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Mal Peet - Author

About the Author

Mal Peet, winner of the Nestle Bronze Medal Award and the Branford Boase Award grew up in North Norfolk, and studied English and American Studies at the University of Warwick. Later he moved to south-west England and worked at a variety of jobs before turning full-time to writing and illustrating in the early 1990s. With his wife, Elspeth Graham, he has written and illustrated many educational picture books for young children, and his cartoons have appeared in a number of magazines. He and Elspeth live in Exmouth, Devon.

Tamar won the Carnegie Medal and is a multi-layered tale of love and betrayal.  He has written three other linked novels, Keeper, The Penalty  and Exposure all featuring the football obsessed Paul Faustino, a sports journalist in South America who is reluctantly drawn into murders and mysteries.

Exposure won the 2009 Guardian Award for Children’s Fiction. On his award win, Mal says, “I’m totally thrilled to win the Guardian prize. I’ve been buying the newspaper for 35 years, so I’ve worked for it! In fact, if you subtract the prize money from what I’ve spent at the newsagents, the Guardian is way ahead on the deal! I don’t mind – the Guardian prize is very special. It’s judged by other writers so it’s pretty likely that if you win it, you deserve it.”

Mal Peet died in March 2015.

Featured books by Mal Peet

The Murdstone Trilogy

The Murdstone Trilogy

Author: Mal Peet Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Award-winning author Philip Murdstone is in trouble. His star has waned. The world is leaving him behind. His agent, the beautiful and ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately, Philip - allergic to the faintest trace of Tolkien - is utterly unsuited to the task. In a dark hour, a dwarfish stranger comes to his rescue. But the deal he makes with Pocket Wellfair turns out to have Faustian consequences. The Murdstone Trilogy is a richly black comedy from an author described by one American critic as 'the best writer you've probably never heard of'.

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The Murdstone Trilogy

The Murdstone Trilogy

Author: Mal Peet Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Award-winning author Philip Murdstone is in trouble. His star has waned. The world is leaving him behind. His agent, the beautiful and ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately, Philip - allergic to the faintest trace of Tolkien - is utterly unsuited to the task. In a dark hour, a dwarfish stranger comes to his rescue. But the deal he makes with Pocket Wellfair turns out to have Faustian consequences. The Murdstone Trilogy is a richly black comedy from an author described by one American critic as 'the best writer you've probably never heard of'.

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Other books by Mal Peet

Mr Godley's Phantom

Mr Godley's Phantom

Author: Mal Peet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

It's 1945 and Martin Heath, like many men at that time, is struggling to settle, to find his place again after the horrors of war. Then an old comrade sends him a letter and tells him of a position that's just come up in the remote wilds of Dartmoor - working for an elderly fellow called Mr Godley. Are you a good driver, Mr Heath? It's a simple question and a simple task and the doorway to a dark mystery that may just turn out to be the escape he was hoping for - but at what cost?

Good Boy

Good Boy

Author: Mal Peet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2019

Sandie has been battling it since childhood: the hulking, snarling black dog of her nightmares. For years, her precious pet dog Rabbie has kept the monster at bay, but when he is no longer there to protect her, the black dog reappears to stalk Sandie in her sleep ... Illuminating the undeniable power of Mal Peet's pared-back prose, Good Boy is an evocative examination of fear and anxiety that will leave you guessing long after its final page. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 14+

Mr Godley's Phantom

Mr Godley's Phantom

Author: Mal Peet Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2018

It's 1945 and Martin Heath, like many men at that time, is struggling to settle, to find his place again after the horrors of war. When an old comrade sends him a letter, telling of a position that's just come up with an elderly fellow called Mr Godley in the deepest and loneliest part of Devon. Martin travels there and so begins a dark mystery...

The Family Tree

The Family Tree

Author: Mal Peet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

When a man returns to his childhood home and visits the derelict tree house in which his father once chose to live, he recalls the past unravelling of his family, the unspoken strangeness of their lives, and the impact on his own adult life. Beautiful, sparse and insightful storytelling. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 14+

Beck

Beck

Author: Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/07/2017

Beck

Beck

Author: Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/07/2017

Beck

Beck

Author: Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff Format: eBook Release Date: 18/08/2016

The final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is a sweeping coming-of-age adventure, with all the characteristic beauty and strenth of his prose.Both harrowing and life-affirming, the final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is the sweeping coming-of-age adventure of a mixed race boy transported to North America.Born from a street liason between a poor young woman and an African sailor in the 1900s, Beck is soon orphaned and sent to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. Shipped to work on a farm, his escape takes him across the continent in a search for belonging. Enduring abuse and many hardships, Beck has times of comfort and encouragement, eventually finding Grace, the woman with whom he can finally forge his life and shape his destiny as a young man. A picaresque novel set during the Depression as experienced by a young black man, it depicts great pain but has an uplifting and inspiring conclusion.

