sighted, beautifully written examination of racism and courage. The Metro When her mother dies from a snake bite, Comity's life in the Australian outback changes for ever. Now the only person Comity can count on is her friend, Fred, the Aboriginal yard boy. But when her father's new assistant, the cruel and sadistic Quartz Hogg arrives, he sets his bloodthirsty sights on Fred, and Comity has to find a way to stop him.

Britannia: Great Stories from British History

Britannia: Great Stories from British History

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

King Canute, Lady Godiva, Guy Fawkes, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Grace Darling and other famous names live again in these 101 tragic, comic, stirring tales of adventure, folly and wickedness. Spanning nearly three thousand years, and including stories as up-to-date as Live Aid, the Braer Oil Tanker disaster and the Hadron Collider, each story includes a note on what really happened.

The Positively Last Performance

The Positively Last Performance

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/01/2014

The performances at The Royal Theatre are extraordinary. You'd have to see them to believe them! But that's the problem. Nobody can see them. Except Gracie, that is. Newly arrived in her favourite seaside town and its beautiful old theatre, Gracie's quickly making friends. There's Mikey the Mod who wears a parka and drives a scooter, Miss Melluish whose skirt is missing, and Frank Stuart, the maker of mechanical elephants. But the old theatre is under threat. Will Gracie and her friends be able to save their home, or is the curtain set to fall on their very last performance? 'Everybody should read Geraldine McCaughrean' Philip Reeve

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 10 More Pack A: Noisy Neighbours

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 10 More Pack A: Noisy Neighbours

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Mr Flinch hates noise. His neighbours in Noisy Neighbours, a mechanic and a music teacher, can't help making a racket. Mr Flinch plots to get rid of them...TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 17: The Legend Of Gilgamesh

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 17: The Legend Of Gilgamesh

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/01/2014

The Legend of Gilgamesh is a retelling of the oldest recorded story in the world. The cruel King Gilgamesh forms an unlikely friendship with a wild man, Enkidu. Together they plan to battle fearsome monsters. Can they succeed and live to tell the tale? Captivating versions of some of the best myths and legends from around the world. TreeTops Myths and Legends are fascinating and action-packed stories that will motivate and inspire readers. These are some of the oldest and most enduring stories in the world, retold by leading contemporary children's authors to bring out all of the action, drama, humour and depth of the original stories in a way that makes them as exciting and meaningful today as ever. The stories are beautifully illustrated in a range of styles to bring each tale to life. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Orchard Greek Myths

Orchard Greek Myths

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Discover the drama and thrill of sixteen classic Ancient Greek myths in this glorious story collection. Featuring all of the best-known stories, including Theseus & the Minotaur, Heracles, Daedalus & Icarus, The Wooden Horse and Pandora's Box. Retold by master storyteller, Geraldine McCaughrean, with full colour artwork throughout, this is an essential for every child's bookshelf. These powerful stories are brought to a young modern audience with a verve and simplicity that makes them shine in our minds - Michael Rosen Stories included: Theseus and the Minotaur Pandora's Box Perseus and Medusa Jason and the Golden Fleece Daedalus and Icarus Orpheus and Eurydice Arachne The Wooden Horse of Troy King Midas Persephone and the Pomegranate Seeds Echo and Narcissus The Twelve Labours of Heracles Odysseus Apollo and Daphne Atalanta's Race Freedom for Prometheus

The Middle of Nowhere

The Middle of Nowhere

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

When Mary Pinny dies from a snakebite, she leaves her young daughter, Comity, and husband Herbert in the Middle of Nowhere. As Stationmaster of the Kinkindele Repeater Station, Herbert Pinny takes great pride in his job; receiving morse messages and passing them down the Wire to the rest of Australia and beyond. But Comity dreams of a different life - where her mother is alive and she has her own horse and a new piano - and sends letters to her grandmother and her snooty aunt full of colourful tales of her imaginary life. That is, until the new station assistant, Quartz Hogg, arrives and brings Comity and her father sharply back down to earth.

