Saviour Pirotta - Author

About the Author

Saviour Pirotta is the best-selling author of over 100 children's books. Based in the UK, his work ranges from novelty titles for toddlers to short novels and collections of fairy tales.

Born on the small island of Malta, his parents named him after Jesus the Saviour. He has a brother called Joseph and two aunts called Mary. His father was a carpenter. With such a name, people expected him to grow up liking Bible stories but, influenced by his granny, Saviour preferred pirate and ghost stories, especially the gruesome kind that keep you awake at night.

Saviour grew up speaking three languages, English, Maltese and Italian.  The official language at school, however, was English and this is where he discovered the works of Rosemary Sutcliff and C. S. Lewis, which were to remain a big influence on him for the rest of his life.  He also liked fantasy films with lots of special effects, especially 'Jason and the Argonauts' and 'The Thief of Baghdad'. 

As a child he used to write poems, stories and plays which he performed with friends under a huge mulberry tree in a field. He sold his first work to a local radio station for five pounds and in 1982, he moved to England with the hope of becoming a professional writer. 

His first job in the UK was adapting and directing a play based on a Maltese folk tale. Needless to say, it featured pirates. After that he spent eight years working as a storyteller for the Commonwealth Institute in London, visiting schools and libraries around Britain. His first book, Let the Shadows Fly, was published in 1986. Since then he has  established himself as a versatile writer with many bestsellers to his record. He writes in English but his work has been translated into 28 languages to date. 

Saviour is now a British citizen and lives in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire in Yorkshire.

(Author photo and biography taken from the author's website. Click here to visit it and see more of his work).

Featured books by Saviour Pirotta

Other books by Saviour Pirotta

Storytime Classics: Little Red Riding Hood

Storytime Classics: Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2019

This beautiful new edition, simply told for young readers, breathes new life into the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood and her meeting with the Big, Bad Wolf. Handed down through generations, today it's one of the most popular tales for young children and this stylish new edition is brilliantly illustrated in a fun modern style for a new generation to enjoy, telling the story simply and compellingly for today's youngest readers. This book is part of the much-loved Storytime Classics series which offers collectible, child-friendly format editions of classic stories to make the perfect home library for children everywhere.

Storytime Classics : Puss in Boots

Storytime Classics : Puss in Boots

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2019

This beautiful new edition, simply told for young readers, breathes new life into the classic tale of Puss in Boots, who used his cunning and trickery to win for his lowly master the hand of the princess in marriage. Brilliantly illustrated in a fun modern style for a new generation to enjoy, this delightful book is part of the much-loved range of Storytime Classics which offers collectible, child-friendly format editions of classic stories to make the perfect home library for children everywhere.

The Unicorn Prince

The Unicorn Prince

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

If you love The Frog Prince and The Elves and the Shoemaker, you'll love this tale of love, magic ... and unicorns! Annis and her grandmother live in a cold, draughty castle on top of a hill, which they share with their chickens and their cow. They may be poor, but Annis's heart is full of kindness. Offering a home to an injured unicorn and a family of fairies one day, her kindness is magically rewarded. But will her good fortune bring her happiness and love? This entrancing contemporary fairy tale is brought gloriously to life by Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee Jane Ray. Jane Ray's jewel-bright illustrations shine like the flourishes of an illuminated manuscript in Saviour Pirotta's The Unicorn Prince, featuring a crumbling castle, a dauntless heroine, industrious fairies and an enchanted prince. Gorgeous gowns, wild dreams, transformations and galloping moonlit freedom are also thrown into the mix. Observer

The Golden Horsemen of Baghdad

The Golden Horsemen of Baghdad

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Written by bestselling author Saviour Pirotta, this fast-paced story is set in the Islamic Golden Age when Baghdad was the largest and most dazzling city in the world. Perfect for fans of thrilling adventure. Thirteen-year-old Jabir is hoping to save his family from being made homeless by finding work in Baghdad. Famished after his long journey to the city, Jabir is caught stealing bread and sent to prison. Luckily, one of the guards there notices that he has a gift for carving wooden models and he is released on the orders of the grand caliph Harun al Rashid himself. In return Jabir must carve twelve golden horsemen, a gift from the caliph to the emperor Charlemagne. But someone is determined to stop Jabir from completing the work and he will stop at nothing, not even arson, to achieve his aim. Can Jabir and his friend Yasmina finish the horsemen or will Jabir be sent back to prison? This exciting and readable adventure story is packed with great characters and insight into Islamic civilisation and the historic culture of the Middle East circa AD 900, a period which is now studied in the National Curriculum. The Flashbacks series offers dramatic stories set in key moments of history, perfect for introducing children to historical topics.

