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Michelle Harrison is a full-time writer. She is a former bookseller and editorial assistant. Originally from Grays in Essex, she has a degree in illustration, and lives in Oxfordshire with her partner. Her debut novel The Thirteen Treasures won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize in 2009. She has since published two sequels, The Thirteen Curses and The Thirteen Secrets. Unrest is her first novel for teens.
Author Photo Credit: Charlie Hopkinson
Q&A with Michelle Harrison
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I'm a 'glass half-full' type of person.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be? A. Elvesden Manor.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Optimism, or at least I like to think it is!
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I sometimes think I'd like to be a cat, just for the sheer amount of sleeping they do.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My Essex accent.
Q. Who is your favourite fictional villain?
A. Beatrice Lacey in Wideacre by Philippa Gregory.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. It would be Jack the Ripper. I like to think I'd demand to know his identity, but in all honesty I'd probably run.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who look down their noses at others.
Q. What is your favourite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. It depends on my mood, but drawing/painting, reading or watching a film.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Being an author and an illustrator!
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Loyalty, a sense of humour, and integrity.
On Books and Writing
Hans Christian Andersen, Enid Blyton, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Martina Cole, Roald Dahl, Philippa Gregory, The Brothers Grimm, Julie Hearn, Eva Ibbotson, Christopher Pike, J.K. Rowling, Marcus Sedgwick, Sarah Singleton.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Read lots, write lots, and don't give up.
May 2012 New Gen Book of the Month. Best-selling author Michelle Harrison blurs the lines between being dead and alive in this brilliant, spine-tingling story of the powers of the undead. Elliott escapes death by a hair’s breadth; he’s so close to it that he draws attention to himself from the dead. From that moment on, his nights are haunted by shadowy figures and he can never sleep properly… Elliott knows he is being sucked into the spirit world. Can he keep in his world and can he keep the dead from taking over?
Misty has just started at school and Ella and Jack are keen to make her feel welcome. But Misty isn't like the other children; she has a spell book, she keeps vanishing, and why is she holding that broomstick? Can Ella and Jack solve the mystery of the new girl? The New Girl's Secret is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 6-7 years
'A SPELLBINDING STORY, STEEPED IN MAGIC. I ADORED IT' - Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse. Three magical objects with the power to change their fate. Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? ... The enchanting new story from Michelle Harrison, author of the bestselling THIRTEEN TREASURES trilogy Praise for A PINCH OF MAGIC: 'BRILLIANT' Emma Carroll, author of Letters From The Lighthouse 'This delightful tale fizzes with magic and races along at a fantastic pace. This book completely charmed my socks off!' Alex Bell, author of The Polar Bear Explorers' Club 'Simply phenomenal! A breathtaking quest for survival and freedom, bursting with brave heroines, enchanted objects and deadly dangers. And at its heart is a powerful and beautiful message of sisterly love and loyalty overcoming jealousy and betrayal' Sophie Anderson, author of The House With Chicken Legs 'What a glorious book this is! I was utterly captivated by the Widdershins sisters' Lisa Thompson, author of The Goldfish Boy 'Take three sisters, add the cruelest of curses and a pinch of magic, and you'll have a tantalising tale you cannot put down' Tamsyn Murray, author of Completely Cassidy Praise for Michelle Harrison's THIRTEEN series: 'A charming and inventive tale' The Times 'You are in for an adventure' Sunday Express 'The very best in adventure and imagination' Waterstones.com
`SPOOKY. GRIPPING AND INTRIGUING.' Sophie McKenzie, author of Girl, Missing Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn't slept properly for six months. Ever since the accident that nearly killed him, a shadowy figure has made its presence felt - a figure only he can see. Elliott is convinced his near-death experience has enabled him to contact the dead. But are his ghostly visions real, or the effects of a damaged mind? When Elliott gets a job at a supposedly haunted museum it seems like the perfect chance to discover what's really going on. But his arrival doesn't just cause a stir amongst the living. Unwittingly, Elliott uncovers the museum's terrible secret ... and a spirit hell-bent on using him for revenge. A brilliant, spine-tingling YA novel by award-winning author M. Harrison. `Chilling' The Bookseller `I devoured Unrest.Or rather, I felt it devoured me. Clever, unexpected and satisfying.' Kate Cann `a beautifully written, gripping, thoroughly spooky young adult novel... Unsettling, eerie, with intriguing characters and a compelling, satisfying plot full of twists and turns... I loved it.' Sarah Singleton `It takes great skill to create an atmosphere that creeps off the page into your veins. Harrison's subtlety and eye for detail lift this above any other spookfest.' The Independent
