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Berlie Doherty

  • 5 stars across 68 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
3rd September 2009

Street Child

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

(35 reviews) Review
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... MoreTreason

(13 reviews) Review
1st June 2014


A beautifully illustrated picture book that brings new life to the classic tale. Meet Cinderella, a young girl with a wi... MoreCinderella

(12 reviews) Review
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... MoreThe Girl Who Saw Lions

(11 reviews) Review
2nd 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 ... MoreDeep Secret

(11 reviews) Review
1st September 2011


Derek Landy, Philip Reeve, Joseph Delaney, Susan Cooper, Eleanor Updale, Jamila Gavin, Mal Peet, Matt Haig, Berlie Doher... MoreHaunted

(9 reviews) Review
28th July 2016

The Nutcracker

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

(8 reviews) Review
1st November 2010


Available for the first time as a paperback picture book, this exquisitely illustrated re-telling of Aladdin is a must f... MoreAladdin

(3 reviews) Review
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... MoreFar from Home: The Sisters of Street Child

(2 reviews) Review
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... MoreBlue John

(2 reviews) Review
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  • Treason


    As a Carnegie medal winning book, I was hoping for great things from ‘Treason’. It very nearly delivers. Once the book gets under way, the action is v...

  • Street Child

    Street Child

    I thought the book interesting and hard to put down. My favourite character was Jim because he managed to survive in the streets. I recomend this b...

  • Treason


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