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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.

Featured books by Anthony Mcgowan

How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog

How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog

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

A stimulating, fresh, and thoughtful read that ponders and wanders through some of the big questions in philosophy. When I initially picked this book up, I did wonder whether it was a quirky guide to training your dog, I very quickly realised that it is in fact an interesting introduction to philosophy (for humans). The author Anthony McGowan is an award winning writer for children and young adults, and has lectured widely on creative writing and philosophy (he has a BA, Mphil and PhD in philosophy). He has joined the two together to produce the most fabulous book for anyone who has questions about the way we humans think and act. The author and his dog Monty chat about philosophy on their daily walks. And so we join them as they take a humorous light stroll through some really pretty big subjects, including happiness and ethics. It made me consider and think about some of the things I take for granted, the discussion between the two helps stimulate thoughts. There is one part where I simultaneously wanted to berate and hug the pair, you’ll know what I mean when you get there! At the end there are suggestions for further reading, including on logic, and the meaning of life. If you’re at all curious about philosophy and want a fascinating introduction, then look no further than How To Teach Philosophy to Your Dog as it is a wonderfully inspiring read. 

Henry's Tumour

Henry's Tumour

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2007

Winner of the Booktrust teenage prize in 2006, Henry Tumour is exceedingly funny, compulsive, thought-provoking, challenging, dark and tragic by turns. As Mal Peet, another author of brilliant teenage fiction said, ‘Henry Tumour is a boisterous, anarchic, frequently vulgar comedy. It is also a wise, sensitive, questioning novel about the opposing forces that make us what we are’.  

The Knife That Killed Me

The Knife That Killed Me

Author: Anthony Mcgowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/2013

He is coming to kill me. Now would be a good time to run. I cannot run. I am too afraid to run. Paul Varderman could be at any normal school - bullies, girls and annoying teachers are just a part of life. Unfortunately 'normal' doesn't apply when it comes to the school's most evil bully, Roth, a twisted and threatening thug with an agenda quite unlike anyone else. When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but when Roth hands him a knife it both scares and empowers him ...This thought-provoking and original novel highlights the terrible consequences of peer pressure and violence, and casts a spotlight on teenage knife crime.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Anthony Mcgowan

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 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 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 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.

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: Great Escapes: Revenge of the X-bots!

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: Great Escapes: Revenge of the X-bots!

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback 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 Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger are beamed up into a space craft in Revenge of the X-bots! they know that only one person can be behind it Dr X! But can they escape his army of X-bots or has Dr X finally captured them? 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: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Journeys: Hamster Rampage

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Journeys: Hamster Rampage

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback 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 Hampster Rampage a trip to London goes horribly wrong when Ant's pet hamster accidentally grows to giant 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.

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Conflict: Ant Storm

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Conflict: Ant Storm

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback 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 Ant Storm follow Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger as they are evicted from their micro-den by an army of ants. 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: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Conflict: Ant Attack

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Conflict: Ant Attack

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback 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. The children discover that an ants' nest has been turned into an X-bot factory, which has been creating fearsome ant-bots! Find out if the children can escape the ant-bots and shut the factory down in Ant Attack. 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: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Strong Defences: Attack of the X-bots

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Strong Defences: Attack of the X-bots

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback 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 are faced with an imminent attack from the evil Dr X and his robot army in the second book of a two-part adventure, Attack of the X-bots. 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.

Hello Darkness

Hello Darkness

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2013

A black comedy and high-school noir from a critically acclaimed writer A darkly comic and original mystery novel filled with Raymond Chandleresque noir dialogue - The Telegraph Someone is on a killing spree - slaughtering the school pets with a cold-blooded savagery. The number-one suspect: Johnny Middleton. Johnny's had problems in the past, but they're behind him now. So what if he still sees the world a little differently? He's not crazy and he's not a killer. And he's going to prove it.

Willard Price: Bear Adventure

Willard Price: Bear Adventure

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Bear Adventure is the next authorised Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers looking for action, adventure and animals! Amazon and her cousin Frazer are members of TRACKS. Normally they protect the world's rarest animals, but their mission just got personal. Amazon's parents have been lost in a tragic plane crash - her only hope is that they are wondering the wild forests of Canada. But they are not alone in the brutal wilderness. Two Spirit Bears, a mother and her cub, are searching for food. When a boy is attacked, these beautiful creatures become the hunted. Can Amazon and Fraser save their family and the bears? And what is the mysterious predator that waits for them? 'The good old-fashioned adventure romp brought up to date without losing the fun or the thrills' Independent About the author: Anthony McGowan is a multi-award-winning author of books for adults, teenagers and younger children. He has a life-long obsession with the natural world, and has travelled widely to study and observe it. He has also written feature articles and travel journalism for The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard and Mail on Sunday. Also available: Willard Price: Leopard Adventure Willard Price: Shark Adventure

