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Elizabeth Laird - Author

About the Author

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of several much-loved children's books, including The Garbage King, The Prince Who Walked with Lions and The Fastest Boy in the World. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal six times. She lives in Britain now, but still likes to travel as much as she can. Read more about the author here.

 


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Beautiful Bananas

Beautiful Bananas

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

Beatrice's mum has asked her to take a bunch of bananas to Grandad. On her path through the jungle, Beatrice meets a giraffe who accidentally flicks them into a stream. Whoops! But the giraffe picks some flowers for Beatrice to take instead. As her journey continues flowers are swapped for honey, honey is swapped for some mangoes . . . and so it goes on until a friendly elephant swaps a feather for . . . a beautiful bunch of bananas! A lovely circular story, based on an African folktale, about family, friendship, and teamwork. Written by best-selling author Elizabeth Laird, and illustrated by Liz Pichon, creator of Tom Gates.

Grobblechops

Grobblechops

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2019

There's a monster hiding under the bed! This classic bedtime fear is hilariously brought to life by award-winning author Elizabeth Laird and Finnish illustrator Jenny Luncander. Amir thinks that a monster will come and eat him up! And maybe the monster will have a mum and dad too! But Dad reassures Amir that if the monster family comes to play, then the parents will have a good old chat whilst Amir makes a new friend.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 19: Jewels from a Sultan's Crown

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 19: Jewels from a Sultan's Crown

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

Elizabeth Laird retells a beautiful set of folk stories from East Africa and the Middle East. These stories in this collection have travelled across countries, survived through centuries, been retold by generations and have found their way into this book. They are stories of tricks and jokes, leopards and goats, heroes and fools, sorrows and joys - each one of them a perfectly formed gem. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the world's best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

A Little Piece of Ground 15th Anniversary Edition

A Little Piece of Ground 15th Anniversary Edition

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2018

In Elizabeth Laird's A Little Piece of Ground, twelve-year-old Karim Aboudi and his family are trapped in their Ramallah home by a strict curfew. Israeli tanks control the city in response to a Palestinian suicide bombing. Karim longs to play football with his mates - being stuck inside with his teenage brother and fearful parents is driving him crazy. When the curfew ends, he and his friend discover an unused patch of ground that's the perfect site for a football pitch. Nearby, an old car hidden intact under bulldozed buildings makes a brilliant den. But in this city there's constant danger, even for schoolboys. And when Israeli soldiers find Karim outside during the next curfew, it seems impossible that he will survive . . .

Song of the Dolphin Boy

Song of the Dolphin Boy

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2018

Finn has always been different, and in the tiny fishing village of Stromhead he sticks out like a sore thumb. Always told to keep away from the water, he's felt that something was missing until one day he dives in and finds that, swimming with the dolphins, he feels completely at home. But his new friends are in danger of being injured by the rubbish that floats out into the water - and now a supermarket is going to release thousands of balloons that could drift out to sea and cause even more damage. Desperate to help the dolphins, Finn goes to the Lighthouse Crew, a group of kids who have always left Finn out. Will they be able to set aside their differences to save the dolphins? And what will Finn discover about his past along the way?A moving adventure about the importance of looking after your home, from the award-winning Elizabeth Laird, illustrated by Peter Bailey

Jake's Tower

Jake's Tower

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

'It's good that I've found this secret place . . . No one can get to to me up there. It's totally safe.' In real life, Jake is never safe. He lives in constant fear of his mother's violent boyfriend. But in his imaginary tower he can dream up his own father - the stranger who gave him a cuddle and a fluffy duck the day he was born and went away for ever. Jake doesn't believe dreams ever come true. But sometimes they do - in strange and surprising ways. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, Jake's Tower by Elizabeth Laird is a powerful and moving novel that spotlights the issue of domestic abuse.

Welcome to Nowhere

Welcome to Nowhere

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sisters were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn't care about politics - all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes . . . Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them - until they have no other choice than to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go when you can't go home?

Oranges in No Man's Land

Oranges in No Man's Land

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2016

Oranges in No Man's Land brings Elizabeth Laird's emotional and gripping adventure to her next generation of fans. Since her father left Lebanon to find work and her mother tragically died in a shell attack, ten-year-old Ayesha has been living in the bomb-ravaged city of Beirut with her granny and her two younger brothers. The city has been torn in half by civil war and a desolate, dangerous no man's land divides the two sides. Only militiamen and tanks dare enter this deadly zone, but when Granny falls desperately ill, Ayesha sets off on a terrifying journey to reach a doctor living in enemy territory.

