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Ross Collins

  • 5 stars across 88 books
    Ross Collins graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with a First in Illustration. In the same year he won the Macmillan Children's Book Prize. He now has over eighty titles to his name including Busy Night which won the White Raven Award and Billy Monster's Daymare which won the Royal Mail Book Award. He lives in Glasgow.

    Tom MacRae is best known as a BAFTA-winning scriptwriter for television: his work has been shown on both Channel 4 and BBC2. He has recently written several episodes for the new series of both Doctor Who and Miss Marple. His first book for children, The Opposite, was published by Andersen Press in 2006, and his second Baby Pie in 2009.
    1st August 2015

    Knitbone Pepper: Ghost Dog

    Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. But ... More

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    4th July 2013

    Robot Rumpus

    When Mum and Dad go out for the evening they think they've left their daughter in safe hands with robots designed to get... More

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    2nd October 2014

    The Snarling of Wolves: The Sixth Tale from the Five Kingdoms

    The sixth book in the comic fantasy series Tales from the Five Kingdoms - in which the borders are broken and the Five K... More

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    22nd March 2017

    Knitbone Pepper (1): Ghost Dog

    Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. Bu... More

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    19th March 2018

    Colour My Days

    Emmy and Jeff live in a black and white world. But suddenly, the week has started with a splash of yellow and each new d... More

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    2nd May 2005

    The Three Grumpies

    You know the feeling - a black cloud descends on the day and things just don't seem to go right. You spill your milk, tr... More

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    4th June 2007

    The Robe of Skulls: The First Tale from the Five Kingdoms

    An exuberant, hilarious and wildly entertaining fairy tale with a cast of characters who are good, bad and very, very ug... More

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    5th April 2012

    When I Woke Up I Was a Hippopotamus

    "When I woke up I was a hippopotamus. Yawning in the morning, I raised up my sleepy head, Then took one look out of the ... More

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    5th November 2012

    The Monster Snowman

    Jack wakes up on his birthday to find an extra special present - everything is covered in fluffy, white snow! He and tw... More

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    7th April 2011

    S.W.I.T.C.H 6: Beetle Blast

    Josh and Danny are on a day out with the local nature group, but when they accidentally eat a chocolate muffin laced wit... More

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    1st July 2017

    Knitbone Pepper (2): The Last Circus Tiger

    Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. Wh... More

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    19th July 2013

    Mohrly

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    4th August 2003

    Busy Night

    A little boy relucatantly goes to bed where he tries desperately to go to sleep! But he is distracted by the arrival of ... More

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    28th November 2013

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the most popular comedies of the legendary playwright, William Shakespeare. The play... More

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    27th March 2014

    Maybe One Day

    Two best friends face the hardest future of all - a future without each other. In the tradition of `The Fault in Ou... More

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    31st December 1998

    Monster Mischief

    It's Halloween and five monsters are brewing a savory Halloween stew. Each monster adds something special to the mixture... More

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    19th June 2009

    Y Ddau Jac

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    14th November 2014

    Upraid Nan Robot!

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    4th August 2003

    Attila, Loolagax and the Eagle

    What would you do if you were born a penguin, but hated the cold? Would you have the courage to set off across the ice f... More

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    2nd August 2012

    The Music of Zombies: The Fifth Tale from the Five Kingdoms

    The fifth book in Vivian French's comic fantasy series Tales from the Five Kingdoms. In this hilarious new story, Gracie... More

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    21st May 2001

    Fairy Nuff: A Tale of Bluebell Wood

    Fairy Nuff makes a big mistake the night he is left alone in charge of the cottage. He lights a candle using, amongst ma... More

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    3rd February 2011

    SWITCH:Grasshopper Glitch

    Josh and Danny let Petty Potts-their barmy next-door neighbour and scientist extraordinaire-give them a lift to school, ... More

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    7th April 2011

    S.W.I.T.C.H 5: Crane Fly Crash

    Josh and Danny must go on a rescue mission to save their annoying big sister, Jenny, when she accidentally uses the S.W.... More

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    1st January 2007

    Elephantom

    The wryly comic tale of a small girl plagued by a mischievous 'elephantom' who rides up and down the stairs at night on ... More

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    1st May 2004

    Jack and the Dreamsack

    Every night when Jack goes to sleep he has wonderful dreams. The only problem is he can't really remember them the next ... More

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    3rd August 2009

    The Heart of Glass: The Third Tale from the Five Kingdoms

    Hilarious third book in the Tales from the Five Kingdoms series which began with the popular The Robe of Skulls and feat... More

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    1st February 2009

    Littlenose the Magician

    Littlenose lives long, long ago, when fierce wild animals roam the land, and it is very cold. His home is a cave, his cl... More

