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David MacPhail - Author

About the Author

David MacPhail left home at eighteen to travel the world and have adventures. After working as a chicken wrangler, a ghost-tour guide and a waiter on a tropical island, he now has the sensible job of writing children’s books. He lives in Edinburgh.

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Reading Planet - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Level 5: Fiction (Mars)

Reading Planet - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Level 5: Fiction (Mars)

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Roe is a humble scullery maid at the court of King Arthur. Fed up with her miserable life of drudgery, she decides to disguise herself as a boy and become a squire to one of the brave knights of Camelot. Her plan succeeds, but the arrival of the terrifying Green Knight changes the path of her life in a way she could never have imagined. Now Roe must accompany Sir Gawain on a quest to find the Green Knight and take him on in a final, deadly battle. Can Roe protect Sir Gawain from this fearsome challenger, as well as a mysterious enemy who seems determined to see Gawain fail? Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. 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: 9-10 years

Reading Planet - The Apollo Time Capsule - Level 7: Fiction (Saturn)

Reading Planet - The Apollo Time Capsule - Level 7: Fiction (Saturn)

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

July 1969: Clare tucks a letter into the time capsule being buried at her school in honour of the Apollo 11 Moon landings. A letter containing information about space exploration which nobody could possibly know ... July 2019: Space-geek Ryan is given a letter from the same time capsule. A letter written by someone called Clare, who seems to have been able to predict the future ... Could time travel really be possible? The Apollo Time Capsule is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. 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: 10-11 years

Reading Planet - The Little Sister of the Three Giants - White: Galaxy

Reading Planet - The Little Sister of the Three Giants - White: Galaxy

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2019

When Angelita is left in the jungle to fend for herself, she finds safety with three gentle giants. They live happily together until Angelita is poisoned by her jealous stepmother. Can the giants find a way to save Angelita? The Little Sister of the Three Giants 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: 6-7 years

Thorfinn and the Dreadful Dragon

Thorfinn and the Dreadful Dragon

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2019

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient... Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all. Vikings far and wide are travelling to Scotland's Shetland Islands for the great Fire Festival where they'll compete to become the ultimate champion by creating dazzling fire displays. Chief Harald is determined to be victorious but it seems as if Thorfinn has ruined their chances against rival Viking Chief Magnus the Bone-Breaker, until he remembers a story about a once-legendary dragon, now in hiding... Can Thorfinn and his ragtag crew track down the dreadful dragon and persuade her to help them put on a winning performance? Thorfinn and the Dreadful Dragon is the seventh adventure for Thorfinn the Nicest Viking in this funny, action-packed illustrated series for young readers which bridges the gap between Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless!

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops inFact: Oxford Level 20: Castaway

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops inFact: Oxford Level 20: Castaway

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2018

In 1704 a Scottish sailor called Alexander Selkirk was marooned on a remote and uninhabited island in the South Pacific. He spent the next four and a half years there, completely alone, struggling to survive using little other than his wits. How did he come to be there, how did he manage to survive for so long, and what was life as a castaway like? Castaway is a story of survival and resourcefulness, packed with fascinating historical details and a good dose of adventure. TreeTops inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children's authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Soup

Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Soup

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2018

Since his dad literally did a vanishing act (he's a magician!), Jay Patel has turned detective, and now, with the help of his ghostly grandad, he's on a new case -- a murder in a fancy country hotel where the cause of death appears to be -- soup! While Jay is surrounded by suspects, Grandad has his own informants -- the ghosts haunting the hotel. But will they catch the killer before it's too ladle? David Walliams meets Agatha Christie in the soup-er second book of a new laugh-out-loud, weird-and-wacky mystery series for younger readers, by the author of Thorfinn the Nicest Viking.

Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Soup

Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Soup

Author: David MacPhail Format: eBook Release Date: 16/08/2018

Since his dad literally did a vanishing act (he's a magician!), Jay Patel has turned detective, and now, with the help of his ghostly grandad, he's on a new case a murder in a fancy country hotel where the cause of death appears to be s

Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Tumble Dryer

Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Tumble Dryer

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2017

You'd think a ghost grandad would be a great sidekick for a wannabe detective. Unfortunately, if there was a 'being a good ghost' exam, Jay's grandad would fail spectacularly -- he hates walking through walls, he can't touch anything and he's rubbish at haunting. Since his dad literally did a vanishing act (he's a magician), Jay Patel has turned detective, and now, with the help of his grandad, he's on the case of a dead body that vanished from the library of his Glasgow primary school. But what do diamonds, blackmail and dodgy launderettes have to do with it? David Walliams meets Agatha Christie in the first book of a new laugh-out-loud, weird-and-wacky mystery series for younger readers by the author of Thorfinn the Nicest Viking.

