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Anne Rooney

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Anne Rooney

  • 5 stars across 175 books
    I write short books for short children and longer books for longer people. I've been writing fiction and non-fiction for young people, and non-fiction since the last millennium - luckily, the end of the last millennium and I'm not even nearly 1000 years old. I particularly enjoy reading and writing stories with a bit of a twist and, for older readers, an element of horror. I definitely have a Gothic streak. Writers I really admire include Minnie Gray, Oliver Jeffers, Shaun Tan, Edward Gorey, Tove Jansson, Marcus Sedgwick, Siobhan Dowd and Melvin Burgess. I love being a writer because (a) it gives me the chance to be enthusiastic about things and share my enthusiasm with other people (b) I get paid for telling lies and (c) I don't have to do as I'm told, unlike people with a real job. I like to listen to music when I'm writing, and usually pick a few pieces of music that go with each book and listen to them again and again - most of them are opera. Although I spend most of my time writing, I also spend some helping other people with their own writing - mostly young people, who are doing a degree at university. This is great fun as I get to read lots of stories by writers who are just starting. I live in Cambridge, which is a very ancient city in the east of England with lots of ornate and pointy buildings. It's very flat in Cambridge, so it's easy to go everywhere by bicycle, but it's also rather wet. If I could live anywhere at all, it would probably be in Venice, which is also flat, ancient and full of pointy buildings. It's even wetter than Cambridge, and people go everywhere by boat.
    1st July 2004

    Hurricane

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    26th December 2014

    Gold Stars Travel Back Through Time to the Land of Dinosaurs: Discover the Facts! Do the Activities!

    The first dinosaurs appeared 228 million years ago. They ruled the Earth for 165 million years - that's 80 times longer ... More

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    1st January 2011

    Animal Kingdom

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    30th September 2010

    Eyewitness Disaster: Hurricanes!

    Retells the stories of natural disasters through eyewitness accounts.... More

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    1st September 2012

    Responding to Emergencies

    All around the world there are charities trying ready to respond to emergencies, from huge natural disasters like earthq... More

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    12th December 2018

    EDGE: Slipstream Non-Fiction Level 1: Daring Escapes

    Do you know how Aron Ralston escaped when his arm was trapped by a rock? Or what happened to Bethany Hamilton when her... More

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    12th February 2015

    EDGE: Slipstream Non-Fiction Level 1: How to Spend a Billion

    Do you know what goes into one of the world's most expensive ice creams? Or how much it costs to buy your own private be... More

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    11th September 2014

    EDGE: Slipstream Non-Fiction Level 2: Bizarre Buildings

    Do you know where you can find an upside-down house? Or a hotel made of ice? What about a tree house you can hardly se... More

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    27th March 2014

    EDGE: Slipstream Non-Fiction Level 2: Wacky Sports

    Do you know you can go kayaking in a pumpkin? Or chase a cheese downhill? What about underwater cycling or ironing on ... More

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    27th March 2014

    EDGE: Slipstream Non-Fiction Level 2: Crazy Food

    Slipstream is a new generation of reading resources specifically designed for struggling and reluctant readers. Throug... More

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