Brock

Brock

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2013

A bleakly poetic tale about one boy's determination to save a badger cub from the destructive hands of a local gang. When Nicky finds Jezbo and his gang digging up a badger set, there's not a lot he can do to save them. But one badger cub has escaped - can Nicky save it? Another stunning and moving novella in the spirit of Kes from award-winning Anthony McGowan.

Willard Price: Shark Adventure

Willard Price: Shark Adventure

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Shark Adventure is an authorised Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers. Full of action, adventure and animals! On a remote Polynesian island, Amazon Hunt and her cousin, Frazer, recruits of TRACKS animal protection agency, are saving rare leatherback turtles. But an international animal smuggler wants the valuable turtles for himself. And, when a huge typhoon strikes, Amazon and Frazer face an even greater danger. Swept away into shark-infested waters, how will they save the turtles - and themselves? 'The good old-fashioned adventure romp brought up to date without losing the fun or the thrills' Independent 'A pacy read aimed at 9-12 year olds with a taste for adventure' We Love This Book About the author: Anthony McGowan is a multi-award-winning author of books for adults, teenagers and younger children. He has a life-long obsession with the natural world, and has travelled widely to study and observe it. He has also written feature articles and travel journalism for The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard and Mail on Sunday.

Willard Price: Leopard Adventure

Willard Price: Leopard Adventure

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Adventure, animals and action in the first authorized Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers. Deep in the remote forests of Siberia, a mother Amur leopard, one of the rarest big cats in the world, senses danger. Something faster than any human and deadlier than any tiger. Meanwhile Amazon Hunt, aged twelve, is recruited from England by Tracks in America, ready to take off at a moment's notice to rescue wild animals under threat - no matter how great the danger. Now Amazon and her thirteen-year-old cousin Frazer must brave the Russian wilderness to save the Amur leopard, before a blazing forest fire wipes out the race - for good . . . 'The good old-fashioned adventure romp brought up to date without losing the fun or the thrills.' Independent 'A pacy read aimed at 9-12 year olds with a taste for adventure' We Love This Book Anthony McGowan is a multi-award-winning author of books for adults, teenagers and younger children. He has a life-long obsession with the natural world, and has travelled widely to study and observe it. He has also written feature articles and travel journalism for The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard and Mail on Sunday.

Einstein's Underpants - And How They Saved the World

Einstein's Underpants - And How They Saved the World

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2010

A stinking alien commander. Eight freaky kids. And a pair of faded Y-fronts. When crazy Uncle Otto warns of imminent invasion from outer space, his maths geek nephew Alexander takes on the task of saving the world. He recruits a ragged crew of school superheroes to help him, including Tortoise Boy, armed with Cedric the tortoise, the Human Hurricane, who possesses untold power in his bottom, and Really Annoying Girl. But with only a pack of cards, some toy ray-guns and a pair of old pants for help, can they do it? Find out in this nail-bitingly scary but hilarious story by a prize-winning author.

The Bare Bum Gang and the Valley of Doom

The Bare Bum Gang and the Valley of Doom

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2009

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. Ludo leads the Bare Bum Gang on a raid through the Valley of Doom, deep in enemy territory. But as they are approaching their target, the BBG are ambushed by the Dockery gang. It looks like they are about to be annihilated (or pelted with mud really hard), but then they are rescued by a strange boy called Alfie. When they get back to their den, they find that their sweet stash has been plundered. The wrappers turn up in Ludo's binocular case. Added to the military fiasco in the Valley of Doom, the sweet theft is the final straw. Can Ludo keep his position as leader of the Bare Bum Gang? Or will he have to resort to desperate measures?

The Bare Bum Gang Battles the Dogsnatchers

The Bare Bum Gang Battles the Dogsnatchers

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2008

More brilliant jokes and plenty of laughs as the gang come together to battle some evil dogsnatchers! 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. The newest member of the gang is Rude Word, the world's ugliest dog - and he's causing trouble. He's throwing up strange furry body parts . . . and Mrs Cake's dog Trixie is missing! Ludo and the gang have to turn detective and get to the bottom of this gross mystery. But when other pets disappear, they realise the mystery is bigger than they thought. Can they get Rude Word off the hook?

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