While visiting her grandmothers house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby - a girl Tanyas grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretakers son, is tormented by the girls disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. And, after disturbing an intruder in the night, it emerges that someone else shares her ability . . . The manors sinister history is about to repeat itself . . . The Thirteen Treasures boils with the kind of fairy that is far worse than Puck..what could be more cheering to curl up with. Amanda Craig, The Times The story itself is both dark and gripping and the imagery is fantastic. thebookbag.co.uk This is a really exciting read, full of thrills, mysteries and menace.Primary Times
What happens when a tale with real magic, that was supposed to be finished, never was? This is a story about one of those stories . . . Midge loves riddles, his cat, Twitch, and - most of all - stories. Especially because he's grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer. When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge searches Alice's stories for a clue. Soon he discovers that her secret book, The Museum of Unfinished Stories, is much more than just a story. In fact, he finds two of its characters wandering around town. But every tale has its villains - and with them leaping off the page, Midge, Gypsy and Piper must use all their wits and cunning to work out how the story ends and find Alice. If they fail, a more sinister finale threatens them all . . . A rich and twisting tale of magic, riddles and the power of imagination, from a classic author. 'An exciting, original, gripping adventure, embroidered with riddles and curses, laced with dry wit, and which gallops along at a terrific pace'Daily Mail 'Beautifully written... a true testament to the power of storytelling' Guardian 'A story brimming with magic, riddles and extremely mischievous ink. Wonderful storytelling' Abi Elphinstone, author of the Dreamsnatcher series
Mit der Elfenseele-Trilogie nimmt Michelle Harrison Leserinnen ab 12 Jahren mit in das mysteriose Reich der Elfen. Ein packendes Fantasy-Abenteuer, das sich alle Fans von Plotzlich Fee nicht entgehen lassen durfen!Der Sommer auf Elvesden Manor wird ein Albtraum, da ist sich Tanya sicher. Niemand will sie dort haben, nicht ihre Gromutter und nicht die Elfen, die zu Tausenden die Wlder um das alte Herrenhaus bevlkern. Whrend sie versucht, ihrer Gromutter aus dem Weg zu gehen, stt sie auf ein Geheimnis: Vor fnfzig Jahren ist ein Mdchen spurlos im Wald von Elvesden verschwunden. Tanya ahnt, dass sie die Einzige ist, die das Rtsel lsen kann. Denn die Elfen scheinen darin eine unheimliche Rolle zu spielen. "e;Hinter dem Augenblick"e; ist der erste Band der Elfenseele-Trilogie.
Endlich ist es Red gelungen, einen Weg ins Elfenreich zu finden. Sie will ihren Bruder James befreien, der als Baby von Feen entfuhrt wurde. Auf ihrem Weg zum Konigshof der Elfen begegnen ihr Gefahren, wie sie sie in ihren schlimmsten Albtraumen nicht gesehen hat, doch sie findet auch Verbundete, wo sie sie am wenigsten vermutet. Aber James' Freiheit hat ihren Preis: Red lsst sich auf einen Handel mit dem Knig der Elfen ein, der sie das Leben kosten knnte. Gemeinsam mit ihren Freunden Tanya und Fabian macht sie sich in der Menschenwelt auf eine gefhrliche Suche. Sie ahnt nicht, dass der Knig ihr eine Falle gestellt hat, der sie nicht entrinnen kann. Mit der Elfenseele-Trilogie nimmt Michelle Harrison Leserinnen ab 12 Jahren mit in das mysterise Reich der Elfen. Ein packendes Fantasy-Abenteuer, das sich alle Fans von Pltzlich Fee nicht entgehen lassen drfen!"e;Zwischen den Nebeln"e; ist der zweite Band der Elfenseele-Trilogie. Der Titel des ersten Bandes lautet "e;Hinter dem Augenblick"e;.
Erstmals alle drei Bande der mystischen Romantic-Fantasy-Reihe als exklusives eBook-Bundle! Mit der Elfenseele-Trilogie nimmt Michelle Harrison Leserinnen ab 12 Jahren mit in das mysteriose Reich der Elfen. Ein packendes Fantasy-Abenteuer, das sich alle Fans von Plotzlich Fee nicht entgehen lassen durfen!Der Sommer auf Elvesden Manor wird ein Albtraum, da ist sich Tanya sicher. Niemand will sie dort haben, nicht ihre Gromutter und nicht die Elfen, die zu Hunderten und Tausenden die Wlder um das alte Herrenhaus bevlkern. Whrend sie versucht, ihrer Gromutter aus dem Weg zu gehen, stt sie auf ein Geheimnis: Vor fnfzig Jahren ist ein Mdchen im Wald von Elvesden verschwunden und seitdem hat niemand etwas von ihr gehrt. Tanya ahnt, dass sie die Einzige ist, die das Rtsel lsen kann. Denn die Elfen scheinen darin eine unheimliche Rolle zu spielen ...
