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Candy Gourlay

Candy Gourlay

  • 5 stars across 12 books
Candy Gourlay is a Filipino author based in London. Her debut novel Tall Story won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and the National Book Award in the Philippines. It was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for 13 prizes including the Blue Peter, the Waterstones Prize and the Branford Boase. When she's not blogging, Candy loves taking photographs and making videos. Shine is her second novel.


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13th December 2018

Bone Talk

The Philippines, 100 years ago. A boy called Samkad wants to become a man. He is desperate to be given his own shield, s... MoreBone Talk

(6 reviews) Review
1st September 2003


Jimmy is playing the Star in the school play. He practises shining all the time. As the performance draws closer, Jimmy ... MoreShine!

(1 review) Review
6th June 2019

Is it a Mermaid?

 “I AM A BEAUTIFUL MERMAID!” declares the Dugong, and she shows Benji and Bel her mermaid tail (rather big) and her merm... MoreIs it a Mermaid?

(1 review) Review
2nd April 2020

First Names: Ferdinand (Magellan)

Meet FERDINAND Magellan, the swashbuckling 16th century explorer who masterminded the first ever voyage to sail round th... MoreFirst Names: Ferdinand (Magellan)

(0 reviews) Review
18th July 2012

Wild Song

Anna's lived on the island all her life. She knows no one else, apart from her father, her father's assistant and two ... MoreWild Song

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1st October 2004

Oxford Reading Tree

"Stage 5 More Stories C" - the latest 24pp titles at Stage 5 of "Oxford Reading Tree". These new and exciting stories ar... MoreOxford Reading Tree

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16th February 2016

Tall Story

Be careful what you wish for . . . Andi is short. And she has lots of wishes. She wishes she could play on the school ba... MoreTall Story

(0 reviews) Review
6th January 2022

Mike Falls Up

A range of simple stories for new readers, with beautiful colour illustrations. Mike and his dog Bowow are relaxing in ... MoreMike Falls Up

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