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Lucy Courtenay - Author

About the Author

Lucy Courtenay worked in publishing for many years before leaving to become a full-time writer. She has contributed to a number of young fiction series, including Beast Quest. When not writing, she enjoys singing, reading and travel.

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Mermaid School

Mermaid School

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

It is Marnie Blue's very first day at Lady Sealia Foam's Mermaid School, and she's terrified. What if she can't make any new friends, or if she's asked to ride a seahorse? What's more, her famous diva aunt Christabel was a notorious rebel at the same school, and got up to all sorts of naughtiness. Marnie is soon branded a troublemaker by her grumpy octopus music teacher and wants nothing more than to clam up. But when a fellow pupil finds herself in danger, it's up to Marnie to show that daring runs in the family and swim to the rescue. Filled with fabulous fishy fun, Mermaid School is perfect for fans of Unicorn Academy and Dork Diaries!

Girl at Sea

Girl at Sea

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2018

Prepare to fall in love this summer and join Precious and Harry on their road trip to the end of the world and back ... Your summer crush starts here! For fans of Zoella, Geek Girl and Holly Bourne. Precious is spending an awkward August in an Algarve villa while her parents fight dirty over an expensive divorce. When she misses her plane home, Precious finds herself on the run along the coast of Portugal. Along the way she meets Harry, travelling Europe before he starts uni. But Precious and her problems are the last thing Harry needs as he struggles to shake off the ghost of his drowned father and get back to something resembling a life. As it turns out, Precious is EXACTLY what Harry needs. Until the complicated but dreamy Nathan shows up, and matters take a darker turn ... Join Precious, Harry and Nathan on a summer road trip with a twist!

Movie Night

Movie Night

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

If you love rom-coms you'll love this sassy, funny romance that will make you fall head over heels with the help of twelve classic films and a misbehaving cat named Nigel. Perfect for fans of Zoella, Geek Girl and Holly Bourne. One: I am hopelessly in love with Hanna Bergdahl. Two: for the first time since our recent reunion Hanna Bergdahl appears to be single. And three: I am stuck in that inescapable netherworld of demons and acne - the Friend Zone. Sol and Hanna were best friends at primary school and after reuniting at college, they spend approximately seventy per cent of daylight hours together. When disaster strikes at a New Year's Eve party and Hannah sees new boyfriend Danny Dukas kissing Lizzie Banks, a New Year's Resolution is formed. Sol and Hanna will watch one film a month for twelve months until the next New Year. After all, films hold answers to life's hardest questions. Maybe they'll figure out why they are both members of the dumpee club. Only Sol Adams has a new year's resolution of his own: to kiss Hanna Bergdahl before the year is over. Will Sol ever defeat the Friend Zone?

Bug Club Red A (KS2) Jess & Layla's Astronomical Assignment

Bug Club Red A (KS2) Jess & Layla's Astronomical Assignment

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2017

Jess and Layla's science teacher has given them an unusual assignment: what would astronomers from the past discuss if they could meet today? That night, the girls are at Layla's house when a spectacular meteor shower rains down. Is it possible that Layla's wish upon a meteor might come true, bringing the girls closer to those ancient astronomers than they had ever imagined? Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools Helps your child develop reading fluency and confidence Suitable for children age 10-11 (Year 6) Book band: Red A Phonics phase: n/a

The Kiss

The Kiss

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

'Aphrodite kissed a mortal once by the light of this moon, many thousands of years ago. It drove him crazy. The next person that he kissed - boum. The craziness travelled like this from person to person. It travelled through time. Everywhere - boum! Tu comprends?' 'Where did it end up?' I whisper. His lips are on my cheek now. 'It ended with me. And now I am going to pass it to you. You will like that, mermaid?' Imagine the perfect kiss. A legendary kiss that makes people crazy with love. Imagine a summer's night, on a moonlit beach in the South of France, as French boy Laurent kisses 16-year-old Delilah after the best chat-up line she's ever heard. BOOM! Delilah is pretty sure the Kiss is fiction, despite her head-spinning holiday fling. But with all the sudden crushes, break-ups and melt-downs happening back at home, the Kiss starts looking a little too real for comfort. If only Delilah could keep track of where it's gone ... Who knew one kiss could cause this much trouble? A hilarious rom-com that will delight Geek Girls everywhere!

