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Andy Blackford

  • 4 stars across 26 books
    After leaving Oxford with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics, Andy disappointed nearly everyone by joining a rock band.

    The band disappointed the record buying public and he moved to Amsterdam where he was employed to realise the questionable ambitions of visiting American musicians.

    He returned to London to become a music publisher and then a professional skateboarder.

    His friend the editor Susan Hill encouraged him to write and there followed a number of books on implausibly disparate subjects.

    He won the Independent/Scholastic Children's Story of the Year competition with Spare Bear, which involved drinking champagne with Andrew Marr (the awards ceremony, not the story).

    Since then he has written over twenty titles, mainly for younger children and including the Little Joe trilogy.

    He is also the author of books on scuba diving and ultra-marathon running, as well as a (not very) grown-up novel, Accrual World.

    However, his most likely qualification for immortality so far is the advertising jingle, Um Bongo, Um Bongo, they drink it in the Congo.

    Andy invented the NatWest Piggies, has run across the Sahara Desert, ridden horses through the Atlas Mountains and these days tries to suppress an unhealthy interest in fast motorcycles.

    He is a mitra with the Triratna Buddhist Community, teaching meditation to prisoners in a high-security prison.

    He lives in the country with his wife, an English teacher, and their daughter.
    9th January 2014

    Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 15: Dragon Tales

    Meet three very different dragons in Dragon Tales. Imagine a dragon - perhaps fire breathing, with scales, claws and a l... More

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    27th April 2011

    Leapfrog: Little Joe's Boat Race

    Little Joe hates the village boat race. His boat is too small and he never gets to join in the fun. But, perhaps, this y... More

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    9th July 2013

    Leapfrog: Little Joe's Horse Race

    Little Joe is desperate for a part in the school play. But he's just too little to play Prince Charming. Will Joe get ... More

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    30th July 2015

    A Stormy Night

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    9th January 2014

    Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 13: Fur from Home Animal Adventures

    In Fur from Home Animal Adventures, sheep from space are trying to deliver the intergalactic post, Royston the cat drea... More

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    28th January 2010

    Start Reading: Just Jack: Jack and the Aliens

    One day some aliens come to visit Earth. When they leave, Jack loses his dog. Could the aliens have taken her?... More

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