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Ally Kennen - Author

Ally Kennen comes from a proud lineage of bare-knuckle boxers, country vicars and French aristocracy.

She grew up in an isolated farm on Exmoor, with no flushing toilet, dead tadpoles in the taps, and annual rat infestations. The farm was a foster home to many children and teenagers. Ally has worked as a classroom assistant, nursery nurse, museum guard and archaeologist. She is also a professional singer.

Ally lives in Somerset with her husband, small daughter, smaller son and baby four chickens and a curmudgeonly cat. No woman has ever beaten Ally in an arm wrestle.

In Her Own Words:

“I grew up on a small organic farm on Exmoor. My parents still farm cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys and ducks. I have one brother. My parents fostered children for many years, from when I was about three or four till I was thirteen. They started again when I was eighteen and fostered for another five or six years.

"When I was young, we farmed dairy cows, which make a lot of mess. There is half a mile of muddy road up to the school bus stop. In school assemblies I would usually leave a small pile of dried mud in my place, which I had picked off my shoes. In winter, my school uniform smelled of smoke because it had dried over the fire. We had an outdoor loo, called an earth closet, which had no flush. You had to do what you did, then cover it up with sawdust. When I was eight, we got a flushing loo which I thought was deeply sophisticated (though once I did fall in the septic tank!).

"There were no shops, pubs or buses (except the school bus) and hardly any people. As a child, I spent a lot of time on my own, reading, playing in the mud, building dams and messing around the farm. I was always scruffy and sadly I still am! At school I liked writing stories and liked the idea of being an author, but I also wanted to be a runner, an archaeologist and a naturalist.”

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Midnight Pirates
Ally Kennen
Ally Kennen is an exceptional story teller with a rare gift for creating loveable and convincing characters who leap off the page. When their parents decide to sell their beloved home, the Dodo Hotel, and pack the children off the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Sparks
Ally Kennen
The best kind of headlong, page turning adventure, Sparks races along at breakneck speed as three children set abut the audacious task of fulfilling their grandfather's dreams by giving him a Viking funeral! Hilariously funny and also full of deeply...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Midnight Pirates
Ally Kennen
Ally Kennen is an exceptional story teller with a rare gift for creating loveable and convincing characters who leap off the page. When their parents decide to sell their beloved home, the Dodo Hotel, and pack the children off the...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Bullet Boys
Ally Kennen
Shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian children's fiction prize and One of Julia Eccleshare's Stand-out Children's Book of the Year 2012 An outstanding book for all teen readers, Bullet Boys is a gripping, desperate story about boys, girls, guns and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2012
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Quarry
Ally Kennen
Scappy's life is falling apart; his mum's left home, Grandad is getting steadily more demented, Dad is depressed and distracted as business in the scrapyard is going badly. School's not much better – especially after it is infested with cockroaches!...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/1970
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Sparks
Ally Kennen
The best kind of headlong, page turning adventure, Sparks races along at breakneck speed as three children set abut the audacious task of fulfilling their grandfather's dreams by giving him a Viking funeral! Hilariously funny and also full of deeply...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2010
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Bedlam
Ally Kennen
Ally Kennen's observations of teenage life, along with the themes of dysfunctional families and the people who fall between the gaps in society, are what define her as one of the best authors writing for young people. In Bedlam Ally...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2009
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Berserk
Ally Kennen
Ally Kennen's Beast was one of the best debuts of last year and has been lauded with praise and sold in large numbers as well and we feel at Lovereading we helped spread that word-of-mouth through earmarking it early on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2007
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Beast
Ally Kennen
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2007. What the judges' said:Admired hugely its spare prose and confident storytelling' Teenagers, particularly boys will empathise completely with the hero in Beast even though he may not be...
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Format: Paperback | Released 19/06/2006
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www.allykennen.com/

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www.allykennen.blogspot.com...

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