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Lucy Coats - Author

About the Author

Lucy Coats: "My first proper job was as an editor in children’s book publishing, so I know what the world of books is like from both an editor’s and a writer’s perspective. While I was doing that I won a poetry competition, and then I submitted a poem for an anthology which was being commissioned by my boss. I used a pseudonym, and keeping my mouth shut while all the other editors were discussing whether it was any good or not is nearly the hardest thing I’ve ever done. A Woobit Song got chosen on merit, and was the first thing I ever had published.

Unfortunately (or fortunately as it turned out for my writing career), I became very sick with something called myalgic encephalomyelitis when I returned from working as an editor in America, and I had to give up my publishing job. That was when I really turned to writing as a way of keeping my brain occupied. My first book One Hungry Baby was published in 1992, and I’ve been writing for children ever since. I have been married to Richard-from-Uni since 1989.We now have two teenage kids—a boy and a girl—and also three dogs—two black labradors and a weird and obstinate Dandie Dinmont terrier (a rare British breed which looks like a very small highland cow without horns and on mega-short legs. It has black boot-button eyes under a blonde fringe and sounds like a bass Great Dane when it barks, which it does continuously). We also have a horse and an ancient guinea-pig. We all live in Northamptonshire, surrounded by sheep, more horses, noisy birds and a view of my stone circle that inspires me every single day."

Books by Lucy Coats

Beasts of Olympus 7: Gods of the North

Beasts of Olympus 7: Gods of the North

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

Seventh book in the fun and funny Greek mythology BEASTS OF OLYMPUS series. The Greek gods and goddesses meet the Norse gods in this beastly mythical mash-up. Demon must travel to Asgard, to help save Odin's boar, Goldbristle - without his shining light, nothing can grow and all of Asgard will wither and die. But nothing Demon does has any effect, and Asgard is a strange place - he must contend with Fafnir the ice dragon, ravenous and dangerous Fenrir the wolf and, worst of all, the treacherous trickster god Loki, who is determined to cause mischief. With the help of Ratatosk, a giant squirrel, and Thrud, the daughter of Thor, Demon tries his best to fulfil his quest before Odin decides to freeze him into an icicle and use him for spear practice...

Beasts of Olympus 8: Unicorn Emergency

Beasts of Olympus 8: Unicorn Emergency

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

Eighth book in the Greek mythology BEASTS OF OLYMPUS series. Artemis, goddess of the hunt, has a unicorn emergency . . . Artemis, goddess of the hunt, has a unicorn emergency - something is sickening her wonderful wild herd, and if Demon, Official Beastkeeper to Olympus, can't save them, they'll become extinct. There's just one teeny tiny snag: unicorns HATE boys. So Demon finds himself disguised as a girl, and desperately trying to discover what's happening to make them so sick. If he can't find a cure, Artemis will feed him to her hounds! With a little help from his friends on Olympus, and the magic medicine box, Demon sets off to harness the power of moonlight and the stars to find a solution...

Ash Boy A CinderFella Story

Ash Boy A CinderFella Story

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

When Cinder Ashok's mother dies in a freak carriage accident, he doesn't think life can get any worse but it does. His dad marries a total horror and Ash Boy inherits bullying step-brothers Rock and Boulder. All Cinder wants is to be left in peace in the library with his side-kick Buttons. But Rock and Boulder are on a mission to compete in Prince Charmless' upcoming jousting tournament. Everything turns upside down when Cinder's fairy godfather magics him into the tournament. Now he's got a happily-ever-after in his sights! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

Beasts of Olympus 6: Zeus's Eagle

Beasts of Olympus 6: Zeus's Eagle

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

Demon's life on Mount Olympus has never been busier ... will stealing Zeus's Eagle get him frazzled to a crisp?. Demon is now an Apprentice Healer to Chiron the Centaur God as well as Official Beastkeeper to the rest of the gods. Chiron's a bit distracted by looking after a new baby, Ascelpius - but Demon's not too keen on adding babysitting duties too. He has enough poo to be cleaning up every day, thank you very much! Horrible Heracles is back to his old beast-torturing tricks, and there's another awful hero on the scene, Beastly Bellerophon, who's shoved burning lead down the Chimera's throat and flown poor Pegasus nearly to death. Pan is demanding Demon come down to earth to deal with the Mares of Diomedes, but up on Olympus the butterfly-winged goddess Psyche is about to blackmail Demon into doing something VERY dangerous. She needs Demon to borrow Zeus's Eagle, his prized bird of prey, to complete the task she's been set by Aphrodite. Eagle is the only one who can soothe the three-tongued serpent who guards the spring of eternal youth at the source of the River Styx - and Psyche needs 'just a little jug' of water from it to erase Aphrodite's (non-existent) wrinkles and win the chance of marrying her son, Eros. Will the Eagle be willing to help Demon out? Or will he turn the young Beastkeeper over to his royal master? The threat of being sizzled by a thunderbolt has never been more real . . .

