A Hen in the Wardrobe by Wendy Meddour

A Hen in the Wardrobe

Written by Wendy Meddour
Illustrated by Wendy Meddour

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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.

Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2013 and one of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012

Witty and warm-hearted, this is a delightful family story spiced with adventure. Everything is distinctly not normal in Ramzi’s house. While mum’s away studying Domes of the East for her architecture course, dad starts waking in the night to do unusual things such as chasing a hen in Ramzi’s wardrobe and trying to catch frogs in the pantry. The truth is, dad’s homesick for his village in Algeria. Soon Ramzi is off on a great trip but will he be able to find the help he needs to get dad back to normal?

Winner of the 2010 Islamic Foundation International Writing Competition, (8-11 category) and The John C Laurence Award (for writing that improves relations between the races) and Shortlisted for the Muslim Writer’s Award 2011.


The Brandford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children.

The seven shortlisted titles were:

After the Snow by SD Crockett

The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant

Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan

A Hen in the Wardrobe by Wendy Meddour

Black Arts by Andrew Prentice & Jonathan Weil

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

A World Between Us by Lydia Syson

****The Winner was A Boy and a Bear in a Boat.


A Hen in the Wardrobe by Wendy Meddour

A funny, heart-warming family story by an exciting new author, set in Britain and Algeria, with fascinating glimpses of traditional Berber culture and lots of colourful characters. The first in the Cinnamon Grove series.


a lively and enjoyable book. School Librarian a heart-warming story with both humour and poignancy. Carousel A lively, funny and poignant read. Irish Examiner Witty and warm-hearted, this is a delightful family story with a difference. Guardian

About the Author

Wendy Meddour

Wendy spent many years teaching English at Oxford University before taking a break from academia to concentrate on her writing.

Wendy has previously written and illustrated two books: The Black Cat Detectives and A Hen in the Wardrobe, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Branford Boase Award. It also won the Islamic Foundation’s International Writing Competition and the John C Lawrence Award 2010 - a national award given to a writer whose work is considered to improve relations between races.

She finds that with a farm in North Africa, a ‘wobbly old house’ in Wiltshire where she writes and paints, her four young children and a Berber husband, she’s never short on inspiration. She is also the author of the bestselling Wendy Quill books.

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160 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

2nd February 2012




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