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Gillian Cross - Author

About the Author

Gillian Cross has won numerous literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award (now the Costa), and the Smarties Prize.

Gillian Cross has been writing children’s books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf, the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase; and the Little Rebels Award for After Tomorrow.

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Featured books by Gillian Cross

Other books by Gillian Cross

The Great Elephant Chase

The Great Elephant Chase

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

'A brilliant, galloping historical adventure story by one of my favourite writers.' Emma Carroll A giant Indian elephant. A wild journey across America. An enemy who will never stop. Tad and Cissie are on the run with Khush the elephant. Clammy fingered, steely-eyed Hannibal Jackson will do anything to capture the animal. Maybe even kill . . . Staying ahead means being faster and smarter-but how do you hide an elephant? Especially one with a mind of its own.

Five Ways to Make a Friend

Five Ways to Make a Friend

Author: Gillian Cross Illustrator: Sarah Horne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2020

It's Ella's first day at her new school and that can only mean one thing: making new friends. But the challenge is even tougher than Ella thought, as the girls in her class just don't seem interested in her. When she stumbles across the book 'Five Ways to Make a Friend' in the library, it's like all her prayers have been answered. With five excellent ideas up her sleeve, Ella will be friends with the girls in no time ... Right? But what if things don't quite work out as planned? And what if the friend Ella really needs has been there all along? A touching tale of friendship, understanding and finding the confidence to be yourself. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 7+

The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger

The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

When Lizzie's school gets a new head teacher everything seems great. The pupils are encouraged to do the things they really love, experts are brought in to inspire them; there's even a competition to win an adventure trip of a lifetime. Lizzie and her friends can't believe their luck! But then Lizzie hears a voice. A voice strange but familiar. A voice that says, 'I will obey all your instructions.' And that's when things start to get dangerous. . . Fast-paced and action-packed adventure, written by the award-winning Gillian Cross.

The Ghost Tower

The Ghost Tower

Author: Gillian Cross Illustrator: Sarah Horne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2019

The night Dot and Ryan take a sneaky Halloween visit to a condemned tower, they discover more than they bargained for when they catch a glimpse of an endangered species of bat. It's clear that the bat colony and the tower need to be saved, but Dot and Ryan were never meant to be there and it's not going to be easy to get the grown-ups on side ... Can they find a way to stop the demolition and save the bats before it's too late? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

The Iliad

The Iliad

Author: Gillian Cross Illustrator: Neil Packer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Gillian Cross's brilliant retelling and Neil Packer's glorious illustrations bring to life Homer's Iliad, one of the greatest stories ever told. Gillian Cross's brilliant retelling and Neil Packer's glorious illustrations bring to life Homer's Iliad, one of the greatest stories ever told. The team behind The Odyssey (2012) now tell the story of the Trojan War. Cross's vivid adaptation begins with a beauty contest: the prize, a golden apple. In return for securing her victory, the goddess Aphrodite helps Prince Paris abduct Helen, wife to the king of Sparta. Enraged, the king and his Greek allies wage war on the Trojans. Nine years later, the fighting still rages on, but the Greeks are beginning to quarrel among themselves - Achilles and Agamemnon's petty argument has dire consequences for everyone caught in the crossfire. Neil Packer's pictures capture the beauty and remoteness of the setting, and bring a profound humanity to one of the finest literary achievements of Greek civilisation.

Homer's Iliad and Odyssey Two of the Greatest Stories Ever Told

Homer's Iliad and Odyssey Two of the Greatest Stories Ever Told

Author: Gillian Cross Illustrator: Neil Packer Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 05/04/2018

Gillian Cross's brilliant retellings and Neil Packer's clever illustrations bring to life Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, two of the greatest stories ever told. When first published Walker's versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey attracted attention both for the quality of the writing and for their amazingly stylish artwork. Multi-award-winning author Gillian Cross makes two of the greatest stories in the world come alive for children in her strong, clear, deceptively simple retellings, which are faithful to the spirit and structure of Homer's epic poems, and this new bind-up in a friendly format comes complete with an introduction and a generous selection of Neil Packer's fabulous illustrations in black and white.

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