Favourite Books

I love reading and have a few favourite authors and/or books that you might like too.

Here are just some of my recommended reads ...


For older children and young adults

Everything by Eva Ibbotsen - she's amazing!

Strange Star, The Girl Who Walked on Air and Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll

The Curious Tale of The Lady Caraboo and Sawbones by Catherine Johnson

Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman

Cowgirl and Sweet Pizza by G.R Gemin

The Elephant Thief and The Great Animal Escapade by Jane Kerr

Swimming to the Moon by Jane Elson

The Secret Hen House Theatre and Anna at War by Anna Peters

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Raúf

Dara Palmer's Mayor Drama and Dream on Amber by Emma Shevah

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson

Lockwood & Co series and Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond

Michael Hoeye's Hermux Tantamoq series

The Great Sea Dragon Discovery by Pippa Goodhart

The Buried Crown by Ally Sherrick

Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis

The P.K Pinkerton Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence

Millions, Framed and The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Hoot, Flushed and Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Young Bond series by Charlie Higson

DangerZone series by David Gilman

Tall Story and Shine by Candy Gourlay

The Sinclair Mysteries by Katherine Woodfine

Taylor & Rose series by Katherine Woodfine

A Murder most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens

Rose Campion series by Lyn Gardener

TinTin series by Herge

Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Margorian

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable

Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones


For adults

Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey

Carl Hiassen books, especially featuring Skink



Quest for Madagascar by David Attenborough

An Aye Aye & I by Gerald Durrell

Tribe by Bruce Parry


Characters that made me want to be a writer!

Jo March in Little Women

Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables