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Karen Mccombie - Author

About the Author

Karen McCombie has written over 80 books full of endearing characters and quirky humour; her series Ally’s World has sold over 200,000 copies. Born in Scotland, Karen now lives in north London. Karen loves her job, but is a complete fidget. She regularly packs up her laptop and leaves Office Number 1 (her weeny back bedroom) and has a brisk walk to Office Number 2 (the local garden centre café). Read more about the author here.

 

 

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Featured books by Karen Mccombie

You Me and Thing: The Great Expanding Guinea Pig & Beware of the Snowblobs!

You Me and Thing: The Great Expanding Guinea Pig & Beware of the Snowblobs!

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Two books in one in this bumper book about a magical creature and the unusual things that happen when it is around. In The Great Expanding Guinea Pig Ruby Morgan introduces Thing, her special and very unusual friend who can do magic and often does so with very unpredictable results! Thing is also at the heart of Beware of the Snow Blobs. In both, Ruby’s chirpy first person storytelling brings both the everyday and the unexpectedly vividly to life. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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The Mummy That Went Moo

The Mummy That Went Moo

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Ruby and Jackson get the surprise of their lives when they discover a Thing living at the bottom of their gardens. But Thing is cute, and funny, even if sometimes when it upset it gets a bit Arrghh! And that's when the trouble starts. Like the time Ruby and Jackson sneak Thing along with them on a school trip to the museum. In case you're wondering, it goes very, badly wrong...!

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The Legend of the Loch Ness Lilo

The Legend of the Loch Ness Lilo

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

From bestselling author Karen McCombie comes the third book in her funny, utterly irresistible illustrated series about freindship, secrets and an adorable...Thing.  Everyone will be charmed by this cutest of creatures to have appeared in children's literature in years.  It's sure to make all 7+ readers giggle.

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The Dreaded Noodle-Doodles

The Dreaded Noodle-Doodles

7+ readers

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

The second in a hilarious new series by best-selling author Karen McCombie, illustrated throughout with irresistible black and white line art by Alex T. Smith. Everyone (young and old) will be charmed by the cutest creature to appear in children's literature in years, the very loveable THING.  Perfect for 7+ readers.

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The Curse of the Jelly Babies

The Curse of the Jelly Babies

7+ readers

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Next-door neighbours Ruby and Jackson get the surprise of their lives when they discover a Thing living at the bottom of their gardens. And when Thing places a curse on the inhabitants of the new house that's been built over his old home, Ruby and Jackson find themselves up to their eyeballs in jellybabies, magic and big trouble.

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Other books by Karen Mccombie

The Girl with the Sunshine Smile

The Girl with the Sunshine Smile

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2020

Meg is the girl with the sunshine smile. That's what they call her at the wedding fairs where she models her mum's dresses. But then Mum meets Danny. Danny, with the grotty houseboat, four sons and a three-legged cat. All of a sudden, Meg's life clouds over. Will Meg ever find her sunshine smile again? A brand-new low reading age edition of a wonderfully warm and wise story about new families and new relationships from bestselling author Karen McCombie. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Little Bird Flies

Little Bird Flies

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Bridie lives on the remote Scottish island of Tornish, the youngest of three sisters. Although she loves her island, with its wild seas and big skies, she guiltily nurses a secret dream of flight - to America and the freedom of the New World. But her family are struggling under the spiteful oppression of the new Laird, and it seems that even some of the Laird's own household are desperate to leave. When the Laird's full cruelty becomes apparent, there's no more time for daydreams as Bridie needs to help the people she loves escape to safety. The first in a gripping, dramatic new series from much-loved author, Karen McCombie.