Pittipat's Saucer of Moon

Pittipat's Saucer of Moon

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean, Maria Nilsson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Pittipat knows that the moon is a saucer of cream and his brothers and sisters mean to drink it all up. So the brave little cat sets off to find them, sailing over giant waves and climbing the starry sky until he is face-to-face with the big dark night! A rhyming story full of magic, imagination and adventure that is a joy to read aloud. 'Geraldine McCaughrean knocks the socks off every other children's writer today.' Anne Fine

Julia Donaldson Plays Blue (KS2)/4B-4A Tricked You!

Julia Donaldson Plays Blue (KS2)/4B-4A Tricked You!

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2013

Part of the Bug Club whole school reading programme for Reception, KS1 and KS2 that transforms young readers into life-long readers. Children are instantly engaged by the characters they know and love and want to read more and more.

BC JD Plays Red (KS2)/5C-5B Three Mistakes and a Monster

BC JD Plays Red (KS2)/5C-5B Three Mistakes and a Monster

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2013

Part of the Bug Club whole school reading programme for Reception, KS1 and KS2 that transforms young readers into life-long readers. Children are instantly engaged by the characters they know and love and want to read more and more.

Go! Go! Chichico!

Go! Go! Chichico!

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2013

Chichico has everything he needs to be a top footballer - apart from a pair of boots! A little football story with a big heart from a top author. Chichico is thrilled when a talent scout spots him during a kick-about with his friends Davi and Ana, and he is asked to try out for Santos Brazil. But without a pair of football boots, how will Chichico ever been taken seriously? Loyal Davi steps in and sets out on a mission to solve Chichico's problem. But Davi's actions soon risk ruining Chichico's dreams forever...High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all

Julia Donaldson Plays Lime/3C Choose Me BC JD Plays Lime/3C Choose Me Lime/3c

Julia Donaldson Plays Lime/3C Choose Me BC JD Plays Lime/3C Choose Me Lime/3c

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story!

Julia Donaldson Plays White/2A The Escape 6-pack

Julia Donaldson Plays White/2A The Escape 6-pack

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean, Rachael Sutherland Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 14/01/2013

Developed with Julia Donaldson, this title is part of the Plays to Read series for KS1. Perfect for both guided and independent reading Beautiful illustrations and unforgettable characters to keep wandering minds engaged Available as an interactive eBook - kids pick the part they want to play and the others are read back to them

Julia Donaldson Plays Lime/3C Traffic Jam BC JD Plays Lime/3C Traffic Jam Lime/3c

Julia Donaldson Plays Lime/3C Traffic Jam BC JD Plays Lime/3C Traffic Jam Lime/3c

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story!

Julia Donaldson Plays White/2A the Escape BC JD Plays White/2A The Escape White/2a

Julia Donaldson Plays White/2A the Escape BC JD Plays White/2A The Escape White/2a

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story!

The Wish-Bringer

The Wish-Bringer

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/09/2012

The Little Monk Monacello returns, once again beautifully illustrated with Jana Diemberger's stunning artwork. There are parts of the world where people think Bad Luck comes up from below, and Good Luck comes down from the sky. Not in Naples. In Naples bad luck and good came from just one place: Monacello. In the second installment, the Little Monk who brings both good and bad luck is begrudgingly transformed into the Wish-Bringer. Encouraged by his mysterious friend Napolina, only when she isn't looking too closely does he return to mischief-making. There is one wish, however, that Monacello cannot grant...his own wish to know the rest of his story, the mystery of his parents, and why he came to be left outside the doors of a nunnery one cold morning. In this tale, Monacello faces up to his enemies and comes one step closer to discovering the truth about his past. When it comes to the Little Monk though, bad luck can never be far away, and soon Monacello is called upon to grant the hardest wish of all...THE AUTHOR SAYS: I visited a friend in Naples, and she showed me the city's best secret - its Undercity: a gloomy, buried world of ruined houses and streets. Then I found out Naples has a secret inhabitant too - part-good, part-bad; a bringer of good luck and trouble; a boy with a sad history of his own. Legends like Monacello's date from a time when stories were not just for children; when they hovered in everyone's brain, somewhere between made-up and true. I never cared much for wicked villains or superheroes. Monacello is a mixture of sun and shadow - like we all are. My sort of hero. REVIEWS: Reads aloud wonderfully with its tale-teller's seeming simplicity and its frequent alliterations and internal rhymes...Designed with such care, this layered tale will demand to be revisited many times. -- BOOKS FOR KEEPS

Pittipat's Saucer of Moon

Pittipat's Saucer of Moon

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean, Maria Nilsson Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2012

Pittipat knows that the moon is a saucer of cream and his brothers and sisters mean to drink it all up. So the brave little cat sets off to find them, sailing over giant waves and climbing the starry sky until he is face-to-face with the big dark night! Enter a magical world in this beautiful story by award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean.

