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Tanya Landman - Author

About the Author

Tanya Landman has written numerous books for children and young people, including Buffalo Soldier, winner of the Carnegie Medal, Apache, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, The Goldsmith's Daughter and Hell and High Water, shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Sam Swann and Poppy Fields mystery series and the beautiful picture book Mary's Penny. Tanya lives in Bideford, Devon, with her husband and their two sons. Read more about the author here.

 

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Beyond the Wall

Beyond the Wall

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 06/04/2017

The story of a runaway slave girl and her dangerous journey through the murky underworld of Roman Britain, by Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman.From Tanya Landman, author of the 2015 Carnegie Medal winner Buffalo Soldier, comes a heart-stopping tale of love, corruption and the power of choice. Blood on her lips. Blood on her tongue. Blood that is not her own. Cassia does not fear to die, but for her - for a slave who has maimed her master - there are worse things than death. Yet the mighty Roman Empire has its limits. Beyond her master's estate, beyond the river, far to the north stands Hadrian's Wall. And beyond the wall? Freedom. With dogs on her trail and a bounty on her head the journey seems impossible. But then Cassia meets Marcus - slick, slippery, silver-tongued - a true and perfect son of Rome. And her only hope.

The Fisherman and his Wife Band 12/Copper

The Fisherman and his Wife Band 12/Copper

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A traditional German tale about the perils of greed, and what happens to those who always want more than they have. When a fisherman catches a magical fish, he has the chance to change his fortune, but will his wife's dissatisfaction put everything at risk? Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Cambridge Reading Adventures A Drop of Rain Green Band

Cambridge Reading Adventures A Drop of Rain Green Band

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. A drop of rain falls to earth. Find out where it goes. Green Band books include longer, more complex words and sentence structures focus on the use of punctuation. Topic-specific vocabulary is used, with moderate support from illustrations. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

The Selfish Giant Band 12/Copper

The Selfish Giant Band 12/Copper

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

A wonderful retelling of Oscar Wilde's classic story about a fierce, angry giant, who wants nothing to do with the children who play in his beautiful garden. But when he finds himself miserable and alone in an eternal winter-land, it's an act of kindness to an unlikely friend that brings back Spring and finally, happiness. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Hell and High Water

Hell and High Water

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2015

The heart-stopping tale of a young man's attempt to clear his father's name, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier.From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier comes this heart-stopping tale of a young man's attempt to clear his father's name. When his father is arrested and transported to the Colonies, Caleb is left alone. After a desperate journey in search of an aunt he's never met he receives a strange, cold welcome. Then a body washes up on the nearby beach and Caleb is caught up in a terrifying net of lies and intrigue. Soon he and his new family are in mortal danger. This powerful story holds the reader in suspense as it charts the growth of a frightened boy into a brave young man.

Apache

Apache

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2015

A powerful and emotional portrayal of the Apache's struggle for survival in a hostile world.Siki is an orphan of the Black Mountain Apache. Her mother was killed by Mexicans three years ago and her father lost in an ambush the winter before that. When Siki witnesses the brutal murder of her little brother Tazhi, she vows to become an Apache warrior and avenge her brother's death.

Goldsmith's Daughter

Goldsmith's Daughter

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2015

A young girl's struggle to change her destiny set against the destruction of the Aztec empire.In the golden city of Tenochtitlan, Emperor Montezuma rules with an iron rod and people live in fear of the gods. Itacate, a girl born under an ill-fated sky, is destined for a life of submission and domestic drudgery. But when her father, a goldsmith, discovers her talent for his craft, she starts to work as his apprentice, a secret she must keep in order to protect the lives of herself and her family. But danger awaits as Spanish strangers invade the city. And when Itacate's work comes to the emperor's attention and she falls in love with a stranger, her life takes an even more perilous turn. Can Itacate change her destiny and survive in this harsh new world?

Flotsam and Jetsam A Home by the Sea

Flotsam and Jetsam A Home by the Sea

Author: Tanya Landman, Marta Dlugolecka Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Resourceful and entertaining, Flotsam and Jetsam are the Borrowers of the seashore. A tiny beach... An upturned boat... A whisper of smoke... When Flotsam and Jetsam are washed ashore, they soon become the best of friends. Every day brings a new adventure for the tiny pair. Join them as they battle a spiteful seagull, build a new home and rescue a very shy hermit crab.

