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Anthony Mcgowan - Author

About the Author

Anthony McGowan is the author of many critically acclaimed YA novels and won the 2006 BookTrust Teenage Prize, the 2007 Catalyst Award and has been shortlisted for a raft of other major children’s literature prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for Rook in 2018. McGowan was born in Manchester, attended school in Leeds and now lives in London.

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How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog

How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

Monty was just like any other dog. A scruffy and irascible Maltese terrier, he enjoyed barking at pugs and sniffing at trees. But after yet another dramatic confrontation with the local Rottweiler, Anthony McGowan realises it's high time he and Monty had a chat about what makes him a good or a bad dog. And they don't stop at ethics. Taking his cue from Monty's canine antics, McGowan leads us on an enlightening jaunt through the world of philosophy. Will Kant convince Monty to stop stealing cheesecake? How long will they put up with Socrates poking holes in every argument? Do they have free will to pursue answers to these questions? Join the dutiful duo as they set out to uncover who - if anyone - has the right end of the ethical stick and can tell us how best to live one's life. But there is also a shadow over their conversations. Monty is not well... And so towards the end the biggest questions raise their heads: is there a God? Does life have a meaning? By the time of their last walk together, Monty - and the reader - will find that they have not just solved a few philosophical puzzles, but absorbed much of the history of Western philosophy.

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: Unexplained: Tasmanian Terror

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: Unexplained: Tasmanian Terror

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Tasmanian Terror Team X discover that a meteorite has caused the local animals to grow to enormous proportions. Can Team X survive the attack of a giant Tasmanian Devil and return the animals to their normal size? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Lark

Lark

Author: Anthony McGowan, Nick Hayes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2019

WINNER OF THE 2020 CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL. Things are tense at home for Nicky and Kenny. Their mum's coming to visit and it will be the first time they've seen her in years. A lot has changed since they were little and Nicky's not so sure he's ready to see her again. When they head for a trek across the moors to take their minds off everything, a series of unforeseen circumstances leaves the brothers in a vulnerable and very dangerous position. There might even be a chance that this time not everyone will make it home alive...

The Truth of Things

The Truth of Things

Author: Anthony McGowan, Nick Hayes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2019

All of the bad things that were in my mind - the bad memories, the regrets, the pain - they all got blown away by the wind and by Kenny's laughter. Life is pretty tough for Nicky and Kenny. Their mum is gone and their dad has had his troubles. Money is tight and people can be cruel about Kenny's learning difficulties. But through it all, the brothers stick together, sharing adventures and their love of the natural world, while finding humour in the most difficult of circumstances. A stunning collected edition of Anthony McGowan's critically acclaimed novellas Brock, Pike and Rook.

The Bare Bum Gang and the Holy Grail

The Bare Bum Gang and the Holy Grail

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2018

Ludo, Noah, Jamie, Phillip and Jennifer are THE BARE BUM GANG! They have an embarrassing name but a cool Gang Den, so things could be worse. Join the gang in a new adventure as they battle the forces of the evil Dockery Gang, guard with their lives the secrets of their underground sweet stash, and still get home in time for tea. Ludo and Noah go to the aid of an old tramp who has collapsed after being hassled by the Dockery gang. Everyone thinks he's a little bit crazy as he dresses in home made armour - his nickname is King Arthur. King Arthur asks Ludo to retrieve his 'treasure' and so the gang have to sneak past security guards and overcome various obstacles to help the old man. But can they get to the treasure before anyone else?

The Art of Failing

The Art of Failing

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

An Observer book of the year HAUNTED! By endless tiny humiliations. STRUGGLING! To resurrect the corpse of his literary career. ENSNARED! In a loving yet bamboozling marriage. A man at odds with the universe, Anthony McGowan stumbles from one improbable fiasco to the next. On the mean streets of West Hampstead he reflects upon all that is at the heart of life itself - socks with holes, underwhelming packed lunches, broken washing machines, Kierkegaard, liver salts, British Library eccentricities and disapproving ladies on trains. In this chronicle of one man's daily failures and disappointments, McGowan can't help but speak his mind - with cringeworthy and hilarious results.

I Killed Father Christmas

I Killed Father Christmas

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2017

Jo-Jo is convinced that Christmas is cancelled - and it's all his fault. To make amends, he decides he must become Father Christmas. An old coat of his mum's, a sack of outgrown toys and a sudden snowfall are all he needs - along with a little help from some very Christmassy magic. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

The Art of Failing

The Art of Failing

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

An Observer book of the year HAUNTED! By endless tiny humiliations. STRUGGLING! To resurrect the corpse of his literary career. ENSNARED! In a loving yet bamboozling marriage. A man at odds with the universe, Anthony McGowan stumbles from one improbable fiasco to the next. On the mean streets of West Hampstead he reflects upon all that is at the heart of life itself - socks with holes, underwhelming packed lunches, broken washing machines, Kierkegaard, liver salts, British Library eccentricities and disapproving ladies on trains. In this chronicle of one man's daily failures and disappointments, McGowan can't help but speak his mind - with cringeworthy and hilarious results.

Rook

Rook

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2017

When Kenny and Nicky rescue a rook left for dead, Kenny is determined to keep it alive. Nicky doubts the scruffy bird will make it, but then Nicky has plenty else to worry about. This time, it's not his dad or Kenny who need help - his dad's sorting his life out and Kenny's busy making plans with his new best mate. Now it's Nicky's turn to struggle - with a school bully, his first love and the fact that everything is about to go very, very wrong. Shortlisted for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal.

The Fall

The Fall

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Mog clings to the social fringe through association with Chris. But when Chris befriends loser Duffy and threatens Mog's status, Mog takes drastic action. There will be consequences...A tragic tale of betrayal, sparsely and finely told by a master of teen storytelling. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 14+

Pike

Pike

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2015

A stunning companion piece to Brock from award-winning Anthony McGowan. Nicky and Kenny return in Pike as a fishing expedition nosedives into near tragedy. The Bacon Pond is famous for its monster-sized fish and Kenny is determined to catch one. And as usual, Nicky is dragged along for the ride. But when the boys glimpse what could be a body in the water - the body of a well-known local criminal who's just been announced missing - the secrets of the Bacon Pond might just take them all down. Sometimes it's better not to look too deep.

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: Shocking Science: X-bot Reboot

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: Shocking Science: X-bot Reboot

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Ant discovers a room full of X-bots in X-bot Reboot, he is sure he can use them for good. Will his plan succeed? Or will the robots rise again? Each book also contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: Who Dunnit?: The Snatcher

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: Who Dunnit?: The Snatcher

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In The Snatcher there is a thief on the loose and only Team X can solve the mystery. The trap is set but will the Snatcher outwit them? Each book also contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 20: Into the Future: A Dangerous Game

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 20: Into the Future: A Dangerous Game

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Ant receives an unexpected invitation and finds himself tangled in a world of deception in A Dangerous Game.

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 19: Fears and Frights: A New Alliance

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 19: Fears and Frights: A New Alliance

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In A New Alliance, the Collector is back but this time hes not alone who is the Collector's new partner in crime?

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Fast and Furious: The Chase

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Fast and Furious: The Chase

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Tiger's watch is stolen, the children have to go on an exciting, action-packed chase to get it back in The Chase. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

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