Think Again Band 11/Lime

Think Again Band 11/Lime

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean, Bee Willey Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2012

At the dawn of time, the Maker is having problems with the animals he makes. His beaver and his ants are too big, his moose is the same size as a mouse and his elephant can hide behind a blade of grass! Maker is forced to think again about the original plans for the animals, adjusting their size to the way they are today. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type - A story by a significant author. * An illustrated diagram on pages 30 and 31 reminds the reader of how the animals looked before and after the maker finished creating them, an ideal cue for children to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices; Science: Plants and animals in the local environment, variation.

Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales: Level 8: Twelve Dancing Princesses

Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales: Level 8: Twelve Dancing Princesses

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean, Nikki Gamble, Pam Dowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2011

Twelve Dancing Princesses is a German rags-to-riches folk tale. There is something strange happening at the palace, where the King's twelve daughters are wearing through their slippers every night. Will the hero be able to get to the bottom of the mystery? This engaging story written by Geraldine McCaughrean and beautifully illustrated by Bee Willey will capture your child's imagination! It has been sensitively rewritten to enable your child to read it with confidence whilst capturing the magic of the original tale. There are useful tips for parents and an engaging story map inside the book to help you and your child retell the story together. The Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales series includes 40 of the best known stories from all over the world, which have been passed down for generations. They are a perfect introduction to different cultures, traditions and morals. All the stories are carefully levelled to Oxford Reading Tree levels and matched to the phonic progression in Letters and Sounds enabling your children to read the stories independently. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Too Big!

Too Big!

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2011

Mum always liked to buy Neil clothes big enough for him to 'grow into'. And his new cricket jumper makes him look like a lamb in sheep's clothing! But Mum goes too far when she buys a new wardrobe and that, too, is far TOO BIG. It won't fit in the front door, it won't go through the downstairs windows. And, when Mum and Dad finally work out how to get it in the house, Neil - and his too-big cricket jumper - cause a very surprising outcome: one that Neil likes very much indeed!

Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen

Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

Ever since the magnificent Miss Loucien gave up teaching to join the Bright Lights Theater Company, school days have lacked a certain . . . drama . . . especially for Cissy, who longs for a life in show business, and Kookie, who craves adventure. But when a diphtheria outbreak interrupts the dull routine, Cissy and Kookie are evacuated to the doubtful safety of the Bright Lights' summer homea shipwrecked paddle steamer on the flooded Missouri River. Thus begins a wild and unpredictable journey downstream serving up grand performances, aggrieved river gamblers, irate lawmen, and perilous races. And when at long last Cissy steps into the limelight, the stakes are higher than she ever imagined. Renowned storyteller Geraldine McCaughrean weaves a rip-roaring adventure in this funny tale that's chock-full of humor and heart.

