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Steve Voake - Author

About the Author

Steve Voake grew up in Midsomer Norton, near Bath, Somerset. His early ambitions were to play football for England and to be a bomb disposal expert so that he could blow stuff up. His favourite pastime was racing home made go-carts (and crashing them) with his friends.

As an adult
After studying for a degree in philosophy, Steve sold ice-creams in the south of France before becoming a primary school teacher. He spent eight very happy years as headteacher of the 'Jack and Jill' school in Kilmersdon, Somerset. The original well from the nursery rhyme can still be found in the playground at the top of the hill.


As an artist
In order to find time to write his first novel, The Dreamwalker's Child, Steve used to get up at 3 a.m. and work for several hours before anyone else was awake. He has written two sequels, The Web of Fire and The Starlight Conspiracy. Steve became a full-time writer in 2005, but still finds that he gets more done if he gets up early!

Things you didn't know about Steve Voake
1.    He once threw dry ice into the sea to make smoke and sell more ice-creams.
2.    He had a guinea pig called Hammy because he thought it was a hamster.
3.    He won an award for Best Comedy Performance at Bath Drama Festival.
4.    His favourite animals are prairie dogs and meerkats (joint winners).
5.    He loves to play the guitar.
6.    His favourite colour is blue and he hates celery.
7.    He forgot to concentrate during a parachute jump and nearly landed in a river.
8.    He is the cousin of author/illustrator Charlotte Voake.
9.    He thinks peanut butter and banana sandwiches are a match made in heaven.
10.    He doesn't eat them very often because they would make him tubby.

Featured books by Steve Voake

Hooey Higgins and the Big Day Out

Hooey Higgins and the Big Day Out

7+ readers

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

Ever been up to your neck in a croc-infested swamp with enemy soldiers tracking your every move? Me neither! But don't let that stop you coming to the Outdoor Activity Centre, where Basbo is on red alert for sharky-sharks, Twig is searching for brains, courage and a heart and Hooey is flying high - without a plane.

Other books by Steve Voake

Maxwell Mutt and the Squirrel Without a Story

Maxwell Mutt and the Squirrel Without a Story

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Second in the series of funny animal adventures in the city, for fans of Dick King-Smith, Awesome Animals and Disney classics; illustrated by Jim Field. Mazwell Mutt and the Downtown Dogs are ready for another adventure when they meet Ant; an unusually small squirrel in search of a story. Luckily, the city has a new mystery - animals are disappearing from the zoo, and soon the gang are dealing with grumpy lions, wise-cracking monkeys and the suspicious Snyder Lard, Security Guard. Will Maxwell solve the mystery, save the zoo and find Ant his story?

Maxwell Mutt and the Downtown Dogs

Maxwell Mutt and the Downtown Dogs

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2016

A new series of funny, warm-hearted animal adventures for fans of Dick King-Smith, Awesome Animals and Disney classics like Lady and the Tramp; illustrated by Jim Field. Funny stories for fans of Dick King-Smith and Disney Classic animal adventures; with art by Jim Field. Maxwell Mutt might be small, but his heart is big and the city is full of adventure. Before long, he teams up with a gang of downtown dogs: Restreppo the retired police-dog, Mr B the homely bulldog and Madison the angry poodle (do not mention his hairdo). When Maxwell hears the call of a friend in need, the dogs brave the big, bright city, where they hear tales of the Collector; the cruellest ever dog-catcher. But dreams, fun and adventure are waiting along the way...

Maxwell Mutt and the Biscuit & Bone Club

Maxwell Mutt and the Biscuit & Bone Club

Author: Steve Voake, Jim Field Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2016

Insect Detective

Insect Detective

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

An exquisite glimpse into the strange and wonderful world of insects. An exquisite glimpse into the strange and wonderful world of insects. Right now, all around you, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things. But you can't always see them straight away. Sometimes you have to know where to look...This wonderful book, illustrated by Charlotte Voake and written by Steve Voake, tells us all about the different kinds of insects hiding away in your garden and how to recognize them. It's full of glorious detail, but remember - if it doesn't have six legs, it's not an insect!

Hooey Higgins and the Christmas Crash

Hooey Higgins and the Christmas Crash

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Like sheep? Like nurses? Like to meet A SHEEP-BOY-NURSE? Sledge on down to Shrimpton-on-Sea and you might be in luck! It's snow season in Shrimpton - time for the nativity play and perfect conditions for testing the SHRIMPTON SUPERSONIC SLEDGE. One Christmas Crash later, Basbo is crumpled up in hospital and Twig's nan is stuck on the ward downstairs after an incident with a slippery salmon fritter. But Hooey and friends are determined that Nan won't miss out on seeing Twig play lead SHEEP-BOY in the Christmas show... There's only one obstacle: STARK-STARING BUG-EYED MAD NURSE MALONEY!

