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Penny Dolan - Author

About the Author

Penny Dolan is well known for a host of books for younger readers. A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E, published by Bloomsbury in October 2010, is her first novel for older readers.

Penny grew up in North London, where her favourite things included a Pollock’s Toy Theatre, a ragged makeup bag full of used greasepaint, a small stuffed alligator and a wooden box of old paints. School taught her she was too tall to act, too awkward to be a dancer, to dim to learn the Reform Laws and not quite good enough an artist. Penny loved writing, having been saved from expulsion by school writing competition prizes, but she was losing confidence fast.

So she became a primary school teacher, where the things she most enjoyed teaching were drama, art, history and English. Luckily, she attended a writing course for teachers where, encouraged by authors Dennis Hamley and Jan Mark, she rediscovered her own writing. Eventually Penny gave up her enormous school painting table and left teaching to follow her “author” dream.

Penny now works happily as children’s writer and storyteller, dreaming up all sorts of characters in her head, acting them out within the words of her writing, as well as sharing stories with children and young people on her many school visits. Her writing includes picture book texts, early readers and novels for older children.  She enjoys djembe drumming, books, map-reading and art.

Penny lives in North Yorkshire and has one cat, two grown up children and three untidy desks.

Author photo © Michael James Dolan 2010

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Other books by Penny Dolan

The Third Elephant

The Third Elephant

Author: Penny Dolan Illustrator: Helen Craig Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2007

Follow the trail of a small wooden elephant in this fairy tale full of hope and wonder, designed for readers gaining in confidence. A small wooden elephant is gathering dust in an old house, dreaming of a beautiful white palace, when he's flung into an adventure and finds himself helping three children: Sara, a shy young musician, Nita, who has something to prove, and Jack, who's angry with his mum's new boyfriend... Leaving happiness in his wake - and making several small, whiskery friends along the way - the elephant goes on a magical journey across India, and finally fulfils his dream of seeing the Taj Mahal.

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