St Grizzle's School for Girls, Gremlins and Pesky Guests

St Grizzle's School for Girls, Gremlins and Pesky Guests

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

When a flood closes the village school, Lulu invites the staff and pupils to come and join them at St Grizzle's. Dani and her friends can't believe their bad luck - it was awful enough bumping into Spencer and his cronies in the village but now they've got to share lessons with them. Before long pupils are clashing with pupils, there are pranks aplenty and even the teachers aren't getting along. Rehearsals get underway for the school show but with tempers fraying it's soon looking like a big failure. Determined that the show will go on, Lulu calls on Dani and co, as the oldest children in the school, to set a good example and make friends. But with Spencer up to his usual tricks, can the two rival groups put aside their differences long enough to turn a disaster into a triumph? This warm, funny series based in the maddest of mad boarding schools, is perfect for fans of SCARLET AND IVY and A MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE. Fizzing with mayhem - Sally Morris, The Daily Mail

St Grizzle's School for Girls, Geeks and Tag-along Zombies

St Grizzle's School for Girls, Geeks and Tag-along Zombies

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

When Arch turns up at St Grizzle's, Dani is delighted to introduce her best friend to her new classmates. But she soon discovers that mixing her old life with her new one isn't quite as easy as she'd imagined. And Arch isn't the only new pupil - there's also super-smart Boudicca, who barely says a word to anyone. It's only when she meets Arch that she perks up and takes to following him everywhere he goes. Then she disappears. With the help of Granny Viv, it's up to Dani and Arch to find Boudicca ... and unravel the truth about this shy tag-along zombie. This warm, funny series based in the maddest of mad boarding schools, is perfect for fans of SCARLET AND IVY and A MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE.

The Mystery Of Me

The Mystery Of Me

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Ketty was technically dead for two minutes and thirty-nine seconds according to the doctors who saved her. She's on the mend yet can't remember anything about her life before the accident. But people are treating her really weirdly and Ketty just can't shake the feeling that something is terribly wrong. When her new friend Otis reveals that pre-crash Ketty was a spiteful bully, she faces a tough decision. What kind of person can she be now? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

St Grizzle's School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies

St Grizzle's School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

When local schools are asked to make a film showcasing the surrounding area, Dani and the rest of St Grizzle's set to work. But Spencer and his mates at the village school are determined to sabotage the work of the smelly Grizzlers. To Dani's surprise, help comes in the form of Granny Viv who has secretly taken up residence in the school's tree house with Downboy the dog. Together they come up with the perfect ghostly video ... but will Granny Viv be able to stay once the competition's over?

The Pearl in the Attic

The Pearl in the Attic

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

A story of family, friendship and mystery from oneof the UK's best-loved writers. When Scarlet's grandma goes into a retirement home, she must sort through her belongings in the cramped flat above a shop in Crouch End, north London. Here Scarlet comes across a real treasure: a novel that Gran wrote, imagining the life of a girl just like Scarlet, who once upon a time lived in the flat and worked in a cakeshop downstairs. But as Scarlet reads about Ruby's life in Victorian London, she begins to realise this is no piece of fiction - Ruby was real! A real life, facing real danger - and a mystery that unravels to the present day. BOOKS BY KAREN MCCROMBIE Catching Falling Stars Life According to Alice B Lovely Pearl In the Attic

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10: Stanley Stone Rocks!

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10: Stanley Stone Rocks!

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Frank is shy and worried about making friends at his new school. He finds a special stone, and names it Stanley. But what will Frank's new classmates think of Stanley Stone? Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding. All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book - one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

St Grizzle's School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys

St Grizzle's School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

When Dani's mum gets the chance to study penguins in the Antarctic, she decides the best place for eleven-year-old Dani is a strict girls' boarding school where - uh-oh! - students wear smart uniforms that includes SKIRTS! Having failed to change Mum's mind, Dani finds herself having to say goodbye to Granny Viv, her dog Downboy and best friend Arch. But when they arrive at St Grizelda's it seems that there's been some drastic changes; gone are the uniforms and the rules, and in are chaos, anarchy and, er, goats. Surely Mum's not going to leave her at the mercy of a crazy head-butting goat, a bunch of eight-year-olds masquerading as mutant goblins and a head teacher wearing a crown of picnic cutlery? But as a homesick Dani waits for Mum to make alternative arrangements, the madness of St Grizzle's begins to warm Dani's heart... With a definite whiff of St Trinian's about it, St Grizzle's is a laugh-out-loud middle grade read by best-selling author Karen McCombie, perfect for fans of A Murder Most Unladylike and Scarlet and Ivy.

