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Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults.

Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and Madame Doubtfire became the major feature film 'Mrs Doubtfire' starring Robin Williams. Anne was named Children's Laureate in 2002 and made an OBE for services to children's literature in 2003.

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The Only Child Club
The Only Child Club
Anne Fine
What do you miss when you don't have siblings? This book aims to find out through a brilliant story of friendship between 3 only kids but acting like siblings; including the good and bad things about having to compete or...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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The Haunting of Uncle Ron
The Haunting of Uncle Ron
Anne Fine
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+  Award-winning Anne Fine always writes brilliantly about annoying family members. Ian’s Uncle Ron has a habit of just turning up on the doorstep with a big suitcase. No one knows how long he will...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2014
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The Only Child Club
The Only Child Club
Anne Fine
What do you miss when you don't have siblings? This book aims to find out through a brilliant story of friendship between 3 only kids but acting like siblings; including the good and bad things about having to compete or...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2013
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Gnomes Gnomes Gnomes!
Gnomes Gnomes Gnomes!
Anne Fine
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7 Every time Sam gets his hands on a piece of clay, he moulds it into a gnome. Hand painted and varnished by Sam’s sister, each one is different. The trouble is Sam finds them just...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 24/06/2013
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How Brave is That?
How Brave is That?
Anne Fine
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7      Award-winning Anne Fine takes a subtle look at what bravery really is in this touching story about a boy who has only...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2013
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Under a Silver Moon
Under a Silver Moon
Anne Fine
From the author of numerous award winning gems including Bill's New Frock, Diary of a Killer Cat, Flour Babies and Madame Doubtfire comes a wonderfully short moral fable with a touch of humour that parent and child can share and...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2012
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The Devil Walks
The Devil Walks
Anne Fine
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine is a brilliant teller of stories of any mood. Prepare to be terrified in this chilling story of a stalking evil and the devastation it...
Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2011
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Eating Things on Sticks
Eating Things on Sticks
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009. Prize-winning Children’s Laureate Anne Fine is more entertaining than anyone else about families. Creating circumstances in which everything possible can go wrong, she delights her readers with bizarre situations that are hugely entertaining....
Featured in: 9+ readers | Book Awards | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2010
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Eating Things on Sticks
Eating Things on Sticks
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009. . Prize-winning Children’s Laureate Anne Fine is more entertaining than anyone else about families. Creating circumstances in which everything possible can go wrong, she delights her readers with bizarre situations that are hugely entertaining....
Featured in: 9+ readers | Book Awards | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2009
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The Stone Menagerie
The Stone Menagerie
Anne Fine
Ally doesn't want to go with his mum on her weekly visit to his fragile aunt Chloe at the big Victorian hospital - until he discovers a hidden garden in the grounds. Here a young homeless couple have made themselves...
Featured in: 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2009
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Jamie And Angus Together
Jamie And Angus Together
Anne Fine
This is a touching collection of stories about a boy Jamie and his very best friend Angus. Angus is a Highland Bull and a soft toy but he and Jamie do everything together. In this delightful book for the newly...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2008
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Killer Cat Strikes Back
Killer Cat Strikes Back
Anne Fine
If mischief and hilarity are what you want from a book then look no further than Anne Fine’s Killer Cat Strikes Back. Quite simply you’ll be rolling around the sofa or your bed as you join Tuffy and his feline...
Featured in: 5+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/01/2008
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Ivan The Terrible
Ivan The Terrible
Anne Fine
Winner of the 6-8 Nestle Silver Award 2007. As with all Anne Fine novels for whatever age, this one would be good for anyone of 6 or 7 upwards, you get great writing coupled with a great storyline. When Boris...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2008
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Bill's New Frock
Bill's New Frock
Anne Fine
Bill Simpson wakes up to find he's a girl, and worse, his mother makes him wear a frilly pink dress to school. How on earth is he going to survive a whole day like this? Everything just seems to be...
Featured in: 7+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2007
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The Angel of Nitshill Road
The Angel of Nitshill Road
Anne Fine
How three unhappy kids at Nitshill School deal with Barry the bully is told quite brilliantly and with a great deal of humour too.  A book not to be missed alongside some of her other titles for younger readers –...
Featured in: 7+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2007
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How to Write Really Badly
How to Write Really Badly
Anne Fine
This is a classic, prize-winning story from one of our best-loved authors. Chester Howard can see Joe's project 'How to Write Neatly' can only be a disaster. Joe makes a terrible mess of his work, jumbling letters and numbers up...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2007
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The Road Of Bones
The Road Of Bones
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize 2007. An epic story of survival that raises important questions about totalitarian governments and the imposition of social change. For years Yuri has watched the devastating effect of oppression on his own life and on...
