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Derek Keilty

  • 4 stars across 22 books
Derek Keilty began writing after making a new resolution in the year 2000 and  hasn't looked back. He has a thriving schools program, storytelling and  taking creative writing workshops around local schools. He lives in  Northern Ireland with his wife, Elaine and has twin daughters,  Sarah-Jane and Rebekah.

Jonny  Duddle has a background in computer games and character development. He  has worked as a concept artist for Aardman Animation and drew the new  covers for the Harry Potter series. He is best known for his  award-winning picture books, including The Pirates Next Door, which won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.
4th June 2020

Flyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs

The Times: Summer Reads, Best 20 Children’s books 2020 Toppsta: 100 most popular books of 2020 The Week: Summer Round up... MoreFlyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs

(14 reviews) Review
7th September 2023

Ivy Newt and the Time Thief

Every Halloween at sunrise, a spooky haunted house appears near Newt Castle, only to disappear again at the stroke of mi... MoreIvy Newt and the Time Thief

(10 reviews) Review
3rd March 2022

Flyntlock Bones: The Ghost of Scarletbeard

In the third title of this pirate investigator trilogy, the Countess of Bohemia's jewels have been stolen by a ghost. No... MoreFlyntlock Bones: The Ghost of Scarletbeard

(8 reviews) Review
3rd February 2011

Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll

Will Gallows, a young elfling sky cowboy, rides out on a perilous quest to bring the evil snake-bellied troll bandit, No... MoreWill Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll

(1 review) Review
4th March 2021

Flyntlock Bones: The Eye of Mogdrod

A priceless golden chalice has been stolen from Fergus McSwaggers, fearsome chief of the squelchy Bog Islands ... and he... MoreFlyntlock Bones: The Eye of Mogdrod

(1 review) Review
6th April 2023

Ivy Newt and the Storm Witch

First in a highly illustrated chapter book series for boys and girls, Ivy Newt is guaranteed to get the youngest readers... MoreIvy Newt and the Storm Witch

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The Bears Bite Back

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