Tanya Landman - Author

About the Author

Tanya Landman has written numerous books for children and young people, including Buffalo Soldier, winner of the Carnegie Medal, Apache, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, The Goldsmith's Daughter, longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Sam Swann and Poppy Fields mystery series and the beautiful picture book Mary's Penny. Tanya lives in Bideford, Devon, with her husband and their two sons. Visit Tanya at www.tanyalandman.com.

Books by Tanya Landman

The Fisherman and his Wife Band 12/Copper

The Fisherman and his Wife Band 12/Copper

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2018

A traditional German tale about the perils of greed, and what happens to those who always want more than they have. When a fisherman catches a magical fish, he has the chance to change his fortune, but will his wife's dissatisfaction put everything at risk? Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions

The Goldsmith's Daughter

The Goldsmith's Daughter

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/07/2018

From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier comes the story of a young girl struggling to change the course of her fate. From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier comes the story of a young girl struggling to change the course of her fate as the once mighty Aztec Empire collapses around her. In the golden city of Tenochtitlan, the people live in fear of the gods; to keep them at bay, they are prepared to pay a toll in blood. Itacate, a girl born under an ill-fated sky, is destined for a life of submission and domestic drudgery. But her father, a goldsmith, discovers her talent for his craft, and so she begins to work as his apprentice in secret. When Spanish raiders invade the city, she finds herself at risk of being exposed. Can she escape her destiny and survive in this harsh new world?

Passing for White

Passing for White

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/05/2017

It's 1848 in the Deep South of America. Rosa is a slave but her owner is also her father and her fair skin means she can 'pass for white'. With the help of her husband Benjamin, she disguises herself as a young southern gentleman - and Benjamin's master. In this guise, the couple flee the South, explaining away their lack of literacy, avoiding those they have encountered before and holding their nerve over a thousand miles to freedom.Inspired by the amazing true story of Ellen Craft who escaped a life of slavery through a daring disguise and won freedom for herself and her husband.Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+

Beyond the Wall

Beyond the Wall

Author: Tanya Landman, Tom Sanderson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

The story of a runaway slave girl and her dangerous journey through the murky underworld of Roman Britain, by Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman. From Tanya Landman, author of the 2015 Carnegie Medal winner Buffalo Soldier, comes a heart-stopping tale of love, corruption and the power of choice. Blood on her lips. Blood on her tongue. Blood that is not her own. Cassia does not fear to die, but for her - for a slave who has maimed her master - there are worse things than death. Yet the mighty Roman Empire has its limits. Beyond her master's estate, beyond the river, far to the north stands Hadrian's Wall. And beyond the wall? Freedom. With dogs on her trail and a bounty on her head the journey seems impossible. But then Cassia meets Marcus - slick, slippery, silver-tongued - a true and perfect son of Rome. And her only hope.

Beyond the Wall

Beyond the Wall

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 06/04/2017

The story of a runaway slave girl and her dangerous journey through the murky underworld of Roman Britain, by Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman.From Tanya Landman, author of the 2015 Carnegie Medal winner Buffalo Soldier, comes a heart-stopping tale of love, corruption and the power of choice. Blood on her lips. Blood on her tongue. Blood that is not her own. Cassia does not fear to die, but for her - for a slave who has maimed her master - there are worse things than death. Yet the mighty Roman Empire has its limits. Beyond her master's estate, beyond the river, far to the north stands Hadrian's Wall. And beyond the wall? Freedom. With dogs on her trail and a bounty on her head the journey seems impossible. But then Cassia meets Marcus - slick, slippery, silver-tongued - a true and perfect son of Rome. And her only hope.

