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Fleur Hitchcock - Author

About the Author

Born in Chobham, by an airfield, and raised outside Winchester on the banks of the river Itchen, Fleur Hitchcock grew up as the youngest child of three. She spent her smallest years reading Tintin and Batman under her brother’s bed, and searching for King Alfred’s treasure in the river. She grew up a little, went away to school near Farnham, studied English in Wales, and, for the next twenty years, sold Applied Art in the city of Bath. When her younger child was seven, she embarked on the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa and graduated with a distinction.

Now living outside Bath, between parenting and writing, Fleur Hitchcock works with her husband, a toymaker, looks after other people’s gardens and tries to grow vegetables.

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Featured books by Fleur Hitchcock

Other books by Fleur Hitchcock

Clifftoppers: The Fire Bay Adventure

Clifftoppers: The Fire Bay Adventure

Author: Fleur Hitchcock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

For Aiden, Chloe, Ava and Josh, holidays at their grandparents' cottage mean wild beaches, no curfew, Bella the dog, and most of all - adventure! Everyone is really excited about the autumn Fire Festival. Bonfires, barrel rolling, music and fireworks! But with suspicious blazes breaking out across town, the cousins realise that something sinister is going on. Can they uncover the secret of Fire Bay before things go up in flames? Fleur Hitchcock is famous for her excellent thrillers for beginners . This action-packed series takes 7+ readers on fantastic, realistic adventures. Cover illustration by Tom Clohosy Cole. Look out for the other books in the Clifftoppers series: The Arrowhead Moor Adventure The Thorn Island Adventure Look out for Fleur Hitchcock's thrillers for older readers: Dear Scarlett Saving Sophia Murder In Midwinter Murder At Twilight

Clifftoppers: The Arrowhead Moor Adventure

Clifftoppers: The Arrowhead Moor Adventure

Author: Fleur Hitchcock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

For Aiden, Chloe, Ava and Josh, holidays at their grandparents' cottage mean wild beaches, no curfew, Bella the dog, and most of all - adventure! A picnic at a stately home takes a suspicious turn when the cousins discover a jewel heist unfolding around them. But how can they take down a gang of clever thieves when all they've got is their bikes and a very risky plan? By being braver, smarter, and sneakier than the villains they're chasing. . . Fleur Hitchcock is famous for her excellent thrillers for beginners , and this action-packed series takes younger readers on fantastic, realistic adventures. Look out for the next book in the Clifftoppers series: Clifftoppers: The Fire Bay Adventure

Murder At Twilight

Murder At Twilight

Author: Fleur Hitchcock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

When Viv has a fight with Noah, she doesn't think it'll be the last time she sees him. But when she gets back from school, he's nowhere to be found and there are police cars everywhere, lights flashing and sirens blaring. Viv is sure Noah's run away to get attention. But it's really cold, and getting dark, and the rain just won't stop falling. So she sets off to look for him, furious at his selfishness, as the floodwaters rise. And then she finds him, and realises that a much more dangerous story is unfolding around them... From the author of Dear Scarlett, Saving Sophia and Murder in Midwinter

Bus Stop Baby

Bus Stop Baby

Author: Fleur Hitchcock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2016

After finding an abandoned baby, 13-yr-old Amy sets out to find the mother. On her way home from school, 13-year-old Amy finds a newborn baby abandoned at the village bus stop. It's wrong, just like when Mum walked out on Amy and her sister ten years ago - so she tries to fix it, by finding the baby's mother. But as Amy searches, she uncovers another story, a secret even closer to home. A thought-provoking story exploring the complexities of family, friends and making difficult choices.

The Secret Garden Band 17/Diamond

The Secret Garden Band 17/Diamond

Author: Fleur Hitchcock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

A gripping retelling of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic tale of mystery and friendship. When Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle at his remote home on the moor, she thinks she'll be lonely and bored. But when she finds a rusty old key and discovers a secret cousin she never knew she had, everything at Misselthwaite Manor changes. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

Ghosts on Board: A SHRUNK! Adventure

Ghosts on Board: A SHRUNK! Adventure

Author: Fleur Hitchcock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Something spooky is happening in Bywater-by-Sea... Victor the ghost is desperate to get off dreary Black Hall Island, so he steals a ride on an unsuspecting tourist boat back to Bywater-by-Sea. Two other ghosts - the terribly vain Flora Rose and the lonely but friendly Billy - know he is up to no good, so they follow him. Victor soon realises that the town is not what it seems, and his new ordinary friends, Tom, Jacob and Eric, have some very unusual powers. While Tom is distracted, trying to stop a corporation from building a theme park over his Field Craft hut, Victor sees his opportunity to take over the world. This SHRUNK! Adventure was created on The Story Adventure website, where each week, Fleur wrote a new chapter inspired by ideas from hundreds of school children, whose names are printed in the back of the book.

The Trouble with Mummies

The Trouble with Mummies

Author: Fleur Hitchcock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

Probably the first really noticeable thing was Mum coming back from the hairdresser's on Friday afternoon, wearing a small black beard. Sam comes home one day to find his family turning strange - his mum is redecorating using hieroglyphics and his dad is building a pyramid in the back garden. He hopes it's just a weird new fashion... but then the strangeness starts to spread. With the help of his friends Ursula, Henry and Lucy the Goat, Sam must save his town from rampaging Roman rugby players, hairdressers turned cavewomen, and a teacher who used to be a 'basket of kittens' but now wants to sacrifice the Year Ones to the Aztec sun god. As history invades Sam's world, will he be able to keep the Greeks away from the Egyptians and discover the cause of the Mummy madness? WARNING: contains dangerous dressing-up, mild historical violence and prolonged scary humour.

SHRUNK!

SHRUNK!

Author: Fleur Hitchcock, Andy Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2012

A squirrel, a hot dog stand, the planet Jupiter...what will get shrunk next? After Tom moves in with his grandmother next to the Bywater-by-Sea Model Village, he makes a wish on a shooting star and gets the curious ability to shrink things. The first thing he shrinks is Jupiter, then some sheep and a boat. But without Jupiter in place, the Earth is slowly being drawn towards the Sun. With the angry (and miniaturised) school bully yelling from his pocket, Tom has to return Jupiter and save Earth -- all while trying to make friends in his new home. Debut author Fleur Hitchcock has written a hugely imaginative and quirky story that is good, clean fun.

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