Beasts of Olympus 5: Centaur School

Beasts of Olympus 5: Centaur School

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Chiron the Centaur God has agreed to take Demon under his hooves and teach him what he knows about healing magical beasts. Being an apprentice healer is exciting, but Demon still needs to make sure the Stables are fresh and clean (the faintest whiff of manure and the goddesses will be on the warpath again.) But with Arnie the grumpy Griffin suffering from feather drop and without his magical medicine box - Chiron has forbidden Demon to ask for its help as a first test of his healing skills - Demon is feeling the pressure. Not helped at all when Athene, Goddess of Wisdom, appears seeking help from Chiron. The world's only Phoenix has gone blind and it has lost its voice too. If it can't see to build its magical nest, and it can't sing the magical songs of renewal (both of which happen only once every hundred years), then the fire demons who the Phoenix guards will escape and burn up earth - and Olympus. Chiron is nowhere to be found, so Demon must drop everything and take a trip with the goddess to the Mountains of Burning Sand. . .

Cleo: Chosen Book 2

Cleo: Chosen Book 2

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2016

Continuing the story of Cleopatra before she became the legendary figure we think we know, this fast-paced adventure story is perfect for teen girls. Will Cleo - marked and chosen at birth by the goddess Isis - prevail against the evil forces who would gain power? Meticulously researched, Lucy Coats's CLEO books vividly evoke the drama and intrigue of Ancient Egypt.

Beasts of Olympus 4: Dragon Healer

Beasts of Olympus 4: Dragon Healer

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Demon, Official Stableboy to the Gods, faces his toughest challenge yet . . . a very farty dragon! Fresh from his underwater adventures in Poseidon's realm, Demon was looking forward to returning to the Stables of the Gods and catching up with Arnie the Griffin, Doris the Hydra and the other magical beasts. But there's no such thing as an ordinary day up on Olympus. There's the small problem of a runaway princess hiding out in the stables with her poison-spitting flying dragons. And Ares is on the warpath - his Golden Fleece has been stolen from the poorly Colchian Dragon who was supposed to be guarding it. Demon's charged with curing the beast but it's got rather an embarrassing ailment and soon the stables are so stinky the other beasts are overcome by fumes from the windy dragon's bottom. How will Demon clean up THIS mess?

Steeds of the Gods

Steeds of the Gods

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Demon, Official Beastkeeper to the Gods, is transported to the stables under the sea in Poseidon's watery kingdom Taking care of the stables up on Mount Olympus is one thing, but when Poseidon, god of the seas, takes Demon to his underwater realm to cure some sick hippocamps, the young stable boy is pretty fed up. Doris the Hydra can't be trusted to tend to the beasts, how will he breathe underwater . . . and what in Zeus's name is a hippocamp anyway? With the help of his magical medical box Demon manages to cure the sea horses of their scale-rot, but when Helios orders him to the Stables of the Sun because one of his steeds has gone lame, Demon realises he's about to get caught up in a feud between water and fire . . . The third in a delightful action-packed four-book series from acclaimed writer Lucy Coats, who uses her original and funny voice to bring to life the gods, goddesses and beasts of the ancient Greek pantheon.

Beasts of Olympus 1: Beast Keeper Book 1

Beasts of Olympus 1: Beast Keeper Book 1

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

A boy is reunited with his long-lost father, the Greek god Pan, only to find himself taken to the kingdom of the gods. What begins as just another ordinary day for Demon ends up being far from normal . . . because travelling on a rainbow to Mount Olympus is a bit odd for anyone, even if your dad is the Greek god Pan! When he arrives, Demon is in for a shock. The stables are full of mythical beasts like the flatulent Cattle of the Sun and a very grumpy Griffin. All Demon's animal husbandry skills, polished on his mother's farm on Earth, are going to be put to a rather exacting test as he tries to sort out the chaos and deal with the upset and concern of the gods. Can the stableboy help the Nemean lion that Heracles has hurt, and avoid incurring Hera's wrath if he can't heal her pet Hydra . . . The first in a delightful action-packed series, acclaimed writer Lucy Coats uses her original and funny voice to bring to life the gods, goddesses and mythical beasts of the ancient Greek pantheon.

