Books published under the Strident imprint

The Lucky Pellet

Excitement. Reading. Counting.   Tiffy and Toffy are brother and sister mice. Every day is an adventure for them. Winter is approaching and Tiffy and Toffy’s cupboards are bare. Bertha Barn Owl lies between Tiffy and Toffy and the farmer’s barn, where Tiffy and Toffy think food may be stored. Is a raid on the barn worth…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, classic children’s, counting, Educational, Fiction, Morality tales, Nature, Picture book, Strident
Series: Tiffy & Toffy | Subjects: adventure, animals, brambles, children’s books, countryside, nature, owl, Paul Murdoch, Tiffy & Toffy, worms
Illustrated by Scott Wallace

The Big Red Monster

Excitement. Reading. Counting.   Tiffy and Toffy are brother and sister mice. Every day is an adventure for them. What’s that noise? Argh, it’s a big red monster! Tiffy and Toffy grab all that they have and run…straight into danger of another kind. Can they escape again? And what will happen to the home they have fled?…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, classic children’s, counting, Educational, Fiction, Morality tales, Nature, Picture book, Strident
Series: Tiffy & Toffy | Subjects: adventure, animals, brambles, children’s books, countryside, farming, nature, Paul Murdoch, Tiffy & Toffy, worms
Illustrated by Scott Wallace

The Great Vole Rescue

Excitement. Reading. Counting.   Tiffy and Toffy are brother and sister mice. Every day is an adventure for them. Willie Weasel is up to no good. He has stolen all the baby voles. Can Tiffy & Toffy help Violet Vole rescue them? Tiffy & Toffy come up with a daring plan. Bobby Badger and Molly Mole have…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, classic children’s, counting, Educational, Fiction, Morality tales, Nature, Picture book, Strident
Series: Tiffy & Toffy | Subjects: adventure, animals, badger, brambles, children’s books, countryside, nature, Paul Murdoch, Tiffy & Toffy, vole, weasel, worms
Illustrated by Scott Wallace

Annie Adder’s Gold

Excitement. Reading. Counting.   Tiffy and Toffy are brother and sister mice. Every day is an adventure for them. Sammy Shrew has found gold! Annie Adder thinks it is hers though. And she wants it back. Tiffy and Toffy agree to help Sammy and they set off to return it. But Sammy is so interested…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, classic children’s, counting, Educational, Fiction, Morality tales, Nature, Picture book, Strident
Series: Tiffy & Toffy | Subjects: adder, adventure, animals, brambles, children’s books, countryside, mice, nature, Paul Murdoch, snake, Tiffy & Toffy
Illustrated by Scott Wallace

Squished Worm & Bramble Pie

Excitement. Reading. Counting.   Tiffy and Toffy are brother and sister mice. Every day is an adventure for them. Tiffy is out in the field, looking for the brambles her brother needs for his special pie. But Tiffy and Toffy are not the only ones looking forward to a tasty meal. Kenny Kestrel has his…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, classic children’s, counting, Educational, Fiction, Morality tales, Nature, Picture book, Strident
Series: Tiffy & Toffy | Subjects: adventure, animals, bramble, brambles, children’s books, countryside, mole, nature, Paul Murdoch, pie, Tiffy & Toffy, worms
Illustrated by Scott Wallace

Tyrant

Watch the brilliant series trailer!   The 3rd book in The Peck Chronicles… The odds are stacked heavily against James Peck and the wizard-goldfish Mendel. One year on from their extraordinary Denthan adventure, the zany villagers of Drumfintley find themselves the last line of defence against an invasion of Earth. The scale of the threat becomes…


Genre: Action, Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, Strident
Series: The Peck Chronicles | Subjects: adventure, Asthma, discovery, Family, Journey, Loss
Illustrated by Ida Henrich

Citadel

Watch the brilliant series trailer! The 2nd book in The Peck Chronicles… The Hedra wizard Dendralon sees the impending destruction of Denthan as an opportunity to increase his power. James Peck is intent on stopping him. He needs to journey to the Eden Tree, deep in the Forest of Eldane. If he can find the…


Genre: Action, Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, Strident
Series: The Peck Chronicles | Subjects: adventure, Asthma, Denthan, discovery, Family, Journey, Loss, Paul Murdoch. The Peck Chronicles. fantasy

The Cat Kin

View the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8HT5gBVgdM&feature=youtu.be Everyone who came to the strange gym class was looking for something else. What they found was the mysterious Mrs Powell and Pashki, a lost art from an age when cats were worshipped as gods. Ben and Tiffany wonder: who is their eccentric old teacher? What does she really want with…


