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Margaret McAllister - Author

About the Author

Margaret McAllister lives in West Yorkshire with her husband, a practicing Minister. With a background in teaching, Margaret, has always enjoyed making up stories and in the early nineties found the time to put these down on paper. Her first book A Friend for Rachel (re-titled as The Secret Mice) was published in 1997 by Oxford University Press. Margaret has since gone on to publish further novels with OUP (including many literacy titles in their Reading Tree series) as well as with Bloomsbury and Puffin.

With favourite authors including Jane Austen, C. S. Lewis, Elizabeth Goudge and Jerome K. Jerome, it is no surprise that Margaret enjoys writing historical and fantasy fiction. Margaret is known for her Mistmantle Chronicles, the first of which – Urchin of the Riding Stars – was shortlisted for the Ottakar’s Children’s Book Prize, as well as The Life Shop and High Crag Linn for Lion Children’s Books. Most recently Margaret has published the Hammy the Wonder Hamster series under the pseudonym Poppy Harris for Puffin, and The Lion Classic Aesop’s Fables for Lion (September 2011).

In addition to writing, Margaret enjoys dance, theatre, music and history, and is currently learning how to play the piano.

Featured books by Margaret McAllister

15 Things Not to Do with a Baby

15 Things Not to Do with a Baby

Baby and Toddler

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2016

Other books by Margaret McAllister

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 20: Selkie Summer

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 20: Selkie Summer

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2019

It's Lily's last summer before the terrifying move to high school, but instead of hanging out with her primary-school friends at home in Edinburgh, she's stuck on an island in a cottage in the pouring rain. Her parents are completely immersed in their archaeological dig, so Lily is alone with her worries about September - until she meets Jess. Soon, while her parents are making discoveries about the island's ancient past, Lily is discovering a new best friend - and the island transforms from a lonely wet rock into a land of thrilling storms, wide-eyed seals and Viking legends. Reflect is a series of emotionally powerful books with realistic settings, carefully crafted to promote thoughtful discussions and develop higher-level reading comprehension. Written by top childrens authors and developed with Literacy expert and Series Editor Nikki Gamble, these are books you can trust to engage, entertain and support childrens personal development. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to stories with the right depth and complexity for them, and helping them to progress. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children deepen their understanding and support their reading comprehension. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links to relationships education and support literacy skills.

Children of the Bible

Children of the Bible

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2019

An elegantly illustrated collection of favourite Bible stories with an interesting twist. Margaret McAllister imaginatively retells these tales from the point of view of the children involved. Alida Massari's illustration style, inspired by ancient art and architecture and full of grace and sophistication, is perfectly suited to the book. A beautiful and informative title.

Bug Club Lime Plus A Karate Chaos!

Bug Club Lime Plus A Karate Chaos!

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2018

Bug Club Lime Plus A Escape to Tekron

Bug Club Lime Plus A Escape to Tekron

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2018

Read with Oxford: Stage 5: Snow Troll

Read with Oxford: Stage 5: Snow Troll

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Tromso the friendly troll loves to help people, but doesn't always get the right idea. When snow threatens the village, he proves just how helpful he can be! Books with short chapters are a great way for children who are becoming independent readers to extend reading stamina and progress to the next step of their reading journey. This Read with Oxford Stage 5 book has short chapters, an engaging story and humorous colour illustrations. Tips for parents and fun after-reading activities help you to get the most out of the story. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

15 Things Not To Do With A Puppy

15 Things Not To Do With A Puppy

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/2018

Hooray! You have a new puppy! You're going to be best friends... as long as you DON'T do the following things; DON'T teach your puppy how to play the trombone or take her to school. DON'T let your puppy drive the car or juggle with the washing up. DON'T walk your puppy at a football match or wake her when she's sleeping. DO play with your puppy, be patient with her, walk her and give her lots of cuddles and love. In no time at all you'll be best friends! This hilarious, heart-warming picture book is perfect for anyone who has (or wants) a new puppy. The brilliant follow-up to 15 Things Not to Do with your Granny and 15 Things Not to Do with a Baby, this book features the same family and this time we see them learn how to look after their new puppy!

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 The Magic Porridge Pot Level 9

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 The Magic Porridge Pot Level 9

Author: Margaret Mcallister, Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Mrs Mollys magic pot makes steamy, creamy porridge, hot, crusty bread and apple pie. But can it make Pauls secret wish come true? Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding.All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so its easy to match every child to the right book one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 Snow Troll Level 9

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 Snow Troll Level 9

Author: Margaret Mcallister, Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Tromso the friendly troll loves to help people. And when it snows in the village, he proves just how helpful he can be!Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding.All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so its easy to match every child to the right book one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 11 The Jam Street Puzzle Level 11

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 11 The Jam Street Puzzle Level 11

Author: Margaret Mcallister, Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Something is seriously wrong at Jam Street football ground. No one knows where the ball is going next. Are Lowgate cheating? Aidan and Liam know the answer. But what can they do?Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding.All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so its easy to match every child to the right book one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Bug Club Comprehension Y4 A Tale of Two Poggles 12 pack

Bug Club Comprehension Y4 A Tale of Two Poggles 12 pack

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 08/08/2016

Bug Club Comprehension Y4 A Tale of Two Poggles 12 pack

Bug Club Comprehension Y4 A Tale of Two Poggles 12 pack

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2016

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 12: A Christmas Carol

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 12: A Christmas Carol

Author: Margaret McAllister, Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2016

