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Christopher Edge is an writer, freelance publisher and education consultant as well as an accomplished author of children's books.
Christopher grew up in Manchester where he spent most of his childhood in the local library dreaming up stories, but now lives in Gloucestershire where he spends most of his time in the local library dreaming up stories. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an English teacher, editor and publisher – any job that let him keep a book close to hand. When not writing, he also works as a freelance publisher and education consultant and has written publications about encouraging children to read.
April 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: a brief and enthralling time-bending mystery | Maisie Day is ten years old and should be celebrating her birthday but something very odd has happened: not only has her family disappeared, but her house seems to be floating in an endless – and encroaching – black void. It’s hard to comprehend, but Maisie is a science genius, already studying for a degree in physics at the Open University. At the same time that she works out she’s on the edge of a black hole she makes contact with her teenage sister, Lily, the only person who can help her. In a story that explores really big ideas, Christopher Edge also finds time and space to describe one particular family’s relationships, and their experience of terrible loss. Mind-boggling and heart-breaking, the story nonetheless finishes in a moment of hope and simple happiness that everyone will understand. ~ Andrea Reece
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award In a Nutshell: time travel – family – stardust Even physicists struggle to understand quantum theory but Christopher Edge makes a very fine attempt at an explanation, though the most striking thing about his story is actually not the how of quantum physics, but its particular why: Albie - named after Einstein of course – has a very good reason to make like Schrödinger’s cat because in a parallel world the mum he’s just lost to cancer could still be alive. Using his mum’s scientific theories, laptop, Geiger counter and a banana (they’re radioactive), he manages to create a wormhole through the fifth dimension and reach parallel worlds. This provides multiple opportunities for Back-to-the-Future-style comic confusion, though eventually Albie finds the consolation and comfort he needs back where he started. A clever, funny and very touching novel. ~ Andrea ReeceReaders who enjoy this will also like Ross Welford’s Time Travelling with a Hamster, another funny, warm-hearted novel about family and time travel. A message from the Editor: “This is a funny, moving and exciting novel. Like Albie, the reader never knows where they'll end up, what they'll find, or whether they'll ever get back home again…"
A gripping, page-turning adventure in which the new-fangled technology of film seems gradually to be taking over real life! Thirteen-year-old Penny Treadwell who owns and manages a magazine full of spine tingling stories, is excited that one of the stories is to be turned into a film. Actors and film-makers gather in a large house in a lonely setting; all looks ready for the adaptation but all too soon, things begin to go wrong. Can Penny stop the spooky drama that is about to enfold her? And will the film begin to affect the outcome of her own life?
December 2012 Book of the Month. A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read series for fans of Philip Reeve, Marcus Sedgwick and Anthony Horowitz. Kirsty Stansfield of publisher Nosy Crow says: “I was hooked from the first sentence. The writing really pulls you in – you can hear the carriages racing over the cobbles and the rustle of the Victorian ladies’ skirts. I don't think I looked up from the page till the final full stop. Gripping indeed!”
If you go into the woods, Old Crony will get you. Secrets, spies or maybe even a monster... What lies in the heart of the wood? Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny are determined to discover the truth, but when night falls without warning they find themselves trapped in a nightmare. Lost in the woods, strange dangers and impossible puzzles lurk in the shadows. As time plays tricks, can Charlie solve this mystery and find a way out of the woods? But what if this night never ends...? A timeless novel for anyone who's ever felt lost. From the award-winning author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright and The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day.
Catapult has been developed to enable students who are below expected standards at age 11 to make the progress they need. Catapult provides students with the skills and knowledge to advance confidently in their English studies, whilst giving teachers the tools they need to track progression. This student book provides thematic chapters packed with relevant and accessible sources along with carefully structured activities across four key areas (building vocabulary, knowledge and understanding, reading skills and writing skills) that enable all students to make progress. Regular 'Check your skills' activities and end of chapter assessments enable them to demonstrate what they have learned and allow teachers to track their progress.
A new must-have write-in book for kids to put down their ideas, set the scene, choose their characters and craft the best short story in 500 words. With colourful illustrations throughout, it has prompts and ideas from bestselling children's author Christopher Edge for building plot, action, characters, scenes, beginnings and endings to help kids who are looking for a starting point for story-writing competitions, for homework, or for fun. With top tips from the Oxford word experts to further creativity and writing skills, activity pages and lots of space for drafting and editing the narrative, kids can be encouraged to write not only one story but to go on to write many more. In a handy format for slipping into the school bag, carrying around the house or taking on holiday, it is ideal for capturing ideas on the go, or putting in the finishing touches at the end of the day. Perfect for parents and teachers to encourage creativity and writing for fun, for homework or for story writing competitions.