Hound of Hades

Hound of Hades

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

It's official - Demon is stableboy to the creatures of the gods! Demon is sick. He ate too many honey cakes at the party celebrating his new job as beast keeper to the gods. But the animals still need to be cared for and there is a visitor coming to the stables who may or may not be the goddess Hera. The last time he saw Hera she threatened to turn him into a lump of charcoal. It's just not easy being stableboy to a bunch of demanding and petulant deities. But when the visitor arrives it's not Hera but Hades, and with him he has brought some rather dangerous earth dragons who need meat. Where on Olympus can he find meat? If that task wasn't hard enough, next Hades orders Demon to follow him to the underworld, where his pet dog, Cerberus, is feeling poorly... The second in a delightful action-packed four-book series from acclaimed writer Lucy Coats, who uses her original and funny voice to bring to life the gods, goddesses and beasts of the ancient Greek pantheon.

Captain Beastlie's Pirate Party

Captain Beastlie's Pirate Party

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Who's the grubbiest pirate on the high seas? Why, it's Captain Beastlie, me hearties! He is EXTREMELY dirty and pretty smelly too, and that is just the way he likes it. But as he eagerly counts down the days to his birthday, little does he know that his smart and shiny crew have a huge - and very soapy surprise - lined up for the big day.

Captain Beastlie's Pirate Party

Captain Beastlie's Pirate Party

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2014

Who's the grubbiest pirate on the high seas? Why, it's Captain Beastlie, me hearties! He is EXTREMELY dirty and pretty smelly too, and that is just the way he likes it. But as he eagerly counts down the days to his birthday, little does he know that his smart and shiny crew have a huge - and very soapy surprise - lined up for the big day.

King Ocean's Flute

King Ocean's Flute

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2008

On an Italian hillside, Paulo the shepherd boy plays his wooden flute badly, but thinks he is a match for King Ocean himself. Before he knows it he's swept beneath the waves to an underwater world of dolphins and merfolk. Here King Ocean challenges him to play not only all the songs of the earth, but the songs of the sea, or else stay captive and polish mermaid's scales and scrub salt off the seabed for seven long years. A lyrical story complemented by Peter Malone's stunning fine art illustrations.

King Ocean's Flute

King Ocean's Flute

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/06/2007

On an Italian hillside, Paulo the shepherd boy plays his wooden flute badly, but thinks he is a match for King Ocean himself. Before he knows it he's swept beneath the waves to an underwater world of dolphins and merfolk. Here King Ocean challenges him to play not only all the songs of the earth, but the songs of the sea, or else stay captive and polish mermaid's scales and scrub salt off the seabed for seven long years. A lyrical story complemented by Peter Malone's stunning fine art illustrations.

Coll the Storyteller's Tales of Enchantment /a

Coll the Storyteller's Tales of Enchantment /a

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

Coll Hazel may be the youngest bard, but he is sent on the most important quest of all - before next wintereve, he must find the mythic Avalon, home of King Arthur, and lay the thirteen sacred treasures to rest. Along Coll's journey, he encounters giants, demons, fairies, merfolk and sealwomen, wizards, witches, wise women, heroes and enchantresses. His travelling companion is the raven, Branwen - funny, opinionated and wise. As they face danger and make new friends, they tell each other tales. These stories are taken from the whole Celtic canon of literature that includes the Mabinogian, the Irish stories of Finn MacCool, and the Arthurian legends, as well as stories from Cornwall, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Brittany.

Atticus the Storyteller 100 Stories from Greece

Atticus the Storyteller 100 Stories from Greece

Author: Lucy Coats Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2003

Atticus the Storyteller is determined to take part in the great Storytelling Festival near Troy. He leaves his family in Crete and sets off on a year-long journey round Greece with his donkey, Melissa; and wherever he goes he tells his favourite myths to anyone who'll listen. The 100 myths include all the favourites, such as the wanderings of Odysseus, the labours of Heracles, the stories of King Midas, Daedalus and Icarus, and Theseus and the Minotaur. Atticus's journey takes the reader to all the sites of the myths and gives a captivating glimpse of how life was lived in Ancient Greece. This is an unparalleled introduction to the Greek myths for younger children, excitingly told, wonderful to read aloud, and illustrated on every opening with lively, engaging, colourful pictures full of authentic detail. In Orion's tradition of extra-large great-value story books, this is an outstandingly good resource for every family.

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