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Ann Turnbull - Author

About the Author

I was born in Hertford, England and brought up in Bexleyheath, which was then in Kent but is now part of Greater London. I have always loved books; my childhood favourites were the Narnia stories by C S Lewis and Kipling’s Jungle Books. By the age of ten I had decided I wanted to be a writer. Paper always seemed to be scarce in those days, but I used to write stories on the unused pages left in old school exercise books, or even on the backs of opened-out envelopes. In my early teens two things happened that helped me to feel like a real writer: my parents bought me my first typewriter – a second-hand Underwood - and I went in for a short story competition and won a place at the Writers’ Summer School at Swanwick in Derbyshire.

After leaving school I worked as a secretary for many years. Later I began training as a teacher, but decided teaching was not for me. However I read children’s novels as part of my course and was inspired to try writing one myself. My first novel was published in 1974, and since then I have written thirty books for children and young people of all ages.

My hobbies are reading, dancing, singing, and walking in the countryside. I am married, with two grown-up children, and now live in Shropshire. 

Featured books by Ann Turnbull

Greek Myths

Greek Myths

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Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

This title is a beautifully written and illustrated collection of Greek myths containing seventeen famous tales full of love, loss, greed, envy and bravery. Beautifully written by Ann Turnbull and illustrated by Sarah Young, this collection of seventeen Greek myths is truly something to treasure. The timeless stories are told with great freshness and there is a good balance between the gentler myths and the ones packed with battles and monsters. It is a wonderful collection and a perfect introduction to the fascinating world of Greek mythology, brought to life by one of our finest writers together with an exciting new illustrator.

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Other books by Ann Turnbull

Girls at War

Girls at War

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

When Josie goes to stay with her cousin Edith, she's glad to be starting a new life away from the shame that has haunted her family since her brother refused to fight in the war. But Edith's friends keep teasing a shy classmate, and when the bullying gets out of hand, Josie faces a dilemma: if she takes a stand, will Edith tell everyone her secret?

Exceptional Lives Special Education in Today's Schools

Exceptional Lives Special Education in Today's Schools

Author: Ann Turnbull, H. Rutherford Turnbull, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A Shogren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2019

Real students, real stories, and real solutions Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, & Dignity in Today's Schools pairs real-life stories about children, their families, and their educators with the most recent evidence-based research on inclusion of students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. The 9th Edition highlights the important themes of ensuring students' progress using research-based instruction and the ethical principle of dignity. New chapters examine educational progress and long-term outcomes; school-wide supports; cross-cutting instructional approaches; and diversity and social justice. With its focus on real students, stories, and solutions, Exceptional Lives gives readers a comprehensive view of the rewards, challenges, and triumphs involved in special education today. Also available with MyLab Education By combining trusted author content with digital tools and a flexible platform, MyLab personalizes the learning experience and improves results for each student. MyLab Education gives teacher candidates opportunities to apply theory to practice -- better preparing them for success in their future classrooms. Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MyLab Education does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with MyLab Education, ask your instructor to confirm the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MyLab Education, search for: 0134893638 / 9780134893631 Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, & Dignity in Today's Schools plus MyLab Education with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0134984323 / 9780134984322 MyLab Education with Pearson eText -- Access Card -- for Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, & Dignity in Today's Schools 0134984331 / 9780134984339 Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, & Dignity in Today's Schools

In That Time of Secrets

In That Time of Secrets

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2018

1605 is a time of danger and persecution for English Catholics. Seventeen-year-old Mary Wilshaw and her older brother Rob both come to work at Lyde Hall in the West Midlands - a house where Catholic priests are often hidden from the authorities. Mary, employed by the lady of the house as an embroiderer, falls in love with young David Hawley, the lady's secretary. But nothing at Lyde Hall is what it seems. Who is David? And what dangerous secrets is Rob hiding? Soon Mary herself is in danger as she tries to protect those she loves.

Girls with a Voice

Girls with a Voice

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

Mary Ann dreams of becoming an opera singer, and she's thrilled when the famous child prodigy Mozart performs in Chelsea. But suddenly Mary Ann is told that she must leave her Boarding School for Young Ladies, and her singing dreams are shattered. Distraught, she comes up with a plan to stay at school, oblivious to the danger it will put her in...

Educating Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities A Collaborative Approach

Educating Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities A Collaborative Approach

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2016

A cornerstone of special education training for nearly 30 years, this is the definitive textbook for preparing educators, counselors, and other related services professionals to teach children with severe and multiple disabilities in inclusive settings. Now in a revised, thoroughly updated, and streamlined fifth edition, this bestselling volume gives current and future educators the research and practical strategies they need to ensure the best learning outcomes for their students. Presenting a team-based, collaborative approach to education, this comprehensive text includes valuable contributions from respected experts in diverse fields, including fresh voices in special education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication, counseling, and pediatrics. Equally useful for preservice professionals and practicing educators in inclusive classrooms, this highly regarded textbook will fully prepare professionals to meet the educational, emotional, and health care needs of students with severe and multiple disabilities. New to this edition: * New chapters on topics essential to effective practice, such as teaching strategies and transition to adulthood * Updates based on the latest developments in special education * More information on assistive technology and understanding challenging behaviors * New student-friendly features such as chapter objectives, key terms, and challenging activities * Engaging and instructive case stories at the start of each chapter * New online course materials, including slides that outline key ideas * Helpful new chapter organization that introduces readers to the diverse needs of students with disabilities and follows up with practical teaching strategies

The Gunpowder Plot A Time for Treason

The Gunpowder Plot A Time for Treason

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

November 1605, London Dark alleys linger with the shadows of unknown figures and the air is thick with whispers and plots. What is going on? Two girls follow a mysterious stranger and stumble across a terrifying plot to destroy the House of Lords, taking countless lives along the way. But will anyone listen to them?

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