Genre: Action, Adventure, Animals, Crime, Danger, Fiction, Strident, Thriller
Series: Cat Kin Trilogy | Subjects: Animal rights, crime, Investigating

Penance

Debut crime fiction from one of the BBC’s best-known voices. From Ireland to Scotland. From life to death. Oonagh O’Neil has a challenge on her hands – and her head over a toilet bowl. TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O’Neil faces danger and chaos when an elderly priest dies on the altar of his…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, Sociological, Strident
Subjects: crime, Glasgow, journalism, Magdalene Institution, religion, Scotland, TV

The Almost Animals

A glorious, quirky tale about a crocogator’s search for acceptance in Elsewhere. Everyone has heard of crocodiles. Everyone has also heard of alligators. But have you heard of a crocogator? How about an orangupanda or a deerkat? Or a rhinuffalo? These, and other marvellously peculiar creatures, are THE AMINALS! They are animals, they are just…


Genre: Animals, Fiction, Quirky, Strident
Subjects: Acceptance, discovery, Diversity, Journey, self-awareness
Illustrated by Hugh Holman

North of Porter

Aliens. Abductions. Genuine designer bags. Teenager Porter Minter arrives in Castlecrankie in a car that has no door handles. In the boot is a suitcase. In the suitcase is a boy. In the boy is the future and the past. The Armpit of the Universe wasn’t Porter’s destination of choice, he’s been dragged there. And…


Genre: Coming of Age, Fiction, Murky, Mystery, SciFi, Strident, Weirdness, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles | Subjects: Acceptance, aliens, Diversity, JFK

Follow Me

TC Farries AwardWhat is the deadly allure of the Barn? 17-year-old Kat Sullivan has been devastated by the loss of her twin sister, Abby, the most recent of five teenagers to have died in the town of Eddison, all within a year. No-one seems able to explain the circumstances surrounding her death. As Kat struggles to move on, she is…


Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Strident, Young Adult
Subjects: Andy Warhol, art, coming of age, cult, romance, Underground, Vulnerability

Yeti on the Loose

Yeti on the Loose is a rampaging, rip-roaring, flower-munching, chimpanzee’s tea party of a book, where there’s never a minute to get your breath and always a big disaster about to strike! Argh! There’s something in the cellar! Jumping Anacondas! Something is afoot at Waldorf Crescent, Chutney. And a heckuva big foot it is too. Brian…


Genre: Animals, Humour, Strident
Subjects: Acceptance, Comedy, Humour, Yeti
Illustrated by Lawrence Mann

Windscape

Windscape is an eco thriller that explores the passions on both sides of the wind farm debate. Young Jenny MacLeod’s father is about to lose the family farm because of mounting debts. The only way for her and her father to keep their beautiful Hushwish Bay island home is to sign up to a wind turbine…


Genre: Adventure, Coming of Age, Danger, Eco, Fiction, Mystery, Strident, Thriller
Subjects: Acceptance, Diversity, Eco, Journey, self-awareness

This Is What I Look Like

From Traffic & Travel to Lulu, Andy Williams & Glen Campbell…via Beechgrove & the BBC Comedy Unit. Joyful, hilarious tales from one of Scotland’s best known voices – the antidote to misery memoirs. “It’s fun being me. Loads of people know what I sound like, but hardly anyone recognises me.” Theresa Talbot – ‘TT’ to many…


Genre: Celebrity, Humour, Memoir, Non-fiction, Strident
Subjects: Andy Williams, BBC, Beechgrove, Chickens, Christmas, Comedy, Family, Gardening, Glasgow, Glen Campbell, Humour, Journey, Lulu, Radio, Scotland, self-awareness, traffic, travel

The Sons of Rissouli

The Danny Lansing Adventures, book 1 Adrenaline at your fingertips! Watch: Trailer for The Sons of Rissouli and Red, White & Black by Matt Cartney When Danny goes to live with his cool Uncle Angus, he knows life will never be the same again. But he doesn’t expect to be catapulted into a world of guns, explosions and high-speed chases.…


Genre: Adventure, Coming of Age, Fiction, Strident, Thriller, Travel
Series: The Danny Lansing Adventures | Subjects: Africa, discovery, Investigating, journalism, Journey, Roadtrip

The Enchanted Riddle

Thirteen years ago baby Daphne was found outside London’s all-girl Orphanage of St Jude. Insecure and emotionally guarded she has grown up longing to fulfil two dreams: to discover her family; and to become a star ballerina. When she receives from an anonymous sender a book containing a tantalising riddle and a magical pair of…


Genre: Coming of Age, Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Strident
Subjects: Dance, London, Paris, theatre, triumph

