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Mary Hoffman - Author

Mary Hoffman has written over 100 books for children. Amazing Grace, commended for the Kate Greenaway medal, and its sequels has sold over 1.5 million copies. As well as the successful Stravaganza sequence of teenage novels, translated into over thirty languages, The Great Big Books series of information books for younger readers, illustrated by Ros Asquith has done very well. The first, The Great Big Book of Families, won the inaugural SLA Information Book Award in the under 7s category.

Mary loves to write historical fiction and her books for Bloomsbury - The Falconer’s Knot, Troubadour and David - have been followed by Shakespeare’s Ghost and now The Ravenmaster’s Boy. She runs a widely-read blog called The History Girls: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.com

Mary is an Honorary Fellow of the Library Association (CILIP) and lives in Oxfordshire.

Photo by Jess Barber (©Jess Barber)

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Tilt
Mary Hoffman
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Gorgeous historical novel inspired by an iconic symbol of Italy. Evocative and full of passion, Tilt is perfect for fans of the romantic era. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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The Great Big Body Book
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Ros Asquith
This author and illustrator team are superb at informing children about really important things clearly and sensitively, without ever talking down to their audience. They've already looked at families, feelings and the environment, here they look at the human body,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/08/2016
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Queen Guinevere Other Stories from the Court of King Arthur
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Christina Balit
Think of Camelot and it's probably Arthur and his knights that come to mind – Lancelot, Gawain, Mordred and all who sat at the round table. But what of the women – the mothers, wives and daughters? Mary Hoffman retells...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/11/2015
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Amazing Grace
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Caroline Binch
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. A special 25th Anniversary edition of the international bestseller in...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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The Great Big Book of Families
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Ros Asquith
A celebration of families and the very many different things they do and the very many different ways they do them. Some families are big, some families are small; some parents work, some parents don't. Holidays, hobbies, school, clothes and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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The Great Big Green Book
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Ros Asquith
This is the third in the excellent Great Big Books series, following on from The Great Big Book of Families and The Great Big Book of Feelings, and can there be a more important issue for young people...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2015
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Welcome to the Family
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Ros Asquith
A warm-hearted introduction to the many different kinds of families that exist all of which are reflected in Ros Asquith's witty and unfailingly sympathetic illustrations. The open-minded discussion of what makes a family will reassure all children about their own...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/09/2014
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The Angel of Venice
Mary Hoffman
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ It's the 16th century and young Luca works in the shipyards of Venice but is a dreamer. When he gets the chance to board The Angel and set sail, he finds life at sea...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2014
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Deadly Letter
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Sophie Burrows
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ Prity is newly arrived in England and new to her school in Tottenham. She has learnt English at school in India but, even though she speaks the same language as her classmates, she can't...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2014
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The Great Big Book of Feelings
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Ros Asquith
Happy, Lonely, Interested, Worried, Jealous – in words and pictures this book wittily and sympathetically explores the feelings common to all and some of the reasons for them. With imaginative and seemingly endless variety, Roz Asquith's illustrations convey how people...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/03/2013
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Stravaganza : City of Swords
Mary Hoffman
July 2012 Book of the Month. Intrigue, adventure, magic and excitement are the trademark ingredients for this series and this, the sixth in the Stravaganza series is no exception. Join Laura who with her talisman, a small silver dagger travels...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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David
Mary Hoffman
Art, politics and romance are brilliantly explored in this enthalling story of how a young man's face became one of the most famous in the world. Country boy Gabriele arrives in Florence in 1501 with nothing but a connection to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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Grace at Christmas
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright, Ying-Hwa Hu
The much loved star of Amazing Grace is back for a touching new story about a very special time of year. Grace loves Christmas. She loves the nativity, the presents and being with her family. But this year everything is...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2011
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David
Mary Hoffman
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Art, politics and romance are brilliantly explored in this enthalling story of how a young man's face became one of the most famous in the world. Country boy Gabriele arrives...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2011
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Troubadour
Mary Hoffman
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award 2009 There's romance, intrigue, religion and bloodshed all tightly interwoven in this historical thriller. Rather than marrying the old nobleman her father has chosen for her, Elinor determines to run away with...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2010
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The Great Big Book of Families
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Ros Asquith
A celebration of families and the very many different things they do and the very many different ways they do them. Some families are big, some families are small; some parents work, some parents don't. Holidays, hobbies, school, clothes and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2010
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Stravaganza: City of Ships
Mary Hoffman
This is a breathtaking time-travel story to a parallel world that's packed with non-stop action, pirates and drama. It's the fifth in the Stravaganza sequence and it will electrify and delight. Intrigue, adventure, magic and excitement are the trademark ingredients...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2010
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Troubadour
Mary Hoffman
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award 2009 - the winner will be announced in early January. There's romance, intrigue, religion and bloodshed all tightly interwoven in this historical thriller. Rather than marrying the old nobleman her father...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/08/2009
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Stravaganza: City of Secrets
Mary Hoffman
A breathtaking and thrilling part contemporary, part historical novel set in England and in Italy that's full of intrigue, adventure, magic and excitement. The plot is poignant and touching and the characters richly hewed and the vivid and suspenseful time...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2008
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Stravaganza: City Of Stars
Mary Hoffman
Beautifully written this is the second in the Stravaganza Sequence. In the dangerous world that the heroine of the story is transported to in the 16th century, her hand is forced and she's given a terrifying role to play and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2008
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Stravaganza: City Of Masks
Mary Hoffman
When you enter the world of Stravaganza you enter a world of treachery and danger, spine-tingling drama and two worlds and time frames where nothing is quite as it seems. Transported to the 16th century in another world, Lucien is...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2008
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Stravaganza: City Of Flowers
Mary Hoffman
Sky is a time traveller (a stravagante) and through his eyes but through two different worlds; his own and a parallel one he and his fellow stravaganti must resolve tensions between rival families which threaten to destroy everything held dear....
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2008
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Amazing Grace
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Caroline Binch
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. The international bestseller in which Grace learns that she can...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/10/2007
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Encore Grace
Mary Hoffman
Eight new stories about Grace and her friends: delightfully realistic they capture the details of a small group of friends whose lives revolve around the time at school – including standing up to bullies - and the complications with their...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2006
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The Colour of Home
Mary Hoffman - illustrated by Karin Littlewood
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2003
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