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Barry Hutchison - Author

About the Author

Barry Hutchison is an award-winning children’s author and screenwriter. Since 2008 Barry has written over 80 books for children, including several based on the hit TV show, Ben 10 , and a terrifying horror series Invisible Fiends . When not writing he is usually visiting schools and libraries to run events and story-writing workshops for kids and adults alike. Barry lives with his family in Fort William.  Read a Q&A with the author here.

 

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Invasion of the Living Ted

Invasion of the Living Ted

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Grizz, the world's most evil teddy bear, is back, and he's out for revenge! It's been three days since Grizz almost took over the world - again. Lisa Marie and Vernon have been interrogated by the police, and Bearvis and the Duds have been taken away to be studied. But things are far from over. Grizz has found a way to infiltrate the wireless networks and he's planning his revenge. As all teddy bears come to life, Lisa Marie and Vernon must battle a King-Kong-sized teddy bear with a mind for evil. It looks like they're going to need their furry friends back! The third title in this rollicking series featuring the totally indestructible and most evil of teddy bears! A laugh-out-loud read for fans of Pamela Butchart, Danny Wallace and David Baddiel.

Spectre Collectors: Rise of the Ghostfather!

Spectre Collectors: Rise of the Ghostfather!

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

In their third and final spooky adventure, Denzel and his friends face the biggest, baddest ghost of all: The Ghostfather. He's making a comeback, and he needs Denzel's help, whether he likes it or not. . . Look out for other titles in the Spectre Collectors series: Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul for School Spectre Collectors: A New York Nightmare!

Revenge of the Living Ted

Revenge of the Living Ted

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

Just when Lisa Marie and Vernon thought they'd seen the last of Grizz and his terrifying army of Halloween teddy bears, they're kidnapped by megalomaniac Ursine Kodiak, who has an army of evil bears of his own. But there's worse to come - Ursine has created an AI version of Grizz, who is now on the loose and intent on revenge... Can Lisa Marie and Vernon save the day - and the world - again? Hold on to your hats ... fur is about to fly! A pacy, laugh-out-loud sequel to NIGHT OF THE LIVING TED, perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart, Danny Wallace and David Baddiel.

Spectre Collectors: A New York Nightmare!

Spectre Collectors: A New York Nightmare!

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

The second in Barry's Hutchison's very funny series about Denzel and his unusual friend, Smithy, full of ghouls, magic and outrageous battles. Denzel and Smithy are summoned to the US by the New York branch of the Spectre Collectors, who turn out to be two kids called Weinberg and Martinez. There's been some weird spectral activity and they need help. Soon Denzel is immersed (literally) in an adventure involving a shark, a massive gorilla and lots and lots of evil ghosts. He's even hearing voices...

Night of the Living Ted

Night of the Living Ted

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

When Lisa Marie and her step-brother Vernon pop into town to get their dad a birthday present, they discover the Create-a-Ted shop is offering free Halloween bears! Making two grisly bears for themselves and choosing an Elvis bear named Bearvis for Dad, they head home. That night the shopkeeper brings the bears to life for nefarious purposes ... but Vernon's bear, Grizz, doesn't want to be a slave to humans - he wants to rule the world! Converting the shopkeeper's Stuff-U-Lator into a machine for turning living matter into stuffed bears, he begins to prowl the streets. Can the children and Bearvis save themselves - and the world - from being stuffed?

Anty Hero

Anty Hero

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

Ant isn't like many other boys. His clothes are always dirty, there are often bugs in his hair and he doesn't even know anything about footie! But what really sets him apart is what's hiding behind his ginormous green sunglasses - and that has to be seen to be believed... Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

The Goozillas!: Battle of the Gunge Games

The Goozillas!: Battle of the Gunge Games

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2018

Gooey and green - the ultimate team! Meet the Goozillas! When Max accidentally sneezes himself into his World of Slime computer game, he comes face to face with the Goozillas that live there . . . the Goozillas that he created! This is going to be the best adventure EVER! But all is not well in the World of Slime. The Goozillas are under attack from the cute-but-evil Sicklies, with their big eyes, soft fur, and deadly powers. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls . . . Get ready of the final showdown. The competitors are warming up and getting in the slime zone. Yes, it's Goozillas versus Sicklies in the Battle of the Gunge Games. Who will triumph and win control of the World of Slime? Can the Sicklies really win a tug-of-war against the mighty Big Blob or will they have to resort to cheating (well, what do you think!)? On the count of three, let the battle commence . . . one . . . two . . . three . . . it's Slime Time!! Exciting adventures illustrated throughout in full colour. Perfect for young readers.

