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Ciaran Murtagh - Author

About the Author

Ciaran Murtagh is a writer and actor. His new book Genie in a Trap is out now.

He regularly appears in TV shows for CBBC and can be seen in Dick and Dom's Hoopla and in all four series of The Slammer.

He also writes TV shows and has recently been involved with scripting Shaun the Sheep, Dennis and Gnasher, The Slammer, The Legend of Dick and Dom, Scoop, Hotel Trubble, Casper's Scare School, The 4 o'clock Club and Diddy Movies.

He is an unapologetic fan of the music of a-ha and still sucks his thumb.
It is unclear which of these two facts is more embarrassing to his friends and family. Find out more at www.ciaranmurtagh.com

 

Author photo © Steve Ullathorne

Books by Ciaran Murtagh

The Great Pinata Mystery Band 11+/Lime Plus

The Great Pinata Mystery Band 11+/Lime Plus

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2021

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. It's Lucas's birthday party and the whole family are looking forward to the lunchtime pinata. But when the pinata is opened, it's found to be empty! Who had the opportunity to steal the sweets and who has an alibi? There are plenty of clues and some red herrings too. Follow Lucas as he embarks on an investigation into who stole the sweets and why. Can he get to the bottom of the mystery or will his birthday be ruined? This exciting and humorous mystery story is written by Ciaran Murtagh. Lime Plus/Band 11+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to practise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Puzzle of the Pyramid Band 11+/Lime Plus

Puzzle of the Pyramid Band 11+/Lime Plus

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. Lola's auntie Flo has always been an adventurous sort, which is why it was no surprise when she took up the challenge of a trip to Egypt to investigate a newly found pyramid. It was all in a good cause - raising money for a local charity. Then things got strange when Flo disappeared without a trace. The last Lola heard was when a postcard arrived which didn't sound like her auntie at all - that's when Lola knew Flo was in trouble. Join Lola and her mum as they pack their rucksacks and set off on a thrilling trip to Egypt on the trail of auntie Flo. Will they be able to piece together the evidence to find her? This humorous mystery story was written by Ciaran Murtagh. Lime Plus/Band 11+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to practise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

The Dungeon of Despair Band 11+/Lime Plus

The Dungeon of Despair Band 11+/Lime Plus

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Simon Lancaster hears that his family are going to the local castle for the day, he's not very impressed. When he hears there's a dungeon, things start to look up. Little does he know, his trip to the castle is going to end with him never wanting to set foot in a dungeon again, when he wanders off and gets trapped in a hidden cell! How will he make it out? And how is he going to explain this one to his parents ...? This thrilling story was written by Ciaran Murtagh. Lime Plus/Band 11+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to practise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Computer Pioneers - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Computer Pioneers - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Game Changers have the skills, courage and power to change the world! Read about eight amazing people whose achievements in computing have transformed our lives. Learn about these incredible Game Changers, from early computer programmers like Grace Hopper to Larry Page and Sergey Brin who created the Google search engine! These are the people whose genius brought us the technology we rely on every day. Game-Changers: Computer Pioneers is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will love reading the exciting collection of fiction and non-fiction written by top authors. Inspire them to keep reading through gripping stories and fascinating information books packed with rich language and stunning artwork. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 8-9 years

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Brave Leaders - Level 4: Earth/Grey band

Reading Planet KS2 - Game-Changers: Brave Leaders - Level 4: Earth/Grey band

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Game Changers have the skills, courage and power to change the world! Read about five inspiring leaders, whose bravery, determination and sacrifice changed the world and gave us many of the freedoms we enjoy today. From Emmeline Pankhurst, who worked to get votes for women, to Martin Luther King, who fought for equal rights for black people in the USA, all these incredible people continue to inspire us today. Game-Changers: Brave Leaders is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will love reading the exciting collection of fiction and non-fiction written by top authors. Inspire them to keep reading through gripping stories and fascinating information books packed with rich language and stunning artwork. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 8-9 years

Read with Oxford: Stage 5: Sugar Plum Scary

Read with Oxford: Stage 5: Sugar Plum Scary

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

Sugar Plum is no good at being a tooth fairy. But when disaster strikes, it's up to her to save the day! Books with short chapters are a great way for children who are beginning to read independently to extend reading stamina and progress to the next step of their reading journey. This Read with Oxford Stage 5 book has short chapters, an engaging story and humorous colour illustrations. Tips for parents and fun after-reading activities help you to get the most out of the story. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Dragon Doughnuts

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Dragon Doughnuts

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2019

In this funny chapter book, King Harold loves doughnuts - but then a fierce dragon begins to steal them. Can the king's daughter, Rose, save the day? Books with short chapters are a great way for children who are reading independently to extend reading stamina and progress to the next step of their reading journey. This Read with Oxford Stage 6 book has short chapters, an engaging story and humorous illustrations. Tips for parents and fun after-reading activities help you to get the most out of the story. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

Reading Planet - Amazing Animation - Blue: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Amazing Animation - Blue: Galaxy

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

How does animation work and when was invented? In this non-fiction book, children learn all about the very first Mickey Mouse cartoons, created using paper drawings, and how modern animated films are now made using computers. Amazing Animation is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

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