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Sophie Mckenzie - Author

Sophie McKenzie was born and brought up in London, where she still lives with her teenage son.

She worked as a journalist and magazine editor until she was made redundant, at which point she seized the opportunity to pursue her ambition to become a writer and enrolled in a creative writing course.

Her debut was the multi-award winning Girl, Missing (2006), and she is also the author of Blood Ties and sequel, Blood Ransom, The Medusa Project series, Luke and Eve trilogy and most recent novels, the thrilling Split Second and Every Second Counts. She has clocked up numerous national and regional book awards, including the Red House Children’s Book Award, has been a featured World Book Day author twice and has twice been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Her first book for adults, Close My Eyes, sold almost 100,000 copies, received rave reviews and was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice.

You can see Sophie giving her writing tips in a video - click here.

Author photo © J. Ring

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The Fix
Sophie Mckenzie
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+. A tense novel about finding the special kind of courage needed to do the right thing in difficult circumstances. Blake is great footballer; playing football is all he wants to do but, with money...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedAll My Secrets
Sophie Mckenzie
July 2015 Book of the Month Sophie McKenzie is the master of psychological thrillers for teens, and this is a typically gripping page-turner. Everything Evie Brown has put her trust in is suddenly revealed to be false, even her parents...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedEvery Second Counts
Sophie Mckenzie
August 2014 Book of the Month A dramatic sequel to Split Second which picks up the threads of the story about Charlie and Nat, two idealistic kids living in England in a time of recession, who are determined to take...
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Format: Paperback | Released 31/07/2014
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The One and Only
Sophie Mckenzie
From the author of the Richard and Judy Children's Books winner, Girl, Missing comes the final instalment in a terrific teenage love story trilogy, which captures the ups, downs and at times almost unbearable emotions of being in love. To...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Six Steps to a Girl
Sophie Mckenzie
The first in the tangled teenage transatlantic love story ... To read the trilogy in order start with Six Steps to a Girl then Three's a Crowd and end with The One and Only. Winner of the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Three's a Crowd
Sophie Mckenzie
Full of passion and heartbreak, this is a powerful and touching love story. Luke and Eve are longing for their first holiday together but they hadn't reckoned what it would be like staying with Eve's father. Almost from the start,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedSplit Second
Sophie Mckenzie
Winner of for the Red House Children's Book Awards 2014, older readers category. Best-selling Sophie McKenzie tells a corkscrew of an adventure which pulls no punches about the dangers of terrorism. Charlie's mother is killed in a bomb blast in...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2014
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Defy the Stars
Sophie Mckenzie
January 2014 Book of the Month Passion burns as brightly as ever in Sophie McKenzie's latest fizzing addition to the powerful love story of River and Flynn. Over a year has passed and River is sure she's over her relationship with...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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Reader ReviewedSplit Second
Sophie Mckenzie
Best-selling Sophie McKenzie tells a corkscrew of an adventure which pulls no punches about the dangers of terrorism. Charlie's mother is killed in a bomb blast in a crowded London market; Nat's brother is in a coma in hospital –...
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Format: Hardback | Released 12/09/2013
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Casting Shadows
Sophie Mckenzie
Sophie Mckenzie really knows how to tap into the teen pysche and this, her third terrifically gripping romance is a sensational read. Utterly compelling and both romantic and heart-wrenching the author draws you into the story of bad boy come...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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Missing Me
Sophie Mckenzie
One of our Books of the Year 2013 & the March 2013 Book of the Month Best-selling teen author Sophie McKenzie hooks readers straight into this action-packed and page-turning story. A sequel to Girl, Missing and Sister, Missing this...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/02/2013
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Burning Bright
Sophie Mckenzie
January 2013 Book of the Month In this high-octane sequel to Falling Fast, River, still passionately in love with Flynn, finds herself more and more confused and anxious by his violent behaviour. Time and again she forgives him knowing some...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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Missing Me
Sophie Mckenzie
September 2012 Book of the Month. Sophie McKenzie's ability to tap into the teen pysche is second to none and here yet again in this the third in her Missing series (the first and second were Girl, Missing and Sister,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 13/09/2012
