Cathy MacPhail - Author

About the Author

Cathy MacPhail is the award-winning author of over thirty children's books including Run Zan Run, Roxy's Baby, Out of the Depths and Grass. Her novel Mosi's War is currently shortlisted for a Scottish Children's Book Award, an award she's won twice before, and a film adaptation of her novel Another Me was released in 2014. Cathy writes spooky thrillers for younger readers and challenging teen novels and is acclaimed for her unique ability to get to the heart of serious, topical issues through the stories of her feisty characters. She was born and brought up in Greenock, Scotland, where she still lives.

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Between the Lies

Between the Lies

Author: Cathy MacPhail Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Judith Tremayne is missing. She hasn't been online, nobody has heard from her. She simply appears to have vanished, until Abbie Kerr, a school nobody, receives a message: I want to come home . Suddenly everyone knows Abbie's name. The mean girls and the misfits alike are obsessed with Jude's disappearance. Abbie finds herself at the centre of a whirlwind of rumours, secrets and lies. Why would popular, fun Jude be messaging loner, loser Abbie? Why would Jude disappear? Can Abbie bring her home? Award-winning author Cathy MacPhail authentically captures the voice and lives of teens -- desperate to be seen, bombarded with online harassment yet obsessed with living their lives on social media. This tense thriller is packed with MacPhail's trademark sharp dialogue and a series of sensational twists.

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: Mystery Cove

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: Mystery Cove

Author: Cathy MacPhail Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. The boat with the red flag is back again but why? Does the secret diary hold the key? Or will Becca have to face her fears to find out the truth? In a world where everyone seems to be keeping secrets, Becca has only got herself to rely on in Mystery Cove. Each book also contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Mosi's War

Mosi's War

Author: Cathy MacPhail Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2013

Patrick is happy living with his mum. She lets him do what he wants, pretty much, and it's only when his granny comes to stay that he has to get down to his homework and go to bed early. Then Patrick meets Mosi, a quiet, polite boy who, along with his parents, is waiting for his asylum application to be processed. He discovers Mosi is terrified of someone. But who is it? Patrick and Mosi strike up an unlikely friendship. In trying to help each other, they will face situations that are both terrifying and dangerous. And Patrick will find out that there is much, much more to Mosi than at first appears . . . A taut, brilliantly written novel that has both pace and topicality that will give much opportunity for discussion and debate.

If It Wasn't For Tom Band 09 Gold/Band 16 Sapphire

If It Wasn't For Tom Band 09 Gold/Band 16 Sapphire

Author: Cathy MacPhail Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2013

If it wasn't for Tom, one young boy would be much happier at school - he would be able to play football without being taunted from the sidelines. But is Tom as strong-willed when he is forced to play football as well? This thought-provoking story was written by award-winning author Catherine MacPhail. * Collins Big Cat Progress books are specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. * Text type: A story by a significant author * Curriculum links: Citizenship; P.E.

The Football Shirt Band 18/Pearl

The Football Shirt Band 18/Pearl

Author: Cathy MacPhail Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2012

Ross has been saving for a football top of his favourite team for ages, but doesn't think he'll ever afford it. When he sees one pinned to a tree, commemorating the death of a young boy, he can't resist taking it - but Ross gets more than he bargains for, and finds having the shirt comes at a dreadful price ... * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: A mystery story. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Choices.

Out of The Depths

Out of The Depths

Author: Cathy MacPhail Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2011

'I saw my teacher in the queue at the supermarket last Christmas. Miss Baxter. I was surprised to see her. She'd been dead for six months' In Out of The Depths, Cathy MacPhail introduces her latest character, Tyler Lawless, who has an unusual and sometimes scary gift. She is able to see dead people. And sometimes they speak to her, asking for her help. When Tyler moves to a new school she is hoping to make a fresh start. But that isn't easy when a boy who is supposed to be dead appears in your classroom, and statues in the school seem to come alive and point towards the place where the dead boy, Ben Kincaid, was murdered. Will Tyler be able to assist Ben with his pleas for help, or will she be dismissed as an attention-seeking teller of tall tales? A thrilling and spooky tale from the acclaimed Cathy MacPhail.

Another Me Newly

Another Me Newly

Author: Cathy MacPhail Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2011

It was as I was walking into the drama class that I remembered the girl I had bumped into and the green sweater just like mine. That was what had got Mrs Watt mixed up. She had seen the girl in the green sweater and thought it was me. That was the simple explanation. Wasn't it? Fay can't help thinking it odd that people start remarking on conversations she knows she hasn't had, or saying they have seen her when she knows she was somewhere else. But then she starts hearing muffled footsteps behind her, the flash of fair hair just like hers around the corner. Is she imagining things?

Run, Zan, Run Newly

Run, Zan, Run Newly

Author: Cathy MacPhail Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2011

Ivy turned on her. `I told you I'd get you, didn't I? Well,' her next words sent shivers through Katie. `Tonight's the night.' Katie is being bullied at school - and cannot get anyone to believe her. She feels frightened and alone . . . until one day when she is cornered by Ivy and her fellow bullies on the town dump. Katie is terrified, there is nowhere left to run. But suddenly, as if by magic, a girl called Zan rises from the rubbish in the dump and leaps to Katie's defence. But Zan is not willing to talk to Katie - all she wishes to do is keep her identity a secret. Slowly Katie learns the truth about Zan, and when she does, she realises Zan has much more to lose than the safety of her cardboard box. A gripping story that really brings the issue of bullying to a head.

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