Magna Cow

Magna Cow

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

The Goozillas!: Quest for Crusty Crater

The Goozillas!: Quest for Crusty Crater

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2018

Gooey and green - the ultimate team! Meet the Goozillas! When Max accidentally sneezes himself into his World of Slime computer game, he comes face to face with the Goozillas that live there . . . the Goozillas that he created! This is going to be the best adventure EVER! But all is not well in the World of Slime. The Goozillas are under attack from the cute-but-evil Sicklies, with their big eyes, soft fur, and deadly powers. Max and the Goozillas take a leap of faith in the platform level of World of Slime, but the platforms are NOT playing fair. They move, they disappear, they even give you an electric shock! The evil Sicklies NEVER play fair either - you only have to look at their new recruit to see they're up to no good. On second thoughts, don't look at her . . . don't look at . . . don't look . . . don't . . . Join the Goozillas on their latest HYPNOTIC adventure. Illustrated throughout in vibrant full colour and perfect for young readers everywhere.

The Goozillas!: Race to Slime Central

The Goozillas!: Race to Slime Central

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2018

Gooey and green - the ultimate team! Meet the Goozillas! When Max accidentally sneezes himself into his World of Slime computer game, he comes face to face with the Goozillas that live there . . . the Goozillas that he created! This is going to be the best adventure EVER! But all is not well in the World of Slime. The Goozillas are under attack from the cute-but-evil Sicklies, with their big eyes, soft fur, and deadly powers. It's a race against time to get to Slime Central. But can Max and the Goozillas beat the Sicklies in their super-speedy vehicles? Well, they've got a souped-up Bogey Bus and are ready to burn some serious slime. On your marks, get set . . . goo! Exciting adventures illustrated throughout in full colour. Perfect for young readers. Dexter Green is a pseudonym for Barry Hutchison. Barry is the author of over sixty books for children, including the Invisible Fiends series, and also Angry Birds, Skylanders, and Ben 10 books.

Skylanders A Portal Master's Guide To The Skylands

Skylanders A Portal Master's Guide To The Skylands

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2018

The Goozillas!: Attack on Fungus Fort

The Goozillas!: Attack on Fungus Fort

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2018

Gooey and green - the ultimate team! Meet the Goozillas! When max accidentally sneezes himself into his World of Slime computer game, he comes face to face with the Goozillas that live there . . . the Goozillas that he created! This is going to be the best adventure EVER! But all is not well in the World of Slime. The Goozillas are under attack from the cute-but-evil Sicklies, with their big eyes, soft fur, and deadly powers. The Sicklies have taken over Fungus Fort and it's up to Max and his gooey friends to reclaim it, but how are they ever going to get over that enormous wall with its barbed wire defences? Well, there are some advantages to being super-stretchy . . . Exciting adventures illustrated throughout in full colour. Perfect for young readers. Dexter Green is a pseudonym for Barry Hutchison. Barry is the author of over sixty books for children, including the Invisible Fiends series, and also Angry Birds, Skylanders, and Ben 10 books.

Weirdest Show on Earth

Weirdest Show on Earth

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Beaky still can't tell a lie and life isn't getting any easier. When he somehow manages to land a lead part in the school play, Romeo and Juliet ... but with Aliens, Beaky is put in the spotlight. Playing Romeo to Evie's Juliet makes his crush on her even harder to disguise. And now Beaky's old lying ways are coming back to haunt him - his dog Destructo has been chosen to appear on TV's Most Talented Pets because he can ride a bike. Only problem is ... he can't. As everything starts to unravel and Madame Shirley, the culprit for Beaky's truth-telling condition, is nowhere to be found, Beaky is faced with some difficult decisions. Maybe just telling the truth about a few things wouldn't be so bad... Cue chaos, calamity and dogs that can't ride bikes in this hilarious series for fans of WIMPY KID and TOM GATES.

Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School

Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Denzel is having no luck with his maths homework. First, it's too difficult, then there's a terrifying mess of smoky black tendrils that wants to kill him, then two teenagers explode through his window holding guns and throwing magic. They are the Spectre Collectors, and spooky is their speciality. Realising that Denzel has a special gift, they sweep him off to their headquarters for training. Tested with awesome weapons and ancient magic, Denzel realises just how little he knows. But there's a serious problem on its way from the Spectral Realm, so Denzel has a lot to learn. FAST.