The Whispers of Wilderwood Hall

The Whispers of Wilderwood Hall

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Ellis is losing track of time... Following her mother's marriage to a famous rock star, Ellis moves to a crumbling old mansion in the wilds of Scotland. Far away from her friends and familiarity, she finds waves of anxiety rolling in and threatening to capsize her. But when she finds herself whisked back to the world of 1912 where she meets lonely servant girl Flora, Ellis finally feels like she's home. But living in the past might not be as perfect as it seems... and is there more to hope for in the present than she first thought? A stunning new novel from much-loved author Karen McCombie, The Whispers of Wilderwood Hall will take you from the heart of the highlands to the top deck of the Titanic.

The OMG Blog

The OMG Blog

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2016

Four 'good' girls meet in detention and are encouraged to take part in a school blogging competition together. Ideas are few and far between but then they realise they have one BIG thing in common and the project is born - the '(O)ur (M) ums - (G)rrr' Blog. As they pour out frustrations and niggles online, the blog gets more and more popular. But will the mums find them out? Bang-on-trend story from a hugely popular and successful author.

The Black Bull Band 14/Ruby

The Black Bull Band 14/Ruby

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

When Flora dreams of happiness, she doesn't expect to be thrown on to the back of a great, black bull! But as Flora and the bull travel from glen to glen, is the silent beast all that he seems? Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Catching Falling Stars

Catching Falling Stars

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

It's 1940. Gloria and her little brother have been evacuated to the countryside to get away from the dangers of the Blitz in London. But their new home isn't as friendly as they'd hoped. The woman they're living with, Miss Saunders, is strict, severe and an outcast in the village. And the local children and other evacuees are equally unwelcoming and mocking. But Gloria quickly learns that nothing is ever as it seems in this strange new place. As possible friends turn out to be enemies, and once sworn enemies might be the best possible friends, Gloria finally realizes that believing first impressions could mean missing out on the friendships that can last a lifetime.

Candy Girl

Candy Girl

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Dixie's landed a dream work experience placement at Candy magazine. But rather than interviewing celebs and mingling with models, Dixie spends all her time making tea! And then the problem page editor makes her read all the letters from readers. Worse still, Dixie finds a letter from her own sister. What will she do? Heartfelt drama, perfect for tweens. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Running from the Rainbow

Running from the Rainbow

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Rosie Roberts has a secret. So when she moves to a new school, she's desperate not to draw too much attention to herself. But things aren't so easy when your Mum is the popular new teacher everyone is talking about...Heartfelt drama, perfect for tweens. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Honey and Me

Honey and Me

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/04/2015

Things haven't been great for Kirsten recently - she's had to start at a new school where she doesn't know anybody, and home hasn't been a great place to be either with Mum and Dad arguing all the time. At least she has her old friend Honey to talkto. But her new friends have lots of questions about Honey...and her older brother Finn might just spill the beans about this special friend! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Life According to... Alice B. Lovely

Life According to... Alice B. Lovely

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

Edie Evans is sick of being treated like a kid. And she doesn't, repeat, doesn't need a babysitter! And then along comes the strange, the shy, the captivating Alice B. Lovely. But is she too good to be true?

Angels Like Me (Angels Next Door Book 3)

Angels Like Me (Angels Next Door Book 3)

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2015

Angels Like Me is the third title in the enchanting and magical friendship series from bestselling author Karen McCombie that began with Angels Next Door. Riley's best friends, the Angelo sisters, are special. Sparkly, strange and full of secrets . . Life at home is tricky for Riley Roberts. She misses her mum and wants to learn more about her. But Dad is as secretive as ever. She hopes the sisters can work their magic and help her find out the truth. But Riley is about to discover something more magical than she could have imagined - something that could bring her closer to her mum and answer her questions at last. About the author: Bestselling author Karen McCombie trained as a magazine journalist in her native Scotland before moving to London. After several years working on teen favourites Just 17 and Sugar, she turned to fiction, with her first series, Ally's World, becoming an instant success. In total she's had more than 70 books published and translated around the world, and more than a million books sold. Karen lives in North London with her very Scottish husband Tom, her sunshiney daughter Milly, a demented cat called Dizzy and Biscuit, the button-obsessed hamster. Angels Like Me is the third title in her Angels Next Door series. www.karenmccombie.com Also available: Angels Next Door (book 1) Angels In Training (book 2) Angels Like Me (book 3)