Hell and High Water

Hell and High Water

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

The heart-stopping tale of a young man's attempt to clear his father's name, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier. From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier Tanya Landman comes this heart-stopping tale of a young man's attempt to clear his father's name. When his father is arrested and transported to the Colonies, Caleb is left alone. After a desperate journey in search of an aunt he's never met he receives a strange, cold welcome. Then a body washes up on the nearby beach and Caleb is caught up in a terrifying net of lies and intrigue. Soon he and his new family are in mortal danger. This powerful story holds the reader in suspense as it charts the growth of a frightened boy into a brave young man. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

A Drop of Rain Green Band

A Drop of Rain Green Band

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. A drop of rain falls to earth. Find out where it goes. Green Band books include longer, more complex words and sentence structures focus on the use of punctuation. Topic-specific vocabulary is used, with moderate support from illustrations. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

The Selfish Giant Band 12/Copper

The Selfish Giant Band 12/Copper

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2016

A wonderful retelling of Oscar Wilde's classic story about a fierce, angry giant, who wants nothing to do with the children who play in his beautiful garden. But when he finds himself miserable and alone in an eternal winter-land, it's an act of kindness to an unlikely friend that brings back Spring and finally, happiness. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage.

Hell and High Water

Hell and High Water

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2015

The heart-stopping tale of a young man's attempt to clear his father's name, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier.From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier comes this heart-stopping tale of a young man's attempt to clear his father's name. When his father is arrested and transported to the Colonies, Caleb is left alone. After a desperate journey in search of an aunt he's never met he receives a strange, cold welcome. Then a body washes up on the nearby beach and Caleb is caught up in a terrifying net of lies and intrigue. Soon he and his new family are in mortal danger. This powerful story holds the reader in suspense as it charts the growth of a frightened boy into a brave young man.

Hell and High Water

Hell and High Water

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/07/2015

The heart-stopping tale of a young man's attempt to clear his father's name, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier. From the author of the Carnegie Medal-winning Buffalo Soldier comes the heart-stopping tale of a young man's attempt to clear his father's name. When his father is arrested and transported to the Colonies, Caleb is left alone. After a desperate journey in search of an aunt he's never met he receives a strange, cold welcome. Then a body washes up on the nearby beach and Caleb is caught up in a terrifying net of lies and intrigue. Soon he and his new family are in mortal danger. This powerful story holds the reader in suspense as it charts the growth of a frightened boy into a brave young man. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

Apache

Apache

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2015

A powerful and emotional portrayal of the Apache's struggle for survival in a hostile world.Siki is an orphan of the Black Mountain Apache. Her mother was killed by Mexicans three years ago and her father lost in an ambush the winter before that. When Siki witnesses the brutal murder of her little brother Tazhi, she vows to become an Apache warrior and avenge her brother's death.

Goldsmith's Daughter

Goldsmith's Daughter

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2015

A young girl's struggle to change her destiny set against the destruction of the Aztec empire.In the golden city of Tenochtitlan, Emperor Montezuma rules with an iron rod and people live in fear of the gods. Itacate, a girl born under an ill-fated sky, is destined for a life of submission and domestic drudgery. But when her father, a goldsmith, discovers her talent for his craft, she starts to work as his apprentice, a secret she must keep in order to protect the lives of herself and her family. But danger awaits as Spanish strangers invade the city. And when Itacate's work comes to the emperor's attention and she falls in love with a stranger, her life takes an even more perilous turn. Can Itacate change her destiny and survive in this harsh new world?

Sam Swann's Movie Mysteries: Attack of the Blobs!!!

Sam Swann's Movie Mysteries: Attack of the Blobs!!!

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2015

From a Red House Award-winning author comes a slapstick comedy caper for children of 8+ starring movie aficionado Sam Swann and his faithful hound, Watson. Slapstick comedy caper for children of 8+ starring movie aficionado Sam Swann and his canine sidekick. Sam, his make-up artist dad and his Labrador, Watson, are jetting off to America to film superhero blockbuster Attack of the Blobs!!! First stop: Moviewonderland. While Sam's dad is busy turning actors into alien blob monsters, Sam plans to ride every rollercoaster in the park. But there's tension behind the scenes: the two leads are engaged in a messy off-screen break-up; some joker is playing practical jokes on the cast; and Tinkerbelle Cherry's evil new pet - a Siamese kitten called Prince Rupert III - has taken a dislike to Watson. As Sam sets to work teachig his dog how to behave around cats, the Joker's pranks become ever more sinister. Then Prince Rupert III goes missing...