Featured in: 14+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/05/2007
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The Granny Project
The Granny Project
Anne Fine
When Granny begins to need more looking after, Mum and Dad decide she’d be better off in a home. But Ivan, Tanya, Nicholas and Sophie have other ideas. Saving Granny soon becomes the topic for their school project as well...
Featured in: 9+ readers | Bookshelf Essentials | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2006
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Frozen Billy
Frozen Billy
Anne Fine
Anne Fine brings a chilling touch to her story of how the inanimate becomes animate in this gripping story of power from an unusual source. Initially, young Clarrie has no idea of the power that seems to come from Frozen...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2006
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The Road Of Bones
The Road Of Bones
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize 2007. Yuri knows no freedom of thought. In his country, everything must be kept hidden – even from the neighbours. When Yuri makes one loose comment, he finds his life turned upside down as he is...
Featured in: 14+ readers | Book Awards | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2006
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Up on Cloud Nine
Up on Cloud Nine
Anne Fine
Award-winning Anne Fine has a rare gift for understanding teenagers and a sharp ear for capturing their dialogue. As Stolly lies wired up on the hospital bed his best friend touchingly charts the years of their friendship revealing both the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2006
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Round Behind the Ice-house
Round Behind the Ice-house
Anne Fine
Cass has always been there for Tom, her twin - racing off to laugh with him in the old, abandoned ice house or planning how to foil Jamieson, the farm's creepy pest-killer. But now Cass is a teenager, she is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2006
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Bad Dreams
Bad Dreams
Anne Fine
Mel is the class bookworm, who doesn't want to be first-week minder for new girl, Imogen. Slowly, Mel discovers that Imogen has a special talent - a family 'gift' that Mel thinks is more like a curse. And that's when...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2006
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Charm School
Charm School
Anne Fine
Forced to spend a day at Charm School while her mother is on a course, Bonny makes some surprising and hilarious discoveries. Can Bonny cope with listening to Mrs Opalene's Helpful Handy Hits (like 'how to bleach your elbows'!)? And...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2006
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On the Summerhouse Steps
On the Summerhouse Steps
Anne Fine
Ione Muffett is alone in the summerhouse when she meets Ned Hump. In a zany and uninhibited twenty-four hours, Ione helps bring the two together, culminating in a wonderfully anarchic picnic. And as Ned then helps Ione with her plan...
Featured in: 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2006
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The Book of the Banshee
The Book of the Banshee
Anne Fine
It's war in the Flowers household. Will's sister Estelle has turned overnight into a screaming, screeching banshee whose moods explode throughout the household. Mum and Dad have surrendered. Inspired by an author visit to his school, Will decides to keep...
Featured in: 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2006
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It Moved!
It Moved!
Anne Fine
Clever Lily! There’s nothing interesting for her to take for Show and Tell which won’t get broken so she takes in a stone. It looks just like any other stone. You can’t just bring a stone, her friends tell her...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2006
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The Diary of a Killer Cat
The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 25/11/2004
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Flour Babies
Flour Babies
Anne Fine
Anne Fine, prize-winning author and former Children’s Laureate makes her deadly serious and emotionally powerful points about the responsibilities of having a baby lightly within this hugely entertaining story. When the teenagers in 4C are given the Flour Babies project...
Featured in: 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 07/04/1994
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A Shame to Miss Poetry
A Shame to Miss Poetry
Anne Fine
Age 9+. Aimed at junior readers, this collection offers a diverse mixture of familiar and classic poetry chosen by Anne Fine: from W.H. Auden, A.E. Housman, Christina Rossetti, Wordsworth and other poets. Also included are poems from the late 20th century...
Featured in: 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: //--
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A Shame to Miss Poetry
A Shame to Miss Poetry
Anne Fine
Age 14+. Selected personally by multi-award-winning author and 2001-3 Children's Laureate, Anne Fine, this is a super collection of poetry that shouldn't be missed by any teen. Kingsley Amis, John Betjeman, Robet Browning, Leonard Clark, Adele Geras, Seamus Heaney, A E...
Featured in: 14+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2012
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Blood Family
Blood Family
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014   Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in...
Featured in: 14+ readers | Carnegie/Greenaway | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/07/2013
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