Flotsam and Jetsam and the Grooof

Flotsam and Jetsam and the Grooof

Author: Tanya Landman, Marta Dlugolecka Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Resourceful and entertaining, Flotsam and Jetsam are the Borrowers of the seashore. One day Flotsam and Jetsam find a whistle. They don't know what it is and, when Flotsam blows it, it makes a horrible sound so they keep it as a seagull scarer. But little do they know that someone else has heard it too - a big dog with a wet nose who comes to investigate. He even spends the night in their boat house! The next day they all play on the beach but the dog's owners soon spot him and collect him, leaving Flotsam, Jetsam and Sainsbury alone on their tiny beach.

Flotsam and Jetsam and the Stormy Surprise

Flotsam and Jetsam and the Stormy Surprise

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Resourceful and entertaining, Flotsam and Jetsam are the Borrowers of the seashore. Flotsam and Jetsam live on a tiny secluded beach. Every day the sea brings them a new adventure: a huge heap of bedraggled feathers that turns out to be a shelduck; an umbrella that becomes a summer house; and a very special surprise!

Murder Mysteries 5: The Scent of Blood

Murder Mysteries 5: The Scent of Blood

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Fifth in the brilliantly addictive series of murder mysteries by an acclaimed and popular writer. When Poppy Fields and best friend Graham go on a weekend trip to the zoo, it soon becomes apparent that the staff there are not happy. Then one of them suddenly dies. And then another. And another... Someone's using the animals to do their dirty work for them, and the result is not pretty. Will the intrepid pair uncover the murderer before they, too, become dead meat?

Murder Mysteries 2: Dead Funny

Murder Mysteries 2: Dead Funny

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Second in a series of brilliantly addictive, tightly plotted murder mysteries featuring the irrepressible Poppy Fields. When ageing starlet Baby Sugarcandy is found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her Hollywood mansion, it is assumed she tripped. However, an autopsy reveals she was dead before she fell... When a number of strange deaths follow, Poppy Fields and best friend Graham decide to investigate.

Murder Mysteries 3: Dying to be Famous

Murder Mysteries 3: Dying to be Famous

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Third in a series of brilliantly addictive, tightly plotted murder mysteries featuring the irrepressible Poppy Fields. Poppy Fields and best friend Graham are astonished to be given parts in a musical production of The Wizard of Oz. Even more astonishing is the series of murders that occurs at the theatre, targeting the leading lady. When Poppy and Graham investigate, little do they know that they are next on the murderer's list...

Murder Mysteries 4: The Head Is Dead

Murder Mysteries 4: The Head Is Dead

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Fourth in a series of brilliantly addictive, tightly plotted murder mysteries featuring the irrepressible Poppy Fields. Poppy Fields and best friend Graham design a murder mystery trail for the school fayre, choosing the headteacher to be the corpse at the end. But when the first person to finish discovers that the head really is dead, Poppy and Graham set out on a real life murder trail.

The Little Egg Band 03/Yellow

The Little Egg Band 03/Yellow

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Find out what happens to the little egg in this patterned story, filled with colourful illustrations by Shoo Rayner. * Yellow level/ Band 3 books offer early readers varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A patterned story with a predictable structure. * A storyboard on pages 14 and 15 reveals what happens to the little egg through a pictorial summary of the day, providing the opportunity to recap the story. * Curriculum links - Knowledge and Understanding of the World: life processes and living things; Science: Plants and animals in the local environment; life cycles

Murder Mysteries 7: Poison Pen

Murder Mysteries 7: Poison Pen

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2012

Seventh in the brilliantly addictive series of murder mysteries by an acclaimed and popular writer.It's Book Week, and Poppy and Graham are helping out at their local literacy festival. However, when the authors start getting anonymous notes featuring cartoons of themselves suffering grisly deaths, the intrepid pair realize that the world of children's books is murkier than they could ever have imagined. They'll have to move quickly to discover who's at the bottom of it - before fiction turns into fact...