Super Creepy Camp

Super Creepy Camp

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

When Beaky, Theo and Wayne are chosen to take part in the annual inter-schools contest with Foxley Hill it can mean only one thing for Beaky ... trouble. The contest includes a debate, a quiz and an overnight team-building exercise. With Wayne determined that their team be crowned the victor, Beaky's only hope is to keep his mouth firmly shut ... unfortunately his brain has other ideas. Cue chaos, calamity and things that go bump in the night...

Worst Ever School Trip

Worst Ever School Trip

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

A hilarious new series from best-selling author, Barry Hutchison, perfect for fans of Tom Gates, Wimpy Kid and Barry Loser. I like to smell my own farts... Gah! Someone shut me up! It's been 92 hours since Beaky last told a lie. So far he's survived two full days of school with only three light beatings, two telling-offs and one wedgie ... but the annual school trip is going to take Beaky's survival skills to a whole other level - especially as a mix up in the school office means that Beaky and his class are on a trip to Learning Land, an educational theme park aimed at eight-year-olds. And home to cheery-but-creepy Clumso the Clued-up Clown whose job is to dish out fascinating facts to one and all. But there is worse to come when Beaky's partnered with Wayne, a.k.a the school bully, who has a morbid fear of clowns. With Beaky unable to tell a lie and Wayne intent on beating him up, things aren't looking good. And that's before they find themselves on the run from a manic clown who'll seemingly stop at nothing to track them down...

World's Greatest Liar

World's Greatest Liar

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Dylan Malone, aka Beaky, has a habit for telling porkies - every time he opens his mouth, out pops a whopper... But then his long-suffering sister shoves him into the truth-telling machine at Madame Shirley's Marvellous Emporium of Peculiarities. Now Beaky can't tell a lie - not even a teeny-weeny one - and a truth-telling Beaky is even worse...

Little Red

Little Red

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2016

The Moon-Faced Ghoul-Thing

The Moon-Faced Ghoul-Thing

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

It's the Feast of Scarrabus, and Ben and his friends are out, stalking the dark streets, armed only with bags of sweets. But Ben doesn't play by the rules, and soon the Moon-Faced Ghoul-Thing is after him, dragging him into a dark realm from which there's no return... Or is there?

The Swivel-Eyed Ogre-Thing

The Swivel-Eyed Ogre-Thing

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

In an alternate 15th century, where dragons roam, sailing ships transform into submarines, and blacksmiths build steampunk robots, ten-year-old orphan Benjamin Blank battles monsters, rescues maidens and discovers fantastic new lands, but never quite manages to get his homework handed in on time. Each adventure sees Ben and his friends, Paradise Little and Wesley Chant, face a new monstrous menace.

Fiction Express: Rise of the Rabbits

Fiction Express: Rise of the Rabbits

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2015

The Shark-Headed Bear Thing

The Shark-Headed Bear Thing

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2014

In an alternate 15th century, where dragons roam, sailing ships transform into submarines, and blacksmiths build steampunk robots, ten-year-old orphan Benjamin Blank battles monsters, rescues maidens and discovers fantastic new lands, but never quite manages to get his homework handed in on time. Each adventure sees Ben and his friends, Paradise Little and Wesley Chant, face a new monstrous menace.

The Return of Frankie Stine

The Return of Frankie Stine

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

Frankie woke up, flat on his back on a hard wooden board. He had a banging headache. That was the first thing he noticed. The second thing he noticed was that he was dead. Teenager Frankie Stine wants to know two things: why is he dead and who brought him back to life? Also, why does he seem to have someone else's legs? It quickly transpires that Frankie's death was no accident. With the help of a new friend, Frankie is soon on the trail of his killer. Can they catch him before Frankie's parents come to any harm? This comic horror story is written by Barry Hutchison, winner of the Scottish Children's Book Award, 2012. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 4c to Level 4a in reading. *Support comprehension with the age-appropriate, comic-book-style illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 10 years and above.

Afterworlds: The Book of Doom

Afterworlds: The Book of Doom

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

The second hilarious book in Barry's AFTERWORLDS sequence - comic fantasy perfect for fans of Pratchett and Douglas Adams. There's panic up in Heaven. They have mislaid the BOOK OF DOOM - the most important object in existence. Oopsy. They think Satan might have stolen it, the sneaky little devil, so to save the world - plus, you know, quite a lot of embarrassment, fifteen year old Zac and his angelic guide Angelo are sent to retrieve it. Sadly directions aren't Angelo's strong point and they soon find themselves just as lost as the book, wandering through Afterworlds such as Valhalla and Hades and encountering some colourful characters along the way... Can the hapless pair make it to Hell and back?

