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Joan Lennon - Author

About the Author

Joan Lennon was born in Canada and came to Scotland in 1978.  She has had a wide range of jobs from ice-cream sundae constructor to piano teacher to Putzfrau at the Munich Olympics.  She has written novels for all age groups and is attempting to break the world record for the largest number of books to include the word "ferret" somewhere in them. She has appeared all over the UK at book festivals, libraries and schools, where she gives talks and leads workshops for readers and writers of all ages. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow, the Jessie Kesson Fellow, a resident at the Chateau de Lavigny, and has received a Creative Scotland Writer’s Bursary. Her most recent book, Silver Skin (BC Books, 2015) was shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Trust Prize 2017. Read a Q&A  with the author about Silver Skin here and read a Q&A with the author about Walking Mountain here.  She now lives in Fife, a Kingdom which is said to have the shape of a dog's head.  If this is true, her house is on the tip of the ear, which explains a lot. Joan has a husband, four tall sons, one short cat, and has decided to go on writing forever.

 

Featured books by Joan Lennon

Other books by Joan Lennon

Walking Mountain

Walking Mountain

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2017

Every year, for as long as anyone can remember, the Mountain has moved a little northwards. But now it's moving in the opposite direction. And it's picking up speed. Pema is sent by his grandparents to consult the Sisters of the Snow, the Keepers of the Mountain, but his enquiries are met with stony denial. Singay, a rebellious apprentice Sister knows different and secretly shows Pema cracks in the rock. Then she invites him inside the Mountain where they meet Rose, the Meteor Driver who is literally trying to hold everything together. This unlikely trio embark on an epic adventure which leads them far beyond the safe, closeted world they know. And as they learn the terrible truth about the Walking Mountain their journey becomes a race against time to save the entire planet from disaster.

Silver Skin

Silver Skin

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2015

Skara Brae, Orkney, during the Neolithic period. The sun is dying, crops are failing and the local inhabitants fear that the end of the world is near. When a strange boy appears from nowhere, dressed in an odd silver suit - his 'silver skin' - the community is thrown into confusion. Who is he, where is he from, and why has he come? Is he a selkie or seal person, a mythical being believed to have magical powers? For Cait, herself an outsider in the community, the boy, Rab, arouses a strange fascination as she finds herself strangely drawn towards him. For Voy, the Old Woman, Rab represents the only hope for the sun's regeneration, but only if his silver skin is burnt in a huge sacrificial blaze. As the pyre is built, Rab must fight for his life if he is ever to be able to return to his own time. And if he succeeds, what will be the fate of the islanders he will leave behind?

Leif Frond and Quickfingers

Leif Frond and Quickfingers

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2014

A wandering pedlar turns up in Leif's village, much to the delight of the Vikings of Frondfell. Only Leif suspects there's something not quite right about the small, wrinkly old man. As belongings start to go missing in the village and the pedlar is suddenly nowhere to be found, Leif's suspicions are confirmed. Can Leif track down the disappearing pedlar, survive insane flying inventions, and prove himself to be a hero once and for all?

Leif Frond and the Viking Games

Leif Frond and the Viking Games

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Leif wants to be a hero, but as the youngest and smallest member of his huge Viking family, he's never had the chance to shine. Can he finally become a champion at the Midsummer Games? All he has to do is compete with some fully grown Viking heroes at sports including archery (no problem, with his very special bow from Queue the Artificer) and wrestling (big problem, the other contenders are all twice his size). Oh, and keep the Widow Brownhilde away from his father before he does something stupid like marrying her. And stop his meddlesome granny from cheating. And avoid his gigantic troll-like sister and her list of chores.... Easy.

The Case of the Hidden City

The Case of the Hidden City

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2013

Tales from the Turrets

Tales from the Turrets

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2013

The Case of the Cambridge Mummy

The Case of the Cambridge Mummy

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The Case of the Glasgow Ghoul

The Case of the Glasgow Ghoul

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/12/2010

The Mucker's Tale

The Mucker's Tale

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2010

The Case of the London Dragonfish

The Case of the London Dragonfish

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2010

The Night of the Kelpies

The Night of the Kelpies

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2010

Sandy doesn't believe in kelpies - the evil sea-horses that enslave humans. But one terrifying night will change his life forever. Haunting Scottish tale. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Wag and the King

Wag and the King

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2009

The Ferret Princess

The Ferret Princess

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2008

The Wickit Chronicles: Fen Gold

The Wickit Chronicles: Fen Gold

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2007

Trouble is heading for Wickit Monastery through the sweltering summer Fens - from the King's court comes Cedric with a chip on his shoulder, and from the land of the Vikings, Rane, a beautiful Norse girl, arrives with her hulking henchmen.But what are they really here for? Pip the orphan and Perfect the stone gargoyle find themselves caught up in a mad search for buried treasure, which leads them right across the marshes, all the way to the dreaded Black Bog, the very last place they want to be.And all the while, they can't shake the feeling they're being watched ...

Questors

Questors

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2007

Meet Madlen, Bryn and Cam. A girl, a boy and one who's undecided. They're in charge of saving the world - well, three worlds actually. They're just not entirely sure how ...Luckily they've been designed as heroes by the people in charge. The only problem is, they're not ready yet. They're still kids and they have no idea what they're looking for or where they'll find it ...And as if things weren't bad enough, there's a mysterious villain hot on their trail, determined to stop them at all costs.

The Wickit Chronicles: Ely Plot

The Wickit Chronicles: Ely Plot

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2007

You'd think growing up in a medieval abbey, surrounded by nothing but monks and hundreds of miles of swamp, would be pretty boring. Pip thinks so too, until the day he meets Perfect, a small stone gargoyle with a life of her own.Before long, the two find themselves in the midst of an assassination attempt against the new king, escaping into the cold dark night, being chased across the fens by a man bent on killing them... Boring? Not so much.

Questors

Questors

Author: Joan Lennon Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Meet Madlen, Bryn and Cam. These are a girl, a boy and one who's undecided. They're in charge of saving the world - well, three worlds actually. They're just not entirely sure how...Luckily, they've been designed as heroes by the people in charge. The only problem is, they have to set off now, ten years early, so they're still children and they have no idea what they're looking for. Oh, and a mysterious villain is determined to stop them. Never mind, at least they're going to meet some great dragons! Sparkling with wit and humour, this is a real page-turner, energetic and fluent. This is a cross between The Incredibles and The Wizard of Oz .

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