Shadow of the Centaurs: An Ancient Greek Mystery

Shadow of the Centaurs: An Ancient Greek Mystery

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

The fourth book in the ancient Greek Mysteries series is a mix of Sherlock Holmes and ancient Greece from bestselling author Saviour Pirotta, with stunning illustrations from up-and-coming illustrator Freya Hartas. This exciting adventure will have readers gripped from start to finish. Scribe Nico and his perceptive friend Thrax are back in Athens and Nico is looking forward to the spooky festival of Anthesteria and the lavish feasting at Master Lykos's house. But when the boys suspect a plot to assassinate the general of Athens, they must put the fun aside and infiltrate the Society of Centaurs. Will they discover the true identity of the society's leader, and will they stop the assassination? This dramatic and mysterious tale is packed with wonderful characters and insight into the daily life of the ancient Greeks, a required topic in the Key Stage 2 History curriculum. Perfect for fans of the Roman Mysteries, or anyone interest in ancient Greece.

The Unicorn Prince

The Unicorn Prince

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

If you love The Frog Prince and The Elves and the Shoemaker, you'll love this tale of love, magic ... and unicorns! Annis and her grandmother live in a cold, draughty castle on top of a hill, which they share with their chickens and their cow. They may be poor, but Annis's heart is full of kindness. Offering a home to an injured unicorn and a family of fairies one day, her kindness is magically rewarded. But will her good fortune bring her happiness and love? This entrancing contemporary fairy tale is brought gloriously to life by Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee Jane Ray. Jane Ray's jewel-bright illustrations shine like the flourishes of an illuminated manuscript in Saviour Pirotta's The Unicorn Prince, featuring a crumbling castle, a dauntless heroine, industrious fairies and an enchanted prince. Gorgeous gowns, wild dreams, transformations and galloping moonlit freedom are also thrown into the mix. Observer

Pirates of Poseidon: An Ancient Greek Mystery

Pirates of Poseidon: An Ancient Greek Mystery

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

A thrilling mix of Sherlock Holmes and ancient Greece from bestselling author Saviour Pirotta, with stunning illustrations from up-and-coming illustrator Freya Hartas. This exciting adventure will have readers gripped from start to finish. When scribe Nico and his perceptive friend Thrax travel with their master to the island of Aegina, the boys are once again faced with a mystery. A merchant is seeking a valuable ring that was stolen from him, so he can avoid a curse. But on the seas around one of the richest islands in the world lurks a pirate with a golden mask, who is also in pursuit of the ring. Can Nico and Thrax follow the clues, rescue the ring and escape from the pirates of Poseidon? This dramatic and mysterious tale is packed with wonderful characters and insight into the daily life of the ancient Greeks, a required topic in the KS2 History curriculum. Perfect for fans of the Roman Mysteries, or anyone interested in ancient Greece. Book band: Dark Blue

Storytime Classics: The Gingerbread Man

Storytime Classics: The Gingerbread Man

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

This beautiful new edition, simply told for young readers, breathes new life into the classic tale of The Gingerbread Man, who is made with currants for eyes and who leaps from the oven as soon as the door is opened! Nobody can catch the gingerbread man - not the old woman who made him nor any of the animals. It seems he's got away with his freedom. Then he meets a wily fox by the river who offers to help him safely cross... Brilliantly illustrated in a fun modern style for a new generation to enjoy, this delightful book is part of the much-loved range of Storytime Classics which offers collectible, child-friendly format editions of classic stories to make the perfect home library for children everywhere.

Storytime Classics: The Snow Queen

Storytime Classics: The Snow Queen

Author: Saviour Pirotta, Lucy Fleming Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

This beautiful new edition, simply told for young readers, breathes new life into the classic story of enchantment that will melt anyone's cold heart. The glittery, wintry tale of the Snow Queen has captivated children for hundreds of years and this new retelling is the perfect introduction for a new generation of readeers. Brilliantly illustrated in a fun modern style, this delightful book is part of the much-loved range of Storytime Classics which offers collectible, child-friendly format editions of classic stories to make the perfect home library for children everywhere.

