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  • 5 stars across 92 books
    Hilary McKay won The Guardian Children's Fiction Award for her first novel, The Exiles and its sequel, The Exiles At Home, was the winner of the prestigious Smarties Book Prize. Her success has continued with Saffy's Angel, which won the Children's Whitbread Prize and was selected for the inaugural Booked Up list. Most recently, the acclaimed Binny for Short was longlisted for the 2014 Carnegie Medal.
    20th September 2018

    The Skylarks' War

    Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2018. The Skylarks' War is a beautiful story following the lo... More

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    20th August 2020

    The Time of Green Magic

    From Costa Award-winner Hilary McKay comes The Time of Green Magic: a beautiful, spell-binding novel about famil... More

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    5th September 2019

    The Time of Green Magic

    From acclaimed author and Costa winner Hilary McKay comes The Time of Green Magic: a beautiful, spell-binding no... More

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    2nd January 2020

    Boudica's Army

    I Was There... is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to imag... More

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    27th May 2021

    The Swallows' Flight

    From the Costa Award-winning author Hilary McKay, comes a moving WWII story of family and friendship on opposite sid... More

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    2nd July 2009

    Paradise House: Zoo In The Attic: Book 1

    Danny is mad about animals and wants a sheepdog for his birthday. But instead he gets a goldfish called Oscar. This insp... More

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    11th November 2004

    There's a Dragon Downstairs

    There's a dragon downstairs at Sophie's house. She knows he is there. She can hear him rattling and snuffling - slink... More

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    12th April 2009

    Amazing!

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    6th August 2012

    The Terrible Time without Tilly: Red Banana

    A funny and charming new story from bestseller Hilary McKay for Egmont's red banana series. Tilly never has time ... More

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    4th June 2015

    Binny in Secret: Book 2

    With her awful secondhand uniform and stuck-up classmates, Binny's new school is horrible. And life gets even worse when... More

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