Comet Chaos

Comet Chaos

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

What's black and white, and flies faster than the speed of light? The Space Penguins! They're the ice-cool crew of the spaceship Tunafish. With their pioneering flying skills and resistance to the deep freeze, these intergalactic avians are going where no fin has gone before. Captain T Krill, Rocky Waddle, Fuzz Allgrin and Splash Gordon are on a mission to explore new planets, rescue alien life, and battle their former comrade-in-wings: Dark Wader. Incoming! The penguins discover an ancient wax tablet with a familiar figure carved on it a penguin with impressive eyebrows, just like Rocky's! The tablet leads them to Bumbl-B, a planet with a colossal comet problem. The Bumbls are waiting for a bird god to take them to a new world and they may have found the rockhopper for the job. But time is running out... Can Rocky save the day? This hilarious Space Penguin adventure is sure to appeal to young boys. Full of fishy goings on, humour and adventure this is a fantastic series that will tickle even reluctant boy readers.

Black Hole Battle!

Black Hole Battle!

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2014

What's black and white, and flies faster than the speed of light? The Space Penguins! They're the ice-cool crew of the spaceship Tunafish. With their pioneering flying skills and resistance to the deep freeze, these intergalactic avians are going where no fin has gone before. Captain T Krill, Rocky Waddle, Fuzz Allgrin and Splash Gordon are on a mission to explore new planets, rescue alien life, and battle their former comrade-in-wings: Dark Wader. The penguins receive a distress call from a glamorous cruise spacecraft. But when they reach the stricken vessel, its passengers and crew are nowhere to be found. Could their disappearance have something to do with an ominous black hole nearby? And are the penguins destined to be its next victims? A hilarious series, featuring everyone's favourite flightless birds! Packed with out of this world aliens, flipper to the floor penguin action, and daft jokes and puns, these books are perfect for boys and girls aged six to eight.

Monster Moon

Monster Moon

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2014

What's black and white, and flies faster than the speed of light? The Space Penguins! They're the ice-cool crew of the spaceship Tunafish. With their pioneering flying skills and resistance to the deep freeze, these intergalactic avians are going where no fin has gone before. Captain T Krill, Rocky Waddle, Fuzz Allgrin and Splash Gordon are on a mission to explore new planets, rescue alien life, and battle their former comrade-in-wings: Dark Wader. In book six of the Space Penguins series, Splash has a secret - he's hiding an egg he discovered on a strange moon. But when the egg hatches into a Flogisaur with a taste for metal the feathers fly. Can the penguins return the creature to its home planet before it eats its way through the Tunafish? A hilarious series, featuring everyone's favourite flightless birds! Packed with out of this world aliens, flipper to the floor penguin action, and daft jokes and puns, these books are perfect for boys and girls aged six to eight.

Planet Peril

Planet Peril

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2014

What's black and white, and flies faster than the speed of light? The Space Penguins! They're the ice-cool crew of the spaceship Tunafish. With their pioneering flying skills and resistance to the deep freeze, these intergalactic avians are going where no fin has gone before. Captain T Krill, Rocky Waddle, Fuzz Allgrin and Splash Gordon are on a mission to explore new planets, rescue alien life, and battle their former comrade-in-wings: DarkWader. In book five of the Space Penguins series, the penguins accept an invite to take a holiday on a new leisure planet. But little do they realize they're waddling into a trap. Before long they find themselves the number one attraction in the planet's zoo. Can they rescue the zoo's other aliens and break out, or is it a life behind bars for the penguins? A hilarious series, featuring everyone's favourite flightless birds! Packed with out of this world aliens, flipper to the floor penguin action, and daft jokes and puns, these books are perfect for children aged six to eight.

