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Ross Montgomery - Author

About the Author

Ross Montgomery is a first-time author. He started writing stories as a teenager, when he really should have been doing homework, and continued doing so at university. After graduating, he experimented with working as a pig farmer and a postman before deciding to channel these skills into teaching at a primary school. He wrote his novel when he really should have been marking homework. He lives in Finsbury Park with his girlfriend and many, many dead plants.

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The Midnight Guardians

The Midnight Guardians

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Sometimes at the darkest hour, hope shines the brightest... When Col's childhood imaginary friends come to life, he discovers a world where myths and legends are real. Accompanied by his guardians - a six-foot tiger, a badger in a waistcoat and a miniature knight - Col must race to Blitz-bombed London to save his sister. But there are darker forces at work, even than the Nazi bombings. Soon Col is pursued by the terrifying Midwinter King, who is determined to bring an eternal darkness down over everything. Praise for The Midnight Guardians Spectacular. A story of real and rare power - The Midnight Guardians is one of the best books I've read in years. Kiran Millwood Hargrave The Midnight Guardians is torch-under-the-duvet, can't-stop-reading magic. British folklore rebooted ... in an edge-of-your-seat, heart-filled search for hope in the darkest hour. Piers Torday Embark on a mythic, comic, classic adventure with the finest fellowship since Frodo set a hairy foot beyond the Shire. David Solomons Glorious! I think this is Ross Montgomery's best book yet: an adventure across WWII wintry Britain with a Kindertransportee, a boy dressed in shorts and his three imaginary friends. A joy of a joy of a thing. Katherine Rundell A gem of book, jam-packed with heart and humour and one utterly unique set of friends. Peter Bunzl Pure magic. Storytelling at its very best. Abi Elphinstone Brilliant! The Midnight Guardians is the perfect blend of humour, adventure and emotion. Simply beautiful. Lisa Thompson Funny, thrilling, moving ... everything that is brilliant about children's literature. A triumph. Sophie Anderson Brimming with imagination and warmth, and powered by the strongest magic of all - hope. Fantastic from first page to last. Catherine Doyle Beautiful. A magical, big-hearted adventure full of wit and warmth. One of the best children's books I've read for ages. Anna James A tale of enchantment and friendship ... all the warmth of a timeless story, told between friends round a winter fire ... funny and true in the way all good stories are. Thomas Taylor The adventure whisks you through wartime trouble and mythical danger like riding a giant tiger through falling snow ... A magical story. Jack Noel With the spirit of Narnia, but a heart of its own. The Midnight Guardians is totally enchanting. I gobbled up every word. Aisha Bushby A real triumph of the imagination, blending the appeal of a classic adventure with Montgomery's heart and humour, and a hint of Narnia. Editor's Choice, The Bookseller

Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Nick is truly, madly in love with Jessie Stone. And she doesn't even know his name. In a ploy to win her heart, he plans to star alongside her in the school production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. But when he's cast as the foolish Bottom instead of the romantic lead, his whole world comes crashing down. Enter Robyn, school mischief-maker, who has some crafty tricks up her sleeve. With her help Nick is sure he can get Jessie to notice him just as long as his grand plans don't go up in smoke ... A laugh-out-loud comical caper of friendship, true love and a completely disastrous school Shakespeare production from bestselling author Ross Montgomery. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Reading Planet KS2 - The Finney Island Files: Disco Disaster - Level 2: Mercury/Brown band

Reading Planet KS2 - The Finney Island Files: Disco Disaster - Level 2: Mercury/Brown band

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2019

Ash and Tabby are hiding out in Aunt Emmy's lighthouse and spying on the alien invaders who have taken over Finney Island. When an opportunity arises to find the robot-making machine which has transformed their parents, there's only one thing to do - gatecrash the Mayor's space party and start fighting back. What could possibly go wrong ...? The Finney Island Files: Disco Disaster is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 7-8 years

Reading Planet KS2 - The Finney Island Files: Town Hall Horror! - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Reading Planet KS2 - The Finney Island Files: Town Hall Horror! - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2019

Ash, Tabby and Aunt Emmy have crash-landed in Finney Forest after escaping from Perseon V. They've even found the alien leader's spaceship - but they're not the only ones ... Now an unlikely team has joined together to stop the alien invasion. Can they make it to the Town Hall, find the robot-making machine and get rid of the robots who have taken over Finney Island? The Finney Island Files: Town Hall Terror! is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 8-9 years

Reading Planet KS2 - The Finney Island Files: Alien Attack! - Level 4: Earth/Grey band

Reading Planet KS2 - The Finney Island Files: Alien Attack! - Level 4: Earth/Grey band

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2019

It's time for Ash to take charge and fight back against the robots who have replaced everyone in his home town. Despite being trapped inside the Town Hall with just Tabby, Barry and his gang, and the Mayor to help him, Ash has some tricks up his sleeve to tackle the alien invaders. Will their final stand work? Or will Perseon V defeat the last humans on Finney Island? The Finney Island Files: Alien Attack! is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 8-9 years

Reading Planet KS2 - The Finney Island Files: Alien Invasion - Level 1: Stars/Lime band

Reading Planet KS2 - The Finney Island Files: Alien Invasion - Level 1: Stars/Lime band

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2019

Ash leads a quiet, boring life on Finney Island. He keeps his sporty sister and his scatterbrained parents organised, and does his best to avoid Barry Sandwich, the school bully. But when his parents begin to act in a very strange way, Ash realises his world is about to change ... forever! The Finney Island Files: Alien Invasion is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills.Reading age: 7-8 years

Space Tortoise

Space Tortoise

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2018

Once, in an old rusty bin in an old rusty playground in an old empty park.. there lived a little tortoise.But Tortoise is lonely. He's never seen any other tortoises, and wonders where they could all be hiding. Then, one day, he looks up and the night sky, and sees a million blinking lights winking at him. "e;That must be where the other tortoises are - at the top of the sky! I wish I could join them."e; But how can a little tortoise get to the top of the sky? And so begins a magical journey... A beautiful, moving and heartwarming tale about bravery, kindness and welcoming strangers, from the team behind The Building Boy.

Max and the Millions

Max and the Millions

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: eBook Release Date: 27/02/2018

Max is used to spending time alone - it's difficult to make friends in a big, chaotic school when you're deaf. He prefers to give his attention to the little things in life... like making awesome, detailed replica models. Then Mr Darrow, the school caretaker and fellow modeller, goes missing. Max must follow his parting instruction: 'Go to my room. You'll know what to do.'There on the floor he finds a pile of sand ... and in the sand is Mr Darrow's latest creation... a tiny boy, no bigger than a raisin, Luke, Prince of the Blues. And behind the tiny boy... millions of others - a thriving, bustling, sprawling civilization!

Christmas Dinner of Souls

Christmas Dinner of Souls

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: eBook Release Date: 31/10/2017

It's a dark and lonely Christmas Eve in the dining room of ancient Soul's College. The kitchen boy, 11-year-old Lewis, has helped prepare a highly unusual meal, made with unrecognisable ingredients, cooked by a mysterious chef. And then the guests arrive ... and carnage ensues. They are ex-students of Soul's College, and they are all completely demented. They demand bottle after bottle of wine, flinging their cutlery and howling like banshees until ... silence. The Dean of Soul's College has arrived, and the evening's ceremonies must begin.For this is the annual meeting of a secret club for those who despise children, warmth, happiness, and above all Christmas. Each member must try to outdo the others by telling the most terrible, disgusting story they know.A spooky, shocking, bloodthirsty alternative to festive cheer that will appeal to, fascinate and delight young readers.

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