Hooey Higgins and the Big Day Out

Hooey Higgins and the Big Day Out

7+ readers

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

Ever been up to your neck in a croc-infested swamp with enemy soldiers tracking your every move? Me neither! But don't let that stop you coming to the Outdoor Activity Centre, where Basbo is on red alert for sharky-sharks, Twig is searching for brains, courage and a heart and Hooey is flying high - without a plane.

Web of Fire bind-up

Web of Fire bind-up

Author: Steve Voake Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2012

This exciting new bind-up features both of Steve Voake's action-packed fantasy novels in one sleek package!In The Dreamwalker's Child, fifteen-year-old Sam Palmer awakens from a coma in Aurobon, a world eerily similar to his own. He discovers that his bicycle accident was really an elaborate abduction by a ruler named Odoursin with a deadly agenda. Now he must team up with a fearless girl pilot to outwit the enemy. Otherwise, dark forces will invade his own world using insects the size of fighter jets.In The Web of Fire, Sam and Skipper are called upon once again to help their friends in Aurobon fight Odoursin and what might be the fiercest insect army imaginable. Their mission becomes heart-stoppingly urgent when they discover that Odoursin is plotting to destroy humankind, this time by using the President of the United States as a pawn.

Dark Woods

Dark Woods

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Eden turned the teddy bear over in her hands and Cal saw the way her fingers stroked the worn patch of fur, touching the frayed threads where the glass eye used to be. 'Where did you get this?' she whispered. Jefferson smiled. 'From in here,' he told her, tapping a finger against his temple. 'From inside your head.' After meeting on holiday in Montana, Cal and Eden decide to explore the mountains beyond their campground. But deep in the woods, someone is watching them. Jefferson Boyd, a lone outcast, believes he has discovered a way of turning dreams into reality. But he needs someone to experiment upon. When Cal wakes up in an isolated cabin, he discovers they are not alone. And as the terrifying truth emerges, he realises that their only chance of survival is to finally confront the nightmares that are stalking them through the shadows of the forest . . .

Hooey Higgins and the Shark

Hooey Higgins and the Shark

Author: Steve Voake Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2011

Welcome to a land called Shrimpton-on-Sea where the folks are a bit unusual and you can make friends with Hooey, Twig, Will and Dingbat the dog. Are they naughty, slightly scruffy boys? Yes they are. Will they do anything for a few quid? Yes they will. What's so unusual about that, then? Well, it all starts with the giant chocolate egg, and then there's catching the shark in the flowery duvet cover and then Twig dresses up as a sea-urchin and gets chased through the knicker shop by Basbo the bully (boo, he's mean!) and then there's the big explosion and everything. But it all makes sense when you read it.

Hooey Higgins and the Tremendous Trousers

Hooey Higgins and the Tremendous Trousers

Author: Steve Voake Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2011

The world's a dangerous place, innit? Have you ever found yourself In Danger and thought, What I really need is a pair of super-protective trousers to keep me safe from crocodiles, flying toffee-apples and log-flume malfunctions? Yes? Well, come visit Shrimpton-on-Sea, where Hooey, Will and Twig are working on their genius health and safety invention - the all-new-super-TremTroo!

Hooey Higgins and the Big Boat Race

Hooey Higgins and the Big Boat Race

Author: Steve Voake Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2011

You'll never guess what Hooey, Will and Twig are up to now - they've only gone and built a crazy bouncing boat to enter the Shrimpton-on-Sea home-made boat race! But who's that coming up on the outside? Is that Grandad in a battleship? Bob the Baker in a doughnut dinghy? Philbert the farmer on a floating cow? And where's that BASBO? Madness! Chaos! Marshmallows with too many E-numbers! Grab your paddles - WE'RE OFF!

Insect Detective

Insect Detective

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

An exquisite glimpse into the strange and wonderful world of insects. Right now, all around you, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things. But you can't always see them straight away. Sometimes you have to know where to look...This wonderful book, illustrated by Charlotte Voake and written by Steve Voake, tells us all about the different kinds of insects hiding away in your garden and how to recognize them. It's full of glorious detail, but remember if it doesn't have six legs, it's not an insect!

Daisy Dawson at the Seaside

Daisy Dawson at the Seaside

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2011

Daisy Dawson is on holiday at the seaside for her fourth animal adventure. We're so happy by the sea / Hearing the crabs go cracker-dee-dee / And hangin' wiv our good friend Daisy D. The sky is blue, the clouds are white - and it's time for Daisy Dawson's summer holiday. With her new friends the rapping baby rabbits and Pinchy the dancing crab, Daisy comes across a dolphin in danger. Can they save the magic of the seaside?