Meteor Madness

Meteor Madness

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2013

What's black and white, and flies faster than the speed of light? The Space Penguins! They're the ice-cool crew of the spaceship Tunafish. With their pioneering flying skills and resistance to the deep freeze, these intergalactic avians are going where no fin has gone before. Captain T Krill, Rocky Waddle, Fuzz Allgrin and Splash Gordon are on a mission to explore new planets, rescue alien life, and battle their former comrade-in-wings: Dark Wader. In Meteor Madness! the Space Penguins are attacked by a fleet of starships, and only escape by the skin of their beaks. But they soon start to notice strange things going on, and it seems there may be a shapeshifter onboard... This hilarious Space Penguins adventure is sure to appeal to young boys and girls who love action and science fiction. Full of fishy goings on, humour and adventure this is a fantastic series that will tickle even reluctant boy readers.

Meteor Madness!

Meteor Madness!

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

What's black and white, and flies faster than the speed of light? The Space Penguins! They're the ice-cool crew of the spaceship Tunafish. With their pioneering flying skills and resistance to the deep freeze, these intergalactic avians are going where no fin has gone before. Captain T Krill, Rocky Waddle, Fuzz Allgrin and Splash Gordon are on a mission to explore new planets, rescue alien life, and battle their former comrade-in-wings: Dark Wader. In Meteor Madness! the Space Penguins are attacked by a fleet of starships, and only escape by the skin of their beaks. But they soon start to notice strange things going on, and it seems there may be a shapeshifter onboard... This hilarious Space Penguins adventure is sure to appeal to young boys and girls who love action and science fiction. Full of fishy goings on, humour and adventure this is a fantastic series that will tickle even reluctant boy readers.

Galaxy Race!

Galaxy Race!

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

What's black and white, and flies faster than the speed of light? The Space Penguins! They're the ice-cool crew of the spaceship Tunafish. With their pioneering flying skills and resistance to the deep freeze, these intergalactic avians are going where no fin has gone before. Captain T Krill, Rocky Waddle, Fuzz Allgrin and Splash Gordon are on a mission to explore new planets, rescue alien life, and battle their former comrade-in-wings: Dark Wader. In Galaxy Race! Rocky's reputation for death-defying aerial acrobatics gains him an invitation to participate in the galaxy's notorious Superchase Space Race. But will this turn out to be a race to the death? This hilarious Space Penguin adventure is sure to appeal to boys. Full of fishy goings on, humour and adventure Space Penguins is a fantastic series that will tickle even reluctant boy readers. It's just one tiny waddle for mankind...

Star Attack!

Star Attack!

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2013

What's black and white, and flies faster than the speed of light? The Space Penguins! They're the ice-cool crew of the spaceship Tunafish. With their pioneering flying skills and resistance to the deep freeze, these intergalactic avians are going where no fin has gone before. Captain T Krill, Rocky Waddle, Fuzz Allgrin and Splash Gordon are on a mission to explore new planets, rescue alien life, and battle their former comrade-in-wings: Dark Wader. In Star Attack! the crew of the Tunafish pick up a distress signal from a cargo craft, there's snow time to lose. But the Tunafish's daring rescue is canned when the vessel runs into trouble too. What's been luring spacecraft to their doom? This hilarious Space Penguin adventure is sure to appeal to young boys. Full of humour, fishy goings on and adventure this is a fantastic series that will tickle even reluctant boy readers.

Cosmic Crash!

Cosmic Crash!

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2013

What's black and white, and flies faster than the speed of light? The Space Penguins! They're the ice-cool crew of the spaceship Tunafish. With their pioneering flying skills and resistance to the deep freeze, these intergalactic avians are going where no fin has gone before. Captain T Krill, Rocky Waddle, Fuzz Allgrin and Splash Gordon are on a mission to explore new planets, rescue alien life, and battle their former comrade-in-wings: Dark Wader. Alert! Alert! In Cosmic Crash! the penguins splash-land on a watery planet, they find themselves in the tentacles of a monstrous sea creature. Can they escape with their ship in one piece or are they well and truly sunk? This hilarious Space Penguin adventure is sure to appeal to young boys. Full of fishy goings on, humour and adventure this is a fantastic series that will tickle even reluctant boy readers.

