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Oisin Mcgann was born in Dublin in 1973, Oisin spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks when he was about six or seven, setting himself on a path that would steer him well clear of ever obtaining a proper job.
Despite his writing habit, he spent most of school convinced he was going to become a zoologist, an aspiration he lost after taking his first art exam in third year of secondary school. Unable to conceive of a way to make a living from writing fiction, he decided to fund his dreams of being an author by working as an illustrator. He signed up for a design and print foundation course in Ballyfermot Senior College, Dublin, in 1990 and then studied animation at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design.
In 1992 he dropped out of college to set himself up as a freelance illustrator/artist, serving the publishing and design industries. In 1997, he took up a position as Background Layout Designer for Fred Wolf films, working on the animated series of Zorro. After completing his contract, he decided to expand his horizons and left for London in February 1998 to seek his fortune. He found gainful employment as a security guard, watching over trains and then hospitals.
In January 1999, he joined a small advertising and design consultancy as art director and soon expanded into copy writing. After three and a half years of working in advertising he became increasingly concerned for his immortal soul. He returned to Ireland much as he had left - with no job, no home and some meagre savings. Ever the optimist, he now works once more as a freelance illustrator and mercenary artist by day and escapist writer by night. He hopes one day to have a decent job, with a pension, a health plan and paid annual holidays.
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. This incredibly dyslexia friendly action-packed retelling of an Irish myth will have wide appeal. Balor has a terrifying eye of destruction that incinerates all in his path and when he discovers one of his 3 grandchildren is out to kill him he throws them all in the sea. One, Lug, survives and vows to exact revenge, but how, against the lethal weapon that is his grandfather’s eye. A seriously gripping but short novel. The author is a well-established novelist and his books have been widely acclaimed. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
Eagerly awaited new book from Oisin McGann. When Nate's Wildensternâ€™s eldest brother dies he is forced to take on a situation he was trying to ignore, this gets complicated when ancient members of his own family slowly, very slowly come back to life and bring with them a rougher time. Ancient Appetites has a wonderfully inventive and fabulously exciting storyline that manages to blend history with fantasy in way similar to Philip Pullmanâ€™s â€˜His Dark Materialsâ€™ trilogy. Oisin McGann is clearly a writer at the height of his powers.
In the spring of 1919, after the end of the First World War, teams of pilots and navigators begin to gather on the North American island of Newfoundland. They are attempting what many believe to be impossible - to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. Equipped with machines made mostly from wood, fabric and wire, they intend to fly the 1,800 miles to Ireland, in the face of the merciless North Atlantic weather. John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown are late to arrive. Competing against some of Europe's most famous pilots, these two British war veterans are considered rank outsiders. Maggie McRory is a sixteen-year-old girl who sees the gathering of all these aircraft and their crews as a chance to escape her narrow existence. Her war-scarred uncle, however, views them as a threat to the island and his way of life. This absurdly dangerous contest is going to change the world . . .
Grandad and Lenny are trying to paint the living-room. But Grandad's paint is very old and it's gone quite strange. It has stripes and patterns in it..... At first it seems like fun to make pictures with this weird paint. Lenny calls his picture 'Fang' because it looks like a creature, and Grandad calls his 'Mildred'. Lenny and Grandad decide to hang their pictures on the wall and go in search of frames. But when they return the pictures have disappeared. It looks like they've been stolen, but then they realise something else has happened.... That's when things start to go terribly, terribly wrong...
Lenny and Mad Grandad buy a flying saucer and shoot into space together. Space is full of all sorts of creatures: some are friendly, some are not so friendly ... Getting into space is easy. Getting home again -- alive -- is going to be a lot harder!
Mad grandad has a new robot gardener. No more weeding or cutting the grass for Grandad. But the robot has other plans. In the dark of night, it starts a garden of its own and Lenny and Grandad wake up to a nasty surprise!
The young wife of the most powerful man in Ireland has been kidnapped, and Nate and Gerald must save herfrom their own family, if necessary While her husband is away on business, Daisy Wildenstern buys a shape-shifting engimal from the charming adventurer Peter Barnum. The origins of the part-animal, part-machine being are a mystery. Life is cruel in Daisy's family. Trained from childhood to be merciless predators, the Wildensterns are taught to trust no oneespecially not their treacherous relatives. As long as their reputation stays intact, nothing is considered unacceptable on their quest for wealth and power. But Daisy belongs to a new generation of Wildensterns who are determined to defy their elders and live a more honorable life. When Daisy and the engimal go missing, it is of little surprise that most of her family doesn't seem to care. It's up to her brother-in-law, Nate, and his cousin Gerald to find Daisy and face her kidnapper, a ruthlessly cunning hunter. With relatives like these, who needs enemies?
A young journalist uncovers what might be the world's biggest conspiracyif only he can prove it For years, Chi Sandwith has written about things like alien abductions, puppet masters, and brainwashing. He's not a ';conspiracy theorist' thoughhe's a serious journalist and a seeker of the Truth. When Chi meets a man who claims to be a former secret agent, it looks like evidence of a huge conspiracy has landed right in the reporter's lap. But can Chi believe a single word he hears from the professional liar? And why is the old spook so intent on introducing Chi to a woman who could expose the agent's dark past? Over the course of 1 day, Chi is faced with spies, anarchists, a tough-as-nails policewoman, a highly valuable refrigerator, and a very harsh truth: He is a rank amateur in a world of dangerous professionals... The Need for Fearis a companion novella toStrangled Silence.
Project X Alien Adventures takes you on an incredible reading journey with this fantastic story featuring the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. Something goes wrong, very wrong, during the micro-friends' rip-jump. The four friends land on a rip-rig - a platform in the void between dimensions. Worse than that, they realize that it was built by Mordriss, their ultimate enemy. With their watches unstable and the rig falling apart around them, will they ever get out? Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, questions for readers, and a follow-up activity.
Can four young lawbreakers outsmart London's most powerful gangster? Scope is not your average teenager. A self-described criminal nerd, she spends most of her time cleaning up forensic messes and faking evidence. When you work for Move-Easy, London's most powerful thug, life is never boring. But WatchWorld owns the city now, and running an illegal empire is no easy feat. Cameras, drones, and heat sensors line the streets and stalk the skies while Safe-Guards, the part-human, part-robot police, patrol the city and enter homes with impunity. Everyone knows that crossing Move-Easy means certain and painful death. So when he sends Scope and several other rat runnersyoung outlaws who evade detection by traveling through the city's Voidsto track down one of Easy's old enemies, they know they have no choice. But what if the target is innocent? Can Scope spoil the kill, or will doing so make her Easy's next mark? This is a Rat Runners novella. For the full experience, be sure to readRat Runnersby Oisn McGann, available January 13, 2015.
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