Die Murdstone-Trilogie

Die Murdstone-Trilogie

Author: Mal Peet Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2016

Als Autor anspruchsvoller Jugendliteratur liegt Philip Murdstone nichts ferner als Fantasy. Man stelle sich daher seine Verwunderung vor, als seine Agentin ihm nahelegt, eine Fantasy-Trilogie zu schreiben, um seine Geldsorgen zu beheben. Doch wenn man wie Philip bereits von Tolkien Ausschlag bekommt, ist das leichter gesagt als getan. Seine dunkelste Stunde scheint gekommen, als er im Suff einen Kobold namens Pocket halluziniert, der ihm einen Fantasyroman diktiert. Uberraschenderweise landet Philip damit einen Millionenbestseller und wird zur Fantasy-Ikone. Nur war der Kobold mehr als eine Halluzination. Und er ist gar nicht begeistert, dass sich Philip nicht an den Deal ihren Deal erinnert.

Murdstone Trilogy

Murdstone Trilogy

Author: Mal Peet Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2015

How hard can it be to write a fantasy trilogy? From Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet comes an outrageously funny black comedy about an impoverished literary writer who makes a pact with the devil.Award-winning YA author Philip Murdstone is in trouble. His star has waned. The world is leaving him behind. His agent, the ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately, Philipallergic to the faintest trace of Tolkienis utterly unsuited to the task. In a dark hour, a dwarfish stranger comes to his rescue. But the deal he makes with Pocket Wellfair turns out to have Faustian consequences. The Murdstone Trilogy is a richly dark comedy described by one U.K. reviewer as totally insane in the best way possible.

Night Sky Dragons

Night Sky Dragons

Author: Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2014

Let the creators of Cloud Tea Monkeys take you back to medieval Mongolia in this captivating story gem about family, danger, banditry and kite-flying. From Owl Babies illustrator, Patrick Benson, and from the creators of the Kate Greenaway shortlisted Cloud Tea Monkeys, comes a captivating story set in medieval Mongolia - a story of family, danger, banditry and kite-flying. Set at a caravanserai along the Silk Road, Night Sky Dragons is the tale of Yazul, a young boy who spends most of his time with his grandfather in his workshop, making kites. More than anything, Yazul wants the approval of his father, the lord of the han, but his love of kite-making only ever seems to cause disappointment: Travel and trade are what matters, his father says. One day, the han becomes surrounded by a group of bandits. Everyone becomes trapped within the walls of the han and with the bandits waiting them out, food becomes scarce and spirits rapidly fall. However, Yazul has an idea... With the help of his grandfather he might just be able to scare the bandits away and save the han!

Exposure

Exposure

Author: Mal Peet Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/04/2014

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 14: How Winter Came Into The World

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 14: How Winter Came Into The World

Author: Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Do you ever wonder why we have seasons? How Winter Came into the World shows how the Greeks explain winter. It is about a god called Hades who falls in love with a beautiful goddess called Persephone 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.

Sinbad the Sailor

Sinbad the Sailor

Author: Mal Peet, Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Find out what happens when Sinbad the sailor is left stranded on an island with a giant seagull. Will he find a way to get back to his ship? This entertaining narrative is written by award-winning authors Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. *Collins Big Cat Phonics Progress books are specifically designed for struggling readers, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. This title has a text level of Band 2B / Red B, which provides simple story development and a satisfying conclusion, and an interest level of Band 8 / Purple. *Text type: A traditional story *An illustrated map on pages 14 to 15 helps children to recap Sinbad's journey and discuss the story. *Curriculum links: Citizenship

Exposure

Exposure

Author: Mal Peet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2012

A massive soccer star has it all but someone is plotting his downfall in Exposure, by Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet. Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. A breathtaking retelling of Othello set in South America, by Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet. Revered as a national hero ... married to the desirable Desmerelda ... cherished by the media ... soccer star, Otello, has it all. But a sensational club transfer sparks a media frenzy, and when he is wrongly implicated in a scandal, the footballer's life turns into a tragic spiral of destruction. South America's top sports journalist, Paul Faustino, witnesses the power of the media in making and breaking people's lives.

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