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Gill grew up in Warwickshire until the age of seven, when her family moved to a derelict railway station in mid-Wales. By the age of eighteen her only aim in life was to escape the Welsh hills, so off she went to explore. After an enlightening gap year, she ducked out of a law degree and studied French and Philosophy at University College, Oxford. Then she tried mental health work, environmental work, life in a VW van in the Outer Hebrides, busking, turning pigsties into craft workshops and working on an antiques stall... all fun, but none of them quite right.
Meanwhile she discovered writing and completed a first novel, which no one wanted to publish. But it did help her get a job as writer/editor at Usborne Publishing in 1994. This introduced her to the world of children's writing and she hasn't looked back.
Gill went freelance in 2000. It has involved all sorts of writing — commissioned fiction, non-fiction, film reviews and even a software manual. Then a year in Egypt resulted in both Orphan of the Sun, set in ancient Egypt, and Love in Luxor, a modern teenage love story (Piccadilly, 2005). Further travel led to journalism, and she now writes travel features, too.
The Spitting Cobra, published by Bloomsbury in August 2009, is the first in a new series of four books set in Ancient Egypt. The Horned Viper, the second Egyptian Chronicle, will be published in October 2009 and two further thrilling installments will be released in 2010. Each book is a fantastically atmospheric evocation of Egyptian life encased in an exciting adventure story. The boy and girl characters Isis and Hopi feature throughout and readers will follow with intrigue their struggles for existence and adventures in Egypt circa 1150 BC. Set in the legendary Valley of the Kings, The Spitting Cobra opens the series with a gripping adventure of royal proportions, as Isis and Hopi try to solve the mystery of who is stealing sacred treasures from the heavily guarded Pharaoh’s tombs.
Gill lives in London but is always itching to spend more time in Africa, her favourite continent.
The title of this book will bring shudders to anyone who has ever undertaken a long journey with children, the book itself could be a godsend! 96 busy, colourful pages are packed with puzzles, games and activities of all sorts. The opening section will put readers properly in the holiday spirit with games and challenges to get them thinking about packing and holiday destinations. After that come pages of activities to pass the time while en route, while it’s raining, or even while your parents enjoy a lie in. The activities are very varied and will give the brain a good work-out too over those long lazy summer days. Well worth adding to the suitcase.
Fantastically atmospheric of both time and place, because the author has spent much time in Egypt. The stories too, are meticulously researched so you really feel yourself travelling with the characters as they experience all manner of adventures in Egypt circa 1150BC. In this one, The Deathstalker, Isis and Hopi try to help a Libyan girl who has been taken prisoner. The book includes factual detail and notes about Egyptian lifestyle, the importance of the gods for the Egyptians, the tombs and much else. This is the fourth of four. Click here to see them all.
Ancient Egypt is brought vividly to life in this latest adventure of orphans Hopi and Isis who have a real knack of getting themselves into dramatic situations – and then getting out of them! It is festival time and the King is going to his great Temple for it. But someone is plotting against him and Hopi and Isis have to find out who – and stop him! This is the third of four. Click here to see the others
Having lost their parents to crocodiles in the Nile, 11 year old Isis joins a dance and music troupe whilst 13 year old Hopi, marked by the gods, pursues his strange connection with dangerous creatures in the world of ancient Egypt. When Isis is asked to journey up the Nile by a couple of people she insists her brother come too. As they journey along the river they both begin to realise something sinister is afoot. Can they solve the web of intrigue before their boat journey ends? The first in the series Spitting Cobra is also published.
A thrilling adventure set in Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs tells how orphans Isis and Hopi set out to find out the truth about the robbery of the royal tombs. Full of detail about the life of the Ancient Egyptians including a fact file, this is an excellent introduction to a time when the power of gods was strongly believed in.
The perfect travel companion for any child, this is a book to get kids excited about their journey and will make sure their holiday memories never fade. It is packed with cool puzzles and games to play on the way, and includes themed spreads to help them remember and cherish every part of their time. There is space to stick in memorabilia and photos, boxes to tick and fill in, and loads of fun things to colour - this doodle scrapbook will make any journey fly by! Other titles in the series: 9781780555683 Holiday Boredom Buster 9781780556055 The Backpack Activity Book 9781780556062 Amazing Pen & Paper Games
This book will delight anyone who loves horses, from complete beginners to experienced riders. With stunning photography and detailed illustrations it describes everything from tacking up and mounting to what to do when a horse bolts, preparing for a country ride or a three-day event. Includes links to websites with more riding tips and advice.
Nine true stories of master criminals and the detectives who foiled them - from serial murderers such as the Yorkshire Ripper, to art forgers, kidnappers and Great Train Robbers. Engaging, narrative non-fiction for readers who prefer fact to fiction.
This title includes four new editions in the popular True Stories series, each with an arresting new cover. Each book contains thrilling stories of heroism, bravery and battling the odds to provide young readers with a truly compelling read. It contains maps, line drawings and notes on sources and further reading. It is perfect for fact-fans and reluctant readers: a must-have series during the 2008 Year of Reading.
This is a new edition of the popular and successful encyclopedia describing the remarkable history of Ancient Egypt. You can discover remarkable facts of one of the world's oldest civilisations from its origins as a group of settlements along the banks of the Nile, its rise to one of the world's greatest civilisations to its decline at the hands of the Roman Empire. It is filled with stunning photographs and detailed illustrations. It includes a comprehensive factfinder featuring a time chart, a list of who's who and details of recent archaeological finds. It includes internet links that offer a fascinating selection of recommended web sites - with sound, animation or video clips which provide additional information for projects and homework.
The Horned Viper is the second in a new series of four books set in Ancient Egypt. The Spitting Cobra, the first in the series, was published in August 2009. Two further instalments will be released in 2010. Each book is a well researched and atmospheric evocation of Egyptian life encased in an exciting adventure story. The boy and girl characters, Hopi and Isis, feature in each book and readers will be intrigued to follow their struggles for existence and adventure in Egypt circa 1150 BC. In this story, The Horned Viper, Isis and Hopi find themselves on the banks of the River Nile, pitting their wits against dangerous servants.
The Spitting Cobra is the first in a new series of four books set in Ancient Egypt. The Horned Viper, the second Egyptian Chronicle, will be published in October 2009 and two further instalments will be released in 2010. Each book is a fantastically atmospheric evocation of Egyptian life encased in an exciting adventure story. The boy and girl characters, Hopi and Isis, feature in each book and readers will be intrigued to follow their struggles for existence and adventure in Egypt circa 1150 BC. Set in the legendary Valley of the Kings, The Spitting Cobra opens the series with a gripping adventure of royal proportions, as Isis and Hopi try to solve the mystery of who is stealing sacred treasures from the heavily guarded Pharaoh's tombs.
A boy is sentenced to death for bad behaviour - can the djinni of his town save his life? Magical myth from Timbuktu. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.
Jamie and Ed get more than they bargained for when they go tracking in isolated woods and encounter a wild boar. Exciting story with an environmental message. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.
Howard Carter had spent five long years in the hot, dry desert, searching for the tomb of the ancient Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamun. But what he found when he ventured deeper and deeper into the tomb was gold and treasure beyond his wildest dreams. Part of Young Reading Level 3, created for children ready to tackle longer stories and more diverse subjects.