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Tom Avery was born and raised in London in a very large, very loud family, descendants of the notorious pirate Henry Avery. He trained as a teacher and has worked with children in inner city schools in London and Birmingham.
Tom lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two sons.
Click here to read The English Association's interview with Tom.
Twins Ned and Jamie spend their spare time – when Ned is well enough – searching the shorelines of the beaches near their home for washed up treasures. That’s where they find the strange, otherworldly creature that Jamie hopes has come to cure Ned. Ned understands that Leonard, as they call the creature, is indeed there to save him, just not in the way his brother hopes. The story is punctuated with tales of seafaring and merman, told by the boys’ granddad, together with descriptions of their favourite Star Trek episodes, both giving the story extra resonance. It’s beautifully told and beautifully illustrated too, a tender, touching account of a family facing the death of a child. ~ Andrea Reece
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal A debut novel which charts the long, slow and painful process of grieving is also full of tenderness and hope as it tells of the slow and painful recovery of a young girl following the death of her brother. Kaia is frozen after her brother dies. Locked in on herself, she can no longer communicate with her school friends or concentrate on her school work while at home she watches helpless as her mother falls apart. But then a mysterious figure appears. Can he help her? In his company, Kaia finds herself soothed and gradually growing stronger as she learns to live with the loss. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for My Brother's Shadow a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'A positive story about how love, care and encouragement can transform frozen hearts.' Mukunth Kowsik Scroll down to read more ...
Winner of the 2010 Frances Lincoln / Seven Stories Diverse Voices Children's Book Award. Click here to read author and teacher Tom Avery's Q&A with one of the judges, Geraldine Brennan. This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to live with their uncle, Emmanuel is put in charge. But, when you are only 12 it’s hard to do everything for yourself and your younger brother. Especially, it’s hard not attract any attention. When things go wrong and the boys go on the run, they find themselves in real danger as part of a thieving gang. Debut novelist Tom Avery shines real insight on how different some children’s lives are in this gripping and deeply moving story. Click here to see the previous winner of the Diverse Voices award, Takeshita Demons.
Jamie and Ned are twins. They do everything together: riding their bikes, beachcombing outside their house, watching their favourite episodes of Star Trek. But Ned is sick, and one day, he may leave Jamie behind. When they discover a strange creature on the beach, Ned wants one more adventure and decides to keep him secretly in their garage. But Jamie begins to hope that the creature might bring some miracle, and stop his brother from going where he can no longer follow . . .
My name is Kaia. I'm frozen because of what happened. I'm trapped because of what I saw. Can someone help me to grow again? Kaia is frozen when her brother dies, but can an unexpected friend help her to grow again?
It' s Father, my brother said. He' s in trouble. We' ve got to get him. Prince and Emmanuel are stunned to hear that someone who says she' s their mother is looking for them. Can it really be her, after four long years of separation? The boys are scared and suspicious. And then there' s another shock - they learn that their father is trapped in Tanzania, blackmailed by gangsters to pay off an impossible debt. The boys make a big decision - somehow they must find the money to get to Africa, bring their father home and reunite their family. Even if it means going back to stealing...
Get out, Emmanuel! growled my uncle. Take your brother and go. But where can two boys go when they're on their own, on the run, with little money or food? All 12-year-old Emmanuel knows is that he has to look after Prince. They were his father's last words to him. On the train to London, Em and Prince have no idea where they will end up - but then they meet the mysterious Mr Green and his friends . And that's when things start to spin out of control...