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Karen Inglis

  • 5 stars across 7 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, an alien and football - a match made in heaven for soccer fans aged 7-10! Laugh-out-loud funny!Eleven-year-old Ch... More

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    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... More

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    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... More

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    4th August 2011

    The Secret Lake

    A page-turning time travel adventure for children aged 8-11. When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new... More

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    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... More

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    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... More

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