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Robert Swindells - Author

About the Author

Robert Swindells was born in Bradford in 1939 and continues to live in Yorkshire. He left school at 15 and worked in a variety of jobs, including primary school teaching, before becoming a full-time writer. His widely acclaimed novels often reflect his political passions, such as Brother in the Land, which is set in the aftermath of a nuclear war. He has won the Red House Children's Book Prize several times and in 1993 he won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for Stone Cold, a young adult novel about homelessness.

Featured books by Robert Swindells

Stone Cold

Stone Cold

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Link, aged 17, is distrustful of people until he pairs up with Deb, another homeless youngster. But what Deb doesn't tell him is that she's an ambitious young journalist on a self-imposed assignment to track down the killer and she's prepared to use herself as bait ...

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Other books by Robert Swindells

Brother in the Land

Brother in the Land

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

An 'After-the-Bomb' story told by teenage Danny, one of the survivors - one of the unlucky ones. Set in Shipley, an ordinary town in the north of England, this is a powerful portrayal of a world that has broken down. Danny not only has to cope in a world of lawlessness and gang warfare, but he has to protect and look after his little brother, Ben, and a girl called Kim. Is there any hope left for a new world?

In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2018

Charlotte is out in the woods on her own one day when something mysterious happens - she walks along a row of stones laid like stepping stones on the forest floor . . . and finds herself in another age. She has somehow slipped back to 1955, and is now, in the same woods, on the site of a very unique school, an open-air school for sick city children. No one believes her tales of the world she's come from, her mobile doesn't work and she can't see how on earth she's going to get back. A friendship with another pupil proves the key - is Jack more than he seems?

Abomination

Abomination

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

A powerful, disturbing thriller reissued in The Originals series of classic teenage fiction. Martha is twelve - and very different from other kids, because of her parents. Strict members of a religious group - the Brethren - their rules dominate Martha's life. And one rule is the most important of all: she must never ever invite anyone home. If she does, their shameful secret - Abomination - could be revealed. But as Martha makes her first real friend in Scott, a new boy at school, she begins to wonder. Is she doing the right thing by helping to keep Abomination a secret? And just how far will her parents go to prevent the truth from being known? The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths

Knife Edge

Knife Edge

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

You're only someone at Sam's school if you carry a knife, or so Sam thinks. He's convinced a blade is the only way to keep the Sharks off his back. But Sam is about to find out the hard way that a knife is never a good idea. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The First Hunter

The First Hunter

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Tan and his family are scavengers, living like jackals, stealing from the kills of lions and other big cats to survive. It's no life at all. Then Wid, the simplest of them all, comes up with a daring proposal...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Stone Cold

Stone Cold

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Link, aged 17, is distrustful of people until he pairs up with Deb, another homeless youngster. But what Deb doesn't tell him is that she's an ambitious young journalist on a self-imposed assignment to track down the killer and she's prepared to use herself as bait ...

ebook of the month
Doodlebug Alley

Doodlebug Alley

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2015

Hurricane Summer

Hurricane Summer

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2015

Roger's War

Roger's War

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2015

Just a Bit of Fun

Just a Bit of Fun

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2015

Spooky Halloween thriller. Harley has to take his little brother and sister out trick-or-treating on Halloween. When he's not looking, they go missing. And when he finds them, something's happened. They're different. They want to play, but there are no rules to this game...So much for Halloween being just a bit of fun! A haunting tale from a bestselling author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Shade of Hettie Daynes

The Shade of Hettie Daynes

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2014

If you expect to see a ghost, you see a ghost... That's what Bethan tells herself when her brother Harry takes her to see the ghost at the old reservoir. But she really can see it: a pale figure floating over the water, one finger pointing downwards. Local legend says that the ghost is Hettie Daynes, an ancestor of their family, who vanished over a hundred years ago. If so, what does she want? And why is she appearing now? Harry and Bethan and their friends Rob and Alison are determined to find out! A deliciously shivery ghost tale from multi award-winning author Robert Swindells.

The Strange Tale of Ragger Bill

The Strange Tale of Ragger Bill

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

The Ghosts of Givenham Keep

The Ghosts of Givenham Keep

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

We Didn't Mean To, Honest

We Didn't Mean To, Honest

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

The Secret of Weeping Wood

The Secret of Weeping Wood

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Peril in the Mist

Peril in the Mist

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

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