Splash Band 01b/Pink B

Splash Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

There's a storm brewing and a mother and daughter are out on a walk - what can they see? Follow them on their journey as the weather changes, a storm arrives and they find an umbrella is not quite enough to keep them completely dry in this lovely story by Lucy Courtenay. * Pink B/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Children can re-cap the journey and the changing weather on pages 14-15. * Text type: A story with a predictable structure and patterned language * Curriculum links: Geography: Weather around the world

The Scaredy Bear

The Scaredy Bear

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Pongo the polar bear cub doesn't like the cold, and always avoids the freezing Arctic waters of his home. So, when he finds himself stranded on an ice floe, drifting towards an unfamiliar coastline, he is in serious trouble! What will he find when he reaches the shore? And will he ever get home?Animal Antics is packed with crazy capers - you'll fall out of your tree laughing!

WILD: 1: Tiger Trouble

WILD: 1: Tiger Trouble

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

Featuring tiger cubs, circus bears, swimming monkeys and cute koalas - this is a must-read series for all animal lovers! Twins Tori and Taya Wild disagree about almost everything ...except for their love of animals - which is good since their house is almost always full of them! Their mother fosters all kinds of wild animals and the adorable tiger cubs, Chips and Gravy, are the most recent animals keeping them busy. But when Dad falls ill and can no longer travel for work, mum's animal fostering days could be over. They need to think up a money making scheme fast and that's when they set up a new 'animals on film' business ...and soon their lives are about to get even wilder!

The Clumsy Monkey

The Clumsy Monkey

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2011

Morris the monkey is the clumsiest monkey around, and his troop do nothing but tease him. Finally Morris can stand it no longer and sets off to find himself a new home. But the jungle is a dangerous place for a little monkey, especially at night, and soon Morris is in a prickly spot of bother... Animal Antics is packed with crazy capers - you'll fall out of your tree laughing!

The Singing Sheep

The Singing Sheep

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2011

Sunny the sheep has always loved singing, and is excited to hear about the Sheep Choir of the Year competition at the annual Haybury Fleece Fair. But her flock are a serious bunch, and the song they have to sing is very dull. Moreover, the competition is always won by the Haybury Farm flock. It's up to Sunny to save the day, but can she win over her fellow sheep with her new musical invention, bleat-boxing? Animal Antics is packed with crazy capers - you'll fall out of your tree laughing!

The Potty Penguin

The Potty Penguin

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2010

Pepper the penguin is desperate to fly, but her family and friends just laugh at her - everyone knows penguins can't fly! Pepper is determined to prove them wrong and sets to work, but try as she might she always seems to end up head-first in a snow drift. Can anyone help Pepper achieve her dream? A fantastic new series packed with crazy capers and brought to life by Phil Alderson's imaginative cartoon-style illustrations.

The Windy Whale

The Windy Whale

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2010

Gail the whale is friends with all the creatures in the ocean ...so much so that she decides to stop eating plankton and tr y seaweed instead. But eating so much greener y takes its toll on Gail's insides, and soon her tummy is fit to burst! A fantastic new series packed with crazy capers and brought to life by Phil Alderson's imaginative cartoon- style illustrations.

The Leaping Lion

The Leaping Lion

Author: Lucy Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2010

Brian the lion is small and springy and loves to leapfrog. He's leaped over hyenas and zebras and all the boulders in the jungle, and now he needs something even bigger to jump. Surely Troy the bull elephant won't mind being Brian's perfect leapfrog challenge...? A fantastic new series packed with crazy capers and brought to life by Phil Alderson's imaginative cartoonstyle illustrations.

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