Monacello The Little Monk

Monacello The Little Monk

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2011

A haunting legend from the Undercity of Naples Goblin Gremlin! Demon! Strange little creature. Strange pale eyes, so full of fear. Strange little monk, his habit black as nightmares, his surplice grubby as spilt milk. Strange little boy shaped like a question mark, who are you? Intrigue, superstition and adventure feature in the first book of two books set in the dark world of medieval Naples and brought to life by spectacular double-spread graphic artwork. An orphaned boy is dressed as a monk and ostracised by everyone except the roaming wild cats of the Undercity for his scary looks and his ability to make bad things happen. Monacello searches above and below ground, determined to solve the mystery of his parents. After he encounters friendship from a little girl with a mysterious background of her own, it seems he can also bring good luck - a bringer of fortune; a wish granter. When a case of mistaken identity brings near disastrous consequences, this little monk must shake off his bad luck for good...THE AUTHOR SAYS - I visited a friend in Naples, and she showed me the city's best secret - its Undercity: a gloomy, buried world of ruined houses and streets. Then I found out Naples has a secret inhabitant too - part-good, part-bad; a bringer of good luck and trouble; a boy with a sad history of his own. Legends like Monacello's date from a time when stories were not just for children; when they hovered in everyone's brain, somewhere between made-up and true. I never cared much for wicked villains or superheroes. Monacello is a mixture of sun and shadow - like we all are. My sort of hero. REVIEWS This story is very unique. It is beautifully illustrated with a very eye-catching cover. It tells the story of Monacello the little monk, searching for his mother in Italy after being abandoned as a baby. Raised to be poor, dirty and ugly, the city folk deem him to be 'bad luck'. It runs along with a great textual rhythm and the plot is simple but imaginative, moving and absorbing all in one. Perfect for children and adults. The landscape within this world will stay with you for days. I really look forward to reading the sequel. -- WATERSTONE'S. There are so many poignant and poetic gems scattered throughout this haunting tale. The quality of McCaughrean's writing is stunningly original and the effectiveness of the descriptive, emotive language, creates a multi-layered and memorable story. Combined as it is, with stylish and atmospheric illustrations, Monacello has all the qualities of a classic fairy-tale. The themes of sadness and loneliness are woven so elegantly through the action-packed storyline that they burrow into the reader's heart, in the same way as the sadness of Monacello and Napolina seems to seep into the heart of the city, affecting even the well- water, so that it brings tears to horses blue-brown eyes . Unforgettable. -- ARMADILLO MAGAZINE. McCaughrean's reworking of a classic Italian folk story reads aloud wonderfully with its tale-teller's seeming simplicity and its frequent alliterations and internal rhymes. The menacing illustrations of Jana Diemberger, an artist of Italian/Austrian upbringing, will also invite shared talk between listener and reader. Her choice of viewpoint is often startling and dramatic. The dark, crater-eyes set in the pale moon of the foundling's face haunt the pages. Only once is that face lit by a wan smile when Monacello has reached out to warm Napolina's icy sadness...Designed with such care, this layered tale will demand to be revisited many times. -- BOOKS FOR KEEPS. Think of your average children's picture book and loveable monsters, fluffy animals and shiny trains probably spring to mind. An odd little creature-boy causing mischief in medieval Naples almost certainly does not. Mind you, the creator of Monacello The Little Monk isn't your average illustrator. In fact Jana Diemberger is an Italian-born, multi-tattooed boxing champ, and the story of how she came to the profession is something of a fairytale itself. It was so exciting, she [Jana Diemberger] says. I didn't know it would definitely happen; I'm really proud of it. And proud she should be; with its delicate, haunting images, Monacello is the kind of book that stays with you long after you've closed it. -- CAMBRIDGE EVENING NEWS.

Death-Defying Pepper Roux

Death-Defying Pepper Roux

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2010

Pepper's fourteenth birthday is a momentous one. It's the day he's supposed to die. Everyone seems resigned to iteven Pepper, although he would much prefer to live. But can you sidestep Fate? Jump sideways into a different life? Nave and trusting, Pepper sets a course through dangerous waters, inviting disaster and mayhem at every turn, one eye on the sky for fear of angels, one on the magnificent possibilities of being alive. New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean has created a gripping tale filled with dark humor and daring escapades, where the key to a boy's life lies in facing his own death. Join him on the runif you can keep up.

The Death Defying Pepper Roux

The Death Defying Pepper Roux

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/06/2010

When Pepper Roux was born his aunt foretold that he would not live past 14 years of age. Throughout his childhood his parents haven't bothered with him much, knowing that his life would be short-lived. So when Pepper wakes up on his 14th birthday he knows this will be the day that he'll die. But as the day wears on, and Pepper finds himself still alive, he decides to set off to sea in an attempt to try and avoid death for as long as possible. As time goes on Pepper steps into many roles and personas and has numerous outrageous adventures. But can he stay one step ahead of death? Or will fate catch up with him? And, if he does live, which of his many lives will he choose to adopt? This riot of a story is a wonderful adventure, and Pepper is an unforgettable character who stays with you long after his story has been told.

Tamburlaine's Elephants

Tamburlaine's Elephants

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2008

This is a new historical novel from the author of the worldwide hit Peter Pan in Scarlet .Rusti is a Tartar, travelling and pillaging with the legendary Horde of Tamburlaine, Conqueror of the World. He dreams of honour and riches, and is proud to capture his first prisoners - an elephant and her keeper. Yet amidst the death and destruction, an unlikely friendship takes hold in this breathtaking tale. This is Geraldine's first novel to follow the worldwide mega success of Peter Pan in Scarlet .