Vikings in Britain Band 14/Ruby

Vikings in Britain Band 14/Ruby

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

They came in their longships from Scandinavia, stealing gold and spreading fear. From fighting to settling, this is the story of how Vikings shaped the history of Britain as we know it. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 44 and 45 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History - Viking raids and invasion

Thorfinn and the Terrible Treasure

Thorfinn and the Terrible Treasure

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2016

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient... Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all. Harald the Skull-Splitter and fellow chief Magnus the Bone-Breaker find a massive treasure chest in the remote Western Isles of Scotland. Thorfinn and his rival Olaf must guard it overnight, but despite their best efforts, they can't help falling asleep. In the morning the treasure has disappeared and now Thorfinn's village is at stake. Can Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and his friends find the missing loot in time to save their village? Thorfinn the Nicest Viking is a funny, illustrated, action-packed new series for young readers which bridges the gap between Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless!

Thorfinn and the Raging Raiders

Thorfinn and the Raging Raiders

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2016

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient... Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all. Indgar villagers are out watching an elk polo match, the village is attached, and Thorfinn's mum goes missing, presumed kidnapped. Harald, Velda Thorfinn and his boisterous brothers chase the mysterious raiders across the North Sea towards Scotland. Will Thorfinn the Nicest Viking manage to find his mum and bring her back home safe and sound? Thorfinn the Nicest Viking is a funny, illustrated, action-packed new series for young readers which bridges the gap between Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless!

Thorfinn and the Disgusting Feast

Thorfinn and the Disgusting Feast

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2016

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient... Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all. The king of Norway is coming to visit Indgar village and Thorfinn is named Head Chef for the greatest feast the village has ever seen. Apparently the king has a taste for exotic fish, but he's also been known to catapult chefs who displease him into the sea! Thorfinn sets sail for Orkney with a ragtag crew to visit his Uncle Rolf and learn how to cook and catch fish. But it seems a poisoner is at large and he has his eyes on the poisson... Thorfinn the Nicest Viking is a funny, illustrated, action-packed new series for young readers which bridges the gap between Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless!

Thorfinn and the Rotten Scots

Thorfinn and the Rotten Scots

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2016

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient... Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all. On a raiding voyage to Scotland, Thorfinn and his friends Velda and Oswald are kidnapped by Ranald MacRanald, chieftain of the Clan MacRanald. Little does Ranald he know that his methods of 'torture' (making the Nicest Viking sew with the women and clean the castle from top to bottom) are actually Thorfinn's idea of a brilliant Scottish holiday! Will Chief Harald the Skull-Splitter come to his son's 'rescue' before Thorfinn drives the Rotten Scots crazy with politeness? Thorfinn the Nicest Viking is a funny, illustrated, action-packed new series for young readers which bridges the gap between Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless!

Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series Books 1 to 3

Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series Books 1 to 3

Author: David MacPhail Format: eBook Release Date: 18/02/2016

This is an ebook omnibus of books 1, 2 and 3 in the funny Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series. Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient... Thorfinn the Nicest Viking is a funny, illustrated, action-packed new series for young readers who love Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless! In the first book, Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion, Thorfinn's dad, the rough tough village chief, decides it's time for Thorfinn to earn his gruesome Viking name. Stuck on a longboat with a ragtag bunch of adventurers who'd like to throw him overboard, how will the nicest Viking cope with a dangerous voyage to Scotland? Book 2 sees Thorfinn and the Vikings heading to the annual Gruesome Games on a Scottish island. It falls to Thorfinn to save their village, but in a competition where belching, axe-throwing, pie-clobbering and goat-throwing are great point scorers, what help will a terribly nice Viking with a talent for baking be? In book 3, on a raiding voyage to Scotland, Thorfinn is kidnapped by Ranald MacRanald, chieftain of the Clan MacRanald. Little does Ranald he know that his methods of 'torture' (making the Nicest Viking sew with the women and clean the castle from top to bottom) are actually Thorfinn's idea of a brilliant Scottish holiday! Will Chief Harald the Skull-Splitter come to his son's 'rescue' before Thorfinn drives the Rotten Scots crazy with politeness?

Yeti on the Loose

Yeti on the Loose

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2014

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