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

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

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

DarkIsle: The Final Battle

(DarkIsle trilogy, book 3) All seems well in Marnoch Mor. Bertie the dodo, Aldis the rat and Shona the dragon are looking forward to a relaxing Christmas. However, Morag is having bad dreams -an old enemy is trying to reach her. And when another former foe turns up on her doorstep it is clear something…

Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland

DarkIsle: Resurrection

Book 2 in the trilogy begun by Scottish Children’s Book-winner DarkIsle. Two months after she saved The Eye of Lornish, Morag is adjusting to life in the secret northern kingdom of Marnoch Mor. But dark dreams are troubling her and a spate of unexplained events prove that even with the protection of her friends—Shona the dragon, Bertie the…

Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland


Scottish Children’s Book Awards winner(DarkIsle trilogy, book 1) For 10-year-old Morag, there’s nothing magical about the cellar of her cruel foster parents’ home. But that’s where she meets Aldiss, a talking rat, and his resourceful companion, Bertie the dodo. She jumps at the chance to run away and join them on their race against time…

Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland

How (Not) To Make Bad Children Good

Ever since she bit Santa when she was six months old, it’s been downhill all the way for Martha. She is horrible to her baby brother, Boris, elder sister, Sally, and her parents are in despair. Far away from earth, Martha’s behaviour comes to the attention of the Interstellar Agency, whose aim is to make…

Genre: Fiction, Humour, Morality tales, Strident
Subjects: Behaviour, Family, Interstellar