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Keith Gray - Author

About the Author

Keith Gray was born and brought up in Grimsby and knew from an early age that he wanted to be a writer. When he received 0% for his accountancy exams he decided to pursue his dream. He has since gone on to win the Angus Book Award and the silver medal in the Smarties Prize. He has twice been shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teen Prize and the Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Rave reviews about his writing have appeared in every broadsheet. Keith was a judge for the Blue Peter Book Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Bookstrust Teen Prize and reviews regularly for the Guardian. Keith is now a full-time writer living in Edinburgh.

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Other books by Keith Gray

Houdini and the Five Cent Circus

Houdini and the Five Cent Circus

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2018

The year is 1885 and Erik Weisz, a penniless immigrant, has found himself in trouble again. His uncanny talent for picking locks and his gleeful showboating to match it, have earned him very few friends and a bad reputation. But this is just the beginning of his story and Erik is destined for a far more magical future. Watch as he transforms before your very eyes into the greatest showman the world has ever seen... Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Happy

Happy

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

'Hundreds of people want to be in a band. They all get guitars and they all play gigs and they all write songs, and they still never make it.'There's a big difference between being a rock star and a pop idol - Will and Danny know which they'd prefer to be. They form the group Happy and it seems they are on the way to realising their ambitions. But when Happy's first gig is cut short by a fire at the venue, Will struggles to cope with his bitter disappointment and retreats into his private world, rejecting everyone around him. His girlfriend, Beth turns to Danny for comfort and their friendship soon becomes something more. With nothing left for him at home, Will leaves for London to stay with his session-musician father and to follow his dream.

The Last Soldier

The Last Soldier

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2015

Nothing much happens in Joe and Wade's dusty town. There's not much excitement in Joe and his brother's lives - just grinding poverty and the occasional run-in with the neighbours. The only highlight is the arrival of the carnival, with its mermaid, wolfman and baby dragon. This year, there's a new attraction - the Last Soldier of World War One. What message does he have for the boys...? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Warehouse

Warehouse

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/12/2014

'I know a place you can go'. It's a secret place hidden among the run-down buildings of the derelict dockyards. A community of young people have gathered in an old warehouse to get away from a world they don't fit in to. Through separate but interweaving narratives Warehouse tells the stories of three of the community's members. There's Robbie who is running away from his violent older brother, Frank, and needs some space to realise that the beatings are not his fault. Amy, who's supposed to be travelling in Europe but has had her rucksack stolen and is too proud to ask her smothering family for help. And then there's Lem, an ex-drug-addict and founder of the Warehouse community, whose perceived role as leader by the other young people is too much for him to cope with.

The Return Of Johnny Kemp

The Return Of Johnny Kemp

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2014

Tense teen thriller from award-winning Keith Gray. No one messes with Johnny Kemp. But Dan got him kicked out of school and now word on the street is that Johnny's back - and he's looking for Dan. Will anyone help Dan face up to the bully...? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

You Killed Me!

You Killed Me!

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

There's a dead man at the end of Toby's bed. He says that Toby killed him. Did he? Thrilling ghost story. Len Grimsby is dead and he blames Toby. When Len's ghost appears at the end of his bed, Toby is taken back in time to see the repercussions of his actions and unravel the series of events that led to Len's death. Can he save Len from being killed? And can he manage not to screw everything else up in the process? Gripping ghost story from a critically acclaimed writer. With a reading age of 8+, this is suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic teens.

The Chain

The Chain

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Four people. Four stories. Four links in the chain. One book, which will change their lives forever - Stunning new edition of a bestselling novel. Cal is sick of being the good guy while Joe is sick of being from a family of losers. Ben has two girlfriends but only loves himself and Kate has to say the hardest goodbye of all - Four characters, four stories, one book that links them all. Thrilling drama from the award-winning Keith Gray. With a reading age of 8+, this book is also suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The Trick