This Rollercoaster collection of 19th21st century non-fiction texts and extracts aims to motivate students and aid their understanding of the types of non-fiction texts written across the three centuries. Providing engaging, interesting and diverse texts, clustered around a range of themes, this collection is ideal for use with all KS3 and KS4 students in helping to prepare for the GCSE English Language and Literature requirements.
Catapult has been developed to enable students who are below expected standards at age 11 to make the progress they need. Catapult provides students with the skills and knowledge to advance confidently in their English studies, whilst giving teachers the tools they need to track progression. This student book provides thematic chapters packed with relevant and accessible sources along with carefully structured activities across four key areas (building vocabulary, knowledge and understanding, reading skills and writing skills) that enable all students to make progress. Regular 'Check your skills' activities and end-of-chapter assessments enable them to demonstrate what they have learned and allow teachers to track their progress.
How do you know you really exist? It's Maisie's birthday and she can't wait to open her presents. She's hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness. Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie knows that she will have to use the laws of the universe and the love of her family to survive. And even that might not be enough... A mind-bending mystery for anyone who's ever asked questions. From the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright and The Jamie Drake Equation. Cover illustration by Matt Saunders.
Written by trusted author Christopher Edge to support the latest Key Stage 3 requirements, the Fiction to 14 Student Book offers motivational reading and writing skills development based around the study of fiction texts. It includes a wide range of source texts from 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, ensuring ideal preparation for GCSE. Offering thematic, self-contained units of work, Fiction to 14 is the ideal resource for students to explore fiction in the classroom.
Set the scene, draw your characters, put a twist in your tale with this new, must-have notebook that will inspire children to get creative and start writing. Created to work with the humorous and authoritative How To Write Your Best Story Ever! by Christopher Edge, this notebook contains further hints and tips and is the perfect place for budding young writers to gather the ingredients for a great story. With colourful illustrations throughout, it has great ideas for building plot, action, characters, scenes, beginnings and endings; top tips from the Oxford word experts to further creativity and writing skills; and activity pages for jotting down words, sketching characters, and writing in stories. Ideal for capturing the sudden inspirations of a child's everyday world and surroundings, the notebook provides a fun and practical step towards creative writing that no child should be without.
This collection of short stories is ideal for use with all 11-16 students to help prepare them for GCSE English Language and English Literature. Organised by genre and featuring a variety of short stories from a range of authors, together with supportive contextual information, this collection demonstrates the richness and quality in 19th century short story writing.
This unique collection offers the reader a fascinating insight into the life and work of Arthur Conan Doyle. Covering the full range of his prolific writing, this invaluable collection also features biographical and historical background to help the reader's understanding of the man, his writing and the society in which he lived. The collection includes short stories and extracts from novels as well as non-fiction pieces all with contextual information, making the collection ideal for both an author study and for early preparation for the requirements of GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.
How amazing would it be to have a dad who's an astronaut? Rocket launches, zero gravity, and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake's dad is orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station and Jamie ought to think it's cool but he just really misses him... Hanging out at his local observatory, Jamie picks up a strange signal on his phone. It looks like alien life is getting closer to home. But space is a dangerous place and when his dad's mission goes wrong, can Jamie prove that he's a hero too? A cosmic adventure for anyone who's ever looked at the stars, from the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. Cover illustration by Matt Saunders.
This collection captures the full range of writing from the 20th and 21st centuries, with fiction, non-fiction and literary non-fiction organised into themes that help you to explore the events, the people and their views on different aspects of life across this time period. The collection includes extracts from novels and short stories by authors such as George Orwell, Andrea Levy and D. H Lawrence, and an array of non-fiction and literary non-fiction sources including newspaper and magazine articles, autobiographies and memoirs, travel writing, letters, essays, diaries and accounts, making it ideal preparation for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature requirements and the perfect companion to the 19th-Century Fiction and Non-fiction collection.
