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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 Biscuit & Bone Club

Maxwell Mutt and the Biscuit & Bone Club

Author: Steve Voake, Jim Field Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

Maxwell Mutt and the Downtown Dogs can't believe that such a place as the Biscuit and Bone Club really exists, with its friendly, harmonious vibe and overflowing jugs of berry juice. Even grumpy Madison has become kind and thoughtful! However, the peace is shattered when a pack of bloodthirsty foxhounds arrive on the scent of a fox and her cubs. Maxwell is determined to save the fox and keep the peace - but will he just make things worse...?

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...

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.

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