Anne Fine - Author

About the Author

Anne Fine was our Guest Editor in July 2011. Click here to see the books she selected.

Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults.

Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and Madame Doubtfire became the major feature film 'Mrs Doubtfire' starring Robin Williams. Anne was named Children's Laureate in 2002 and made an OBE for services to children's literature in 2003.

Click here to read a Q&A with the author or click here to read an extended biography in which Anne talks about her writing.

Here is a letter from author, Sarah Forbes to Anne Fine, who visited her home town when she was eight and made a lasting impression.

Dear Anne Fine,
You won’t remember this, but in the late 1980s you visited Stonehaven Library as part of an author tour. Stonehaven is a lovely place: a small seaside resort on the east coast of Scotland near Aberdeen. It has an open-air swimming pool and a ruined castle. These days it’s famous for being the home of the deep-fried Mars bar. (Yes, I have eaten a deep-fried Mars bar. No, that isn’t why I’m writing this.)

I remember your visit vividly because I was an avid, avid reader of your books. You coming to town was like having a famous pop star parachute in for the day. The excitement of having an actual, real author come to speak to us! Someone whose books I could reach out and touch on the library shelves in the children’s section upstairs where you did your event.

For a kid living in a big literary city like Edinburgh or London, meeting authors might not be such a big deal. Authors tend to work hard to promote their books and the ones I know do as many events as they can. But let me tell you, rural Aberdeenshire in the 80s was not a hotbed of literary discovery, and you coming to town meant a lot. I think that was the point when I realized writing could be a career. Maybe one day, I could be a writer too.

Many, many years later, I found myself back in the children’s section of Stonehaven Library promoting my own children’s books. That felt incredibly weird and incredibly lovely all at the same time. I’m excited to say I’ll also be talking to kids about my Elspeth Hart books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this month. I have so much fun doing my own events, but my favourite part is when I ask if anyone likes writing or wants to be a writer and dozens of hands shoot up. The ideas these kids have are amazing. I wonder if it’s easier to dream your way into becoming a writer when you meet grown-ups who’ve done the same thing?

Either way, I relish every minute of getting to meet my readers, and part of the reason I appreciate it, Anne, is you.

Warm wishes,
Sarah Forbes

Featured books by Anne Fine

Blue Moon Day

Blue Moon Day

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Everyone thinks they know what it's like, going to school. But have you ever wondered what life must be like at a boarding school? A school for young offenders? A school for the blind? With her trademark humour, insight, sensitivity and razor-sharp wit, Anne Fine explores these different worlds in a short story collection that will fascinate young readers.

Blood Family

Blood Family

13+ readers

Author: Anne Fine Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014   Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven. Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kindly foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a teenager it's still clear to his new family and schoolmates there's something odd about him. Then one fateful day, Edward catches a glimpse of himself in a photograph. What he sees shocks him to the core - a vision of Harris. Was this monster his father all along? And does that mean that, deep down, another Harris is waiting to break out? Every step of progress Edward has made swiftly begins to unravel, and he has to decide whether his blood will determine his future.

How to Write Really Badly

How to Write Really Badly

7+ readers

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2007

Chester Howard can see Joe's project 'How to Write Neatly' can only be a disaster. Joe makes a terrible mess of his work, jumbling letters and numbers up together. But a project called 'How to Write Really Badly' - now there's something Joe can do better than anyone else. And Chester is about to find there's a lot more to Joe than he expected.

Round Behind the Ice-house

Round Behind the Ice-house

11+ readers

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Award-winning Anne Fine takes a serious turn in this gripping family story which captures the shifting relationships of adolescence. Twins Cass and Tom have shared everything and most of it with their friend Lisa, too. But gradually Tom, who recounts the story, realises that everything is changing including especially his feelings for Lisa. As Tom reads and misreads the signs of change, readers will identify with his intense feelings and his confusion.

Other books by Anne Fine

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Levels 16-17: Class Pack

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Levels 16-17: Class Pack

Author: Anne Fine, Philip Reeve Format: Undefined Release Date: 13/09/2018

TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening. This pack contains 36 books, 6 of each of the following titles: Sixteen Sisters, Gawain and the Green Knight, Shakespeare Stories, The Enchanted Horse, The Snow Queen and The Storm Child.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Levels 16-17: Mixed Pack

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Levels 16-17: Mixed Pack

Author: Anne Fine, Philip Reeve Format: Undefined Release Date: 13/09/2018

TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening. This pack contains 6 books, one of each of the following titles: Sixteen Sisters, Gawain and the Green Knight, Shakespeare Stories, The Enchanted Horse, The Snow Queen and The Storm Child.

Anneli the Art Hater

Anneli the Art Hater

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

A classic children's story from one of our best-loved authors, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Anneli hates art. She doesn't like looking at it or thinking about it, and when the paints come out in the art class at school, she just can't stand it. But behind a hidden door in her house, Anneli finds a painting that draws her into an extraordinary story . . . Anne Fine's fun school stories have been delighting children for more than 20 years, winning her awards such as the Smarties Book Award and Carnegie Medal along the way. Perfect for boys and girls aged 6 and up, and for fans of Jeremy Strong and Pamela Butchart's Wigglesbottom Primary series.