Fearless Flynn and Other Tales Band 17/Diamond

Fearless Flynn and Other Tales Band 17/Diamond

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean, Gillian Shields, Martin Waddell Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

Three spooky tales from three peerless storytellers, perfect for telling around the fire on a dark, windy night. Read of Flynn, who battled with three skeletons; of Tom, who saw something so weird in the moonlight that it changed his life for ever; and of the terrifying thirteen crows who brought death wherever they went... * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * A selection of newspaper articles about Fearless Flynn give children the opportunity to explore other ways of presenting information and other points of view. * Text type: Three fantasy stories. Curriculum links: Music: Stars, hide your fires - Performing together. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader

Literacy World Comets Stage 2: Born Lucky and Other Tales Guided Reading Card Framework Ed

Literacy World Comets Stage 2: Born Lucky and Other Tales Guided Reading Card Framework Ed

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean, Jean Ure, Jacqueline Wilson Format: Cards Release Date: 30/06/2008

Part of the Literacy World series that provides support to deliver shared reading and writing, guided reading, ICT and speaking and listening at Key Stage 2 and Junior level.

Father and Son

Father and Son

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/10/2007

'So, long after the star had set, after the angels had roosted, after the shepherds had hurried back to their sheep, there was one person still awake in a dark stable, watching over a sleeping child.' Complemented by Fabian Negrin's atmospheric illustrations, this picture book is destined to become a classic.

The Kite Rider

The Kite Rider

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2007

Haoyou knows that his father's spirit lives among the clouds above Ancient China. He also knows that to save his mother from being forced into a new marriage he must now follow in his father's footsteps and take to the skies, riding a kite through the clouds and the spirits of the dead. Then the Jade Circus offers him a chance to escape his enemies and travel throughout the empire, and maybe even perform before Kublai Khan himself. But is going with the circus really the best option? It could be that the circus master is leading him into even greater danger. This outstanding story is like nothing else you've ever read - packed with action, adventure and emotion.

Stop the Train

Stop the Train

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2007

It's 1893 and for Cissy and her family, a new life beckons on the prairies of Oklahoma and they and their fellow settlers prepare for steady business alongside the Red Rock Railroad track. But when they refuse to sell their land to the railroad company, the boss swears that his trains will never stop in Florence again. How will they ever make a living now? Cissy and her friends, family and neighbours vow that they will make the train stop - by whatever means are necessary, no matter how dangerous that may prove to be . . .

Not the End of the World

Not the End of the World

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean, Simon Reade Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Forty days below the decks of a ship in relentless storms. Squalid conditions, a cargo of animals, and the man in charge claims he is acting on God's orders. An ensemble cast tells the exhilarating and gripping story of the world's first natural disaster, and the making of the world's first Middle Eastern religious fanatic. The novel on which this play is based was a winner of the Whitbread Award 2004.

Father and Son

Father and Son

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2006

'So, long after the star had set, after the angels had roosted, after the shepherds had hurried back to their sheep, there was one person still awake in a dark stable, watching over a sleeping child.' Complemented by Fabian Negrin's atmospheric illustrations, this picture book is destined to become a classic.

Peter Pan in Scarlet

Peter Pan in Scarlet

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2006

Journey back to Neverland in the first-ever authorized sequel to J.M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece, Peter Pan The Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, who own the copyright to the movie Peter Pan, marked that work's centenary by authorizing the creation of a new novel that would share the same characters as the original, and bring as much pleasure to children and adults around the world as Peter Pan has done. The result of a worldwide search to find just the right author for this special sequel is this - Peter Pan in Scarlet by the renowned and multi-award winning Geraldine McCaughrean. Set in the 1930s when the devastating effects of World War I are still resonating throughout the world, Peter Pan in Scarlet sets listeners on an unforgettable journey fraught with danger. All is not well. Dreams - nightmares - are leaking out of Neverland as it chafes against the Here and Now, wearing holes in the fabric in between. Somehow Time is moving on where Time was never meant to. Fearing for Peter Pan's life, Wendy and the Lost Boys find their way back to Neverland - with the help of the fairy, Fireflyer - only to discover adventure waiting in ambush and their worst nightmare coming true in the most unexpected of ways!

