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A graduate with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from Cambridge University, Anna Wilson went on to become a Picture Book Editor at Macmillan and subsequently a writer of children's books herself.
Anna is both a cat- and dog-type person. She lives in Bradford-on-Avon with her husband, two children, two cats, some chickens and a dog, Kenna (pictured, with Anna). She is the author of Puppy Love, Pup Idol, Puppy Power, Puppy Party, Kitten Kaboodle, Kitten Smitten, Kitten Cupid and Monkey Business - all for Macmillan Children's Books.
As any 12/13 year old will tell you, there’s nothing like a parent to cause you embarrassment. Not only did Skye Green’s parents land her with the worst name in history, her mum is determined to make her life even more awful by – shock horror – going out to have fun at dancing lessons. Skye has the sort of problems familiar to all kids her age – worries over friendships, feeling that the world is against her – and in this diary-style story she shares them all with the reader, who will sympathise with her, laugh at some of the mortifications she endures, but also notice – long before Skye does – that she’s so wrapped up in herself she’s missing some rather important things going on around her. Funny, entertaining, and full of gently delivered home truths. For more contemporary, funny girl-centred stories try Cathy Hopkins, Cathy Cassidy and Karen McCombie. ~ Andrea Reece
Mum has given Summer two weeks to plan a surprise party for her glamorous older sister April. Summer realizes that it is also her dog Honey's birthday that week - and therefore decides to plan a joint party. She decides not to mention the whole 'puppy' part of the Plan to anyone except her most bestest friend, Molly Cook. Cut to party day and Utter Mayhem is slowly unfolding. Someone tries a dog biscuit thinking it's a trendy new kind of crisp; Honey and her doggy guests are tugging on the tablecloth, tearing open presents and trashing the house. Meanwhile April - who has been told to keep away until the last minute - is becoming more and more Over Dramatical and Suspicious. How will she react to the canine takeover of her special day?
Life has been a bit Yawnsome since I, Summer Holly Love, trained my golden Labrador, Honey, to become a Doggy of Well-Behaved and Quietish Proportions. Which is why it's so faberoony-tastic that Honey is expecting her VERY OWN LITTER of pups! Now that she is a mum-to-be, her eating habits have gone loop-the-loop crazy, and she keeps building Strange Nests all over our house. Meanwhile, I am having to sort out my sister's Love Dramas with her boyfriend, Nick the vet, who has been spending rather a lot of time with his new nurse, Felicity Shufflebottom. Will the arrival of Honey's tiny pups make everyone happier or will our household simply dissolve into Mayhem and Chaos?
I hope everyone out there will know by now about how I, Summer Holly Love, finally persuaded my mum to let me have a wonderful golden Labrador puppy of my own named Honey. (If you are not aware of this, you can read all about it in The Puppy Plan, a fascinating and frankly gripping account of the Said Event.) Anyway, things have Moved On since those early days of dog-ownership. Honey went through a bit of a Difficult Phase recently, developing a taste for shoes (mainly flip-flops) and terrorizing dinner guests. So, to help her through her Awkward Adolescence, I dutifully (and brilliantly) trained her at Obedience Class and in the garden. And, hurrah! Honey's amazing talents shone through just in time for our School Talent Content, where we performed our 'Pup Idol' star act - and became Famous Celebrities in Our Own Right!
Ellie Haines despairs of her family. Her younger brother is so desperate to be on TV he's tried everything from sending films of his hamster to SpringwatchLive to auditioning Mum for Looking Good Naked (urgh!). Mum appears to be going through some kind of midlife crisis and Dad's bad 'yolks' have reached alarming new 'egg-stremes'. The only bright spots in Ellie's life are her naughty kitten, Kitkat, and her best mate, Mads. But when Mads and Ellie apply for The Junior Cake Off, their friendship soon starts to crumble. It doesn't help that the gorgeous Ted Watson has caught Mads's eye, too . . . Can Ellie win back her best mate, or will their friendship go up in smoke?
Her mother's will states that Summer's legal guardian is her uncle Tristan: a man Summer has never even heard of before. Forced to leave her life in London, Summer moves to Tristan's creepy, ancient house in Cornwall. There she is met with indifference from him, open hostility from her cousin, and an aunt who has chosen to leave rather than to tolerate her presence. Soon Summer comes to believe that the house may be haunted. But is it haunted by ghosts, or by the shadows of her family's past? Scared and lonely, Summer begins to spend more and more time in the beautiful sheltered cove she discovers nearby. But she's not alone. A local boy frequents it too. Can Summer find first love and the answers to the mysteries of her new home with this good-looking boy who appears to be too perfect to be true?
Felix is going on safari! He cannot believe his luck when Dad announces he is going on a business trip to Africa and is going to take the family too. Flo, Felix's best friend in the whole world is FURIOUS that Felix is going to see so many amazing animals without her. In order for Felix to prove his friendship, she sets him a horribly difficult task: to bring her back a BABY MONKEY! Once in Africa, Felix makes a new friend called Mo, who really reminds him of someone, yet he can't think who. With her brilliant knowledge of African wildlife, Mo will definitely be able to help Felix catch a baby monkey and win back Flo's friendship. After all, when surrounded by amazing animals the middle of the wilderness, what could possibly go wrong?
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