The Girl With The Sunshine Smile

The Girl With The Sunshine Smile

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2014

Warm and wise tale about new families. Everyone comments on Meg's sunny smile, and she's put it to good use as a model for her mum's range of bridesmaids' dresses at wedding fairs. It's always been just Meg and Mum, but then Mum meets Danny and is swept off her feet - right onto a grotty old river barge. Soon Meg is discovering the 'joys' of river living in a house full of boys, and there's not much call for her sunshine smile...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

The Girl Who Wasn't There

The Girl Who Wasn't There

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2014

A brand new story of friendship and ghostly mystery from one of the best-loved UK writers for girls. Maisie's dad has a new job as live-in caretaker of a Victorian secondary school. Finding it hard to make friends, things change when Maisie tells her new classmates about something strange she saw the night before - a girl's face in the window of a gothic tower. The girls tell Maisie about the ghost of a Victorian pupil rumoured to wander the corridors. One particular student called Kat seems captivated by what Maisie has seen, and - both feeling like outsiders - they quickly become close. One night, though, Maisie comes across a tin box full of photos and notes. It's plainly decades old, and, squinting at the photos - belonged to a smiling girl who looks exactly like Kat...

Angels in Training (Angels Next Door Book 2)

Angels in Training (Angels Next Door Book 2)

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2014

The second book in the gorgeous new magical friendship series, Angels Next Door, by bestselling author Karen McCombie Riley's life has changed a lot since she discovered the Angelos sister's secret. You see her new neighbours are a little bit . . . magical. They know things that no-one else does and that's why she thinks they can help her find out about mum. But just as she's about to get some answers, mysterious events start happening at school. As things get stranger and stranger, Riley begins to suspect that they're the only ones who can work out what or who is behind them. Who are these new girls and what's with all the glitter? 'A wonderful, funny, heart-warming and comforting tale . . . will be a success with female readers aged 9 and upwards' The School Librarian About the author: Bestselling author Karen McCombie trained as a magazine journalist in her native Scotland before moving to London. After several years working on teen favourites Just 17 and Sugar, she turned to fiction, with her first series, Ally's World, becoming an instant success. In total she's had more than 70 books published and translated around the world, and more than a million books sold. Karen lives in North London with her very Scottish husband Tom, her sunshiney daughter Milly, a demented cat called Dizzy and Biscuit, the button-obsessed hamster. Also available: Angels Next Door, Angels in Training and don't miss Angels Like Me

You Me and Thing: The Great Expanding Guinea Pig & Beware of the Snowblobs!

You Me and Thing: The Great Expanding Guinea Pig & Beware of the Snowblobs!

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Two great books in one, featuring magic, mix-ups and muddles! Join Ruby, Jackson and Thing on not one but two great adventures in this brilliant bumper book. See what havoc Thing causes when Ruby and Jackson sneak it along on a trip to the petting zoo in The Great Expanding Guinea Pig. And, in a seasonal spectacular, Thing helps Ruby and Jackson defeat some nasty bullies in Beware of the Snowblobs!

Sweetness and Lies

Sweetness and Lies

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2013

Tilly has just started at her new secondary school and she's the luckiest girl in the world - she's found her new, Best Friend Forever, Mia. But when Amber joins their class a few days later, Mia starts to act a little oddly - A thoughtful story of friendship and trust. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+

You, Me and Thing 4: The Mummy That Went Moo

You, Me and Thing 4: The Mummy That Went Moo

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Want to know a secret? There is something very, very strange living in the trees behind my house. If you tiptoe slowwwwly and quietly (ssh!) to the bottom of my garden, you might hear it rustling and rootling and 'peh!'ing in the dark undergrowth, on the other side of the low stone wall. And if you peek over the wall - holding your breath - there's a chance youcould spot two saucer-round eyes blinking out of a strangely squareopening in the tree roots . . . Ruby and Jackson get the surprise of their lives when they discover a Thing living at the bottom of their gardens. But Thing is cute, and funny, even if sometimes whenit upset it gets a bit ARRGHH! And that's when the trouble starts. Like the time Ruby and Jackson sneak Thing along with them on a school trip to the museum. In case you're wondering, it goes very, badly wrong . . . !