The White Darkness

The White Darkness

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Captain Titus Oates, hero of the Antarctic, has been dead for nearly a century. But not in Sym's head. In there, he is her constant companion, her soul mate, her adviser. It is as if he walked out of the Polar blizzard and into her mind. In fact, if it were not for Titus, life might be as bleak a place as the Antarctic wilderness. When she is taken on a mystery expedition by her eccentric uncle Victor, Sym can't believe her luck. Destination Antarctica-the very place she's always wanted to visit. But Victor has other plans, more sinister than Sym could possibly imagine. Stranded in the most isolated part of the world with her trust in someone she comes to realize is a madman, she must find a way to avoid a gruesome fate. But what should a teenage girl do? Could it be that Titus, the one who perished in that very place, will be the means of her survival?

The Kite Riderclass Pack

The Kite Riderclass Pack

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2006

They called him Gou Tian, Sky Hook, the boy who flies. Then the Jade Circus offered him a chance to escape his enemies and travel throughout Kublai Khan's empire. But can he escape so easily and can he avoid even greater danger?

The Orchard Book of Greek Gods and Goddesses

The Orchard Book of Greek Gods and Goddesses

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2005

A wonderfully rich and varied collection of fifteen stories from Greek mythology, retold for today's young readers. Meet all the best-known gods and goddesses and learn how Paris judged who was the fairest goddess of all, how the city of Athens was named and how dolphins were created. The magic and drama of Geraldine McCaughrean's retellings are perfectly matched by Emma Chichester Clark's lively illustrations.

Think Again Band 11/Lime

Think Again Band 11/Lime

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean, Collins Educational, Bee Willey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2005

At the dawn of time, the Maker is having problems with the animals he makes. His beaver and his ants are too big, his moose is the same size as a mouse and his elephant can hide behind a blade of grass! Maker is forced to think again about the original plans for the animals, adjusting their size to the way they are today. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type - A story by a significant author. * An illustrated diagram on pages 30 and 31 reminds the reader of how the animals looked before and after the maker finished creating them, an ideal cue for children to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices; Science: Plants and animals in the local environment, variation. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Casting the Gods Adrift

Casting the Gods Adrift

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2005

A thriller set in ancient Egypt between 1351-1354 BC. Tutmose and Ibrim's father, the animal dealer, is commanded by the new pharaoh Akhenaten, to bring him animals - lots of animals - for his new capital city. The boys' father is delighted. But he has no idea what the pharaoh's strange new religion will mean for all of them...

Not the End of the World

Not the End of the World

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2005

Everyone knows the story of the Flood, the men God chose to survive, the animals that went in two by two. But what about the others that sailed on the Ark - the women and the children? This adventure story asks what it was really like when the heavens opened and the world drowned - and what might have happened in the days that followed. With a frighteningly zealous and single-minded Noah; Japheth and his young wife, Zillah, concerned for the welfare of the animals; the stowaway boy and baby found by Noah's daughter Timna; and the animals themselves, continuing to act as animals do, whatever their surroundings, this is an extremely compelling and at times very frightening story, beautifully written as ever by Geraldine McCaughrean.

Year 6: Sky Ship and Other Stories

Year 6: Sky Ship and Other Stories

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2004

Geraldine McCaughrean's best-loved novels all have an historical theme - her passion for history is evident in this collection of gripping short stories. Each of these five tales is set in the past at a moment of scientific or historical significance. Read about the book that changed the world and inspired Christopher Columbus and Da Vinci; why eleven days vanished from the English calendar in 1752 - and much more besides!

The Orchard Book Of Roman Myths

The Orchard Book Of Roman Myths

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2003

A wonderfully rich and varied collection of fifteen stories from Roman mythology, retold for today's young readers. Here are all the famous myths from the birth of Venus, to the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus. The great gods and goddesses, including Jupiter, Mars and Diana, are brought vividly to life by Emma Chichester Clark's beautiful illustrations that perfectly reflect the liveliness of Geraldine McCaughrean's gripping retellings.

