As the sun rises behind Mount Yuhan, a leopard, a hornbill, a civet and a tortoise ascend a ladder into the clouds. A fly picks a fight with an elephant. A monkey pits his wits against a crocodile. And that's all before breakfast. Armoured pangolins, blue-bottomed drill monkeys, red-legged francolins and red river hogs are just some of the fascinating creatures you will discover in this collection of folk tales from the Korup region of Cameroon, tales that are just as extraordinary as the animals that inspired them...
Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood building dens, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. After being coaxed out of her tree house, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as a teacher in Africa, Berkshire and London. She is the author of THE DREAMSNATCHER, THE SHADOW KEEPER and T...More about Abi Elphinstone
Beverley Naidoo was born in South Africa and grew up under apartheid. After arrest and detention without trial, she came to England. She married another exile and was only able to return freely twenty-six years later, after Nelson Mandela's release from jail. Their two children were brought up in England where she still lives. She goes back to South Afr...More about Beverley Naidoo
Liam O'Donnell was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in Canada, where he still lives. System Shock was his first book, originally published in the Graffix series. He has been writing ever since and has recently published the first two titles in the Max Finder Mystery trilogy....More about Elizabeth Laird
Piers Torday began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. His bestselling first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as numerous other awards. His second book, The Dark Wild, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His mos...More about Piers Torday
Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London in about 1342. He was valued highly by Edward III, who paid part of his ransom when he was captured fighting in France in 1360. He rose in royal employment, becoming a Justice of the Peace and was buried in 1400 in Westminster Abbey. Born and educated in Enfield, North London, Geraldine McCaughrean is the youngest of three...More about Geraldine McCaughrean
Award-winning author Adele Geras spent much of her childhood moving from place to place. To date, Adele has written over 100 books for children, including the bestselling The Ballet Class and Little Ballet Star for Orchard (also featuring Tutu Tilly) and the highly acclaimed Troy which was shortlisted for The Whitbread P...More about Adele Geras
After realising her childhood dream of becoming a vet, Gill worked in the UK and overseas, everywhere from Africa to the Arctic. Gill’s books for children have published to critical acclaim and have been translated into many languages. Lewis won the Little Rebels Award in 2015 for Scarlet Ibis,...More about Gill Lewis
Tom Moorhouse Biography
Tom Moorhouse is an unusual mix - half children's author and half research ecologist at Oxford University. His debut novel The River Singers (2013) won the 2015 Quality Fiction category of the North Somerset Teachers' Book Awards. It was nominated for the 2015 Carn...
Sarah Lean grew up in Wells, Somerset but now lives in Dorset with her husband, son and dog. She has worked as a page-planner for a newspaper, a stencil-maker and a gardener, amongst various other things. She gained a first class English degree and became a primary school teacher before returning to complete an MA in Creative and Critical Writing with Univer...More about Sarah Lean
Ifeoma Onyefulu was broughout up in a traditional village in Eastern Nigeria. Her highly acclaimed children's books are renowned for countering negative images of Africa by celebrating both its traditional village life and its urban life. A is for Africa, her first book, has become a classic title in the genre of cultural diversity and was praised by Publish...More about Ifeoma Onyefulu