Running from the Rainbow

Running from the Rainbow

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2012

Fun, sweet story of a girl building confidence and making friends when she moves to a new school. Rosie Roberts has a secret. So when she moves to a new school, she's desperate not to draw too much attention to herself. But things aren't so easy when your mum is the popular new teacher everyone is talking about - Fun story about growing up from the top author of Candy Girl and the Ally's World series.Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling anf dyslexic readers.

You, Me and Thing 1

You, Me and Thing 1

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Next-door neighbours Ruby and Jackson get the surprise of their lives when they discover a Thing living at the bottom of their gardens. And when Thing places a curse on the inhabitants of the new house that's been built over his old home, Ruby and Jackson find themselves up to their eyeballs in jellybabies, magic and big trouble. I never expected to be friends with a Thing. Well, you don't, do you? You usually think of friends being either boys or girls, or maybe even cute yappy dogs. Well, Thing certainly doesn't fit into any of those categories. Thing is just a...a...Actually, I'm not sure quite how to describe it. 'A sort of troll crossed with a fairy crossed with a squirrel?' Jackson suggested, after we first discovered Thing. 'I is not a squirrel,' Thing purred grumpily, twitching its squirrelly ears. 'And not a fairy or a trolly. Whatever they is.' By the way, I never expected to be friends with Jackson Miller either. I guess I've got a bit of explaining to do, about Jackson and about Thing. (Oh, and about curses and jellybabies too, And the magic. I mustn't forget the magic!) This title contains charming black and white line illustrations by Alex T. Smith.

Boys, Brothers and Jelly-belly Dancing

Boys, Brothers and Jelly-belly Dancing

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2011

There are days when Ally just doesn't 'get' the male species. Take Billy, her so-called best mate, who's being even more annoying than usual - so how come she's having slushy love-type feelings for him? And then there's little brother Tor, and his habit of asking embarrassing questions ('Ally, where do baby mice come from?'). But right now, Ally's got more pressing concerns - like how to get rid of her love handles...

Candy Girl

Candy Girl

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2010

Dixie's landed a dream work experience placement at Candy magazine. But rather than interviewing celebs and mingling with models, Dixie spends all her time making tea! And then the problem page editor makes her read all the letters from readers. Worse still, Dixie finds a letter from her own sister. What will she do? Hilarious comedy by a top author. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The Past, the Present and the Loud, Loud Girl

The Past, the Present and the Loud, Loud Girl

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2010

Meet the Love children: oh-so-perfect Linn, airy-fairy Rowan, animal-obsessed Tor - and Ally, trying to have a normal life somewhere in the middle of it all. Which isn't easy when you live in a house that's a cross between an animal hospital and something out of 'Changing Rooms'. And then there's school and the small matter of the forgotten history project and the obnoxious new girl that - oh joy! - Ally's been nominated to look after. It's going to be a fun couple of weeks...This is the first in the wildly successful, utterly loveable Ally's World series.

Dates, Double Dates and Big, Big Trouble

Dates, Double Dates and Big, Big Trouble

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2010

Ally's feeling inadequate. Her only romantic experience amounts to a burping-in-mouth scenario with Keith Brownlow, but Kyra's only been in Crouch End two seconds and she's got herself a boyfriend! Even Ally's dad seems to be 'dating' - has he forgotten all about her mum. Still, Ally's not sure what's more worrying: not having a boyfriend, or being invited on a double date with Kyra, Ricardo and Ricardo's mystery mate...

