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Stephen Davies - Author

About the Author

Stephen Davies writes picture books, chapter books, young adult novels, TV tie-ins and educational books. Many of his books are set in West Africa on the edge of the Sahara Desert, where he lived and worked for thirteen years. His first book Sophie and the Albino Camel won the Glen Dimplex Prize for best debut children's book. Since then he has written more than twenty books, including a series of six Hilda novels to accompany the popular Netflix animation.

Stephen lives in London with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys visiting schools in the UK and overseas, helping students with their own creative writing.

Featured books by Stephen Davies

All Aboard for the Bobo Road

All Aboard for the Bobo Road

3+ readers

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Fatima and Galo load the luggage while their dad Big Ali drives the bus. Help count on bikes, sacks of rice, melons and even goats and chickens as the bus travels past Gurunsi houses, the hippo lake, waterfalls and jungle, all the way to Bobo.

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Other books by Stephen Davies

Fulani Folk Tales Level 16

Fulani Folk Tales Level 16

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Chessboxer

Chessboxer

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

'Gripping and surprising. I gulped it down' Sarah Crossan Leah Baxter is a genius. She's a few wins away from becoming a junior chess grandmaster, and her life is on course to achieve everything her mom and coach want for her. But Leah is at stalemate - grieving for her father, and feeling suffocated. She decides to make the ultimate sacrifice and quit chess. But chess doesn't want to quit her. Soon Leah discovers her new gambit: chessboxing, a dangerous hybrid sport which will test her body and mind to their limits. Can the pawn become the queen?

Reading Planet - Sahara Discovery - Purple: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Sahara Discovery - Purple: Galaxy

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2017

The huge Sahara Desert in West Africa is home to many groups of people. Find out more about the Tuareg people and discover what it is like to live, play and work among them. Sahara Discovery is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 6-7 years

Reading Planet - Sahara Survival - Purple: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Sahara Survival - Purple: Galaxy

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Ali and Amira are excited to help their dad deliver a plane, but they have no idea that their journey across the Sahara desert is about to turn into a fight for survival. Sahara Survival is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 6-7 years

All Aboard for the Bobo Road

All Aboard for the Bobo Road

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

All aboard for the Bobo Road! Fatima and Galo load the luggage while their dad Big Ali drives the bus. Help count on bikes, sacks of rice, melons and even goats and chickens as the bus travels past Gurunsi houses, the hippo lake, waterfalls and jungle, all the way to the city of Bobo. With the authentic setting in Burkina Faso drawn from the author's own experience, this is a wonderfully fun introduction for small children to an amazing culture.

Pawb ar y Bws i Bobo!

Pawb ar y Bws i Bobo!

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2017

Titanic

Titanic

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

TITANIC tells the story of a young boy aboard the 'unsinkable' Titanic. This gripping first-hand account is perfect for children studying the Titanic at school. An exciting story - perfect for readers interested in history.

Bug Club Comprehension Y4 The Song of Sky and Sand 12 pack

Bug Club Comprehension Y4 The Song of Sky and Sand 12 pack

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 20/05/2016

All Aboard for the Bobo Road

All Aboard for the Bobo Road

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2016

All aboard for the Bobo Road! Fatima and Galo load the luggage while their dad Big Ali drives the bus. Help count on bikes, sacks of rice, melons and even goats and chickens as the bus travels past Gurunsi houses, the hippo lake, waterfalls and jungle, all the way to Bobo. With the authentic setting in Burkina Faso drawn from the author's own experience, this is a wonderfully fun introduction for small children to an amazing culture.

The Hairy Flip-Flops and other Fulani Folk Tales Band 15/Emerald

The Hairy Flip-Flops and other Fulani Folk Tales Band 15/Emerald

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Follow the trickery and antics of Hyena and Rabbit as they try to out-wit each other in this collection of hilarious traditional tales from West Africa. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Blood & Ink

Blood & Ink

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Kadija is the music-loving daughter of a guardian of the sacred manuscripts of the ancient city of Timbuktu, Mali. Ali is a former shepherd boy, trained as a warrior for Allah. Tonight, the Islamist rebels are coming for Timbuktu. They will install a harsh regime of law and tear apart the peaceful world within the mud walls of the city. Television, football, radios, even music, will be banned. Kadija refuses to let go of her former life. And something in her defiance draws Ali to her. Which path will he choose?

Don't Spill the Milk!

Don't Spill the Milk!

Author: Stephen Davies, Christopher Corr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

Up the downy dunes, across the dark, wide river and up and down the steep, steep mountain, Penda lovingly carries a bowl of milk to her father in the grasslands. But will she manage to get it there without spilling a single drop? Authentic setting drawn from the author's own experience, this is a wonderfully fun introduction for small children to a completely different culture.

