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Catherine Storr - Author

About the Author

Catherine Storr (1913-2001) was an English children's writer, best known for her novel Marianne Dreams and for the Clever Polly series. She was born in London, and attended St Paul's Girls' School, and went on to study English literature at Newnham College, Cambridge. She tried unsuccessfully to become a novelist but without giving up this ambition she studied medicine, qualifying as a doctor in 1944. She worked at the Middlesex Hospital. Afterwards, while regularly producing new children's books, she also worked as an editorial assistant for Penguin Books, from 1966 to the early seventies. She married in 1942 and had had three daughters. She divorced in 1970 and remarried the economist Lord Balogh (1905-1985).

You can read Julia Eccleshare's obituary to Catherine Storr here.

Featured books by Catherine Storr

Marianne Dreams

Marianne Dreams

11+ readers

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2006

A welcome reissue of an original and highly imaginative classic. Marianne is stuck in bed for six weeks following an illness. Seemingly with nothing to do, she is sure she’ll be terribly bored. But then she finds a special pencil in an old workbox she is sorting through and begins to draw. Soon Marianne finds that whatever she draws appears in her dreams and, excitingly if slightly frighteningly, the people and places begin to come alive. Soon Marianne has a whole new world and Mark, a special friend to play with.

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Other books by Catherine Storr

The Complete Adventures of Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

The Complete Adventures of Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

All four Clever Polly books in one volume including Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf, Polly and the Wolf Again, Tales of Polly and the Hungry Wolf and More Stories of Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf. Drawing occasionally on well-known fairy tales, and skilfully blending fantasy and reality, these stories are bursting with humour, originality and charm. And Polly, not scared at all, outwits the wolf on each and every occasion!

Tales of Polly and the Hungry Wolf

Tales of Polly and the Hungry Wolf

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2016

In TALES OF POLLY AND THE HUNGRY WOLF, the wolf is up to his old tricks again. He's trying to fool Polly so that he can gobble her up. He has thought of several new ways of getting her into his clutches, but the stupid wolf is no match for clever Polly.

More Stories of Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

More Stories of Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2016

Originally published as Last Stories of Polly and the Wolf, the wolf is back again and determined to eat Polly. He set up all kinds of traps to try and get her into his clutches, but Polly is just too clever for him - until one day when things take a very unexpected turn - perhaps the stupid wolf is not quite so stupid after all...!

Polly And the Wolf Again

Polly And the Wolf Again

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Polly and the Wolf Again by Catherine Storr is a second book of stories written for the author's daughter, who was scared of the wolf under the bed. The blundering, endearing wolf is still determined to prove himself cleverer than Polly - but the resolute and affectionate Polly outwits him every time! Skilfully blending fantasy and reality, these stories are bursting with humour and are accompanied by the original charming original black and white line drawings by Marjorie-Ann Watts. Reissued in 'A Puffin Book' series of Puffin modern classics, this is a sequel to Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf - a much-loved classic for young children.

Marianne Dreams

Marianne Dreams

11+ readers

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2006

A welcome reissue of an original and highly imaginative classic. Marianne is stuck in bed for six weeks following an illness. Seemingly with nothing to do, she is sure she’ll be terribly bored. But then she finds a special pencil in an old workbox she is sorting through and begins to draw. Soon Marianne finds that whatever she draws appears in her dreams and, excitingly if slightly frighteningly, the people and places begin to come alive. Soon Marianne has a whole new world and Mark, a special friend to play with.

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Polly and the Wolf Again

Polly and the Wolf Again

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2011

Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

Author: Catherine Storr, Babette Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

The Mirror Image Ghost

The Mirror Image Ghost

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

Lisa is sure she has seen a ghost in her mother's bedroom mirror, but who can she tell? Her grandparents are oddly secretive about ghosts and the past, her mother seems distant since her recent marriage, and Lisa definitely can't confide in her new stepsister and stepbrother - she loathes them! As Lisa explores further she unravels some truths about her family's history and begins to look at herself and those closest to her in a new light.

Marianne Dreams

Marianne Dreams

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2006

'I could get in,' Marianne thought, 'if there was a person inside the house. There has got to be a person. I can't get in unless there is somebody there. 'Why isn't there someone in the house?' she cried to the empty world around her. Marianne is no child prodigy at drawing. Confined to her bed with an illness she finds a pencil in her great-grandmother's workbox, but the house she draws is as unsatisfying as always - like a shaky doll's house with grass as unlike anything growing as ever. But that night she dreams and rediscovers her drawing in a completely new world. Returning to this world night after night, Marianne encounters a strange but familiar boy and the house takes on an increasingly ominous significance for both of them...Funny, unusual, indefinable, the spirit of Marianne Dreams lingers long after the final page.

The Mirror Image Ghost

The Mirror Image Ghost

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2000

Lisa is sure she has seen a ghost in her mother's bedroom mirror, but who can she tell? Her grandparents are oddly secretive about ghosts and the past, her mother seems distant since her recent marriage, and Lisa definitely can't confide in her new stepsister and stepbrother - she loathes them! As Lisa explores further she unravels some truths about her family's history and begins to look at herself and those closest to her in a new light.

Marianne Dreams (Children's Classics)

Marianne Dreams (Children's Classics)

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2000

Ill, and confined to bed, Marianne doodles eerie pictures of a house, a boy, and some strange stones. She begins to have strange dreams as she becomes drawn into the world she has created on paper.

Watcher at the Window Literature and Culture

Watcher at the Window Literature and Culture

Author: Catherine Storr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/1995

General Editor: Sue Palmer Fiction Editor and Language Consultant: Wendy Body The Longman Book Project for ages 4-11: Inspires children with an unparalleled variety of fiction by significant children's authors and illustrators such as Anne Fine, Beverley Naidoo, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson and Geraldine McCaughrean. Offers at-a-glance NLS teaching support in a literacy grid at the back of every book highlighting text, sentence and word level work for easy access by teachers, teaching assistants and parents. Specific materials for progress monitoring and assessment for teachers and children in the Teacher's Books including reading and writing assessment task copymasters, test passages and reading records. Provides gradual, age-appropriate progression and supportive clusters of shared, guided and independent reading books based around common themes for Key Stage 1/P1-3. Presents a wide range of different titles to stimulate all readers at Key Stage 2/P4-7. Covers a huge range of NLS fiction genres including plays and poetry to promote speaking and listening. Promotes valuable awareness of community and citizenship through many titles based around issues of community, environment and health.

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