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    3rd February 2011

    SWITCH:Ant Attack

    Josh and Danny know that their day is going to be a nightmare when their mum invites Tarquin round from next door. But t... More

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    3rd February 2011

    SWITCH:Spider Stampede

    Josh and Danny have lost their dog, Piddle, and sneak next door to try and find him. They get more than they bargain for... More

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    28th January 2010

    Hopscotch: Histories: Eric Bloodaxe the Viking King

    Eric Bloodaxe is a fierce Viking. A shepherd boy must deliver a special helmet to Eric before he is crowned king. Can he... More

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    19th February 2015

    Hugh's Blue Day

    Hugh's Blue Day is a delightful rhyming story that will appeal to any child who has had 'the blues'. Geared primarily to... More

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    1st March 2014

    Sterling and the Canary

    Hilarious comedy with canary sound effects from the top selling author of the Mr Gum books. Sterling Thaxton is in love.... More

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    1st March 2016

    Knitbone Pepper: The Last Circus Tiger

    Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. When... More

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    28th August 2014

    Doodleday

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    1st March 2011

    S.W.I.T.C.H.: Bug Battle/Gargoylz: Make Some Noise

    BUG BATTLE: Mad genius Petty Potts has once again tricked Josh and Danny into trying some of her SWITCH serum. Josh find... More

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    17th June 2002

    Nuff Said

    Fairy Nuff has been rewarded with a knighthood for saving the kidnapped Queen. He has also become extremely rich through... More

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    2nd September 2010

    Where Giants Hide

    I went hunting for giants. I searched far and wide. They're bigger than houses. So WHERE do they hide?... More

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    6th March 2008

    Billy Monster's Daymare

    Billy Monster can't sleep. There are chinks of scary light creeping into his bedroom and he has woken up twice after hor... More

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    7th July 2008

    Monster Boy

    Gormy Ruckles is determined to be the most fearsome monster the world has ever seen! But when his father sets him a tall... More

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    2nd February 2012

    S.W.I.T.C.H 9: Turtle Terror

    Josh and Danny are on holiday with their parents in Cornwall-so the last person they expect to see is mad scientist, and... More

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    5th April 2012

    S.W.I.T.C.H 11: Anaconda Adventure

    Josh and Danny have gone for a nice day out at the zoo. Or, should that be, a nice, experimental, day out at the zoo? Pe... More

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    12th May 2015

    Must Know Stories: Level 2: Theseus and the Minotaur

    Every year, King Aegeus must send seven girls and seven boys to feed the terrible Minotaur - a ferocious beast! Now Ae... More

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    2nd February 2012

    S.W.I.T.C.H 7: Lizard Loopy

    Petty's back with a new kind of SWITCH spray-reptoSWITCH! The lizard formula is ready for testing, and Josh and Danny ar... More

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    5th January 2012

    S.W.I.T.C.H 10: Gecko Gladiator

    Petty Potts has vanished-at least it seems that way to Josh and Danny. In actual fact, she's just relocated her secret l... More

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    12th June 2014

    It Takes Two: A book about how life begins

    It's strange, it's weird - it's the extraordinary behaviour of animal pairs. Discover what he will do to attract her a... More

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    2nd February 2012

    S.W.I.T.C.H 8:Chameleon Chaos

    Petty Potts' most recent reptoSWITCH spray doesn't seem to be working . . . not that Josh and Danny were all that excite... More

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    5th April 2012

    S.W.I.T.C.H 12: Alligator Action

    Petty's been kidnapped! Josh and Danny have already broken into her secret lab looking for her, and now they're going to... More

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    31st July 2014

    Littlenose Collection: The Magician

    The Neanderthal winter lasts for months and months; it's a great time to go exploring. With ice, snow, mist and fog all ... More

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    24th April 2014

    Littlenose Collection: The Explorer

    The Neanderthal winter lasts for months and months; it's a great time to go exploring. With ice, snow, mist and fog all ... More

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    1st April 2006

    Kimberley's Scary Day

    In this fun, rhyming story, Kimberley Guinea Pig gets lost in the Wild Wood and captured by Foxy! Will she escape bein... More

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    4th April 2011

    Supposing - Ifridi

    Supposing you woke up and the house was on fire and there was a big black hole in the floor beside your bed and you fell... More

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    6th October 2008

    The Bag of Bones: The Second Tale from the Five Kingdoms

    The good witches of Wadingburn are worried - there's a new witch in town with a bag of magic bones, and she's so evil sh... More

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    13th February 2013

    The Two Jacks

    Jack Baker and Jack Barker couldn't be more different. Jack Baker is the perfect pupil - he always does his homework o... More

