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Keith Gray

Keith Gray

  • 4 stars across 36 books
Keith's first book Creepers was published when he was 24 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award. He has since written many books including Warehouse (also shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award), Malarkey (shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize) and for younger readers The Runner (winner of a Smarties Silver Medal). He has lectured in Creative Writing. He spends much of his time visiting schools to pass on his love of books and writing, as well as reviewing teenage fiction.
4th April 2019

The Climbers

Lonely Alma longs to explore the lush forest beyond her narrow town, but her uncle has told her it’s full of fearsome be... MoreThe Climbers

(13 reviews) Review
5th August 2021

The Climbers

In this compelling story of teenage rivalry and friendship, award-winning author Keith Gray captures the subtle agonies ... MoreThe Climbers

(4 reviews) Review
2nd September 2004


Derwent Drive was known as the Speed Creep. A continual chain of Dashes into Blind. We'd all heard the story about the C... MoreCreepers

(1 review) Review
8th June 2018

Houdini and the Five-Cent Circus

The year is 1885 and Erik Weisz, a penniless immigrant, has found himself in trouble again. His uncanny talent for picki... MoreHoudini and the Five-Cent Circus

(1 review) Review
1st March 2002


Introducing Doctor Hopper and Nurse Rex Barker, who run a busy toy hospital. First in is One Eye Ted, who needs a new ey... MoreNext!

(1 review) Review
1st January 2019

The Last Soldier

Meet the WW2 soldier who never surrendered. Hiroo Onoda came from a Samurai family, he became a Japanese hero. The Last ... MoreThe Last Soldier

(1 review) Review
3rd July 2008

Ostrich Boys

'It's not really kidnapping, is it? He'd have to be alive for it to be proper kidnapping.'Kenny, Sim and Blake are about... MoreOstrich Boys

(1 review) Review
1st October 2005

The Den

Rabbit has moved to a new house and realises he will have to make new friends. But making new friends isn't always easy,... MoreThe Den

(1 review) Review
19th August 2014


On a hot summer night in a midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dar... MoreGhosting

(0 reviews) Review
1st January 2018

The Trick

'They watched him in the darkest part of the night. They watched him in the lightest part of the day. He would be easy... MoreThe Trick

(0 reviews) Review
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