Murder Mysteries 8: Love Him to Death

Murder Mysteries 8: Love Him to Death

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2012

Greek (island) tragedy?When Poppy and Graham are whisked off to a Greek island to watch musician Bill Strummer marry his much younger girlfriend in the celebrity wedding of the year, they are expecting sun, sea and a hint of scandal. But things begin to turn sour when Bill's distressed ex-wife turns up, proclaiming that he's still in love with her. Then wedding guests start to die of "e;natural causes"e;, and Poppy and Graham are forced to investigate. It would seem that one member of the wedding party will stop at nothing to disrupt the celebrations...

Apache

Apache

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2012

A powerful and emotional portrayal of the Apache's struggle for survival in a hostile world.Siki is an orphan of the Black Mountain Apache. Her mother was killed by Mexicans three years ago and her father lost in an ambush the winter before that. When Siki witnesses the brutal murder of her little brother Tazhi, she vows to become an Apache warrior and avenge her brother's death.

Murder Mysteries 2: Dead Funny

Murder Mysteries 2: Dead Funny

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

Second in a brand-new series of murder mysteries. Miss Marple for the younger reader!When ageing starlet Baby Sugarcandy is found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her Hollywood mansion, it is assumed she tripped. However, an autopsy reveals she was dead before she fell... When a number of strange deaths follow, Poppy Fields and best friend Graham decide to investigate.

Murder Mysteries 3: Dying to be Famous

Murder Mysteries 3: Dying to be Famous

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

Third in the brilliantly addictive new series of murder mysteries by an acclaimed and popular writer.Poppy Fields and best friend Graham are astonished to be given parts in a musical production of The Wizard of Oz. Even more astonishing is the series of murders that occurs at the theatre, targeting the leading lady. When Poppy and Graham investigate, little do they know that they are next on the murderer's list...

Murder Mysteries 1: Mondays Are Murder

Murder Mysteries 1: Mondays Are Murder

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

First in a brand-new series of murder mysteries. Miss Marple for the younger reader!When Poppy Fields goes on an activity holiday to a remote Scottish island, she is looking forward to a week of climbing, hill-walking and horse riding. But things take a bad turn when their instructor has what appears to be a fatal abseiling accident. When Poppy discovers that his rope was cut, and more of the instructors start to have "e;accidents"e;, she and best friend Graham suspect foul play and decide to investigate.

Murder Mysteries 4: The Head Is Dead

Murder Mysteries 4: The Head Is Dead

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

Fourth in the brilliantly addictive new series of murder mysteries by an acclaimed and popular writer.Poppy Fields and best friend Graham design a murder mystery trail for the school fayre, choosing the headteacher to be the corpse at the end. But when the first person to finish discovers that the head really is dead, Poppy and Graham set out on a real life murder trail.

Murder Mysteries 5: The Scent of Blood

Murder Mysteries 5: The Scent of Blood

Author: Tanya Landman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

Fifth in the brilliantly addictive series of murder mysteries by an acclaimed and popular writer.When Poppy Fields and best friend Graham go on a weekend trip to the zoo, it soon becomes apparent that the staff there are not happy. Then one of them suddenly dies. And then another. And another... Someone's using the animals to do their dirty work for them, and the result is not pretty. Will the intrepid pair uncover the murderer before they, too, become dead meat?

Poison Pen: Poppy Field's Bk 7

Poison Pen: Poppy Field's Bk 7

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2010

This title is seventh in the brilliantly addictive series of murder mysteries by an acclaimed and popular writer. It's Book Week, and Poppy and Graham are helping out at their local literacy festival. However, when the authors start getting anonymous notes featuring cartoons of themselves suffering grisly deaths, the intrepid pair realize that the world of children's books is murkier than they could ever have imagined. They'll have to move quickly to discover who's at the bottom of it - before fiction turns into fact...

