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Ally Kennen - Author

About the Author

Ally Kennen grew up on an isolated farm on Exmoor, Somerset. She subsequently spent a lot of time crawling through hedges and picking mud from her shoes. Throughout her childhood the farm was a foster home to many children and teenagers.

 

Ally's past jobs include being a large teddy bear, a cider factory canteen assistant, a museum guard, a classroom assistant, a library assistant, an archaeologist and a nursery nurse. She is also a singer. She lives in Bristol with her young family.

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The Hedgehog Mystery Band 16/Sapphire

The Hedgehog Mystery Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

No one has a gran like Ellie and Morris. Gran has red hair, a leather jacket, and she's part of a motorbike gang. When Gran's lodger disappears with her motorbike, Ellie and Morris decide to take matters into their own hands. Find out what happens in this hilarious mystery, written by Carnegie nominee, Ally Kennen and illustrated by Mark Beech. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * Text type: A mystery story * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Daybreak Band 18/Pearl

Daybreak Band 18/Pearl

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

Tomorrow is Linnie's birthday, and all she wants is to see the bore: a tidal wave about to crash down the estuary. But there's a problem on the farm and (to her sister's delight) mum says she can't go. Desperate to see it, Linnie makes a big mistake, but finds help from an unlikely source in this gripping story by award-winning author Ally Kennan. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: An adventure story. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Project X Origins: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Wild Space

Project X Origins: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Wild Space

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2018

In this out-of-this-world variety fiction story, Cassie and Leo live in a spacestation and love going to see the amazing animals that live on other planets. When Uncle Hunter takes them on a surprise adventure, will they be disappointed or will they discover something magical? 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. 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.

The Secret Viking Adventure

The Secret Viking Adventure

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

A brilliantly original and dazzling novel for youngerreaders from the author of THE EVERYTHING MACHINE. Coffin-stealing, boat-burning, telling lies - Carla'scrazy plan includes them all. Her Grandpa's written her a letter telling her his secret dream: she's going to make it come true, she's going to give him a real Viking funeral.

The Everything Machine

The Everything Machine

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2017

Eleven year old Olly has a very special delivery - a 3D printing machine, stamped with PROPERTY OF M.O.D and BRITISH SPACE AGENCY. WARNING. DO NOT TAMPER, which has magical powers... It has a name, it speaks, and it can print ANYTHING Olly asks it to - a never-ending supply of sweets, a swimming pool in the shed - but what Olly really wants is... his dad, who has separated from his mum and moved out of the family home. Cue the creation of Dad-Bot - he looks just like Dad (on a good day) but is totally chaotic - and his antics tip Olly and co into a heart-racing and heart-warming adventure!

Midnight Pirates

Midnight Pirates

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Three children, whose parents have gone to America, try to run a secluded West Country beach hotel on their own. The chaos mounts as they pretend there are adults in charge. A sinister guest brings danger. A ship is grounded off the beach, and crates of washed-up cargo are there for the taking. But the wreck was no accident...

How to Speak Spook (and Stay Alive)

How to Speak Spook (and Stay Alive)

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

A hilarious new ghostly adventure story from the award-winning writer of BEAST and SPARKS. Donald can see, hear and chat with ghosts. So can his mum, but she isn't very good at it (not that she knows that, so don't tell her). She's often called to help solve ghostly problems, like ridding the local supermarket of a ghoulish flip-flopping display of reanimated fish. Donald actually solves the problems himself by having a chat with the ghosts, but he pretends it was his mum, just to be nice. But now some sort of ancient monster ghost has turned up and seems like it wants to cause a lot of trouble. And this monster ghost doesn't want to talk.

Beast

Beast

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

In the depths of a reservoir lives a monstrous creature, unknown to anyone except the teenage boy who feeds it. Six years ago it was a baby. Now it's grown, and its rusting cage can't hold it much longer... the Beast is Stephen's biggest secret. His life in foster care is getting worse, and he's in trouble with the police. All the odds are against him, but his efforts to free himself of the Beast make him a hero that readers will never forget.

QUARRY

QUARRY

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2011

When he recieves anonymous texts challenging him to bizarre dares, Scrappy's sure one of his mates is having a laugh. But the unknown sender cannot be one of his mates, and the challenges become increasingly dangerous. Someone knows all the secrets of his troubled family, and is luring him into a deadly trap.

Berserk

Berserk

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2010

You'd have to be crazy to make friends with a murderer. When 15-year-old Chas finds a website asking people to write to prisoners on Death Row, he decides it would be funny to get letters from a murderer. He writes to an inmate, pretending to be his mum, but the chilling replies are not at all what he expects. Chas' own wild escapades eventually land him in a young offender's institute, where he learns that his scary penpal has been released. And is heading for England to find him.

Beast

Beast

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2010

In the depths of a reservoir lives a monstrous creature. Its existence is unknown to anyone except the teenage boy who feeds it. Six years ago it was a vicious little baby. Now it has grown huge, and its rusting cage can't hold it much longer...Stephen is a boy with many secrets, and the Beast is the biggest. His life in foster care, always bad, is getting worse, and he's in trouble with the police. All the odds are against him finding a decent place in the world, but his efforts to free himself of the Beast make him a hero that readers will never forget. I really love this book...BEAST should be a monster hit Amanda Craig, THE TIMES BEAST has a tension that never lets up. Ally Kennen is a remarkably assured writer INDEPENDENT SHORTLISTED for the CILIP Carnegie Medal

Sparks

Sparks

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2010

Coffin-stealing, boat-burning, telling lies - Carla's crazy plan includes them all. To make Grandpa's secret dream come true, she's going to break the law and every rule she's ever known. But he'll get his dying wish - a real Viking funeral. SPARKS is a dark, funny and moving story about love, death and sailing from a very popular, original and award-winning children's writer. Ally Kennen is the acclaimed author of teen novels BEAST, BERSERK and BEDLAM. SPARKS is her first book for readers of 9 and up

Bedlam

Bedlam

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2010

When 16-year-old Lexi is forced to move in with her estranged mother, she thinks she will die of boredom. Yet midnight howlings and regular break-ins convince her otherwise. And when Lexi follows her mother's dog into the woods and discovers the abandoned asylum, it is only too apparent that there is something out there. Something real. Something very shocking indeed. This is the third thrilling teenage novel from award-winning author, Ally Kennen.

Bedlam

Bedlam

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2009

When 16-year-old Lexi is forced to move in with her estranged mother, she thinks she will die of boredom. Yet midnight howlings and regular break-ins convince her otherwise. And when Lexi follows her mother's dog into the woods and discovers the abandoned asylum, it is only too apparent that there is something out there. Something real. Something very shocking indeed. This is the third thrilling teenage novel from award-winning author, Ally Kennen.

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