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Stephen Davies - Author

About the Author

Stephen Davies is a missionary who lives amongst Fulani herders in West Africa, one of the poorest regions of the world. He speaks Fulfulde, eats millet, accompanies cattle-drives and preaches the gospel in culturally relevant ways and lives a life just like those others who live there.  He writes for the Guardian Weekly (letters from Burkina Faso) and occasionally for the Sunday Times.

VOICE IN THE DESERT - A Day in the Life of Stephen Davies:

I live in Djibo, a small town on the edge of the Sahara desert. Most of the year it is simply too hot to sleep inside the house, so my wife Charlie hangs a mosquito net from a tree in our back yard. We wake up to the usual early-morning soundtrack of donkeys, cockerels and cows. Lie-ins are rare because we have animals of our own to feed: three French hens, two black and white kittens and a hungry stallion called Silalé. Greeting is important in African societies, so I first go round saying hello to our neighbours: Jam waali (Did you pass the night in peace?), Noy koreeji maa (How is your family?), we sing the long greeting sequence back and forth.  The answer to these questions is invariably Jam tan (Peace only). When they answer ‘Jam tan’, my neighbours are putting a brave face on things: in reality this region is one of the poorest in the world.
My work here as a missionary includes humanitarian relief: grain handouts, yes, but also working with individuals to find creative ways out of poverty. A donkey and cart for Bukari, a sheep for Mariama, school fees for Adama – the slow, intangible work of development.

A missionary is also a storyteller, and I love sharing stories with people – ancient stories which still have incredible power to inspire and transform the human heart.
In the afternoon, I write. I bash away on my laptop with sweat dripping off my elbows. I’m so grateful to my friends and neighbours here for sharing their lives with me – it’s their truth which inspires my fiction.

 

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.

ebook of the month

Other books by Stephen Davies

Hilda and the Great Parade (Paperback) (Netflix Original Series Book 2)

Hilda and the Great Parade (Paperback) (Netflix Original Series Book 2)

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

Hilda and her mum have settled into their new home in the city of Trolberg and our heroine is trying to fit into this new and very different way of life. Though she's made a new friend, the city is vast and unfamiliar and, as night falls, both Hilda and her mum are lost in the bustling Bird Parade, desperate to reunite. Will this concrete labyrinth ever feel quite like home?

Chessboxer

Chessboxer

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

'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

Bug Club Pro Guided Y4 A Song of Sky and Sand

Bug Club Pro Guided Y4 A Song of Sky and Sand

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2016

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.

ebook of the month
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!

3+ readers

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

Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 3-6 age category 2014. Authentic setting drawn from the author's own experience, this is a wonderfully fun introduction for small children to a completely different culture.

ebook of the month
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.

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...

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