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Berlie Doherty

  • 5 stars across 67 books
    Berlie Doherty Biography
    Multi-award winning and hugely popular Irish author Berlie Doherty began writing for children in 1983, after teaching and working in radio. She has written more than 35 books for children, as well as for the theatre, radio and television. Berlie has won the Carnegie Medal twice: in 1987 for Granny Was A Buffer Girl and in 1992 for Dear Nobody. She has also won the Writer's Guild Children's Fiction Award for Daughter of the Sea. Her work is published all over the world, and many of her books have been televised.

    Our favourite Berlie Doherty Book Characters
    Abela - from Abela: The Girl Who Saw Lions
    Jim Jarvis - from Street Child
    1st January 2020

    Deep Secret

    Grace put out her hand, almost touching the mirror. Her image did the same. 'There's another world in there.' 'We could ... More

    (11 reviews)
    3rd February 2011


    Will Montague is a page to Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. As the King's favourite, Will gains many enemies in Co... More

    (10 reviews)
    1st June 2014


    The classic fairy tale, specially retold for young children and illustrated with fresh, bright pictures. Poor Cinderella... More

    (10 reviews)
    4th January 2018

    The Girl Who Saw Lions

    Two girls, from very different places, are brought together in a tale of loss, courage and family. Abela has lost everyt... More

    (9 reviews)
    16th June 2016

    Street Child

    The unforgettable tale of an orphan in Victorian London, based on the boy whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to found h... More

    (6 reviews)
    16th November 2015

    The Nutcracker

    A beautiful telling of the Nutcracker fairy tale, with exciting activities, colouring pages and a gorgeous eight-card 3D... More

    (3 reviews)
    1st February 2017

    Blue John

    The Queen of Darkness lives deep underground beneath a mountain with her child, Blue John, a boy she made from the blu... More

    (2 reviews)
    1st January 2015

    Far from Home: The Sisters of Street Child

    The sisters of STREET CHILD tell their story...A companion novel to bestselling story of orphan Jim Jarvis set in Victor... More

    (1 review)
    8th July 2015

    Joe and the Dragonosaurus

    When Joe's teacher announces the new class project will be all about their pets, Joe turns glum - there's no animals all... More

    (1 review)
    5th June 2008

    Abela: The Girl Who Saw Lions

    "Be strong, my Abela." These are the last words of Abela's mother in their HIV/Aids stricken African village, where it s... More

    (1 review)
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    • Street Child

      Street Child

      This was so so good I read it in a day! I loved the story because it is set in the past and you can actually imagine you are there. It is a bit sad bu...

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      Blue John

      by 4mum

      This is an absolutely fascinating and unusual little story. Each sentence seems to melt on the reader's tongue: " He picked himself up and began again...

    • Deep Secret

      Deep Secret

      This is not my usual type of book, i usually prefer fantasy books but thought I would try something different. I found  it hard to get into at the beg...