Candy Gourlay - Author

About the Author

Candy Gourlay was born in Manila during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos; after
working as a journalist for some years, she moved to the UK in her twenties. Candy is
now a full-time writer across a range of medium; short stories, blogs, websites,
journalistic features and radio programmes. TALL STORY is Candy’s first full-length
published novel.

Featured books by Candy Gourlay

Shine

Shine

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Candy Gourlay Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2013

Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   This is not a ghost story even though there are plenty of ghosts in it. And it's not a horror story though some people might be horrified. It's not a monster story either, even though there is a monster in it and that monster happens to be me. Forced to hide herself away from the superstitious island community of Mirasol, thirteen-year-old Rosa seeks solace online. There she meets Ansel95, and as the friendship moves from virtual to real, Rosa discovers that she's not the only one with something to hide. From the author of the critically-acclaimed Tall Story, comes a haunting, intense and moving novel which weaves myths and ghosts into a modern setting. As Rosa's social life blossoms, how will she seize the freedom to be who she really is?

Other books by Candy Gourlay

Bone Talk

Bone Talk

Author: Candy Gourlay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2018

Is it a Mermaid?

Is it a Mermaid?

Author: Candy Gourlay, Francesca Chessa Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2018

I AM A BEAUTIFUL MERMAID! declares the Dugong, and she shows Benji and Bel her mermaid tail (rather big) and her mermaid singing (very bad). Is she really just a sea-cow - or could the Dugong be a mermaid after all?

Tall Story

Tall Story

Author: Candy Gourlay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2016

Be careful what you wish for . . . Andi is short. And she has lots of wishes. She wishes she could play on the school basketball team, she wishes for her own bedroom, but most of all she wishes that her long lost half brother, Bernardo, could come and live in London, where he belongs. Then Andi's biggest wish comes true and she's minutes away from becoming someone's little sister. As she waits anxiously for Bernardo to arrive from the Philippines, she hopes he'll turn out to be tall and just as mad as she is about basketball. When he finally arrives, he's tall all right. But he's not just tall ... he's a GIANT. In a novel packed with humour and quirkiness, Gourlay explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very different cultures.

Shine

Shine

Author: Candy Gourlay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

Monsters are in the eye of the beholder. Rosa suffers from a rare condition that renders her mute. She lives on the strange island of Mirasol where the rain never seems to stop. In the gloom of the island, its superstitious population are haunted by all sorts of fears . . . they shun people who suffer from Rosa's condition, believing them to be monsters. So Rosa must live hidden away in an isolated house with its back to the rest of the world, with only the internet for a social life. But Rosa has no desire to leave Mirasol. This is where her mother died and every night she lights a candle on the windowsill. The islanders believe this is the way to summon ghosts, and Rosa wants her mother back. One day she is befriended by a boy online who calls himself Ansel95 - and she quickly realizes that this is one friendship that can take place in the real world. Can she really trust him? What does he want from her? And then Mother turns up at the front door. From the author of the critically-acclaimed Tall Story comes a haunting, intense and moving novel which weaves myths and ghosts into a modern setting. As Rosa's social life blossoms, how will she seize the freedom to be who she really is?

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 11: Animal Tricksters

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 11: Animal Tricksters

Author: Candy Gourlay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Animal Tricksters retells three folk tales from around the world about animal tricksters. Hare has an impossible task to do. Monkey faces twenty mean crocodiles to get the sweetest mangoes in the world. Coyote wants to save the baby rabbits from becoming Lion's lunch. Can they succeed? Captivating versions of some of the best myths and legends from around the world. TreeTops Myths and Legends are fascinating and action-packed stories that will motivate and inspire junior readers. These are some of the oldest and most enduring stories in the world, retold by leading contemporary children's authors to bring out all of the action, drama, humour and depth of the original stories in a way that makes them as exciting and meaningful today as ever. The stories are beautifully illustrated in a range of styles to bring each tale to life. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Tall Story

Tall Story

Author: Candy Gourlay Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

Andi is short. And she has lots of wishes. She wishes she could play on the school basketball team, she wishes for her own bedroom, but most of all she wishes that her long-lost half-brother, Bernardo, could come and live in London where he belongs.Then Andi's biggest wish comes true and she's minutes away from becoming someone's little sister. As she waits anxiously for Bernardo to arrive from the Philippines, she hopes he'll turn out to be tall and just as crazy as she is about basketball. When he finally arrives, he's tall all right. Eight feet tall, in factplagued by condition called Gigantism and troubled by secrets that he believes led to his phenomenal growth.In a novel packed with quirkiness and humor, Gourlay explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very different cultures.From the Hardcover edition.

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