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Sister, Missing
Sophie Mckenzie
Bestselling Sophie Mackenzie follows up Girl, Missing with a nail-bitingly tense and action-packed thriller as Lauren, still reeling from her own kidnapping, loses her little sister Madison in the blink of an eye on a crowded beach. Surely this can't...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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The Fix
Sophie Mckenzie
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+. A tense novel about finding the special kind of courage needed to do the right thing in difficult circumstances. Blake is great footballer; playing football is all he wants to do but, with money...
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Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2012
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Falling Fast
Sophie Mckenzie
March 2012 Book of the Month. From the author of bestsellers Girl, Missing, the Medusa Project series, Blood Ties and the Luke & Eve romance trilogy (Six Steps to a Girl, Three's a Crowd, The...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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The Medusa Project : Hit Squad
Sophie Mckenzie
Category Winner of The Red House Children's Book Award 2013. The sixth and final Medusa Project thriller about four teenagers with psychic abilities brings the bestselling series from Red House award-winning author, Sophie McKenzie to an explosive end. Click here to visit...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2012
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Sister, Missing
Sophie Mckenzie
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. The long-awaited sequel to the award-winning bestseller, Girl, Missing. Sophie McKenzie takes us back to the characters and complex family set-up of her award-winning debut thriller in this nail-bitingly tense...
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Format: Hardback | Released 15/09/2011
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Girl, Missing
Sophie Mckenzie
This is a gripping thriller, inspired by the real-life case of a toddler who went missing in the early ‘90s. Touching on areas such as difficult relationships with parents, kidnapping and adoption, along with a compelling and high-speed plot, romance,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2011
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The Medusa Project : Double-Cross
Sophie Mckenzie
Sophie McKenzie's sure touch is brilliantly on display in this thrilling new adventure about her four teenagers transformed by the Medusa gene. This time the four, all of whom have special mind powers, are in serious danger; their mentor has...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/06/2011
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The Medusa Project: Hunted
Sophie Mckenzie
The fourth in this hi-octane series featuring four teenagers, each of whom have different psychic powers, who together can defeat almost anything. One of them Dylan has her hands chock full as she tries to discover the truth behind his...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/01/2011
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Blood Ransom
Sophie Mckenzie
Fast-paced and thought provoking, this is a thrilling story with a powerful science fiction theme. The first ever human clones Rachel and Theo have been separated by the Atlantic with Rachel in Scotland and Theo in the US. They are...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2010
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The Medusa Project: The Rescue
Sophie Mckenzie
This is the third in this hi-octane thriller featuring four teenagers, each of whom have different psychic powers, which together can defeat almost anything. The problem is that government agents want them to help to infiltrate the criminal underworld but...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/07/2010
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Time Train to the Blitz
Sophie Mckenzie
A gripping time-slip story with a World War Two setting plunges two children into an exciting adventure when they climb aboard a mysterious train and find themselves transported back to London at the time of the Blitz. Soon Joe and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/04/2010
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The Medusa Project : The Hostage
Sophie Mckenzie
A breathtaking, headlong thriller that grips from the very first moment - this sequel to The Set-Up tells how Nico, Ketty, Ed and Dylan, recent recruits into the undercover crime-fighting force called The Medusa Project, tackle their next major mission....
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2010
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The Medusa Project: The Set-Up
Sophie Mckenzie
This is not science fiction. Within the lifetime of children now the human race will have created new improved humans through genetic manipulation. Frightening but true. Here in the first of a thrilling roller-coaster adventure series you can join four teenagers, each...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2009
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Blood Ties
Sophie Mckenzie
Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2009. Terrifically paced, this thriller links two teenagers who must work fast to unravel the past and discover the dangerous secret that unites them. Theo and Rachel have a lot at stake...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2008
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