The Trick

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Eric, are you ready to travel to a place you've never been before? Mathew Masters asked, loud enough for the whole audience to hear. Are you ready to do something truly magical? Are you ready, Eric, to vanish not somewhere, but Elsewhere? Where do you go when you disappear? Or, rather, when you are `disappeared'. Eric is about to find out when a school trip to a magic show takes an unexpected turn. This playful story mixes the mundane and the fantastical, as Eric is given an amazing choice: to go back to his old life of school, his so-called mates and being kept awake by his baby sister, or to take a step into the unknown. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the striking, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

Five Day Fast

Five Day Fast

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2012

Ghosting

Ghosting

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2012

Nat and his sister Sandy help the living contact the dead. But they don't believe in the ghosts they pretend to speak to. So imagine their surprise when the dead start talking back...and they discover that the dead are the least of their problems...Terrifying horror from an ever-popular author.

The Boswall Kidnapping Band 17/Diamond

The Boswall Kidnapping Band 17/Diamond

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

When Alex's dad drags him to Boswall and Sons, the local department store, he never expects to find himself thrown into a world of kidnap and spies. Written by Carnegie-nominated author Keith Gray, this fast-paced, exciting book shows that things aren't always as they seem... * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * A mystery story * A plan of the department store on pages 54 and 55 allows readers to recap the journey the boys make. * Curriculum Links: Citizenship: Choices

Ostrich Boys

Ostrich Boys

Author: Keith Gray Format: eBook Release Date: 23/03/2010

Ross is dead, and Blake, Sim, and Kenny are furious. To make it right, they steal Rosss ashes and set out from their home on the English coast for the tiny village of Ross in southern Scotland, a place their friend had always wanted to go. What follows is an unforgettable journey with illegal train rides, bungee jumping, girls, and high-speed police chasesall with Rosss ashes along for the ride. As events spin wildly out of control, the three friends must take their heads out of the sand long enough to answer the question: What really happened to Ross?Keith Gray is an award-winning author from the United Kingdom, making his U.S. debut with this action-packed and darkly humorous novel about friendship and loss.

The Runner

The Runner

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2005

Jason has had enough of his parents' arguments. He's running away to stay with his brother in Liverpool. On the train journey he meets a 'runner' called Jam, who lives on the monster Intercity trains and stations. His carefree and adventurous life sounds so exciting that Jason begins to think he might join Jam. Then Jason discovers Jam's secret.

Creepers

Creepers

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2004

Derwent Drive was known as the Speed Creep. A continual chain of Dashes into Blind. We'd all heard the story about the Creeper who dropped Blind into a garden, only to discover he was standing in a dog pound. It was also the longest creep; twenty-five houses all in a row, no bends, no kinks. And no Creeper had ever done the lot. But Jamie and I reckoned we could do it. Jamie was the best Creeper around. He was the best Buddie you could have. And he was mine. Ever heard about 'creeping' before? Probably not. Nobody really talks about it. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen. It does. Creeping over back fences all the way down a street without getting caught; without being hurt. It happens more than you might think. It's probably happening somewhere tonight.

Malarkey

Malarkey

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2003

Brook High is a great grey concrete ants' nest of a school. John Malarkey is the new kid, thrown in at the deep end of Year 11. He's the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time. Through what at first appears to be a random meeting, he helps a girl called Mary Chase out of a tricky situation, but is subsequently accused of stealing report cards to sell to students so they can write their own bogus reports. He quickly realises it was all a set-up, and that he's been used to take the fall. The teacher who accuses him of the crime gives him one day to prove his innocence. Malarkey tries to track down Mary Chase, but it's difficult in such a huge place. He does, however, discover strange goings-on beneath the surface of the normal school day. The more questions he asks the deeper he becomes involved in the corrupt under-belly of the school. He's also noticed the peculiar fact that so many kids at Brook wear Adidas trainers - black with the three white stripes. He realises that these are the badge of membership worn by those involved in the school's 'mafia'. He discovers that the name of the organisation's leader is Freddie Cloth, and Mary Chase turns out to be Cloth's girlfriend. Malarkey is soon noticed for asking so many questions, and receives warnings and then threats to back down. But, with time quickly running out for him, he still has to prove his innocence. And the only way to do this is to get to Freddie Cloth.

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