The Goggle-Eyed Goats

The Goggle-Eyed Goats

Author: Stephen Davies, Christopher Corr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2013

Old Al Haji Amadu had three wives, seven children - and five extremely naughty goggle-eyed goats that munched and gobbled and chewed whatever they could find. One day, enough was enough, they had to go! But getting rid of these troublesome goats proved to be harder than Al Haji could ever have imagined... 'One of the best new picture books of this year.' The Times

The Goggle-Eyed Goats

The Goggle-Eyed Goats

Author: Stephen Davies, Christopher Corr Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Old Al Haji Amadu had three wives, seven children - and five extremely naughty goggle-eyed goats that munched and gobbled and chewed whatever they could find. One day, enough was enough, they had to go! But getting rid of these troublesome goats proved to be harder than Al Haji could ever have imagined...

Outlaw

Outlaw

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Fifteen-year-old Jake Knight is an explorer and adventurer at heart but this often gets him into trouble. When a stuffy English boarding school suspends him for rule-breaking, Jake flies out to Burkina Faso where his parents are living. He is expecting a long, adventure-filled vacation under a smiling African sun. But what awaits him there is kidnapping, terrorism and Yakuuba Sor - the most wanted outlaw in the Sahara desert.

Hacking Timbuktu

Hacking Timbuktu

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2009

Long ago in the ancient city of Timbuktu a student pulled off the most daring heist in African history, the theft of 100 million pounds worth of gold. The stolen treasure has remained hidden until now, when teenage hacker Danny Temple discovers a cryptic Arabic manuscript. It's a good job that Danny is a keen traceur (free runner) because he has to run across rooftops and leap from buildings to stay one step ahead of his pursuers. His nightmarish and adrenalin-charged quest leads him all the way to sub-Saharan Africa, and the mysterious cliffs of Bandiagara.

The Yellowcake Conspiracy

The Yellowcake Conspiracy

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/01/2009

Fourteen-year-old Haroun divides his time between herding cows and working in a uranium mine. When the director of the mine is murdered, an agent of the French government appears and recruits Haroun as a spy. Haroun soon finds himself torn by divided cultural loyalties; but when he unearths a shocking nuclear conspiracy, he plunges into a deadly race against time. Perfect for teaching: multiple text forms how to build supsense different cultures.

Sophie and the Pancake Plot

Sophie and the Pancake Plot

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Gidaado the Fourth and his albino camel are working for a famous General in his campaign to win the state elections. General Crepe-Sombo is everyone's hero, but Sophie reckons there is something fishy about him. She must do some dangerous spying to find out the truth. It turns out that the General is more crooked than Sophie and Gidaado could ever have imagined. They must expose him before he becomes President! In a final breathtaking scene, the children are racing across the desert sands on camelback, pursued by General Crepe-Sombo in his jeep. Who will prevail?

The Yellowcake Conspiracy

The Yellowcake Conspiracy

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2007

'Get back on the bus!' One of the policemen was walking towards them holding his pistol. Haroun flicked on his helmet-lamp and peered in through the window of the car. Claude Gerard was dead! When the Director of the Saharan uranium mine where he works is mysteriously murdered, fourteen year-old Haroun embarks on a dangerous new role as a spy in the service of the French Government. A shocking conspiracy is unearthed - somebody is trafficking 'yellowcake', a key ingredient in the production of nuclear bombs. Faced with the threat of the yellowcake falling into the hands of a rogue state, time is running out...

Sophie and the Locust Curse

Sophie and the Locust Curse

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Sophie and Gidaado are back and this time the enemy is more dangerous than camel thief Moussa ag Litni. Locusts with their crop-devouring mandibles threaten the livelihood of the entire Oudalan Province. Gidaado is forced to become a crier announcing local news and the descriptions of missing cows. With Sophie's help, Gidaado's announcements become great hits! Who could resist Gidaado's crooning Has anybody seen my Skinny Legs?

Sophie and the Albino Camel

Sophie and the Albino Camel

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2006

Sophie lives in Gorom-Gorom with her carnivorous-plant obsessed dad. Despite living there for two years and speaking the local language, Sophie finds it difficult to make friends. So when she meets Gidaado, a young griot (story-teller) she agrees to join him and his albino camel, Chobbal, on a journey to his village. It is not until they have set off that Sophie begins to realise just how dangerous the desert is - it's full of djinns that creep up behind you and jump on your head and make you go mad, not to mention the infamous Moussa ag Litni, a ruthless bandit who steals camels. . .

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