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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

Fagin's Girl

Fagin's Girl

Author: Karen Mccombie Illustrator: Anneli Bray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2022

Orphan Ettie Shaw is penniless and homeless on the streets of London when she is spotted by her older brother Joe. Joe has fallen in with a notorious pickpocket gang run by a man called Fagin, and Ettie has to disguise herself as a boy so she can come back with him to Fagin's lair. At first Ettie is able to help out with mending and other domestic jobs, but when one of the other boys falls ill, Fagin demands that Ettie go out pickpocketing with Joe and everything goes horribly wrong ... Fagin's infamous gang comes to life once more in this exciting Oliver Twist-inspired adventure from bestselling author Karen McCombie.

The Black Bull Band 14/Ruby

The Black Bull Band 14/Ruby

Author: Karen Mccombie Illustrator: Eva Dunzinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2022

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level 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.

Granny's Little Monsters

Granny's Little Monsters

Author: Karen Mccombie Illustrator: Lee Cosgrove Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Granny's hunt for the perfect pet brings some unexpected results in this goofy adventure of family, mudlarking and mayhem. Zac and Essie have been helping their Granny Mo in her search for the perfect pet. She's tried everything from cats to axolotls and just can't find the right one. But when the trio go mudlarking in the river bank they find a creature unlike anything else ... Granny Mo might have set out looking for a pet but now she's got a monster on her hands, and it's about to get up to some mischief!

How To Be A Human

How To Be A Human

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Who said friends have to match to matter? When the Star Boy's space-pod crashes in the grounds of Fairfield Academy he knows he must seek shelter. Taking refuge in the school's boiler room to await rescue he discovers that the room's small window is the perfect place to watch humans go by. The Star Boy knows about humans from his Earth lessons but no one from his planet has ever studied them up close. Now he has the perfect opportunity. There are two humans in particular that catch his attention - a boy called Wes and a girl named Kiki. But as his curiosity grows so does his courage and, making a momentous decision, the Star Boy follows Wes and Kiki into class ... and into their lives. A warm and otherworldly story about finding friendship in the most unlikely of places, for fans of Tamsin Winter, Cath Howe and Ross Welford.

The Girl with her Head in the Clouds The Amazing Life of Dolly Shepherd

The Girl with her Head in the Clouds The Amazing Life of Dolly Shepherd

Author: Karen Mccombie Illustrator: Anneli Bray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

When sixteen-year-old Dolly Shepherd is offered the chance to take to the sky in a hot-air balloon, there's no way she's going to turn it down. Even though the pilot actually plans for her to jump out of the balloon and plummet back to earth using just a flimsy parachute. For Dolly, it's the start of a sensational career. But the life of an aeronaut is as dangerous as it is daring, and there will be many narrow escapes along the way ... Pioneering aviatrix Dolly Shepherd comes alive in this thrilling reimagining of her death-defying exploits from bestselling author Karen McCombie.

Little Bird Lands

Little Bird Lands

Author: Karen Mccombie Illustrator: Jasu Hu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Little Bird has landed in America, far from her home in Scotland and far from the danger that stalked her family. But the new world holds new perils, and soon she's on the run again. From the teeming streets of New York to the prairies of the west, Little Bird holds tight to secrets and dreams of freedom. Then, on her journey, she comes face-to-face with an unwelcome ghost from the past... The brilliant sequel to Little Bird Flies, this is an exciting story of settling in the New World while still being haunted by everything you've left behind. Themes of emigration and immigration, race and social status are thought-provokingly explored by the brilliant Karen McCombie. A modern Little House on the Prairie!

The Girl with the Sunshine Smile

The Girl with the Sunshine Smile

Author: Karen Mccombie Illustrator: Cathy Brett 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+

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