Indie Kidd's (Most Excellent) Best Friends Guide

Indie Kidd's (Most Excellent) Best Friends Guide

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2009

A guide to making and keeping friends, from the irrepressible Indie Kidd. Featuring all-new stories and information, this bonus book in the hilarious Indie Kidd series is an essential guide to making and keeping best friends - in whatever shape or size they come! Indie and her friends let us in on the stories of how they all came to be best friends, giving tips on how to handle friends that are bossy or shy, in your family or, even, boys. With a quiz and advice, this is a most excellent guide whether you are a newcomer to Indie Kidd or already a fan of her adventures with the school (un)fair or her big (crazy) happy family. Plus - FREE limited edition friendship bracelet for you to make!

The Seventeen Secrets of the Karma Club

The Seventeen Secrets of the Karma Club

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2009

Kezzy and Nell have their own club: a secret society for acts of kindness. It's their mission to cheer people up with golden moments and sparkly surprises. But when Kezzy's mum admits a not-very-golden secret of her own, the Karma Club's best intentions start going weirdly wrong. It's starting to look as if no good deed goes unpunished.

Indie Kidd: My (Most Excellent) Pet Project

Indie Kidd: My (Most Excellent) Pet Project

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

Animal advice, short stories and furry facts abound in this fun compendium of pets, starring the lovable Indie Kidd. Indie Kidd is potty about pets - her school project is crawling with them! Pore over these crazy pages for Indie's animal advice, stories of her pets, plus freaky facts about creatures great and small. Did you know that alligators have a food radar in their cheeks? That a group of hippos is known as a bloat ? Then get your paws on this amazing digest for the animal-mad!

Deep Joy, or Something Like it

Deep Joy, or Something Like it

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2008

Attack of the cheesy grins! Naff dance-routines, corny tunes and Psychedelic shorts galore - yep, having a brother in a boy-band is big time cringey. Still, Sadie can't help wondering ...what would life be like if she was the centre of attention?

An Urgent Message of Wowness

An Urgent Message of Wowness

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2008

Somebody stop the mayhem! Heather thinks everyone in her family comes from Planet Perfect. Everyone except her, that is. Then dad drops a bombshell, and the world turns upside down... Life's become surprising, exciting and just a little bit mad - but is this topsy-turvy new family somewhere Heather can fit in? A scrumptious new novel from best-selling author Karen McCombie.

An Urgent Message of Wowness

An Urgent Message of Wowness

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2007

Somebody stop the mayhem. Heather thinks everyone in her family comes from Planet Perfect. Everyone except her, that is. Then dad drops a bombshell, and the world turns upside down...Life's become surprising, exciting and just a little bit mad - but is this topsy-turvy new family somewhere Heather can fit in? This is a scrumptious new novel from best-selling author, Karen McCombie.

Bliss

Bliss

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2007

Molly's sure this summer is destined to be the best ever. Great mates, great boyfriend, great holiday - what could possibly go wrong? But as Molly's about to discover, fate has a few surprises in store...This book is written by the brilliant, best-selling author of Stella Etc. and Ally's World .

Indie Kidd: Are We Having Fun Yet? (Hmm?)

Indie Kidd: Are We Having Fun Yet? (Hmm?)

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2007

Fourth in the fun series about pet-mad ten-year-old Indie Kidd and friends! What should animal-mad Indie Kidd do when her best(est) friend's cat is run over? Poor Fee is lost without her beloved Garfield, and Indie will try anything to make her super-sad friend feel glad again. It's time for Indie's Cheer Up Fee plan. But is Fee ready to have fun yet? Hmm... Narrated by Clare Corbett. Duration to be confirmed. Extent 2 CDs.

Indie Kidd: My Big (Strange) Happy Family!

Indie Kidd: My Big (Strange) Happy Family!

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2007

Sixth in the series about the pet-mad ten-year-old Indie Kidd and friends! Indie decides to try to get her separated parents to be friends - and comes up with some endearingly dopey, harebrained schemes. But when Mum and Dad eventually do get matey, it's because they're trying to figure out what on earth is up with their very strangely behaved daughter!

Hassles, Heart-pings! and Sad, Happy Endings

Hassles, Heart-pings! and Sad, Happy Endings

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2007

There's always something going on in Ally's World ! Ally's totally gobsmacked when she finds out that her best mate Sandie's moving away and even more shocked to find that her big sis is considering going to university miles away from home. She's only just got Mum back and now everyone else seems to want to leave...Apart from Billy, that is, who's become a bit like a shadow, following Ally's every move - just what is the loveable muppet up to?