Buffalo Soldier

Buffalo Soldier

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2014

Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015, this is a beautiful piece of historical fiction told with heart and humanity. Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015. What kind of a girl steals the clothes from a dead man's back and runs off to join the army? A desperate one. That's who. At the end of the American Civil War, Charley - a young African-American slave from the deep south - is ostensibly freed. But then her adopted mother is raped and lynched at the hands of a mob and Charley is left alone. In a terrifyingly lawless land, where the colour of a person's skin can bring violent death, Charley disguises herself as a man and joins the army. Soon she's being sent to the prairies to fight a whole new war against the savage Indians . Trapped in a world of injustice and inequality, it's only when Charley is posted to Apache territory that she begins to learn what it is to be truly free.

Sam Swann's Movie Mysteries: Tomb of Doom!!!

Sam Swann's Movie Mysteries: Tomb of Doom!!!

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Slapstick comedy caper starring movie aficionado Sam Swann and his faithful hound, Watson. Sam Swann and his dad are heading to Egypt to film Tomb of Doom!!! and Sam is pretty excited about the location - all those pyramids, temples and mummies. Real, live dead people! On set, however, it's the live ones Sam needs to watch. First his sort of friend - and Hollywood megastar - Tinkerbelle Cherry has her room broken into, then she's struck down with a mysterious illness. And all the while a sinister stranger seems to be following the pair of them everywhere they go. It's all so confusing, Sam's brain is in danger of exploding. Aargh!! What would Sherlock do...?

Flotsam and Jetsam A Home by the Sea

Flotsam and Jetsam A Home by the Sea

Author: Tanya Landman, Marta Dlugolecka Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Resourceful and entertaining, Flotsam and Jetsam are the Borrowers of the seashore. A tiny beach... An upturned boat... A whisper of smoke... When Flotsam and Jetsam are washed ashore, they soon become the best of friends. Every day brings a new adventure for the tiny pair. Join them as they battle a spiteful seagull, build a new home and rescue a very shy hermit crab.

Flotsam and Jetsam and the Grooof

Flotsam and Jetsam and the Grooof

Author: Tanya Landman, Marta Dlugolecka Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Resourceful and entertaining, Flotsam and Jetsam are the Borrowers of the seashore. One day Flotsam and Jetsam find a whistle. They don't know what it is and, when Flotsam blows it, it makes a horrible sound so they keep it as a seagull scarer. But little do they know that someone else has heard it too - a big dog with a wet nose who comes to investigate. He even spends the night in their boat house! The next day they all play on the beach but the dog's owners soon spot him and collect him, leaving Flotsam, Jetsam and Sainsbury alone on their tiny beach.

Flotsam and Jetsam and the Stormy Surprise

Flotsam and Jetsam and the Stormy Surprise

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Resourceful and entertaining, Flotsam and Jetsam are the Borrowers of the seashore. Flotsam and Jetsam live on a tiny secluded beach. Every day the sea brings them a new adventure: a huge heap of bedraggled feathers that turns out to be a shelduck; an umbrella that becomes a summer house; and a very special surprise!

Murder Mysteries 5: The Scent of Blood

Murder Mysteries 5: The Scent of Blood

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Fifth in the brilliantly addictive series of murder mysteries by an acclaimed and popular writer. When Poppy Fields and best friend Graham go on a weekend trip to the zoo, it soon becomes apparent that the staff there are not happy. Then one of them suddenly dies. And then another. And another... Someone's using the animals to do their dirty work for them, and the result is not pretty. Will the intrepid pair uncover the murderer before they, too, become dead meat?

Sam Swann's Movie Mysteries: Zombie Dawn!!!

Sam Swann's Movie Mysteries: Zombie Dawn!!!

Author: Tanya Landman, Daniel Hunt Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Slapstick comedy caper starring movie aficionado Sam Swann and his faithful hound, Watson. Samuel Swann's dad, special effects make-up artist to the stars, always takes Sam with him when he's working on location. Which is pretty cool. Movie sets are fun places to hang out - and you learn plenty, so that's the home schooling box ticked. However, when Sam and his pack brother Watson head for the backwoods of Romania for the filming of Zombie Dawn!!, what begins as a seemingly dull film shoot turns into something else entirely. Throw in a spoiled seven-year-old Hollywood megastar, a haunted castle and a horde of flesh-eating zombies and suddenly life gets a whole lot more exciting!