A book with a big brain, big laughs and a big, big heart. - Frank Cottrell-Boyce An extraordinary novel for anyone who's ever been curious. When Albie's mum dies, it's natural he should wonder where she's gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something about Albie's mum being alive and with them in a parallel universe. So Albie finds a box, his mum's computer and a rotting banana, and sends himself through time and space to find her... Christopher Edge's warm hearted writing sucks you in from the start with a sparkling take on parallel worlds, fuelled by a delightfully fresh understanding of quantum physics and a fearless ability to take on life, loss and dreaming big while never talking down to his readers. Bananas will never be the same again. I have one complaint about this book. I wanted it to be longer. - Samira Ahmed Cover illustration by Matt Saunders.
This Rollercoaster collection of 19th century fiction, non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts and extracts aims to motivate students and aid their understanding of the sorts of texts written in the 19th century. Providing engaging, interesting and diverse texts, clustered around motivational and historically relevant themes, this collection is ideal for use with all KS3 and KS4 students in helping to prepare students for GCSE English Language and Literature requirements.
Ideal for children wanting to enter story writing competitions! This is a humorous and authoritative book that will awaken the author in every child, unlocking their story ideas and giving them hints and tips to create their own stories. For children aged 13 and under, this book is written in a fun, engaging, and inspirational style that will help all readers to see themselves as writers and help them to achieve their creative writing goals. It is ideal for home and schools, primary and lower secondary. The book is authoritative, linked to curriculum requirements, but not intimidating. From how to write for your audience or for a specific purpose, how to overcome writer's block and how to write in different genres, to what words to use to best effect, this book gives children the tools they need to make writing an enjoyable experience. It is filled with tips on how to use wonderful and weird words, invent new words, and write powerful sentences using metaphors, similes, and idioms. Children will soon be creating stories that will stay with their writers and readers forever.
Ignite English aims to excite and motivate teachers and students by making learning relevant and supporting teachers. Addressing key concerns raised in recent Ofsted reports as well as meeting the needs of the new KS3 National Curriculum, each Teacher Companion provides a range of activities and guidance that enables teachers to customise their teaching to suit individual student needs as well as sharing the thinking behind the resources.
Ignite English aims to excite and motivate teachers and students by making learning relevant and supporting teachers. Addressing key concerns raised in recent Ofsted reports as well as meeting the needs of the new KS3 National Curriculum, the Student Books are structured around thematic units that cover a variety of forms as well as including unique immersive production based-units. Ignite English has a core focus on engaging students by connecting their skill development, through the theme of the unit, with Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening skills used in a range of relevant and interesting jobs outside school.
Who has stolen the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London? How could the thief walk through walls made of stone? What further crimes lurk inside the mind of the Black Crow? Penelope Tredwell is cursed with writer's block. So when a mysterious letter arrives confessing to an impossible crime, Penelope thinks she's found the perfect plot. Sinister experiments, kidnap and treason. But what if it's all true?
This unique collection offers the reader a fascinating insight into the life and work of Charles Dickens. Covering the full range of his prolific writing, this invaluable collection also features biographical and historical background to help the reader's understanding of the man, his writing and the society in which he lived. The collection includes short stories and extracts from novels as well as non-fiction pieces all with contextual information, making the collection ideal for both an author study and for early preparation for the requirements of GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.
A mysterious filmmaker approaches The Penny Dreadful with a proposal to turn Montgomery Flinch's sinister stories into motion pictures. With Monty installed as the star of his production, filming begins but is plagued by a series of strange and frightening events. As Monty pleads with Penny to help him, she is drawn into the mystery, but soon finds herself trapped in a nightmare penned by her own hand. Can Penny uncover the filmmaker's dark secret before it's too late?
Why are the patients of Bedlam waking every night at twelve minutes to midnight? What is the meaning of the strange messages they write? Who is the Spider Lady of South Kensington? Penelope Tredwell, thirteen-year-old owner of The Penny Dreadful, is always seeking mysteries to fill the pages of her magazine. But this isn't any ordinary story, it's the future. And the future looks deadly...
One of the best-kept secrets about Christmas is that Santa Claus is highly accident-prone and doesn't get on well with gadgets and gizmos! That's why his elves have written this handbook - it contains all the knowledge he needs to deliver presents to children around the world in one night. Packed with novelties to entertain and explain, discover Santa's reindeer tips, present prompts and useful tools like Santa Nav. and the magical jingle bell that summons help