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Karen Mccombie - Author

Karen McCombie grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland, where she learnt to walk at an angle of 45 degrees against the biting north wind. Her hobbies were drawing, keeping scrapbooks, writing short stories and wearing thermal underwear (except for the three days in summer when it was warm). Her primary-school teacher, Miss Thompson, once told Karen that she should be an author when she grew up. Karen thinks Miss Thompson was only trying to be nice, but is very, very glad she turned out to be right.

As an adult, Karen studied graphic design and communication, before landing a job as a trainee magazine journalist at a Scottish publisher. A few years later, she packed up all her worldly possessions and cat, Cecy, and headed to London for a job with teen magazine Just 17. She worked for several other magazines - including Sugar - before she thought about trying to write a book. She still lives in London, writing books for a living (hurray!), surrounded by cats as well as a husband, who likes to type silly lines into her stories when she's not looking. Karen and her husband have a lovely little daughter called Milly, who thinks her mum's job is to make Playdough cookies.

As an artist, Karen is the author of the best-selling Ally's World series, as well as the Stella Etc. books and Marshmallow Magic and the Wild Rose Rouge. She's also written several books for older teens, including My Funny Valentine and In Sarah's Shadow. Karen loves writing and her fattest cat, Bysshe, loves to watch her writing. The only problem is, he likes to get right up close, and often the keyboard disappears under folds of ginger fur as Bysshe settles himself down for a purr and a stare.

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St Grizzles School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys
Karen Mccombie - illustrated by Becka Moor
In a nutshell: Highly enjoyable, thoroughly contemporary boarding school story | Eleven-year-old Dani is horrified to hear she's going to spend the next term at St Grizzelda's School for Girls, but there's no option: her zoologist mum is heading off...
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Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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The OMG Blog
Karen Mccombie
Four girls bond over a school project to create a blog. The subject? Their mums. Its title? OMG – or Our Mums Grrrrr. It's quite possible to love your mum loads but still be driven mad by her as this...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2016
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Honey and Me
Karen Mccombie - illustrated by Cathy Brett
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Karen McCombie writes straight to the heart of pre-teens, and Honey and Me is a perfect McCombie novel. Kirsten has just moved up to secondary school and is really enjoying the fresh start. Life...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2015
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Candy Girl
Karen Mccombie - illustrated by Jessica Secheret
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Lucky Dixie gets to do work experience at the offices of her favourite teen magazine Candy. But it turns out to be a massive disappointment: instead of meeting models and pop stars, she's the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2015
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Running from the Rainbow
Karen Mccombie - illustrated by Jessica Secheret
Interest age 9-12, Reading age 8+. A fun, sweet story of a girl building confidence and making friends when she moves to a new school. Starting a new school is torment for shy Rosie. The only way she can make it...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2015
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Sweetness and Lies
Karen Mccombie - illustrated by Jessica Secheret
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Brilliantly observed, this is a thoughtful story about truth and friendship. Tilly's thrilled by her new friendship with Mia; she is chatty and funny and soon the two of them are Best Friends Forever...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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The Girl with the Sunshine Smile
Karen Mccombie - illustrated by Cathy Brett
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Best-selling Karen McCrombie brilliantly captures the whirlwind of emotions that Meg is thrown into when her mum starts dating a new partner. Meg loves her life with just her mum. Everything is neat and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2014
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You Me and Thing: The Great Expanding Guinea Pig & Beware of the Snowblobs!
Karen Mccombie
Two books in one in this bumper book about a magical creature and the unusual things that happen when it is around. In The Great Expanding Guinea Pig Ruby Morgan introduces Thing, her special and very unusual friend who can...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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Sweetness and Lies
Karen Mccombie - illustrated by Jessica Secheret
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Brilliantly observed, this is a thoughtful story about truth and friendship. Tilly's thrilled by her new friendship with Mia; she is chatty and funny and soon the two of them are Best Friends Forever –...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2013
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The Mummy That Went Moo
Karen Mccombie
Ruby and Jackson get the surprise of their lives when they discover a Thing living at the bottom of their gardens. But Thing is cute, and funny, even if sometimes when it upset it gets a bit Arrghh! And that's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2013
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The Legend of the Loch Ness Lilo
Karen Mccombie
From bestselling author Karen McCombie comes the third book in her funny, utterly irresistible illustrated series about freindship, secrets and an adorable...Thing. Everyone will be charmed by this cutest of creatures to have appeared in children's literature in years. It's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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The Dreaded Noodle-Doodles
Karen Mccombie
The second in a hilarious new series by best-selling author Karen McCombie, illustrated throughout with irresistible black and white line art by Alex T. Smith. Everyone (young and old) will be charmed by the cutest creature to appear in children's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2012
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The Curse of the Jelly Babies
Karen Mccombie
Next-door neighbours Ruby and Jackson get the surprise of their lives when they discover a Thing living at the bottom of their gardens. And when Thing places a curse on the inhabitants of the new house that's been built over...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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Candy Girl
Karen Mccombie - illustrated by Jessica Secheret
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Hilarious comedy by a top author. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A
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Format: Paperback | Released 22/11/2010
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Urgent Message Of Wowness
Karen Mccombie
A funky novel, complete with funky title and funky cover from a bestselling author who is just brilliant at getting under the skin of that nearly teen market. It's bursting with humour and charm despite the sometimes fraught friendships between...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2007
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Bliss...
Karen Mccombie
Well-written and so true to life. Teenage girls are lucky to have the opportunity to read books by an author who has her finger on the pulse of the teenage world. Easy to read and funny yet dealing with issues...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2007
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Indie Kidd
Karen Mccombie
Indie Kids best (est) friend Fee is very sad because her cat was run over. So, she goes all out to ‘cheer up Fee' – but what Indie Kid hasn't got yet is that Fee needs sometime to be glum...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2006
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