Frankie, Peaches and Me

Frankie, Peaches and Me

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

Stella, along with her mum, dad and mildly mad twin brothers, has just moved from buzzy London to the sleeeepy seaside town of Potbay. Not only has she had to leave her best mate Frankie behind but she's also kissed goodbye to Seb - only the guy she's ever liked. Still, Portbay's got its own charms; they might just take a littldiscovering...

Indie Kidd Book 5 Cd

Indie Kidd Book 5 Cd

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2006

Parties, Predicaments and Undercover Pets

Parties, Predicaments and Undercover Pets

Author: Karen McCombie, Spike Gerrell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

Welcome to my world. It's weird but kind of wonderful. For once, Ally's looking forward to school - well, the last week of it anyway. There's a fun run and - joy - the legendary end-of-term party. But that's before Kyra starts smuggling illegal pets into school, and then expects Ally to deal with the fall-out. But Ally's got her own problems to deal with, not least a game of Spin the Bottle that goes weirdly, worrisomely wrong...

Butterflies, Bullies and Bad, Bad Habits

Butterflies, Bullies and Bad, Bad Habits

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2006

Ally's worried about the family finances. Her big sister Linn has found herself a Saturday job, but Ally's too young to work ...unless she's a wee bit economical with the truth and braves the mad wig lady in the cardshop down the road. And talking of mad, what's going on with Rowan? If everyone's so broke, where does all her sparkly new stuff come from - the Shopping Fairy?

Friends, Freak-outs and Very Secret Secrets

Friends, Freak-outs and Very Secret Secrets

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2006

Ally seems to have developed a siamese twin: Sandie! Suddenly Sandie's got the same hairstyle as her, the same outfit and same bedroom decor. Talk about Attack of the Clones...As if that wasn't enough, Ally also has the Nightmare School Project to worry about. Until inspiration strikes and the Raspberry Pink Windowsill Bird table is born...

The Past, the Present and the Loud, Loud Girl

The Past, the Present and the Loud, Loud Girl

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2006

Meet the Love children: oh-so-perfect Linn, airy-fairy Rowan, animal-obsessed Tor - and Ally, trying to have a normal life somewhere in the middle of it all. Which isn't easy when you live in a house that's a cross between an animal hospital and something out of 'Changing Rooms'. And then there's school and the small matter of the forgotten history project and the obnoxious new girl tha - oh joy! - Ally's been nominated to look after. It's going toe a fun couple of weeks...This is the first in the wildly successful, utterly loveable Ally's World series.

Angels Next Door (Angels Next Door Book 1)

Angels Next Door (Angels Next Door Book 1)

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2006

Angels Next Door is a gorgeous new magical friendship series for 8+ readers by bestselling author, Karen McCombie. Riley's best friend has gone away forever and Lauren 'Queen of Everything' Mayhew is making school a nightmare. It looks like Riley's on her own, until the three Angelos Sisters move in next door. Her new neighbours are . . . different. Colourful and sparkly, they stand out. It's not just their names or how they dress - there's something magical about them. And since they arrived there have been loads of strange coincidences. Who are these new girls and what's with all the glitter? 'A wonderful, funny, heart-warming and comforting tale . . . will be a success with female readers aged 9 and upwards' The School Librarian About the author: Bestselling author Karen McCombie trained as a magazine journalist in her native Scotland before moving to London. After several years working on teen favourites Just 17 and Sugar, she turned to fiction, with her first series, Ally's World, becoming an instant success. In total she's had more than 70 books published and translated around the world, and more than a million books sold. Karen lives in North London with her very Scottish husband Tom, her sunshiney daughter Milly, a demented cat called Dizzy and Biscuit, the button-obsessed hamster.

Indie Kidd Bk 4: Are We Having Fun Yet?

Indie Kidd Bk 4: Are We Having Fun Yet?

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2006

More adventures with Indie Kidd, her animal-mad mum, best-est friends Soph and Fee and geeky (but loveable) step-brother Dylan. When Fee's cat gets run over, Indie thinks she knows exactly how to cheer her best friend up. But a trip to the Animal Rescue Centre goes horribly wrong, and Indie realizes that Fee needs a bit more time to get over the loss of her pet.