Tunnel of Terror

Tunnel of Terror

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Enter the Tunnel of Terror and prepare to scream ... for your lives. Best friends Jim and Karl sneak out to the midnight launch of a new ride, the Tunnel of Terror. Expecting a rollercoaster, they are disappointed to discover it is just a boring looking ghost train. But, as they fasten their seatbelts, little do they realise they're in for the ride of their lives... *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3c to Level 3b in reading. *Support comprehension with the atmospheric, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

The Darkest Corners

The Darkest Corners

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2012

The concluding part of this darkly funny, horror series Darren Shan called 'deliciously nightmarish'. Kyle is a bit of a problem child. He won't do what his dad tells him. But that's because his dad wants Kyle to unleash the scuttling, screaming, killer creatures of the Darkest Corners and bring about the end of the world. Now might be a good time to rebel...

Afterworlds: The 13th Horseman

Afterworlds: The 13th Horseman

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The first hilarious book in Barry's AFTERWORLDS sequence. Drake has just met the Horsemen of the Apocalypse but is that really the end of the world? Pratchett meets Python in this dark comic fantasy with plenty of action, perfect for 11+ boys Drake is surprised to find three horsemen of the apocalypse playing snakes and ladders in his garden shed. He's even more surprised when they insist that he is one of them. They're missing a Horseman, having gone through several Deaths and they think that Drake is the boy for the job. At first he's reluctant to usher in Armageddon but does being in charge of Armageddon have to spell the end of the world? An apocalyptic blend of riotous comedy, heart-stopping action and a richly imagined fantasy adventure.

The Beast

The Beast

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

The fifth thrilling book in this darkly funny, horror series Darren Shan called 'deliciously nightmarish'. The first book, Mr Mumbles, is shortlisted for the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books Kyle is having trouble with the neighbours. They've turned into black-eyed, flesh-eating zombies. Now would be a good time to leave town but out there, on the snow covered streets, something far worse is lurking. There is a beast in the shadows and the only way for Kyle to fight it is to use his powers. But every time Kyle uses them, he weakens the barrier between this world, and the terrifying, world of the Darkest Corners. If the barrier breaks there will be more killers on the streets.

Doc Mortis

Doc Mortis

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

The fourth thrilling book in this darkly funny, horror series Darren Shan called 'deliciously nightmarish'. The first book, Mr Mumbles, is shortlisted for the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books Kyle wakes up in hospital - which is strange, because he doesn't remember being ill. And that's not all. He's also deliriously flitting in and out of the Darkest Corners, and in the shadow version of the hospital the surfaces aren't clean, and the sharp instruments aren't used for healing. It's Kyle's most terrifying experience yet, and it's about to get much, much worse. The doctor will see him now... The fourth installment of this darkly comic horror series

The Crowmaster

The Crowmaster

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2011

After Kyle's ordeal at school, his mother packs him off to the safety of the countryside, where there will be no temptation to use his powers, and he can forget the bad things - like the fact that his dad is a monster determined to destroy the world. But here's the thing about the countryside: it's full of nature, and nature sometimes has claws. Followed by a spindly figure in the woods and attacked by crows, Kyle is about to discover that NOWHERE is safe from the invisible fiends...

Raggy Maggie

Raggy Maggie

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2010

DARREN SHAN describes this book as A fast-paced fury of a novel, packed with genuine scares and thrills. It made me shiver more than once and I devoured it at lightning speed. I'll definitely be checking back to see how this creepy, deliciously nightmarish series develops! He's not wrong... Billy is the hardest kid in school and a horrible bully. So Kyle could almost find it funny that Billy's childhood invisible friend was a little dolly named Raggy Maggie. Almost, but not quite. Because now Raggy Maggie is back, and she wants Kyle to play a game. The game is very simple. Find where she's hidden Billy - or Billy dies...

Mr Mumbles

Mr Mumbles

Author: Barry Hutchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2010

Kyle's imaginary friend from childhood is back... with a vengeance. Kyle hasn't seen Mr Mumbles in years. And there's a good reason for that: Mr Mumbles doesn't exist. But now Kyle's imaginary friend is back, and Kyle doesn't have time to worry about why. Only one thing matters: staying alive... A major series from a fresh new talent, brought to you by the publisher that put horror on the map.

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