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Karen Inglis

  • 5 stars across 11 books
Karen Inglis lives in London, not far from Richmond Park. She has been writing ever since she was little and still has a box of her secret diaries hidden in a cupboard somewhere. She has two boys (now grown up) who inspired her to start writing for children. She also writes for business but has much more fun making up stories!

Karen is a big dreamer and thinker and loves taking her readers into worlds where literally anything can happen... like magical time tunnels that take you to meet children in the past, or soccer-mad aliens zooming down from space to hide in your bedroom and watch the World Cup, or library books that suck you down into the story! Oh, and not to mention magician’s hats and cats with special powers! 

She has been praised by parents, teachers, librarians and reading charities for writing fun, fast-paced books that keep young readers turning the pages. She loves going into schools and meeting her readers, so just ask your school to contact her if you’d like a visit!

Fun facts…
The idea for The Secret Lake came about when Karen visited the communal gardens in London’s Notting Hill. As she watched the children playing there, she couldn’t help wondering what it would be like if they could meet the children who had played there 100 years earlier…

Karen wrote Eeek! The Runaway Alien because her nine-year-old son was always too busy playing football to pick up a book – the soccer-mad alien finally got him reading! Eeek! has since been used in the Get London Reading campaign and was voted favourite book club read three years in a row by Year 3 boys and girls in a Surrey Primary School. It continues to be a big hit with 7-10 year-olds at school visits!

Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep is based on the true story of a fox that once fell asleep in Karen’s garden!
29th February 2012

Eeek! The Runaway Alien

A boy, a runaway alien and football - laugh-out-loud funny for ages 7-10! (With an hilarious twist!) From the internatio... MoreEeek! The Runaway Alien

(9 reviews) Review
4th August 2011

The Secret Lake

A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and a secret lake take Stella and Tom to their home and the children living there 100 y... MoreThe Secret Lake

(9 reviews) Review
19th November 2012

Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep

When Peter Maceever spots Ferdinand Fox sleeping in his garden he tiptoes out to take a photo. At the click of the camer... MoreFerdinand Fox's Big Sleep

(3 reviews) Review
10th May 2016

Walter Brown and the Magician's Hat

*RED RIBBON WINNER WISHING SHELF AWARDS 2016* A fast-paced, magical page-turner for children ages 7-9+. Black and white... MoreWalter Brown and the Magician's Hat

(2 reviews) Review
18th June 2020

The Tell-Me Tree

Beautifully illustrated, this gentle story and activity book for ages 4-8 invites children to share how they are feeling... MoreThe Tell-Me Tree

(2 reviews) Review
2nd February 2018

Ferdinand Fox and the Hedgehog

Children, parents and grandparents will fall in love with Ferdinand Fox, Hatty the hedgehog and her baby son Ed in t... MoreFerdinand Fox and the Hedgehog

(1 review) Review
8th March 2022

Return to the Secret Lake

Another page-turning time travel adventure for ages 8-12 set between 1900s and present-day London. The long-awaited sequ... MoreReturn to the Secret Lake

(1 review) Review
1st May 2013

Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep Colouring Book

A delightful rhyming picture book and colouring book in one - perfect for ages 3-5"Ferdinand Fox curled up in the sun, a... MoreFerdinand Fox's Big Sleep Colouring Book

(0 reviews) Review
12th April 2014

Henry Haynes and the Great Escape

A boy, a magic book and a bossy boa - oh, and a VERY smelly gorilla! A fun and fast-paced illustrated chapter book for a... MoreHenry Haynes and the Great Escape

(0 reviews) Review
18th November 2019

The Christmas Tree Wish

A heart-warming Christmas tale about hope, friendship and being different. Children and grown-ups will fall in love with... MoreThe Christmas Tree Wish

(0 reviews) Review
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