Murder Mysteries 2: Dead Funny

Murder Mysteries 2: Dead Funny

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Second in a series of brilliantly addictive, tightly plotted murder mysteries featuring the irrepressible Poppy Fields. When ageing starlet Baby Sugarcandy is found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her Hollywood mansion, it is assumed she tripped. However, an autopsy reveals she was dead before she fell... When a number of strange deaths follow, Poppy Fields and best friend Graham decide to investigate.

Murder Mysteries 3: Dying to be Famous

Murder Mysteries 3: Dying to be Famous

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Third in a series of brilliantly addictive, tightly plotted murder mysteries featuring the irrepressible Poppy Fields. Poppy Fields and best friend Graham are astonished to be given parts in a musical production of The Wizard of Oz. Even more astonishing is the series of murders that occurs at the theatre, targeting the leading lady. When Poppy and Graham investigate, little do they know that they are next on the murderer's list...

Murder Mysteries 4: The Head Is Dead

Murder Mysteries 4: The Head Is Dead

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Fourth in a series of brilliantly addictive, tightly plotted murder mysteries featuring the irrepressible Poppy Fields. Poppy Fields and best friend Graham design a murder mystery trail for the school fayre, choosing the headteacher to be the corpse at the end. But when the first person to finish discovers that the head really is dead, Poppy and Graham set out on a real life murder trail.

Murder Mysteries 1: Mondays Are Murder

Murder Mysteries 1: Mondays Are Murder

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2013

First in a series of brilliantly addictive, tightly plotted murder mysteries featuring the irrepressible Poppy Fields. When Poppy Fields goes on an activity holiday to a remote Scottish island, she is looking forward to a week of climbing, hill-walking and horse riding. But things take a disastrous turn when their instructor has what appears to be a fatal abseiling accident. When Poppy discovers that his rope was cut, and more of the instructors start to have accidents , she and best friend Graham suspect foul play and decide to investigate.

Two Words

Two Words

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2013

Jake and Matt have trained hard for a weekend hiking with the school. They've got the gear, they've got fit - and they've got homework: something 'to keep their minds occupied' while walking. But Jake is more occupied with finishing first and beating Lee Harper. The weekend careers towards a dramatic climax - and Matt returns to school with his homework done in a way he could never have imagined. A heartstopping tragedy. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 12+

The Little Egg Band 03/Yellow

The Little Egg Band 03/Yellow

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Find out what happens to the little egg in this patterned story, filled with colourful illustrations by Shoo Rayner. * Yellow level/ Band 3 books offer early readers varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A patterned story with a predictable structure. * A storyboard on pages 14 and 15 reveals what happens to the little egg through a pictorial summary of the day, providing the opportunity to recap the story. * Curriculum links - Knowledge and Understanding of the World: life processes and living things; Science: Plants and animals in the local environment; life cycles

Murder Mysteries 7

Murder Mysteries 7

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2012

It's Book Week, and Poppy and Graham are helping out at their local literacy festival. However, when the authors start getting anonymous notes featuring cartoons of themselves suffering grisly deaths, the intrepid pair realize that the world of children's books is murkier than they could ever have imagined. They'll have to move quickly to discover who's at the bottom of it - before fiction turns into fact...

Murder Mysteries 8

Murder Mysteries 8

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2012

When Poppy and Graham are whisked off to a Greek island to watch musician Bill Strummer marry his much younger girlfriend in the celebrity wedding of the year, they are expecting sun, sea and a hint of scandal. But things begin to turn sour when Bill's distressed ex-wife turns up, proclaiming that he's still in love with her. Then wedding guests start to die of "e;natural causes"e;, and Poppy and Graham are forced to investigate. It would seem that one member of the wedding party will stop at nothing to disrupt the celebrations...