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    11th September 2014

    Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 11: Scratch's Bad Reputations

    Do you scream over spiders or bolt from bats? In Scratch's Bad Reputations, Scratch the rat looks at animals that have a... More

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    10th April 2014

    Chomp! Munch! Chew!: A book about how animals eat

    Some animals chomp, some munch and others just keep chewing - every kind of creature has its own special way of feedin... More

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    2nd December 2003

    Siandri

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    22nd August 2016

    Knitbone Pepper: Ghost Dog and a Horse called Moon

    Meet Knitbone Pepper; the dead special ghost dog haunting Starcross Hall! Knitbone Pepper's beloved owner Winnie is fasc... More

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    3rd May 2007

    The World's Bellybutton: The Greek Gods Need a New Hero!

    William Popidopolis is in a race against time in this comic adventure where mythology and reality collide! William trav... More

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    9th August 2016

    Tiddlers: The Sleepy Dinosaur

    The Sleepy Dinosaur is a fun story for young dinosaur fans who are beginning to read on their own. Perfect for chil... More

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    1st September 2017

    A Horse Called Moon

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    1st September 2007

    Bad Cat, Ned!

    Stories of no more than 70 words, focusing on CVC words with short vowel sounds plus phonemes of more than one letter. I... More

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    28th April 2008

    The Two Jacks

    Jack Baker and Jack Barker have their lives turned upside down by a case of mistaken identity. Funny, touching school st... More

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    20th February 2006

    Trust Me, Mum!

    It's a big day for Ollie. For the first time he is allowed to go to the shops on his own to buy some cheese for his mum ... More

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    1st February 2003

    The Head in the Sand: A Roman Play

    Arthur Godbold discovers a bronze head of the Roman Emperor Claudius. As he tries to figure out how the head ended up in... More

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    1st February 2005

    Marlowe's Mum and The Tree House

    Marlowe's mum has had enough of the housework. She retreats to Marlowe's treehouse. Then she asks for some strange thing... More

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    1st June 2006

    Elephantom

    The wryly comic tale of a small girl plagued by a mischievous 'elephantom' who rides up and down the stairs at night on ... More

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    1st October 2011

    Monster Mayhem

    Being a monster isn't as easy as it looks! Gormy Ruckles is a monster in training. He's great at stomping but just isn't... More

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    1st October 2011

    Monster Madness

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    1st August 2011

    S.W.I.T.C.H.:Frog Freak Out!

    Oh no! Mad scientist Petty Potts just turned up at Josh and Danny's summer camp, as the new camp counsellor. And she jus... More

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    3rd May 2018

    Read with Oxford: Stage 3: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: Usman's Books and Other Stories

    Discover why Usman loves reading and read about the Cinderella Play in this phonics story collection from Julia Donaldso... More

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    3rd May 2018

    Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: The Trunk and The Skunk and Other Stories

    Read about the Trunk and the Skunk and find out why Gran is so cross in this phonics story collection from Julia Donalds... More

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    19th April 2018

    Read with Oxford: Stage 3: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: Spike Says and Other Stories

    With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations. It is ... More

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    3rd May 2018

    Read with Oxford: Stage 4: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: Clare and the Fair and Other Stories

    Find out what Clare does at the Fair and how Jack meets the Giants in this phonics story collection from Julia Donaldson... More

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    3rd May 2018

    Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: Singing Dad and Other Stories

    Find out about Singing Dad and Viv's Odd Pet in this phonics story collection from Julia Donaldson. This Read with Oxfor... More

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    3rd May 2018

    Read with Oxford: Stages 1-2: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: My Phonics Story Collection

    Songbirds Phonics Story Collection contains 12 fun phonics stories, helpful reading tips, stickers and a reward poster. ... More

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    1st January 2006

    Little Monster's Book of Opposites

    Little Monster is discovering opposites - from hot and cold to young and old, from good and bad to happy and sad. Join h... More

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    15th November 2018

    Sunny and the Ghosts

    Sometimes, when you open a door or lift a lid, you find exactly what you expected to find: coats in the coat cupboard,... More

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    4th April 2019

    Knitbone Pepper and the Silver Phantom

    Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. When... More

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    14th May 2019

    I am a Tiger

    A witty and clever story about a little mouse with very big ideas - she believes she is a tiger! She manages to con... More

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    14th May 2019

    I am a Tiger

    A hilarious and original story about a little mouse with big ideas - she believes she is a tiger! She manages to co... More

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    15th August 2019

    Sunny and the Hotel Splendid

    On the hottest day of the year, Ana Sharma and her mum check in to the Hotel Splendid, a place where bells seem to rin... More

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