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Katherine Rundell spent her childhood in Africa and Europe. After completing a degree in English and a doctorate on John Donne, she is now a full-time writer and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she studies Renaissance literature and climbs old buildings at night. Katherine is the bestselling author of The Wolf Wilder and Rooftoppers, which won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award and was shortlisted for many others. In 2017 she was selected as one of Hay Festival's Hay30 influential young thinkers to watch. Hannah Horn is a UK-based artist who specialises in illustration, paint and printmaking. Born in Aberdeen, Hannah studied fashion illustration at the London College of Fashion. In her career thus far she has produced work for a diverse range of projects including fashion, print, skateboarding brands and album artwork. The Explorer is her first children's fiction illustration project.
Katherine Rundell’s brief introduction which explains why hope is so important and why we should look for it in stories and illustrations sets a context for the wonderful range of very short stories, poems, thoughts and illustrations which will certainly give hope as well as laughs and surprises to readers of all ages. Perfect for dipping into, the anthology is a treasure trove of story treats starting with Michael Morpurgo’s uplifting ‘A Song of Gladness’ and ending with Rundell’s own ‘The Young Bird-Catcher’. Lauren Child, Axel Scheffler, Chris Riddell and Jackie Morris are just some of the wonderful artists whose black and white illustrations light up the pages of this hand this handsome volume. Dedicated to all the workers in the NHS and with proceeds going to NHS Charities Together, The Book of Hopes will certainly bring hope to all.
Award winning author Katherine Rundell is as passionate about reading children’s books as she is about writing them. In this brief but and perfectly structured handbook she encourages all readers to think about the particular qualities of children’s books and about the special experience of reading as a child – which she remembers clearly. Drawing on her deep knowledge of children’s stories and supporting her arguments with endorsing quotes from writers of all kinds she sets out her defence of the book’s title in brief sections. She is as much at home in the factual – ‘On how children’s fiction came to be’ and ‘On children’s fiction today’ as the more personal which reflect her own views including ‘On wild hunger and heroic optimism’ and ‘The galvanic kick of children’s books’.
From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him. As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them ...
Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell ... From the winner of the Costa Children's Book Prize 'A writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination' - Philip Pullman Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans. When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.
Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell ... FOYLES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 From the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 'An amazing adventure story, told with sparkling style and sleight of hand' JACQUELINE WILSON 'Read everything she writes' DAILY MAIL Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack's spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home. She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan. Katherine Rundell's fifth novel is a heist as never seen before - the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong.
Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell ... Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize | Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal | From the winner of the Costa Children's Book Prize 'A writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination' - Philip Pullman 'Read everything she writes' - Daily Mail Everyone tells Sophie that she was orphaned in a shipwreck - found floating in a cello case on the English Channel on her first birthday. But Sophie is convinced her mother also survived. When the Welfare Agency threatens to separate her from her guardian and send her to an orphanage, Sophie takes matters into her own hands, starting with the only clue she has - the address of a cello-maker in Paris. On the run from the authorities, Sophie finds Matteo and his network of rooftoppers - urchins who walk tightropes and live in the sky. In a race across the rooftops of Paris, will they be able to find her mother before it's too late? Hopeful, inspiring and thrilling in equal measure, this is a classic adventure story about pursuing your dreams and never ignoring a possible.
'Rundell's interpretation is glorious.' Kiran Millwood Hargrave Into the Jungle is a modern classic in the making, as Katherine Rundell creates charming and compelling origin stories for all Kipling's best-loved characters, from Baloo and Shere Khan to Kaa and Bagheera. As Mowgli travels through the Indian jungle, this brilliantly visual tale, which weaves each short story together into a wider whole, will make readers both laugh and cry. Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, first published by Macmillan in 1894, is one of the most enduring books of children's literature, delighting generations of children. Katherine Rundell has taken this as the basis of her new and enchanting tale, sharing the early years of favourite characters and informing the creatures they become in Kipling's classic, with stories about family and friendship, loyalty and jungle law, and a final battle which will decide the future of the forest. A gorgeously produced paperback with a foiled cover and colour illustrations throughout by creative genius Kristjana S Williams, this is truly a book for all the family to treasure and share.
Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell ... NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP GREENAWAY MEDAL 2019 From the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 'A writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination' - Philip Pullman It's Christmas Eve and Theo - left at home with a babysitter - sees an odd-looking star out of his window and decides to make a wish. He wishes that he had some friends to keep him company. Moments later the Christmas decorations begin to disentangle themselves from the tree behind him, ready to wreak a little havoc ... Written with generous helpings of warmth and humour, this is a timeless Christmas story about treasuring the people and values that really matter at this time of year. With breathtaking illustrations by Emily Sutton capturing the magic of the season in stunning detail, this modern classic from master storyteller and bestselling children's author Katherine Rundell makes the perfect Christmas gift.