Mondays Are Murder: Poppy Field's Bk 1

Mondays Are Murder: Poppy Field's Bk 1

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2009

This is the first in a brand-new series of murder mysteries. Miss Marple for the younger reader! When eleven-year-old Poppy Fields goes on an activity holiday to a remote Scottish island, she is looking forward to a week of climbing, hill-walking and horse riding. But things take a bad turn when their instructor has what appears to be a fatal abseiling accident. When Poppy discovers that his rope was cut, and more of the instructors start to have 'accidents', she suspects foul play and decides to investigate.

The Goldsmith's Daughter

The Goldsmith's Daughter

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2008

From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier comes the story of a young girl struggling to change the course of her fate. From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier comes the story of a young girl struggling to change the course of her fate as the once mighty Aztec Empire collapses around her. In the golden city of Tenochtitlan, the people live in fear of the gods; to keep them at bay, they are prepared to pay a toll in blood. Itacate, a girl born under an ill-fated sky, is destined for a life of submission and domestic drudgery. But her father, a goldsmith, discovers her talent for his craft, and so she begins to work as his apprentice in secret. When Spanish raiders invade the city, she finds herself at risk of being exposed. Can she escape her destiny and survive in this harsh new world?

Two Words

Two Words

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2008

What are the two saddest words in the English language? Two boys find out when a hiking trip goes terribly wrong...Powerful read. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The Kraken's Snore The Greek Gods Need a New Hero!

The Kraken's Snore The Greek Gods Need a New Hero!

Author: Tanya Landman, Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

A sleepy sea monster threatens to sink Britain with its snoring. Can William and Zeus wake it up before the land disappears below the waves? William Popidopolis is in deep water! The kraken, a giant squid from Norse mythology, is extremely tired, and has swum from the warm waters of Bermuda to the colder waters of Britain for a long sleep. But if it falls asleep beneath the British Isles, the bubbles from its snoring will thin the water and Europe will sink! Zeus needs William's help to wake the kraken before Europe disappears below the waves...

The World's Bellybutton The Greek Gods Need a New Hero!

The World's Bellybutton The Greek Gods Need a New Hero!

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

William Popidopolis is in a race against time in this comic adventure where mythology and reality collide! William travels to a Greek isle to meet his long-lost father. There he meets a talking swan, who is really Zeus, king of the gods - and he desperately needs William's help. The knot that ties the world together is slipping, and the planet is about to explode! Can they trick the Gorgons and retie the knot before it is too late?

Useless

Useless

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2007

Rob's real dad walked out.Now a step-dad has taken his place. Rob thinks his step-dad is the enemy-but is that about to change? Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Merlin's Apprentice

Merlin's Apprentice

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2006

The exciting sequel to Waking Merlin, a fantasy adventure set in the modern day. It's Katrina Picket's birthday, and not only has her favourite bear been burnt to a crisp, but her best friend's ignoring her, and the supply teacher is none other than Morgan le Fay, the most evil sorceress that ever lived! Katrina summons Merlin. But can he train her to become a sorceress in time to defeat Morgan and save the country from destruction?

Waking Merlin

Waking Merlin

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2006

An exciting fantasy adventure set in the modern day. While on a pot-holing expedition with her dad, ten-year-old Katrina Picket accidentally wakes Merlin, who tells her that they must save England from a meteorite that is about to strike. Katrina and Merlin travel to London, waking King Arthur and his knights, and Desmond, a hungry dragon, along the way. Can they get there in time to stop the meteorite and save the country from destruction?

The Little Egg Band 03/Yellow

The Little Egg Band 03/Yellow

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Find out what happens to the little egg in this patterned story, filled with colourful illustrations by Shoo Rayner. * Yellow level/ Band 3 books offer early readers varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A patterned story with a predictable structure. * A storyboard on pages 14 and 15 reveals what happens to the little egg through a pictorial summary of the day, providing the opportunity to recap the story. * Curriculum links - Knowledge and Understanding of the World: life processes and living things; Science: Plants and animals in the local environment; life cycles * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

100% Pig

100% Pig

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2004

Our hero is a Tamworth pig with attitude. He was imported from Australia to improve the bloodline of the farmer's herd and he is in no doubt about his own importance. But his days of usefulness are numbered and he's about to be packed off on that final journey...or is it? This is a hilarious story based on the escape of the Tamworth Two, from an exciting new writing talent.

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