Ebenezer Scrooge can't stand Christmas; he thinks it is all a waste of time. All he cares about is working hard and making money. But some ghostly visitors make him look again at his cold, lonely life. Can he change his ways and embrace the festive spirit before it is too late? Charles Dickens's Victorian story is wonderfully adapted with haunting illustrations which bring even the ghosts to life. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

15 Things Not to Do with a Baby

15 Things Not to Do with a Baby

Baby and Toddler

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2016

Women of the Bible

Women of the Bible

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2015

An elegantly illustrated collection of ten favourite Bible stories with an interesting twist. Margaret McAllister imaginatively retells these tales from the point of view of the women involved: Noah's wife, Miriam, Ruth, Mary mother of Jesus, Pilate's wife, Mary Magdalene are among some of the women who put their side of the story forward. A stylish compilation of Bible stories with a difference, this is a perfect gift for girls and boys alike.

Stories of the Saints

Stories of the Saints

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2015

This elegantly illustrated picture hardback collects together the stories of men and women, leading remarkable and inspirational lives in the Christian faith. Margaret McAllister tells the stories in her own inimitable style - lively, touching and vivid. Some stories are told in the first person, others as if by onlookers, giving variety to the tales, and each concludes with extra information about the life of the saint. Alida's illustration style, which is inspired by ancient art and architecture, is perfectly suited to the book, full of grace and sophistication. A beautiful and informative book. The stories are: Peter, Paul, Perpetua and Felicity, Patrick, Cyril and Methodius, Francis and Clare, Martin de Porres, Teresa of Avila, Ignatius of Loyola, Bernadette of Lourdes, Padre Pio: Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, and Josephine Bakhita.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 15 More Pack A: The Worst of the Vikings

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 15 More Pack A: The Worst of the Vikings

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Three useless Vikings are rowing towards Britain in The Worst of the Vikings. Morbid hates fighting, Vapid is not sure what pillaging is and Torpid just wants to go back to sleep. Is their leader, Harald Hairyhands, wise to send them into battle? TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. 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.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 14 More Pack A: Never Wash your Hair

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 14 More Pack A: Never Wash your Hair

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In Never Wash your Hair Mum thought Tom had nits. Tom knew different - but he never guessed that a day later he'd be on the run, trying to save an amazing new species... TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. 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.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 12 More Pack C: Doughnut Dilemma

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 12 More Pack C: Doughnut Dilemma

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In Doughnut Dilemma Danny MacDonald lives for football, especially his favourite team Lowgate United. But Lowgate's star striker, Keith, is turning into the team's worst player. Keith can't think about anything but tasty doughnuts. Can Danny help his favourite star? TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. 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.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 15 More Pack A: My Guinea-Pig Is Innocent

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 15 More Pack A: My Guinea-Pig Is Innocent

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Joe has just moved into the area and he is very glad when a boy in his class offers to sell him a guinea-pig in My Guinea-Pig is Innocent. But he soon discovers that the boy, Bruiser, is not a friend and there is something very strange about his new pet TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. 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.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 15 More Pack A: The Mean Dream Wonder Machine

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 15 More Pack A: The Mean Dream Wonder Machine

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Patrick Penn tries to do the right thing but when he becomes too absorbed in inventing things go wrong in The Mean Dream Wonder Machine. The real problems begin when he decides to improve Professor Scriffle's brilliant latest invention TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. 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.

Forgotten Bible Stories

Forgotten Bible Stories

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2013

An elegantly illustrated collection of thirteen lesser-known Bible stories. Margaret McAllister imaginatively retells these tales of often-forgotten people, specially chosen for their care and compassion towards the vulnerable, and their (sometimes unexpected) strength of character. Balaam, Hagar, Mephibosheth, Naboth's Vineyard, The Widow, Naaman's Servant, Ebedmelech, Elizabeth, Centurion, The Servants in the Courtyard, Dorcas, Barnabas, Eunice, Philemon

BC Blue (KS2) A/4B Kenneth Grahame's the Wind in the Willows BC Blue (KS2) A/4B Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows Blue (KS2) A/4B

BC Blue (KS2) A/4B Kenneth Grahame's the Wind in the Willows BC Blue (KS2) A/4B Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows Blue (KS2) A/4B

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2013

Part of the Bug Club whole school reading programme for Reception, KS1 and KS2 that transforms young readers into life-long readers. Children are instantly engaged by the characters they know and love and want to read more and more.

BC Brown A/3C Mountain Tales of Norway BC Brown A/3C Mountain Tales of Norway Brown A/3C

BC Brown A/3C Mountain Tales of Norway BC Brown A/3C Mountain Tales of Norway Brown A/3C

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2013

Part of the Bug Club whole school reading programme for Reception, KS1 and KS2 that transforms young readers into life-long readers. Children are instantly engaged by the characters they know and love and want to read more and more.

Oxford Reading Tree: All Stars: Pack 3: the Jam Street Puzzle

Oxford Reading Tree: All Stars: Pack 3: the Jam Street Puzzle

Author: Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars are first class fiction at an appropriate interest level for infants. They are books by top authors and illustrators written and illustrated to challenge and motivate able readers. At the same time, the content is entirely suitable for able infant readers. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. This book is also available as part of a mixed pack of 6 different books or a class pack of 36 books of the same Oxford Reading Tree level.

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