About the Author
Peter Bunzl is the author of Cogheart, which has won a number of regional awards, was selected a Waterstone's Children's Book of the Month, nominated for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, the Branford Boase Award and the Carnegie medal. The third book in the Cogheart series, Skycircus, is out now.Pamela Butchart's bestselling books include The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, which won the Blue Peter Best Book Award 2015, and The Children's Book Award 2016. She also writes the Baby Aliens and Izzy series', as well as brand new Secret Seven stories.Maz Evans' debut children's novel, Who Let the Gods Out was selected for Waterstone's Children's Book of the Month, has sold to 17 countries worldwide and has received 20 award nominations. The fourth book in the Who Let the Gods Out quartet publishes in 2019.Swapna Haddow is the award-winning author of the Dave Pigeon books, shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards, selected for the Tom Fletcher Book Club and winner of a number of regional awards, as well as several picture books. She lives in New Zealand with her family. Patrice Lawrence is the author of Orangeboy and Indigo Donut, as well as the 2019 World Book Day title, Snap. Orangeboy, was the winner of the Waterstone's Book Prize for Older Children and the YA Book Prize and shortlisted for the Costa Prize. Chris Smith is the co-author of the bestselling Kid Normal series with Greg James. He is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who presented Newsbeat on Radio 1 to millions of listeners daily.Robin Stevens is the author of the bestselling detective mystery series, Murder Most Unladylike, which won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize in 2015. She is also the author of The Guggenheim Mystery, a sequel to Siobhan Dowd's London Eye Mystery.Lauren St John worked as a veterinary nurse and a sports and music journalist before turning to children's books. Her bestselling White Giraffe series is inspired by her childhood in Zimbabwe, and Dead Man's Cove, the first in the Laura Marlin detective series won the Blue Peter Book Award. Her new detective series, The Wolfe and Lamb Mysteries began with Kat Wolfe Investigates, and it's follow-up, Kat Wolfe Takes the Case is out now.Lisa Thompson's debut novel Goldfish Boy was selected as Waterstone's Children's Book of the Month, nominated for the Carnegie Medal, the Branford Boase Award and the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. Her second novel, The Light Jar, published in 2018.Piers Torday's books include The Last Wild, shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, The Dark Wild, winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, There May Be a Castle and The Lost Magician which was named one of the Sunday Telegraph's Books of the Year 2018. He is also the writer of the stage adaptation for John Masefield's Box of Delights.Amy Wilson is the author of A Girl Called Owl, which was a top-ten fiction debut and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her other magical fantasy novels are A Far Away Magic and Snowglobe.