Secret of the Oracle: An Ancient Greek Mystery

Secret of the Oracle: An Ancient Greek Mystery

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

The second book in the ancient Greek Mysteries series, a thrilling follow up to Mark of the Cyclops, is a mix of Sherlock Holmes and ancient Greece from bestselling author Saviour Pirotta, with stunning illustrations from up-and-coming illustrator Freya Hartas. This exciting adventure will have readers gripped from start to finish. Scribe Nico and his friend Thrax are back for another adventure in ancient Greece. Their master has brought them to Delphi, to seek guidance from the great oracle. But between the majestic hills of the sacred city, a sinister plot has been formed, and a farmer's daughter has gone missing. Can Nico and Thrax solve the clues, save the girl and learn the secret of the oracle? This dramatic and mysterious tale is packed with wonderful characters and insight into the daily life of the ancient Greeks, a required topic in the KS2 History curriculum. Perfect for fans of the Roman Mysteries, or anyone interested in ancient Greece. Book band: Dark Blue

Storytime Classics: Little Red Riding Hood

Storytime Classics: Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2017

This beautiful new edition, simply told for young readers, breathes new life into the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood and her meeting with the Big, Bad Wolf. Handed down through generations, today it's one of the most popular tales for young children and this stylish new edition is brilliantly illustrated in a fun modern style for a new generation to enjoy, telling the story simply and compellingly for today's youngest readers. This book is part of the much-loved Storytime Classics series which offers collectible, child-friendly format editions of classic stories to make the perfect home library for children everywhere.

My Cousin the Minotaur

My Cousin the Minotaur

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Mark of the Cyclops: An Ancient Greek Mystery

Mark of the Cyclops: An Ancient Greek Mystery

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

A thrilling mix of Sherlock Holmes and Ancient Greece from bestselling author Saviour Pirotta, with stunning illustrations from up-and-coming illustrator Freya Hartas. This exciting adventure will have readers gripped from start to finish. Young scribe Nico's new friend Thrax has a strange knack for figuring things out. When they travel to wedding with their master, a valuable vase is broken and Thrax's special skills might just come in useful. Can the boys prove that slave girl Gaia is innocent, and discover what the mark of the cyclops means? This dramatic and mysterious tale is packed with wonderful characters and insight into the daily life of the ancient Greeks, a required topic in the KS2 History curriculum. Perfect for fans of the Roman Mysteries, or anyone interested in ancient Greece.

Multicultural Stories: Stories From The Amazon

Multicultural Stories: Stories From The Amazon

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

This beautifully illustrated collection of stories from one of the world's richest story-telling traditions is ideal for young readers and for reading aloud to 7-11 year-olds. Each story is introduced with information about its origins and the people who first started telling it, and maps locate the places associated with it. The book includes a glossary and sources of further information as well as ideas for activities that children can do to explore the stories and Amazonian culture further. Retold by an experienced writer of stories for the young, this is a book to inform and entertain in equal measure.

The Talking Bird Band 14/Ruby

The Talking Bird Band 14/Ruby

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A traditional Persian tale about three orphaned siblings who embark on a journey of discovery to find a magical talking bird. Find out if they make it home again, and whether they learn anything about themselves along the way. Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction.. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions

The King of the Forest Level 10

The King of the Forest Level 10

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 10 books include characters that express emotions and stories with more events. Non-fiction titles introduce terms that might be new to many children. Level 10 books continue to use single spacing and more high-frequency words appear without vowel markings to help the students get used to the traditional norms of printed Arabic. A fox was having a nap when a tiger leapt out at him, ready to attack. Could the fox use his cunning to save his own life? This traditional story has been beautifully illustrated by Tomislav Zlatic.

George and the Dragon Band 13/Topaz

George and the Dragon Band 13/Topaz

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Princess Sabra has a simple happy life until her kingdom is attacked by a fierce, fire-breathing dragon. As she struggles to find a way of saving the land and the people, there appears only one answer and one very high cost...Can the strange soldier who appears be the only one who can rescue her and save her kingdom from the mighty beast? * Topaz/ Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate.