Red Sky in the Morning

Red Sky in the Morning

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2016

Twelve-year-old Anna is looking forward to the birth of her baby brother. Ben arrives, but is disabled and will never be like other children. Anna loves him with her whole heart, but she finds herself unable to admit the truth of Ben's condition to her school friends. Eventually the truth gets out and leads not to the ridicule Anna expected, but to sympathy and understanding. An emotional and wonderfully written story by Elizabeth Laird, Red Sky in the Morning was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 12: When A Cat Ruled The World

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 12: When A Cat Ruled The World

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Do you ever wonder whether cats know a bit more than people night think? The cats in these stories in When a Cat Ruled the World do... Captivating versions of some of the best myths and legends from around the world. TreeTops Myths and Legends are fascinating and action-packed stories that will motivate and inspire readers. These are some of the oldest and most enduring stories in the world, retold by leading contemporary children's authors to bring out all of the action, drama, humour and depth of the original stories in a way that makes them as exciting and meaningful today as ever. The stories are beautifully illustrated in a range of styles to bring each tale to life. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 16: Why Dogs Have Black Noses

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 16: Why Dogs Have Black Noses

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Have you ever wondered about dogs and noticed their bravery, their curiosity, their sense of mischief and their loyalty? The stories in Why Dogs Have Black Noses explain many mysteries about dogs. Captivating versions of some of the best myths and legends from around the world. TreeTops Myths and Legends are fascinating and action-packed stories that will motivate and inspire readers. These are some of the oldest and most enduring stories in the world, retold by leading contemporary children's authors to bring out all of the action, drama, humour and depth of the original stories in a way that makes them as exciting and meaningful today as ever. The stories are beautifully illustrated in a range of styles to bring each tale to life. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

The Prince Who Walked With Lions

The Prince Who Walked With Lions

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2012

The British Army is circling the stronghold of the King of Abyssinia. Its mission is to rescue the British Envoy, held prisoner. Watching with terror and awe is the king's young son, Alamayu. He knows that his father is as brave as a lion, but the fighting is cruel and efficient. By the time it is over, Alamayu is left without parents, throne or friends. In a misguided attempt to care for him, the British take Alamayu to England. There he is befriended by the Queen herself and enrolled at Rugby College to become a 'proper' English gentleman. What the English see as an honour is, to this lonely Ethiopian prince, terrifying and brutal. The Prince Who Walked With Lions is Alamayu's story, seen through his eyes: the battle, the journey to England and the trauma of an English public school as he tries to come to terms with the hand that fate has dealt him, skillfully told by Elizabeth Laird.

The Listener

The Listener

Author: Elizabeth Laird, Pauline Hazelwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

When Gavin arrives at his grandmother's house, she is nowhere to be found. Thoughts of the football match he is missing and seeing his mates seem insignificant as he realises that he has to find her, and soon - there is heavy snow falling and it is getting dark. A trail of footsteps in the snow provide a vital clue...But will he be too late?

Pea Boy and other stories from Iran

Pea Boy and other stories from Iran

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2009

Iran has mountains striped with snow, dense forests where bears and lynxes still roam, deserts, bazaars...but above all it has stories - of fairies and demons, of a monstrous metal eagle called the okab, of romantic cockroaches and foolish weavers. During her travels, Elizabeth Laird has gathered a wealth of stories, and here she retells, in her own inimitable style, some of Iran's best, with delightfully offbeat illustrations from Shirin Adl. Praise for A Fistful of Pearls and Other Tales from Iraq: 'Its baddies are wolves and thieves; its stories are fabulous.' The Daily Telegraph

Where's Toto?/Ou est Toto?

Where's Toto?/Ou est Toto?

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2009

A bilingual fiction title for children who are independent readers. The parallel text, speech bubbles and pictures by different, talented illustrators provide a child-friendly bridge to reading - and speaking - in another language. There is a quiz at the end of each story to help comprehension and revise vocabulary.

Where's Toto?/Donde esta Toto?

Where's Toto?/Donde esta Toto?

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2009

A bilingual fiction title for children who are independent readers. The parallel text, speech bubbles and pictures by different, talented illustrators provide a child-friendly bridge to reading - and speaking - in another language. There is a quiz at the end of each story to help comprehension and revise vocabulary.

Oranges In No Man's Land

Oranges In No Man's Land

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2008

Since her father left Lebanon to find work and her mother was tragically killed in a shell attack, 10-year-old Ayesha has been living in the bomb-ravaged city of Beirut with her grandmother and two younger brothers.

A Fistful of Pearls and Other Tales from Iraq

A Fistful of Pearls and Other Tales from Iraq

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2008

Secret serpents, devilish demons, mysterious magicians - the folk tales of Iraq teem with otherworldly creatures, magic and earthy humour. Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Laird has gathered together the very best Iraqi stories during her time in the Middle East - stories ranging from thieving porcupines who get their come-uppance to the hilarious tale of the chaos caused by a handsome stranger who knocks at a house inside which lurks a marriageable daughter. Meticulously researched and elegantly retold, the stories reveal the true, traditional heart of Iraq, far removed from today's news headlines.