A Little Lower Than The Angels

A Little Lower Than The Angels

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2003

Gabriel has no idea what the future will hold when he runs away from his apprenticeship with the bad-tempered stonemason. But God Himself, in the shape of playmaster Garvey, has plans for him. He wants Gabriel for his angel... But will Gabriel's new life with the travelling players be any more secure? In a world of illusion, people are not always what they seem. Least of all Gabriel. Geraldine McCaughrean is considered an exceptional writer of our time. She has won the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Whitbread Award (twice) and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award.

A Pack of Lies

A Pack of Lies

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/10/2001

Ailsa doesn't trust MCC Berkshire, the mysterious man helping out in her mother's antique shop. He tells wonderful stories about all the antiques, and his stories persuade the customers to buy the items he talks about, but everything he says is a pack of lies, isn't it? The story of Ailsa and MCC is interwoven with the stories MCC tells the customers, which range from romances to adventure stories; from crime dramas to pirate stories; from stories set in modern-day Ireland to stories set in ancient China.

Rigby Star Guided Lime Level: Always Elephant Single

Rigby Star Guided Lime Level: Always Elephant Single

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/2001

Genre: traditional tale Learning Objectives: Language Comprehension Strand 7: Explore how particular words are used, including words and expressions with similar meanings. Writing Opportunities Strand 9: Sustain form in narrative, including use of person and time (e.g. writing about story characters).

A Pilgrim's Progress

A Pilgrim's Progress

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2001

'I had a dream last night... large enough to fill the rest of my life.' This retelling of John Bunyan's classic story is filled with drama, excitement and adventure. On his journey of a life-time to the City of Gold, Christian meets an extraordinary cast of characters, such as the terrible Giant Despair and the monster Apollyon. Together with Hopeful, his steadfast companion, he survives the snipers and mantraps, the Great Bog, Vanity Fair, Lucre Hill and Castle Doubting. But will he find the courage to cross the final river to the City of Gold and his salvation?

The Orchard Book of Love and Friendship Stories

The Orchard Book of Love and Friendship Stories

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2000

Silver Myths And Legends Of The World

Silver Myths And Legends Of The World

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/08/1999

These are the stories our ancestors told to explain how the world began; or they are legends of half-remembered heroes or people whose lives were changed by magic. Brilliantly retold in the sparkling, energetic prose of one of the great names in children's books, SILVER MYTHS AND LEGENDS and its companion volume GOLDEN MYTHS AND LEGENDS make an outstanding collection of wonderful tales, many of them unavailable anywhere else.

Golden Myths and Legends of the World

Golden Myths and Legends of the World

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/1999

These are the stories our ancestors told to explain how the world began; or they are legends of half-remembered heroes or people whose lives were changed by magic. Brilliantly retold in the sparkling, energetic prose of one of the great names in children's books, GOLDEN MYTHS AND LEGENDS and its companion volume SILVER MYTHS AND LEGENDS make an outstanding collection of wonderful tales, many of them unavailable anywhere else.

Stories from Shakespeare

Stories from Shakespeare

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/02/1999

These stories are intended as a way of introducing Shakespeare to lower secondary students. The language provides a flavour of the plays yet remains accesssible to a wide ability range.

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/1997

The epic journey of Odysseus, the hero of Ancient Greece... After ten years of war, Odysseus turns his back on Troy and sets sail for home. But his voyage takes another ten years and he must face many dangers - Polyphemus the greedy one-eyed giant, Scylla the six-headed sea monster and even the wrath of the gods themselves - before he is reunited with his wife and son. Retold by award-winning author, Geraldine McCaughrean. Geraldine McCaughrean has written over 160 other books, including A Little Lower Than Angels, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Children's Novel Award in 1987, A Pack of Lies, which won the Guardian Prize and Carnegie Medal in 1989 and Gold Dust, which won the Beefeater Children's Novel Award in 1994. She has written retellings of notoriously tricky classics including El Cid, the Epic of Gilgamesh, Moby Dick and The Pilgrim's Progress. In 2004, she won a competition to write the sequel to J M Barrie's Peter Pan. And in 2006, Peter Pan in Scarlet was published to great acclaim.

The New Windmill Book Of Greek Myths

The New Windmill Book Of Greek Myths

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/1997

This selection of 16 Greek myths provides tales of adventure, courage and mystery. Geraldine McCaughrean's re-telling makes them accessible for Key Stage 3 pupils.