The Orchard Book of Grimm's Fairy Tales

The Orchard Book of Grimm's Fairy Tales

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Step into a magical world of beautiful princesses and handsome princes, wicked witches and good fairies. Here are ten of the best-loved fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, retold in a friendly, accessible way that's perfect for young children, and now in a beautiful new edition. Saviour Pirotta's lively retellings of these classic fairy tales are perfectly complemented by Emma Chichester Clark's rich, glowing illustrations, making this book a joy to share and a gift to treasure. Contents: The Sleeping Princess; The Magic Gingerbread House; The Magic Bear and the Handsome Prince;The Golden-Haired Girl in the Tower; Little Mouse and Lazy Cat; The Princess and the Seven Dwarves; The Swans and the Brave Princess; The Naughty Princess and the Frog; The Girl Who Spun Straw into Gold; The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

The Ghosts Who Danced and other spooky stories

The Ghosts Who Danced and other spooky stories

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Ten deliciously spooky ghost stories from all over the world are perfectly matched by Paul Hess' s atmospheric and witty illustrations. The stories included are: The Ghost Ship ( USA); Dogs to the Rescue (Russia); I' ll Be Back (Lithuania); The Ghosts Who Danced (Ireland); The Haunted Farmouse (England); Them Bananas (Tanzania); Welcome to the Red Palace Inn ( China); The Guest (Brazil); The Ghost and his Uncle (India); Atchoo! (Korea).

Orchard Ballet Stories for Young Children

Orchard Ballet Stories for Young Children

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2012

Discover all the magic of the ballet with this collection of classic tales and meet enchanted princesses, magical birds, dancing dolls and wicked witches. Travel to a magical kingdom of sweets, twirl at an enchanted fairytale ball, and discover the story of a sleeping princess, woken after 100 years by her true love's kiss. This beautiful gift collection contains six of the best-loved stories from the ballet: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia and The Firebird. Award-winning storyteller Saviour Pirotta retells the classic tales in an accessible style that's perfect for young children, while New York Times bestselling artist Brigette Barrager's beautiful full-colour illustrations bring each magical scene to life. The perfect gift for little ballet dancers and ballet fans.

Grimm's Fairy Tales: Rumpelstiltskin

Grimm's Fairy Tales: Rumpelstiltskin

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2012

When a girl's father tells the king she can spin straw into gold, she is sent to work right away. Of course, she can't really spin gold, but will a goblin be able to help her?

Grimm's Fairy Tales: Snow White

Grimm's Fairy Tales: Snow White

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2012

Snow White and Rose Red befriend a bear who comes to listen to their mother's stories every night. But when he disappears, who will save the girls from a nasty dwarf?

Dinner with a Pirate Band 04 Blue/Band 14 Ruby

Dinner with a Pirate Band 04 Blue/Band 14 Ruby

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2012

When Pedro the fisherman catches a big swordfish, he decides to share his meal with a man in the local prison - a captured pirate. But when Pedro himself is later captured by a pirate gang, he finds his generosity hasn't been forgotten. This traditional tale is written by Saviour Pirotta and wonderfully illustrated by Shahab Shamshirsaz. * Collins Big Cat Progress builds confidence, helping struggling pupils not only to read, but to love reading * Dual-banded books provide age-appropriate interest level material matched with a lower reading ability level * Every book is levelled by reading expert Cliff Moon to ensure precise, systematic, measurable progression to help close the ability gap * The books use a range of reading strategies: phonic, graphic, syntactic and contextual to build confident, accurate, fluent readers * Designed to build speaking and listening skills, as well as reading skills, the books are highly visual and include incredible illustrations and photographs * Every book has a Key Stage 2 look-and-feel to engage older pupils and avoid stigmatisation * Topics are relevant for children in years 3-6 and connected to the curriculum and framework objectives for these years to support inclusion * Progress titles contain a Reader Response page to encourage the pupil to respond to and recall what they have read. This offers an ideal opportunity to check comprehension * Ideas for Reading, written by primary literacy expert Gill Howell are included in the back of every book to help you support the reading needs of each child * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader

The Dolphin King Band 04 Blue/Band 12 Copper

The Dolphin King Band 04 Blue/Band 12 Copper

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2012

Jean and his friends are fishermen. Jean throws a spear at a passing dolphin to show his strength and suddenly the crew are swept into a terrible storm. Jean soon realises that he has injured the Dolphin King and put the lives of his friends in peril. Will Jean be able to make up for his mistakes? * Collins Big Cat Progress builds confidence, helping struggling pupils not only to read, but to love reading * Dual-banded books provide age-appropriate interest level material matched with a lower reading ability level * Every book is levelled by reading expert Cliff Moon to ensure precise, systematic, measurable progression to help close the ability gap * The books use a range of reading strategies: phonic, graphic, syntactic and contextual to build confident, accurate, fluent readers * Designed to build speaking and listening skills, as well as reading skills, the books are highly visual and include incredible illustrations and photographs * Every book has a Key Stage 2 look-and-feel to engage older pupils and avoid stigmatisation * Topics are relevant for children in years 3-6 and connected to the curriculum and framework objectives for these years to support inclusion * Progress titles contain a Reader Response page to encourage the pupil to respond to and recall what they have read. This offers an ideal opportunity to check comprehension * Ideas for Reading, written by primary literacy expert Gill Howell are included in the back of every book to help you support the reading needs of each child * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Firebird

Firebird

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2010

The firebird is stealing the tsar's famous golden apples. His two oldest sons fail to capture the bird, so their younger brother, Ivan, must set out on a quest to find it. Befriended by the wise grey wolf, Ivan wins the firebird and the hand of the beautiful Princess Helen.

We Love Festivals: Chinese New Year

We Love Festivals: Chinese New Year

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/08/2009

An ideal introduction to the celebration of Chinese New Year for children aged 4-7 in Foundation Stage and KS1 classes. This book describes how Chinese people prepare for New Year by cleaning their house and having their hair cut. It shows how people around the world scare the monster Nian away with fireworks and watch the dragon dance in the street. Attractively designed, its simple text and wonderful full-colour photos make this an essential resource in every Early Years setting. 'Did You Know?' boxes highlight interesting and unusual facts about Chinese New Year to give further points for children and adults to discuss. And a chart enables them to work out what Chinese year they were born in.

Children's Stories from the Bible

Children's Stories from the Bible

Author: Saviour Pirotta, Anne Yvonne Gilbert, Ian Andrew Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2008

This gift collection brings together all the major stories from the Old and New Testaments.

Children's Stories from the Bible

Children's Stories from the Bible

Author: Saviour Pirotta, Anne Yvonne Gilbert, Ian Andrew Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2008

This gift collection brings together all the major stories from the Old and New Testaments.

Multicultural Stories: Stories From China

Multicultural Stories: Stories From China

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2006

This beautifully illustrated collection of stories from one of the world's richest story-telling traditions is ideal for young readers and for reading aloud to 7-11 year-olds. There are stories of how the world began, Chinese dragons, zodiac monkeys, legendary monsters, Chinese New Year and hopping ghosts. Each story is introduced with information about its origins and the people who first started telling it, and maps locate the places associated with it. The book includes a glossary and sources of further information as well as ideas for activities that children can do to explore the stories and their culture further. Retold by an experienced writer of stories for the young, this is a book to inform and entertain in equal measure.

The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths

The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2003

Here are ten of the greatest and best-loved Greek legends retold with warmth and humour for young children and illustrated with bright, friendly artwork. Meet Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus, Pandora, King Midas and a whole cast of larger-than-life characters in a series of extraordinary adventures. The perfect introduction to Greek Myths.

Lighthouse Year 1 Green: Hats Off For The Carnival

Lighthouse Year 1 Green: Hats Off For The Carnival

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2001

This collection of infant reading books works as the skills-focused backbone of guided reading resources, with step-by-step skills coverage and the full range of genre. The scheme correlates to the NLS and the Scottish 5-14 Attainment targets for children. The readers in this scheme feature a wide range of genres (including non-fiction) and are levelled to Book Bands , the grading system recommended by the NLS. Within each Lighthouse band the books are organized in order of challenge, so each session moves children on. Each reader has an accompanying teaching notes booklet which gives guidance on teaching a range of reading skills.

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