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Dan Smith

  • 5 stars across 18 books

 Dan Smith is the award-winning and bestselling author of books for both children and adults. His children's titles, which include My Friend the Enemy and Boy X, have won him numerous accolades including the Coventry Inspiration Book Award, the Essex Book Award, and nominations for the Branford Boase Award and the Young Quills Award. Dan lives in Newcastle with his family.

3rd September 2020

The Invasion of Crooked Oak

Stranger Things meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers in this thrilling sci-fi adventure from bestselling author Dan Smit... MoreThe Invasion of Crooked Oak

(14 reviews) Review
9th February 2018

Lonely Planet Kids Around the World in 50 Ways

Set off from London and travel across the globe. Then try to make it back! In Lonely Planet Kids' Around the World in 50... MoreLonely Planet Kids Around the World in 50 Ways

(11 reviews) Review
7th March 2019

She Wolf

  A gripping fusion of action, revenge and Norse legend from award-winning author Dan Smith! 'Nothing ... MoreShe Wolf

(10 reviews) Review
6th January 2022

The Horror of Dunwick Farm

Animals behaving oddly, people falling suddenly ill – what’s creeping around down at the farm? Crooked Oak’s mystery-sol... MoreThe Horror of Dunwick Farm

(9 reviews) Review
4th January 2018

Below Zero

  Expect non-stop action and heart-pounding uncertainty in this icey adventure from Dan Smith! "It's... MoreBelow Zero

(7 reviews) Review
4th February 2016

Boy X

  From acclaimed writer Dan Smith – author of My Friend the Enemy, Nisha's War and Big Game, now a maj... MoreBoy X

(4 reviews) Review
6th May 2021

The Beast of Harwood Forest

A school camping trip takes a turn for the sinister in this page-turning thriller for fans of mysteries and the supernat... MoreThe Beast of Harwood Forest

(3 reviews) Review
1st January 2015

Big Game

13-year-old Oskari is sent into the cold wilderness on an ancient test of manhood. He must survive arm... MoreBig Game

(2 reviews) Review
3rd February 2022

Nisha's War

  From acclaimed author Dan Smith comes a page-turning, atmospheric ghost story packed full of adventure a... MoreNisha's War

(2 reviews) Review
1st May 2014

My Brother's Secret

Germany, 1941. 12-year-old Karl Friedmann is looking forward to joining the Hitler Youth, like all boys his age. B... MoreMy Brother's Secret

(1 review) Review
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