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Karen McCombie

  • 5 stars across 82 books
    Karen McCombie is the bestselling authorof over 80 books for children and teenagers,including the series Ally's World, Angels NextDoor and You, Me and Thing, and has soldover 1 million books worldwide. Beforebecoming an author she worked for teenmagazines such as J17 and Sugar. Originallyfrom Scotland, she lives in London with herhusband, young daughter and assorted cats, who all give herinspiration for her books, whether they like it or not.
    12th January 2017

    St Grizzle's School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys

    When Dani's mum gets the chance to study penguins in the Antarctic, she decides the best place for eleven-year-old Dani ... More

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    1st June 2017

    St Grizzle's School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies

    When local schools are asked to make a film showcasing the surrounding area, Dani and the rest of St Grizzle's set to wo... More

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    11th April 2016

    The OMG Blog

    Four 'good' girls meet in detention and are encouraged to take part in a school blogging competition together. Ideas are... More

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    5th September 2018

    The Lost Diary of Sami Star

    Being at home is hard for Hannah. With Mum, Dad and Vix always fighting they've got no time for her or her worries, she ... More

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    2nd June 2016

    The Whispers of Wilderwood Hall

    Ellis is losing track of time... Following her mother's marriage to a famous rock star, Ellis moves to a c... More

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    1st June 2017

    The Pearl in the Attic

    When Scarlet's grandma goes into a retirement home, she must sort through her belongings in the cramped flat above... More

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    7th August 2014

    The Girl Who Wasn't There

    A brand new story of friendship and ghostly mystery from one of the best-loved UK writers for girls. Maisie... More

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    2nd April 2015

    Life According to... Alice B. Lovely

    Edie Evans is sick of being treated like a kid. And she doesn't, repeat, doesn't need a babysitter! And then along... More

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    24th September 2014

    The Girl With The Sunshine Smile

    Warm and wise tale about new families. Everyone comments on Meg's sunny smile, and she's put it to good use as a model f... More

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    4th June 2015

    Candy Girl

    Dixie's landed a dream work experience placement at Candy magazine. But rather than interviewing celebs and mingling wit... More

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    9th August 2018

    St Grizzle's School for Girls, Gremlins and Pesky Guests

    When a flood closes the village school, Lulu invites the staff and pupils to come and join them at St Grizzle's. Dani an... More

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    19th June 2006

    Summer Special Sunshine, Sunburn and Not-So-Sweet Nothings

    Ally's back, and this time she's on holiday! The Love household depart en masse for some summer fun - bringing merry may... More

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    20th March 2012

    Little Bird

    A man drives his truck up to a cliff's edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock o... More

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    1st May 2009

    Indie Kidd Special 2:My (Most Excellent)

    This is a guide to making and keeping friends, from the irrepressible "Indie Kidd". Featuring all-new stories and inform... More

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    10th April 2015

    Candy Girl

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    5th May 2011

    Six Words and a Wish

    Ever since Jem's sister Gracie ran away from home, Jem has wondered whether or not she is to blame. She said something t... More

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    3rd April 2006

    In Sarah's Shadow

    Sisters - one of the closest relationships in the world? Megan and Sarah wouldn't agree... MEGAN'S STORY... More

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    5th January 2009

    The Seventeen Secrets of the Karma Club

    Kezzy and Nell have their own club: a secret society for acts of kindness. It's their mission to cheer people up with go... More

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    6th June 2013

    The Year of Big Dreams

    Flo Brown is watching a fairytale unfolding in front of her eyes. Her mum is in the finals of the 'Big Dreams' tal... More

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    30th January 2015

    Angels Like Me: (Angels Next Door Book 3)

    Angels Like Me is the third title in the enchanting and magical friendship series from bestselling author Karen McCombie... More

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    5th January 2016

    The Black Bull: Band 14/Ruby

    When Flora dreams of happiness, she doesn't expect to be thrown on to the back of a great, black bull! But as Flora an... More

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    5th May 2008

    Indie Kidd: My (Most Excellent) Pet Project

    Animal advice, short stories and furry facts abound in this fun compendium of pets, starring the lovable Indie Kidd. In... More

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    4th June 2015

    Sweetness and Lies

    A warm and witty tale for pre-teens from Karen McCombie. Tilly has just started at her new secondary schooland she's the... More

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    4th June 2015

    Catching Falling Stars

    It's 1940. Gloria and her little brother have been evacuated to the countryside to get away from the dangers of th... More

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    3rd May 2010

    The Raspberry Rules

    Rowan Love is thirteen and full of good intentions \. so why does life keep going so wrong? Her teachers think she's dip... More

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    7th August 2014

    When the Tooth Fairy Forgot

    Get ready to read! LITTLE RED ROBINS are ideal for sharing and reading together. Full colour illustrations throughout Wh... More

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    8th January 2007

    Daisy, Dad and the Huge, Small Surprise

    Welcome to my world: it's weird, but kind of wonderful...Ally knows love makes you do funny stuff, but it doesn't explai... More

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    7th January 2008

    An Urgent Message of Wowness

    Somebody stop the mayhem! Heather thinks everyone in her family comes from Planet Perfect. Everyone except ... More

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    7th August 2014

    Angels in Training: (Angels Next Door Book 2)

    The second book in the gorgeous new magical friendship series, Angels Next Door, by bestselling author Karen McCombie R... More

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    14th May 2006

    Angels Next Door: (Angels Next Door Book 1)

    Angels Next Door is a gorgeous new magical friendship series for 8+ readers by bestselling author, Karen McCombie. Rile... More

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    4th January 2010

    Indie Kidd's (Most Excellent) Guide to Fun for Free

    An inventive and indispensible book jam-packed with hilarious ways to have fun - for free! Stuck indoors? Run out of po... More

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    4th June 2015

    Running from the Rainbow

    Rosie Roberts has a secret. So when she moves to a new school, she's desperate not to draw too much attention to herself... More

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    13th April 2015

    Honey and Me

    Things haven't been great for Kirsten recently - she's had to start at a new school where she doesn't know anybody, and ... More

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    4th April 2013

    You, Me and Thing 4: The Mummy That Went Moo

    Want to know a secret? There is something very, very strange living in the trees behind my house. If you tiptoe slowwwwl... More

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    2nd January 2014

    You Me and Thing: The Great Expanding Guinea Pig & Beware of the Snowblobs!

    Two great books in one, featuring magic, mix-ups and muddles! Join Ruby, Jackson and Thing on not one but two great adv... More

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    1st June 2012

    Running from the Rainbow

    Fun, sweet story of a girl building confidence and making friends when she moves to a new school. Rosie Roberts has a ... More

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    3rd February 2003

    In Sarah's Shadow

    Sisters - one of the closest relationships in the world? Megan and Sarah wouldn't agree... MEGAN'S STORY... More

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    7th July 2008

    Indie Kidd: Being Grown Up is Cool (not!)

    This is the third audiobook in the funny series about pet-mad ten-year-old Indie Kidd and friends! Indie Kidd is fed up ... More

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    23rd February 2017

    Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10: Stanley Stone Rocks!

    Frank is shy and worried about making friends at his new school. He finds a special stone, and names it Stanley. But wha... More

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    6th July 2017

    The Mystery Of Me

    Ketty was technically dead for two minutes and thirty-nine seconds according to the doctors who saved her. She's on the ... More

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    5th February 2007

    Forever and Ever and Evie

    Home Sweet ...Home? Stella's back in London to see her old mates - yay! - and do a sneaky bit of detective work. But wit... More

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    2nd April 2007

    Truly, Madly Megan

    Megan whirls into Stella's life like the crazy cartwheeler she is. And she's going to whirl right out again, soon as her... More

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    7th September 2009

    Indie Kidd: I Spy A (Not So) White Lie

    Learn how a small lie can get you into hot water as Indie Kidd finds out that it's always better to tell the truth. At ... More

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    1st April 2007

    Indie Kidd Bk 5: Wow, I'm a Gazillionaire

    Indie's seen a wooden cat that she just has to have, even if her friends think it's weird. The only problem is, it's rea... More

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    2nd April 2007

    Indie Kidd Bk 3: Being Grown-Up Is Cool

    Indie tries to help lodger Caitlin sort out her career by arranging some work experience at a vet's, but it all ends in ... More

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    2nd April 2007

    Indie Kidd Bk 1: How To Be Good (Ish)

    When Indie's teacher asks the class to write a CV, Indie decides she has no specific 'talents' and decides to try and fi... More

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    2nd April 2007

    Indie Kidd Bk 4: Are We Having Fun Yet?

    This is the fourth in the series about the hugely likeable ten-year-old Indie Kidd. When Indie's friend Fee's cat gets r... More

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    2nd April 2007

    Indie Kidd Bk 2: Oops, I Lost My Best(Es

    Indie knows she has the best(est) friends when it comes to Soph and Fee, so she feels really sorry for her stepbrother D... More

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    7th July 2008

    Indie Kidd Bk 7: Me And The School (Un)F

    This title is seventh in the pet-tastic series about ten-year-old Indie Kidd and friends!It's all hands on deck when Mis... More

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    1st July 2008

    Indie Kidd Book 1 Cd

    This is the first audiobook in the funny series about pet-mad ten-year-old Indie Kidd and friends! Meet Indie Kidd, ten ... More

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    2nd April 2007

    Indie Kidd Book 6 Cd

    Indie decides to try to get her separated parents to be friends, and comes up with some endearingly dopey, hairbrained s... More

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    1st January 2012

    You, Me and Thing 2: the Dreaded Noodle-Doodles

    Want to know a secret? There is something very, very strange living in the trees behind my house. If you tiptoe slowly a... More

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    1st July 2012

    You, Me and Thing 3: the Legend of the Loch Ness Lilo

    Ruby and Jackson get the surprise of their lives when they discover a Thing living at the bottom of their gardens. But T... More

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    1st September 2011

    You, Me and Thing 1

    Next-door neighbours Ruby and Jackson get the surprise of their lives when they discover a Thing living at the bottom of... More

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    5th February 2007

    Visitors, Vanishings and Va-va-va Voom

    There's always something going on in Ally's World! Ally and her mates are tres chuffed when a bunch of delicieuse French... More

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    1st September 2006

    Parties, Predicaments and Undercover Pets

    Welcome to my world. It's weird but kind of wonderful. For once, Ally's looking forward to school - well, the last week ... More

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    4th June 2007

    Twists, Turns and 100% Tilda

    Spooky and spookier! Stella doesn't know whether to be fascinated or freaked out by that gloomy goth girl, Tilda. And sh... More

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    4th June 2007

    Amber and The Hot Pepper Jelly

    Meet the Teen Queen of Shyness! Amber has all the self-confidence of a very timid slug, so it's up to Stella to work som... More

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    5th February 2007

    Rainbows, Rowan and True, True Romance

    There's always something going on in Ally's World! Ally's had a crush on Alfie ever since she can remember. Not only is ... More

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    4th February 2008

    Happiness, and All That Stuff

    Sadie isn't anything like her stage-school obsessed twin brother, Sonny. She's not into sing-a-longs or smiley faces or ... More

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    4th February 2008

    Deep Joy, or Something Like it

    Attack of the cheesy grins! Naff dance-routines, corny tunes and Psychedelic shorts galore - yep, having a brother in a ... More

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    1st April 2013

    Sweetness and Lies

    Tilly has just started at her new secondary school and she's the luckiest girl in the world - she's found her new, Bes... More

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    1st November 2010

    Candy Girl

    Dixie's landed a dream work experience placement at Candy magazine. But rather than interviewing celebs and mingling wit... More

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    2nd October 2006

    Angels, Arguments and a Furry, Merry Christmas

    Christmas cheer - Ally's World style. This is an essential addition to the best-selling series ...every fan will want on... More

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    5th March 2007

    Hassles, Heart-pings! and Sad, Happy Endings

    There's always something going on in "Ally's World"! Ally's totally gobsmacked when she finds out that her best mate San... More

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    1st August 2011

    Tattoos, Telltales and Terrible, Terrible Twins

    Blood's thicker than water, right? That's what Ally's always been told, and it's true she wouldn't change a thing about ... More

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    1st June 2011

    Parties, Predicaments and Undercover Pets

    Welcome to my world. It's weird but kind of wonderful! For once, Ally's looking forward to school - well, the last week ... More

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    6th October 2008

    Marshmallow Magic and the Wild Rose Rouge

    Everything about Lemmie Ferguson's life is bright and shiny and sunny - her special way of looking at the world means sh... More

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    1st October 2011

    Mates, Mysteries and Pretty Weird Weirdness

    There's always something going on in Ally's World! Ally's not normally superstitious, but something freaky's happening i... More

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    2nd June 2008

    The Seventeen Secrets of the Karma Club

    Kezzy and Nell have their own club: a secret society for acts of kindness. It's their mission to cheer people up with go... More

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    1st February 2012

    Daisy, Dad and the Huge, Small Surprise

    Welcome to my world: it's weird, but kind of wonderful...Ally knows love makes you do funny stuff, but it doesn't explai... More

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    1st June 2011

    Forever and Ever and Evie

    Home Sweet ...Home? Stella's back in London to see her old mates - yay! - and do a sneaky bit of detective work. But wit... More

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    7th June 2010

    Dates, Double Dates and Big, Big Trouble

    Ally's feeling inadequate. Her only romantic experience amounts to a burping-in-mouth scenario with Keith Brownlow, but ... More

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    7th February 2011

    Boys, Brothers and Jelly-belly Dancing

    There are days when Ally just doesn't 'get' the male species. Take Billy, her so-called best mate, who's being even more... More

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    7th June 2012

    Life According to... Alice B. Lovely

    Edie Evans is sick of being treated like a kid. And she doesn't, repeat, doesn't need a babysitter! And then along comes... More

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    1st March 2018

    St Grizzle's School for Girls, Geeks and Tag-along Zombies

    When Arch turns up at St Grizzle's, Dani is delighted to introduce her best friend to her new classmates. But she soon d... More

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    7th May 2007

    Bliss

    Molly's sure this summer is destined to be the best ever. Great mates, great boyfriend, great holiday - what could possi... More

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    1st August 2006

    Tattoos, Telltales and Terrible, Terrible Twins

    Welcome to my world. It's weird but kind of wonderful...Blood is thicker than water, right? That's what Ally's always be... More

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    8th January 2007

    Mates, Mysteries and Pretty Weird Weirdness

    There's always something going on in Ally's World. Ally's not normally superstitious, but something freaky's happening i... More

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    1st June 2006

    The Past, the Present and the Loud, Loud Girl

    Meet the Love children: oh-so-perfect Linn, airy-fairy Rowan, animal-obsessed Tor - and Ally, trying to have a normal li... More

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