Already being proclaimed a classic in children's literature and compared to the likes of Roald Dahl and Eva Ibbotson, Katherine Rundell's Rooftoppers merges fantasy and historical fiction with sophisticated lyrical prose and vivid imagery that will delight middle grade readers, tweens, teens, and parents and teachers alike. Join plucky heroine Sophie, her eccentric guardian Charles, and her intrepid orphan allies on the rooftops of Victorian Paris, as they encounter suspense and adventure that will keep kids of all ages on the edge of their seats right to the heartwarming end. My mother is still alive, and she is going to come for me one day. Readers who enjoyed the Lemony Snicket books, Ellen Potter's The Kneebone Boy, Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord, and Sally Gardner's I, Coriander will want to put Rooftoppers on their Must Read list.
Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell ... Winner of the Children's Book Prize Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 Winner of the London Book Fair Children's Travel Book of the Year 'I loved The Explorer' Jacqueline Wilson 'Rundell is now unarguably in the FIRST RANK' Philip Pullman 'Read everything she writes' Daily Mail From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him. As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them ...
Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell ... NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP GREENAWAY MEDAL 2019 From the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 'A writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination' - Philip Pullman It's Christmas Eve and Theo - left at home with a babysitter - sees an odd-looking star out of his window and decides to make a wish. He wishes that he had some friends to keep him company. Moments later the Christmas decorations begin to disentangle themselves from the tree behind him, ready to wreak a little havoc ... Written with generous helpings of warmth and humour, this is a story about treasuring the people and values that really matter at this time of year from master storyteller and bestselling children's author Katherine Rundell. Emily Sutton's breathtaking illustrations capture the magic of the season in stunning detail, making this the perfect Christmas gift.
Feo und ihre Mutter leben in einer kleinen Hutte im Wald. Sie wildern Wolfe aus, die einst als Glucksbringer an die St. Petersburger Oberschicht verkauft worden waren, aber jetzt zu gro und wild geworden sind. Nun auf einmal sollen die Wolfe nicht blo ausgewildert, sondern getotet werden. Doch Feos Mutter weigert sich und wird von General Rakow gefangen genommen. Feo kann in letzter Sekunde entkommen. Gemeinsam mit drei Wolfen, einem Wolfsjungen und einer bunt zusammengewurfelten Kindertruppe macht sie sich auf den Weg, um ihre Mutter zu retten und dem General die Stirn zu bieten.
Seit einem Schiffsungluck im englischen Kanal ist Sophie Waise. Davon sind zumindest alle anderen uberzeugt. Aber Sophie ist sich sicher, dass ihre Mutter noch lebt und folgt der einzigen Spur, die sie von ihr hat - nach Paris. Dort lernt sie Matteo kennen und eine Handvoll Kinder, die aus den unterschiedlichsten Grunden auf den Dachern von Paris leben. Eine aufregende Suche beginnt und ein unvergessliches Abenteuer nimmt seinen Lauf. Doch wird Sophie ihre Mutter auf den Dachern von Paris wirklich finden?
Die Welt von Wilhelmina ist golden, frei und ungebunden. Mit ihrem Vater lebt sie auf einer Farm in Simbabwe und hat, wie sie selbst sagt, alles:"e;Ich habe alles, Sir. Ich habe sogar mehr als alles, nicht wahr, Dad? Ich habe zehn Zwerghhner, die berall im Haus Eier legen, und ich habe die Jungen - Simon und Peter und auerdem Penga und Learnmore - vor allem aber Simon - und auerdem ist da Kezia, meine ffin - und Shumba, mein Pferd - und ich habe mehr Obst, als wir je essen knnten, und ich habe Bcher und Farben, und der Captain hat gesagt, ich darf meine Zimmerdecke mit Vgeln bemalen, wenn ich eine Leiter finde, und ich habe einen eigenen Mangobaum namens Marmaduke"e;Aber nach dem Tod ihres Vaters muss Will fort, weil die Farm verkauft werden soll. Sie wird nach England ins Internat geschickt. Und die Mdchen dort sind schlimmer als Lwen oder Hynen. Will mchte am liebsten weglaufen. Katherine Rundell vertraut in ihrem auerordentlichen Debut ganz ihrer Geschichte und ihren Figuren. Zum Glck, denn so entgeht sie den gngigen Klischees und schafft stattdessen ein unverbrauchtes Bild von Wills Afrika - kindheitsgolden, und dennoch echt und lebendig. Auch Will selbst scheint einem von jeder Seite des Buches geradezu entgegenzuspringen. Ihre Freude und ihre Verzweiflung sind so berzeugend, so wahr, dass man sich ihrer Geschichte nicht eine Minute lang entziehen kann. Dieses Buch macht einen glcklich, auch wenn man beim Lesen weinen muss.