Hooey Higgins and the Tremendous Trousers

Hooey Higgins and the Tremendous Trousers

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2010

Like explosions? Like trousers? Like to see some exploding trousers? Read this book and you ... might! Like explosions? Like trousers? Like to see some exploding trousers? Read this book and you ... might! The world's a dangerous place, innit? Have you ever found yourself In Danger and thought, What I really need is a pair of super-protective trousers to keep me safe from crocodiles, flying toffee-apples and log-flume malfunctions? Yes? Well, come visit Shrimpton-on-Sea, where Hooey, Will and Twig are working on their genius health and safety invention - the all-new-super-TremTroo!

Hooey Higgins and the Shark

Hooey Higgins and the Shark

Author: Steve Voake, Emma Dodson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2010

Like sharks? Like pants? Like to see a shark IN pants? Then Hooey Higgins is the series for you! Welcome to a land called Shrimpton-on-Sea where the folks are a bit unusual and you can make friends with Hooey, Twig, Will and Dingbat the dog. Are they naughty, slightly scruffy boys? Yes they are. Will they do anything for a few quid? Yes they will. What's so unusual about that, then? Well, it all starts with the giant chocolate egg, and then there's catching the shark in the flowery duvet cover and then Twig dresses up as a sea-urchin and gets chased through the knicker shop by Basbo the bully (boo, he's mean!) and then there's the big explosion and everything. But it all makes sense when you read it.

Blood Hunters

Blood Hunters

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2009

They know where you are...In the middle of the Mexican jungle a small scientific team prepare to embark on an exploration of the world's deepest sinkhole; a naturally-formed underwater shaft that no one has ever reached the bottom of. What they are about to discover could change the world forever. Three thousand miles away, Joe McDonald's father is arrested for murder. Joe and his friend Giles are desperate to prove his innocence, but when more people are attacked in mysterious circumstances, Joe begins to suspect that a predator is on the loose. Maybe the dark shapes he has seen in the woods and canal aren't just his imagination. Could the attacks in Joe's town be linked to his dad's research at the university? Could Dad's colleague have brought something back with him from the expedition in Mexico? Suddenly the search for justice becomes a desperate fight for survival...Praise for Steve Voake: 'He sets readers an example of how to write skilfully and thoughtfully' - Sunday Times . 'An ingenious and fast-paced thriller. Voake's book buzzes and hums with ideas' - The Times on The Dreamwalker's Child . 'A compelling sequel' - Times on The Web of Fire . 'It's been a while since anything as much fun as Steve Voake's The Starlight Conspiracy came along. Voake's third novel is a giant leap forward from his debut The Dreamwalker's Child ...the quality of the writing, and the heartwarming sympathy it evokes makes this a really good, thought-provoking and exciting choice' - Times on The Starlight Conspiracy .

Daisy Dawson

Daisy Dawson

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

A funny and engaging story - perfect for children starting to read alone. Daisy's late for school - again - when an encounter with a butterfly leaves her suddenly able to understand everything that animals say! When her friend Boom, a stray dog, is caught by the pound, Daisy enlists the help of a host of animal friends to set him free.

Dreamwalker'S Child

Dreamwalker'S Child

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2006

Sam Palmer hates living in the country - he has no friends and life is dull. Until a bizarre bicycle crash leaves his body in a coma. Now he has far bigger problems. Sam wakes in Aurobon, a world similar to his own, and discovers that his accident was part of an elaborate abduction. Dark forces led by the brutal Odoursin need him for a deadly agenda, one that threatens to reach beyond Aurobon and into his own world. Aided by Skipper - an adrenalin-loving girl pilot - Sam must join the fight against Odoursin and find a way to return home.

Web of Fire

Web of Fire

Author: Steve Voake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2006

This title is the explosive sequel to The Dreamwalker's Child . Skipper and Sam are back, four years after they vanquished Odoursin and saved humankind from his terrifying plans. But the Aurobon they return to is vastly different from the one they left. Vahlzi has been destroyed and all that remains of Firebrand's forces are scattered groups of resistance fighters. For after his defeat, Odoursin went underground, waiting until the time was right to unleash his new army and annihilate Vahlzi for good. Filled with grief and rage, Skipper and Sam are determined to help their surviving friends fight Odoursin and build a squadron of the fiercest insects ever seen. But their mission becomes heart-stoppingly urgent when they discover that Odoursin is once again plotting to destroy humankind - this time by using the President of the United States...It is an action-packed adventure of good versus evil, wisdom versus greed - bursting with danger, heroism and ferocious insects.

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