Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews

Siobhan Dowd

Author Links

Siobhan Dowd

  • 5 stars across 18 books
    Robin was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life.

    When she was twelve, her father handed her a copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and she realised that she wanted to be either Hercule Poirot or Agatha Christie when she grew up.

    She spent her teenage years at Cheltenham Ladies' College, reading a lot of murder mysteries and hoping that she'd get the chance to do some detecting herself (she didn't). She went to university, where she studied crime fiction, and then she worked at a children's publisher.

    Robin is now a full-time author, and her books, The Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries and The Guggenheim Mystery, are both award-winning and bestselling. She lives in Oxford.

    Siobhan Dowd lived in Oxford with her husband, Geoff, before tragically dying from cancer in August 2007, aged 47. She was both an extraordinary writer and an extraordinary person.

    Siobhan's first novel, A Swift Pure Cry, won the Branford Boase Award and the Eilis Dillon Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Booktrust Teenage Prize. Her second novel, The London Eye Mystery, won the 2007 NASEN & TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award. In March 2008, the book was shortlisted for the prestigious Children's Books Ireland Bisto Awards. Siobhan's third novel, Bog Child, was the first book to be posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal in 2008.

    The award-winning novel A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness was based on an idea of Siobhan's. Her novella, The Ransom of Dond, was published in 2013, illustrated throughout by Pam Smy.
    3rd August 2017

    The Guggenheim Mystery

    My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends. Three months ago, I solve... More

    (14 reviews)
    Review
    1st September 2016

    The London Eye Mystery

    11.32am. Ted and his sister Kat watch their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye. The pod rises from the ground, hig... More

    (7 reviews)
    Review
    2nd February 2012

    A Monster Calls

    The bestselling novel and major film about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness. The m... More

    (1 review)
    Review
    7th May 2015

    A Monster Calls

    The bestselling novel and major film about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness. Cono... More

    (1 review)
    Review
    30th July 2015

    Bog Child

    Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she's been mu... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    13th March 2014

    London Eye Mystery

    When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. After ha... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    7th November 2013

    The Ransom of Dond

    Siobhan Dowd gave us four extraordinary novels before she died in 2007. This is her last story, a final gift to those wh... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    6th November 2014

    Oxford Playscripts: Solace of the Road

    Holly Hogan is on the run. Fed up of life in foster care and longing to be reunited with her mum, she packs a bag and he... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    6th January 2011

    Bog Child

    Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she's been mu... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    30th July 2015

    Solace of the Road

    Memories of Mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    4th March 2010

    Solace of the Road

    Memories of Mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    30th July 2015

    A Swift Pure Cry

    After Shell's mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care f... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    4th August 2016

    A Monster Calls

    The bestselling novel about love, loss and the power of story-telling from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    21st February 2017

    The Pavee And The Buffer Girl

    Jim and his family have halted by Dundray and the education people have been round mouthing the law. In school the Trave... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    2nd March 2006

    A Swift Pure Cry

    IRELAND 1984 After Shell's mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is l... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    1st February 2009

    Solace of the Road

    Memories of Mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    2nd August 2018

    A Swift Pure Cry

    Reissued in Penguin's ORIGINALS series of iconic teen fiction. After Shell's mother dies, her obsessively religio... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    5th February 2009

    Bog Child

    Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she's been mu... More

    (0 reviews)
    Review
    View all Books

    New Book

    Most Popular Book

    Recent Reviews

    • The London Eye Mystery

      The London Eye Mystery

      I found The London eye mystery one of the best books I have ever read! With sudden shock at the start, Ted ( whos brain works on a different operating...

    • The London Eye Mystery

      The London Eye Mystery

      by G

      I had wanted to read this book after reading The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens, who wrote Ted’s second adventure.  This mystery is set in London...

    • The London Eye Mystery

      The London Eye Mystery

      by Ashbeee

      We loved this book. The main character, Ted, is really well written. His challenges in understanding certain things, due to his ASD, are written with...

    Series by
    Siobhan Dowd