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Helen Peters

  • 5 stars across 12 books
    Helen Peters Biography
    Helen Peters grew up on an old-fashioned farm in Sussex, surrounded by family, animals and mud. She spent most of her childhood reading stories and putting on plays in a tumbledown shed that she and her friends turned into a theatre. After university, she became an English and Drama teacher. Her first book, The Secret Hen House Theatre, was published in 2012, and its sequel, The Farm Beneath the Water, in 2015. Helen lives with her husband and children in East Sussex.

    Our favourite Helen Peters Book Characters
    Evie - from Evie's Ghost
    Jasmine and Tom - from A Duckling Called Button
    Hannah - from The Secret Hen House Theatre
    4th July 2019

    Anna at War

    "Moving and utterly enthralling" - Lissa Evans As life for German Jews becomes increasingly perilous, Anna's parents p... More

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    1st February 2018

    A Lamb Called Lucky

    The fifth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted a... More

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    5th April 2012

    The Secret Hen House Theatre

    Since the death of her mother, Hannah's family life has been somewhat chaotic. Her father is absorbed by running their d... More

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    6th April 2017

    Evie's Ghost

    Compelling period fiction for 9+ readers from the Waterstones Children's Prize shortlisted Helen Peters. Evie couldn't ... More

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    6th October 2016

    A Piglet Called Truffle

    The first in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted a... More

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    1st April 2016

    A Duckling Called Button

    The second title in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortl... More

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    5th October 2017

    A Kitten Called Holly

    The fourth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted ... More

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    5th February 2015

    The Farm Beneath the Water

    Helen Peters' sequel to The Secret Hen House Theatre has all the same hallmarks: great writing and an emotionally engagi... More

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    1st June 2017

    A Sheepdog Called Sky

    The third in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted a... More

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    5th July 2018

    A Goat Called Willow

    The sixth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted a... More

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      Anna at War

      Just amazing - a must for any Y6 class studying the war.  A story of resilience, acceptance and finding home.  Adults and children alike will be spell...

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      Anna at War

      Anna at War is an engaging book by Helen Peters that once I'd picked up, I couldn't put down!
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    • The Secret Hen House Theatre

      The Secret Hen House Theatre

      A charming book which was enjoyable from start to end. Hannah is passionate about acting and follows her dream of opening her own theatre, and overcom...