Rowan will endlich ein neues Leben beginnen, frei von Angst und Lugen und weitab von allem, was sie an das Elfenreich erinnert. Doch niemand mit dem Zweiten Gesicht kommt so leicht davon. Als sich mysteriose Todesfalle haufen, bitten Rowans alte Verbundete sie um Hilfe. Bald wird Rowan klar: Jemand aus ihrer Vergangenheit sinnt auf Rache. Schlielich ist Elvesden Manor der letzte Rckzugsort fr Rowan und ihre Freunde. Als das Gutshaus von Feen und Kobolden angegriffen wird, muss Rowan allen Mut aufbringen, um zu schtzen, was ihr lieb geworden ist. Mit Fabian und Tanya schmiedet sie einen Plan - doch auf Elvesden Manor befindet sich ein Verrter Mit der Elfenseele-Trilogie nimmt Michelle Harrison Leserinnen ab 12 Jahren mit in das mysterise Reich der Elfen. Ein packendes Fantasy-Abenteuer, das sich alle Fans von Pltzlich Fee nicht entgehen lassen drfen!"e;Jenseits der Ferne"e; ist der dritte Band der Elfenseele-Trilogie. Die beiden Vorgngertitel lauten "e;Hinter dem Augenblick"e; und "e;Zwischen den Nebeln"e;.
Having the ability to see fairies means that Tanya Fairchild's life has never been easy. After all, real fairies are nothing like the ones in books; ones that grant wishes or leave money for teeth. Real fairies don't like to be talked about, and they cast spells if Tanya steps out of line. The most she's ever received in exchange for one of her teeth is a chewed up toffee. Of course, it would help if Tanya knew someone - anyone - else who could see them, too . . . When Tanya meets Ratty, she finds not only that can he see fairies, but that he has a fairy friend, Turpin. Turpin is rude and spiteful, but funny and loyal too. When Ratty goes missing, Tanya discovers her new friend has another extraordinary ability; an ability that has the potential to destroy them both . . .
While visiting her grandmother's house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby - a girl Tanya's grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretaker's son, is tormented by the girl's disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. And, after disturbing an intruder in the night, it emerges that someone else shares her ability . . . The manor's sinister history is about to repeat itself . . .
The Thirteen Treasures have become the Thirteen Curses. When fairies stole her brother, Red vowed to get him back. Now trapped in the fairy realm, she begs an audience with the fairy court where she strikes a bargain. Her brother will be returned - but only if she can find the thirteen charms of Tanya's bracelet that have been scattered in the human world. Returning to Elvesden Manor, Red is assisted by Tanya and Fabian and a desperate hunt begins. Soon they make a shocking discovery. The charms now have twisted qualities of the thirteen treasures they represent... and the longer they are missing the worse the consequences will be. Can Red, Tanya and Fabian find all the charms? And even if they do, will the fairies keep their promise?
Red's past won't stay hidden. She's now living at Elvesden Manor under her real name, Rowan, and trying to put her terrible adventures behind her. But staying out of trouble isn't as easy as she'd hoped. Haunted by awful dreams of Hedgewitch's cottage - and of Eldritch, who swore revenge when she left him there to die - Red fears the fairy realm is about to draw her back in . . . But will she make it back, this time? Or will dark forces finally claim her . . . ?
Du siehst nachts die Geister von Toten. Du bist ihnen hilflos ausgeliefert. Und einer der Toten will deine groe Liebe fur sich. Du siehst nachts die Geister von Toten. Du musst etwas tun - und du bist ganz allein. Seit Monaten versucht Elliot, sich mit allen Mitteln wachzuhalten. Denn nachdem er bei einem Unfall fur einige Minuten klinisch tot war, passieren schaurige Dinge mit ihm, wahrend er schlaft: Er kann sich nicht ruhren, spurt Schatten, die sich um ihn herum bewegen, oder er wandelt durchs Haus, wahrend sein Korper schlafend im Bett liegt. Als er sich in Ophelia verliebt, wird es noch unheimlicher: Offenbar versucht ein Toter, Besitz von Elliots Korper zu ergreifen ...
Who will love me?Is sex the same as love?Who can I trust? These are just some of the questions that preteens often ask -- hard questions that parents do not always feel comfortable answering. Whether the topic is love, sex, pregnancy, AIDS, masturbation, dating, homosexuality, or sexual abuse, Dr. Michelle Harrison gives preteens the information that they need to make intelligent, responsible choices. Dr. Harrison stresses that finding out what is best for oneself is the best way to grow up. She aims to help preteens believe in themselves and face the sometimes difficult choices presented to them in today's world of media influence, drugs, and sexually transmitted diseases. She speaks to preteens in their own language about what it means to be in love, to confront sexuality, and to act responsibly, hoping to set the preteen on the right path toward a loving and fulfilling adolescence and adulthood. Sensitively illustrated by noted illustrator Lynn Beckstrom, The Preteen's First Book About Love, Sex, and AIDS is a book for parents to share with their children -- a book that can bridge the gap between the best efforts of a parent and the peer pressure of the schoolyard.