The Curse of Can-Balam

The Danny Lansing Adventures, book 3 Adrenaline at your fingertips! A lost city, a legendary treasure and a brutal curse. All lie at the centre of a tangle of lies…and worse. There could be any number of explanations for the sudden disappearance of Angus’s archaeologist friend into the Central American rainforest. Crocodiles, jaguars…even Guatemalan drug smugglers. With…


Genre: Adventure, Coming of Age, Danger, Fiction, Mystery, Strident
Series: The Danny Lansing Adventures | Subjects: Belize, jungle, South America

Talisman

Watch the brilliant series trailer! The 1st book in The Peck Chronicles – a major new 9+ fantasy adventure series James stands alone, high on a Scottish hillside. He stares down at a massive, three-toed footprint…and the crushed animal within it. Is the creature that formed it responsible for James’s father’s sudden and unexplained disappearance?…


Genre: Action, Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, Strident
Series: The Peck Chronicles | Subjects: Asthma, discovery, Family, Journey, Loss

Spider

Catalyst Book Award winnerWatch: Trailer for the novels of Linda Strachan WINNER OF THE 2010 CATALYST BOOK AWARD. Spider is on his last warning. If he’s caught joyriding again he’ll be sent down, no questions asked. He’s trying to stick to the straight and narrow but his girlfriend Deanna and mate Andy reckon he should risk one…


Genre: Coming of Age, Crime, Danger, Fiction, Strident, Teen
Series: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions | Subjects: cars, crime, Family, Loss, teenagers

Red, White & Black

For 65 years, the wreckage of an aeroplane has lain scattered on a remote Norwegian mountainside – a poignant and lonely memorial to the failure of its clandestine wartime mission. But when Danny and his uncle, Angus, discover that secret wartime documents are rumoured to have been within the plane, they decide they must investigate.…


Genre: Adventure, Coming of Age, Danger, Fiction, Strident, Thriller, Travel
Series: The Danny Lansing Adventures | Subjects: art, crime, discovery, journalism, Journey, Nazis, Norway, Poland, self-awareness, war

Nothing

“From the moment you are born you start to die.” So says Pierre Anthon when he decides there is no meaning to life, leaves the classroom, climbs a plum tree and stays there. His friends and classmates cannot get him to come down – not even by pelting him with rocks. To prove to him…


Genre: Coming of Age, Existential, Fiction, Modern classic, Strident, Young Adult
Subjects: celebrity, Meaning of life, self-awareness

Lee’s Holiday Showdown

Nothing is ever straightforward when Lee is around! Not even a summer holiday in Spain… It ought to be a case of lazing by the pool, but Lee is soon spying on dodgy men in shiny suits and sunglasses, battling with a family that seems determined to ruin everyone’s holiday and haranguing horrendous holiday reps.…


Genre: Adventure, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: Lee | Subjects: Comedy, crime, Family, Humour, Journey, Spain, travel

Lee on the Dark Side of the Moon

Lee has won the chance to be The First Child In Space. It’s amazing what you can win these days by filling in a form on the back of a cereal packet! Under the command of Captain Slogg, and with Sports Bob at the controls, Lee blasts off for the Moon on the trip of…


Genre: Adventure, Fiction, Humour, Space, Strident
Series: Lee | Subjects: Comedy, gravity, Humour, Journey, Moon, orbit, space, travel

Lee Goes for Gold

Meeting his dad’s multizillionaire employer inspires ten-year-old Lee to come up with a brilliant get-rich-quick scheme of his own. But not everyone is keen for Lee to succeed. Local shopkeep­er Panface certainly isn’t, and it seems that he has sneaky spies out there, trying to ruin Lee’s plans. Will Lee overcome those out to stop…


Genre: Adventure, Business, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: Lee | Subjects: Business, Humour

Lee & the Consul Mutants

Read: Lee and the Consul Mutants extract – chapter 2 or Lee and the Consul Mutants extract – chapter 2 Former No. 1 in The Herald’s Children’s Bestsellers chart. It’s not every day that a part of your body explodes. But ten-year-old Lee’s appendix does just that, landing him in hospital. After his operation, Lee discovers that being in…


Genre: Adventure, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: Lee | Subjects: Alients, Comedy, Health, Hospital, Humour, mutants

Jessica Haggerthwaite: Witch Dispatcher

Branford Boase shortlistImagine if your mother was a witch! ‘Jessica thought for the thousandth time it was a terrible nuisance having a witch for a mother. Other people’s mothers had sensible hobbies. They did not go around pretending they could charm warts, or offer potions for ingrowing toe-nails. Nor did they dress up in long black…


Genre: Coming of Age, Existential, Fiction, Modern classic, Morality tales, Strident
Subjects: belief, Family, Humour, Science, witches
Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark