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Karen McCombie

  • 5 stars across 94 books
    Karen McCombie is the bestselling author of over 80 books for children and teenagers, including the series Ally's World, Angels NextDoor and You, Me and Thing, and has sold over 1 million books worldwide. Before becoming an author she worked for teen magazines such as J17 and Sugar. Originally from Scotland, she lives in London with her husband, young daughter and assorted cats, who all give her inspiration 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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    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, sh... More

    (12 reviews)
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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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    10th January 2019

    Little Bird Flies

    Nominated for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal Bridie lives on the remote Scottish island of Tornish, the youngest of thre... More

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    7th July 2022

    How To Hide An Alien

    Life isn't easy, especially if you're from another planet... With his space-pod destroyed, the Star Boy is adapti... 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

    (8 reviews)
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    1st June 2017

    The Pearl in the Attic

    A story of family, friendship and mystery from one of the UK's best-loved writers. When Scarlet's ... More

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    5th August 2021

    How To Be A Human

    Who said friends have to match to matter? When the Star Boy's space-pod crashes in the grounds of Fairfield Acade... 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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    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

    (3 reviews)
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