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.

Featured books by Ross Montgomery

The Midnight Guardians

The Midnight Guardians

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback 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.

Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door

Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. One boy and one dag embark on a seriously silly adventure to the very heart of the Forbidden Lands. For Alex, it’s a welcome escape from Cloisters Boarding School for Boys where Matthew is the only other person as mad as he is – and he is the Headmaster! As the son of one of the world’s most famous explorers Alex knows something about what he is doing but even so, having left the known world even he has no idea what is in store. He certainly never imagined anything quite as wild as what he finds! A laugh-out-loud story of impossibles and impropbables!

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Other books by Ross Montgomery

Hurly Burly

Hurly Burly

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2022

Fair is foul and foul is fair ... bestseller Ross Montgomery returns with a laugh-out-loud, perfectly pitched introduction to Shakespeare's Macbeth. Beth has been looking forward to the Prizegiving Assembly all year. She's won best-behaved pupil two years in a row and is confident that she'll triumph again for a third time. But as preparations continue for the ceremony, which includes a performance of Macbeth by the drama club, Beth finds out that she's been pipped to the post by not one but two of her classmates, leaving her in third place. Beth cannot bear to lose, so she channels her inner Macbeth and will stop at nothing to tarnish the reputation of her competitors. But as she puts her dastardly plans into action, she realises that villainy comes at a high cost!

Reading Planet: Astro - Tomb Robbers - Mars/Stars

Reading Planet: Astro - Tomb Robbers - Mars/Stars

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/03/2022

THE CITY OF THEBES, ANCIENT EGYPT, 1315. A boy called Seth creeps through the dark city streets towards the deserted marketplace. But he's not alone. Two figures watch him from the shadows. Seth doesn't yet know it, but this fateful night will lead him to the Valley of the Kings: the final resting place of the pharaohs. Here lie the rulers of Egypt, undisturbed in their tombs - a place no living person should ever go... Tomb Robbers is part of the Astro range from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Astro books are ideal for struggling and reluctant readers aged 7-11. Each book is dual-banded so that children can improve their fluency whilst enjoying exciting fiction and non-fiction relevant to their age. 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. Interest age: 8-9 Reading age: 7-8 years

The Chime Seekers

The Chime Seekers

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/11/2021

The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery

Tripwrecked!

Tripwrecked!

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2021

Only a sensible, level head can save the day when disaster strikes on a school trip in this hilariously slapstick introduction to Shakespeare's The Tempest. Frank and his drama club are off on a dream school trip to perform The Tempest at a festival. But it turns into a nightmare when their ferry is hit by a terrible storm! Half of the actors wash up on a sandy shore and they can't believe their eyes. Is this a desert island? Why is there strange music coming from the forest? Where are the rest of the cast? To Frank, it all sounds strangely like the plot of The Tempest and he hasn't got a clue how they're going to get out of this mess. One thing's for sure ... they've been tripwrecked!

Ten Delicious Teachers

Ten Delicious Teachers

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2021

An irreverent and zany counting book that is gently thrilling and written in a deliciously infectious rhyme with witty and whimsical illustrations. Ten silly teachers have missed the last bus home. But LOOK - a shortcut through the forest! They'll be back in time for tea! Off they skip, unaware that in the woods a hungry horde of mischievous and hilariously goofy monsters is waiting... An irreverent and zany counting book that is gently thrilling with witty and whimsical illustrations.

Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom

Author: Ross Montgomery Format: Paperback 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 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: 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 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

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 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: 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 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

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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