Crusade

Crusade

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2007

TWO BOYS. TWO FAITHS. ONE UNHOLY WAR . . . When Adam's mother dies unconfessed, he pledges to save her soul with dust from the Holy Land. Employed as a dog-boy for the local knight, Adam grabs the chance to join the Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem. He burns with determination to strike down the infidel enemy . . . Salim, a merchant's son, is leading an uneventful life in the port of Acre - until news arrives that a Crusader attack is imminent. To keep Salim safe, his father buys him an apprenticeship with an esteemed, travelling doctor. But Salim's employment leads him to the heart of Sultan Saladin's camp - and into battle against the barbaric and unholy invaders . . .

Oranges in No Man's Land

Oranges in No Man's Land

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2006

Since her father left Lebanon to find work and her mother tragically died in a shell attack, ten-year-old Ayesha has been living in the bomb-ravaged city of Beirut with her granny and her two younger brothers. The city has been torn in half by civil war and a desolate, dangerous no man's land divides the two sides. Only militiamen and tanks dare enter this deadly zone, but when Granny falls desperately ill Ayesha sets off on a terrifying journey across no man's land to reach a doctor living in enemy territory . . .

Hiding Out

Hiding Out

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2006

Peter was having so much fun exploring the cave that he didn't notice what the rest of his family were doing, so when the car starts up he had a terrible shock. Had his parents really driven off and left him alone in the French countryside. Not sure what to do for the best, Peter decides to hide out and wait for his parents to come back, but managing in a strange country is not an easy matter and Peter has to rally all his resources to survive.

Secrets of The Fearless

Secrets of The Fearless

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2006

When twelve-year-old John Barr is forced to join the navy his life takes a dangerous turn. As he trains to become a powder monkey on board the mighty HMS Fearless, he soon learns that the ship hides many secrets. Thrust into a sinister world of spies and covert operations, John must go ashore accompanied by fellow shipmate Kit. But when their mission goes awry, the friends are abandoned and watch from the shore as the Fearless sail away. Can they now survive behind enemy lines?

The Garbage King

The Garbage King

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2004

The quiet of Dani's hiding place in the dark graveyard was disturbed by the sound of someone panting close by. Instantly awake, he saw a wild looking figure: a tall thin creature who stood starting at him, poised for flight. Mamo is sold into slavery after his mother's death and escapes. Dani is on the run from his rich but controlling father. The two boys come from very different worlds but are drawn together as they learn to survive on the city streets.

Beautiful Bananas

Beautiful Bananas

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2004

Beautiful Bananas ia an imaginative picture book in the African folktale tradition. A little girl sets off through the jungle to take a beautiful bunch of bananas to her grandfather. On the way she encounters a number of wild, but friendly animals who take her bananas, but then apologise and replace them with various treats, until finally an elephant gives her another bunch of bananas. A beautiful circular tale, the kind of which often appears in folklore around the world. This particular story is often heard in East Africa. *Elizabeth Laird is a high profile, award-winning author who has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has won the Smarties Young Judges prize. She is also a specialist in African folklore. Her acclaimed works include When the World Began published by Oxford University Press *Liz Pichon is an exciting new children's book illustrator who has worked on a number of successful reference series for Oxford University Press

Kiss the Dust

Kiss the Dust

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2001

Nyr: Secret Friends

Nyr: Secret Friends

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/1997

A book about real dilemmas that children face every day - full of warmth and by an award-winning author. It's crazy, starting at a new school. For days you feel so new and lost it's as if you've wandered into a foreign country where you can't speak the language. This haunting story about Rafaella, the new girl at school who finds making friends hard, is a stunning piece of writing. With her strange name and sticking out ears she's different from the rest. Lucy is the first to tease, the first to call her 'Earwig'. Until a secret friendship starts, full of warmth and mystery. Beautifully illustrated throughout by Jason Cockcroft, this is a modern classic by the winner of the Children's Book Award. 'A humane and honest story. It conveys so much, so simply and so well.' The Scotsman '... a fine weepy with a moral, about the dangers of playground cliquishness and cruelty.' The Sunday Times

Stinker Muggles and the Dazzle Bug

Stinker Muggles and the Dazzle Bug

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/1995

Let your imagination take off with 'COLOUR JETS' Irresistable stories for children who are beginning to enjoy reading alone. Stinker Muzzles is not the most popular boy in class for reasons that are very obvious. But when the Dazzle Bug takes up residence behind his ear, life suddenly begins to smell much sweeter.

Kiss the Dust

Kiss the Dust

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/1991

Red Sky in the Morning

Red Sky in the Morning

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/1990

One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this novel was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Children's Book Award. Anna's cares and concerns are those of any teenager - until her brother is born physically and mentally handicapped.

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