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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 A Quirky Introduction to the Big Questions in Philosophy

How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog A Quirky Introduction to the Big Questions in Philosophy

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

`We're doing philosophy now, and that means following the argument wherever it leads, like that time you chased a rabbit and ended up with your head stuck in a hole.' 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. Taking his lead from Monty's canine antics, McGowan takes us on a hilarious and enlightening jaunt through the major debates of philosophy. Will Kant convince Monty to stop stealing cheesecake? How long will they put up with Socrates poking holes in every argument? In this uniquely entertaining take on morality and ethics, the dutiful duo 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.

Lark

Lark

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2019

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... Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant, or dyslexic readers aged 13+.

The Truth of Things

The Truth of Things

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2019

Life is tough for Nicky and his brother Kenny. Money is tight at home, they often run into trouble with local bullies, and Dad's had a lot on his plate since Mum left when they were little. With only each other for support, Nicky and Kenny wind up on unpredictable adventures that will change their lives in unexpected ways. A deftly handled exploration of modern poverty, the highs and lows of adolescence, and life with learning difficulties, this is a novel for every reader.

The Art of Failing Notes from the Underdog

The Art of Failing Notes from the Underdog

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 Notes from the Underdog

The Art of Failing Notes from the Underdog

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

A poignant, beautifully written novella about growing up and family. A companion piece to the hugely successful Brock and Pike, McGowan warms hearts once more with the adventures of Nicky and Kenny. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+

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. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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.

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Hidden Depths: Operation Shipwreck

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Hidden Depths: Operation Shipwreck

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. Team X find themselves stuck at the bottom of the ocean in Operation Shipwreck when they try to stop the Collector stealing a valuable shipwreck. Will Tiger be able to save them and stop the Collector, or will the X-bots get them first? 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.

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: 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. 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.

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