Apache

Apache

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2012

A powerful and emotional portrayal of the Apache's struggle for survival in a hostile world.Siki is an orphan of the Black Mountain Apache. Her mother was killed by Mexicans three years ago and her father lost in an ambush the winter before that. When Siki witnesses the brutal murder of her little brother Tazhi, she vows to become an Apache warrior and avenge her brother's death.

Murder Mysteries 2

Murder Mysteries 2

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

When ageing starlet Baby Sugarcandy is found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her Hollywood mansion, it is assumed she tripped. However, an autopsy reveals she was dead before she fell... When a number of strange deaths follow, Poppy Fields and best friend Graham decide to investigate.

Murder Mysteries 3

Murder Mysteries 3

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

Poppy Fields and best friend Graham are astonished to be given parts in a musical production of The Wizard of Oz. Even more astonishing is the series of murders that occurs at the theatre, targeting the leading lady. When Poppy and Graham investigate, little do they know that they are next on the murderer's list...

Murder Mysteries 1

Murder Mysteries 1

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

When Poppy Fields goes on an activity holiday to a remote Scottish island, she is looking forward to a week of climbing, hill-walking and horse riding. But things take a bad turn when their instructor has what appears to be a fatal abseiling accident. When Poppy discovers that his rope was cut, and more of the instructors start to have "e;accidents"e;, she and best friend Graham suspect foul play and decide to investigate.

Murder Mysteries 4

Murder Mysteries 4

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

Poppy Fields and best friend Graham design a murder mystery trail for the school fayre, choosing the headteacher to be the corpse at the end. But when the first person to finish discovers that the head really is dead, Poppy and Graham set out on a real life murder trail.

Murder Mysteries 5

Murder Mysteries 5

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

When Poppy Fields and best friend Graham go on a weekend trip to the zoo, it soon becomes apparent that the staff there are not happy. Then one of them suddenly dies. And then another. And another... Someone's using the animals to do their dirty work for them, and the result is not pretty. Will the intrepid pair uncover the murderer before they, too, become dead meat?

The Kraken's Snore The Greek Gods Need a New Hero!

The Kraken's Snore The Greek Gods Need a New Hero!

Author: Tanya Landman, Ross Collins Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2008

A sleepy sea monster threatens to sink Britain with its snoring. Can William and Zeus wake it up before the land disappears below the waves? William Popidopolis is in deep water! The kraken, a giant squid from Norse mythology, is extremely tired, and has swum from the warm waters of Bermuda to the colder waters of Britain for a long sleep. But if it falls asleep beneath the British Isles, the bubbles from its snoring will thin the water and Europe will sink! Zeus needs William's help to wake the kraken before Europe disappears below the waves...

Apache

Apache

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2007

From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier comes a powerful account of the Apache's struggle for survival in a hostile world. From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier comes this haunting account of the Apache's struggle for survival. Siki is an orphan of the Black Mountain Apache. Her mother was killed by Mexicans three years ago and her father lost in an ambush the winter before that. When Siki witnesses the brutal murder of her little brother Tazhi, she vows to become an Apache warrior and avenge his death. This powerful but sensitively written novel will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

The World's Bellybutton The Greek Gods Need a New Hero!

The World's Bellybutton The Greek Gods Need a New Hero!

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2007

William Popidopolis is in a race against time in this comic adventure where mythology and reality collide! William travels to a Greek isle to meet his long-lost father. There he meets a talking swan, who is really Zeus, king of the gods - and he desperately needs William's help. The knot that ties the world together is slipping, and the planet is about to explode! Can they trick the Gorgons and retie the knot before it is too late?

The Little Egg Band 03/Yellow

The Little Egg Band 03/Yellow

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Find out what happens to the little egg in this patterned story, filled with colourful illustrations by Shoo Rayner. * Yellow level/ Band 3 books offer early readers varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A patterned story with a predictable structure. * A storyboard on pages 14 and 15 reveals what happens to the little egg through a pictorial summary of the day, providing the opportunity to recap the story. * Curriculum links - Knowledge and Understanding of the World: life processes and living things; Science: Plants and animals in the local environment; life cycles * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

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