In Sarah's Shadow

In Sarah's Shadow

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2006

Sisters - one of the closest relationships in the world? Megan and Sarah wouldn't agree... MEGAN'S STORY: Megan is constantly in her big sister's shadow. Prettier, smarter, funnier, Sarah has it all; the adoration of their parents, a great group of friends, talent, and - of course - Conor. Megan struggles to retain her identity as she tries to turn the tables on her lucky, gifted sibling. But is the pecking order ever going to change? SARAH'S STORY: Now we see the sisterly relationship from Sarah's point of view, and slowly, it begins to dawn on the reader that things are not quite as they seem. Could it be that Megan's perspective is not quite as accurate as originally perceived?

Marshmallow Magic and the Wild Rose Rouge

Marshmallow Magic and the Wild Rose Rouge

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2005

Everything about Lemmie Ferguson's life is bright and shiny and sunny - her special way of looking at the world means she sees it in vivid, rainbow-hued technicolour. Lemmie's eighteen-year-old sister, the spontaneous, sparkly Rose Rouge, calls it marshmallow magic...But there's a dark spot in Lemmie's life, and with the return of her primary-school rival, Sian, even the old marshmallow magic doesn't seem to be working. Lemmie needs her special sister more than ever, but can she count on Rose when she needs her the most?

Hassles, Heart-pings! and Sad, Happy Endings

Hassles, Heart-pings! and Sad, Happy Endings

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2004

It's all change in Ally's world in this, the last in the series. Ally's totally gobsmacked when she finds out that her best mate Sandie's moving away and even more shocked to find that Linn is considering going to university miles away from home. She's only just got Mum back and now everyone else seems to want to leave...Apart from Billy, that is, who's become a bit like a shadow, following

In Sarah's Shadow

In Sarah's Shadow

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2003

Sisters - one of the closest relationships in the world? Megan and Sarah wouldn't agree... MEGAN'S STORY: Megan is constantly in her big sister's shadow. Prettier, smarter, funnier, Sarah has it all; the adoration of their parents, a great group of friends, talent, and - of course - Conor. Megan struggles to retain her identity as she tries to turn the tables on her lucky, gifted sibling. But is the pecking order ever going to change? SARAH'S STORY: Now we see the sisterly relationship from Sarah's point of view, and slowly, it begins to dawn on the reader that things are not quite as they seem. Could it be that Megan's perspective is not quite as accurate as originally perceived?

The Past, the Present and the Loud, Loud Girl

The Past, the Present and the Loud, Loud Girl

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2001

Are other thirteen-year-old girl's lives this stressful? Ally's got a list as long as her arm of things to worry about. First of all, it's enough just to get by, living in a madhouse (well, more of a cross between an animal hospital and something out of Changing Rooms). I mean, Ally loves her family, but every now and then Linn (she's the eldest) is so bossy it's untrue! For example, her idea for a present for their Dad's fortieth birthday. Well, frankly, it's rubbish-but try telling Linn that. Rowan (second eldest) did, and she's got the scars to prove it! Tor isn't much help (well, he is only seven). Neither is Ally's best mate, Billy, but then he is a boy, so what can you expect? And then there's school...just in case she did'nt have enough to worry about there's the forgotten history project that's due and, oh yes, the deeply obnoxious new girl that-oh joy!-Ally's been nominated

Dates, Double Dates and Big, Big Trouble

Dates, Double Dates and Big, Big Trouble

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2001

Ally's feeling inadequate. Why is it that her only romantic experience amounts to a burping-in-mouth scenario with Keith Brownlow? Kyra's only been in Crough End two seconds and she's got a boyfriend already! Even Ally's dad seems to be 'dating'-which is not only embarrassing, but also worrying-has he forgotten all about her mum? Could it be that he's found someone else? Still, Ally's not sure what's more worrying-not having a boyfriend, or being invited on a double date with Kyra, Ricardo (yes, that's his real name) and Ricardo's mate. Wonder what this boy's going to be like...

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