The Chicken Gave it to Me

The Chicken Gave it to Me

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

A classic children's story from one of our best-loved authors, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Gemma doesn't believe a chicken could have written a book - chickens can't even read! But here in front of them is The True Story of Harrowing Farm, and its scratchy pages definitely look, well, chickeny. It is an epic tale of cruelty and bravery, the story of a chicken who flies frillions of miles, reaching the heights of intergalactic superstardom, to try to save us humans . . . Perfect for boys and girls aged 6 and up, and for fans of Jeremy Strong and Pamela Butchart's Wigglesbottom Primary series. Anne Fine's fun school stories have been delighting children for more than 20 years, winning her awards such as the Smarties Book Award and Carnegie Medal along the way.

The Tulip Touch

The Tulip Touch

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

Reissued for the Originals series of powerful teen fiction. Nobody wants Tulip in their gang. She skives off school, cheeks the teachers and makes herself unpopular with her classmates by telling awful lies. None of this matters to Natalie who finds Tulip exciting. At first she doesn't care that other people are upset and unnerved by Tulip's bizarre games, but as the games become increasingly sinister and dangerous, Natalie realises that Tulip is going too far. Much too far. Racing, in fact, to the novel's shocking ending.

Saving Miss Mirabelle

Saving Miss Mirabelle

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

A classic children's story from one of our best-loved authors, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Lancelot's lovely teacher, Miss Mirabelle, is in big trouble. She's told a giant whopper and unless she can come up with a brilliant plan, she's going to look very, very silly. Can Lancelot help this damsel in distress? Little does he know that Ivan will leave a lasting influence, and that he himself will never enjoy listening to nursery rhymes ever again . . . Anne Fine's fun school stories have been delighting children for more than 20 years, winning her awards such as the Smarties Book Award and Carnegie Medal along the way.

How to Write Really Badly

How to Write Really Badly

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

A classic children's story from one of our best-loved authors, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Chester Howard can see Joe's project `How to Write Neatly' can only be a disaster. Joe makes a terrible mess of his work, jumbling letters and numbers up together. But a project called `How to Write Really Badly' - now there's something Joe can do better than anyone else. And Chester is about to find there's a lot more to Joe than he expected . . . Anne Fine's fun school stories have been delighting children for more than 20 years, winning her awards such as the Smarties Book Award and Carnegie Medal along the way.

Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

A classic children's book from best-loved Bill's New Frock author, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Perfect for readers aged between 7 and 9 and fans of The Midnight Gang and Pamela Butchart's Wigglesbottom Primary series. It's Ivan's first day at his new school, and Boris is told to look after him, and translate for him, because Ivan can only speak Russian. After all, St Edmund's is a civilized school. Only problem is, Ivan isn't civilized. So when Ivan starts greeting people as `lowly shivering worms', and asking for words in English like `crush' and `mutilate', Boris realises that he's going to have his work cut out for him. And that's just the start of the day . . . Anne Fine's fun school stories have been delighting children for more than 20 years, winning her awards such as the Smarties Book Award and Carnegie Medal along the way.

On Planet Fruitcake

On Planet Fruitcake

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

A classic children's book from best-loved Bill's New Frock author, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Perfect for readers aged between 7 and 9 and fans of David Walliams' The Midnight Gang and Pamela Butchart's Wigglesbottom Primary series. Philip has an incredible imagination, and when he lets it run riot in school one day it really gets his classmates thinking. Purple cows . . . brains in pots . . . a clever and beautiful chicken . . . What will they think of next?! Anne Fine's fun school stories have been delighting children for more than 20 years, winning her awards such as the Smarties Book Award and Carnegie Medal along the way. `Fine has a rare genius for building a funny, enriching and moving story around the nuts and bolts of school life' The Times

The Angel of Nitshill Road

The Angel of Nitshill Road

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

A classic children's book from one of best-loved Bill's New Frock authors, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Perfect for readers aged between 7 and 9 and fans of Awful Auntie and Pamela Butchart's Wigglesbottom Primary series. Until the angel came, Penny, Mark and Marigold were bitterly unhappy. `Fat.' `Freak.' `Smelly.' Barry Hunter was bullying them and everyone at Nitshill Road School knew it. But the angel brings a clever solution. Life at school is going to be very different from now on. Anne Fine's fun school stories have been delighting children for more than 20 years, winning her awards such as the Smarties Book Award and Carnegie Medal along the way.

PramBusters!

PramBusters!

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2018

When the rain threatens to ruin the fun at summer camp, Malik and his friends are tasked with inventing a pram that any baby would love. But when ideas start flowing, tensions run high and it turns out that not everyone agrees on exactly what a baby would need. Only the PramBusters can be sure to sort this out! This is Anne Fine on great form warm, witty and full of imagination. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 5+

Let it Snow

Let it Snow

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/11/2017

Magic Ball

Magic Ball

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

A warm and funny story about a boy who hates having to choose! From one of the nation's favourite children's authors, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Perfect for children learning to read. Green shirt or blue shirt? Feeding the ducks or going on the swings? Olly finds it so hard to make decisions! But then he's given a strange object that might just be the answer to his problem . . . Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for early readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss Ideal for beginner readers aged 5-6 All Reading Ladder titles are developed with leading literacy consultant Nikki Gamble, making them perfect early years reading books for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading throughout Key Stage 1. Book band: Turquoise For more information about the series and advice on supporting children's reading, see our reading ladder page www.egmont.co.uk/reading-ladder

Bill's New Frock

Bill's New Frock

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

A classic children's story from one of our best-loved authors, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. The Modern Classics edition features new illustrations and bonus material. Bill Simpson wakes up to find he's a girl, and worse, his mother makes him wear a frilly pink dress to school. How on earth is he going to survive a whole day like this? Everything just seems to be different for girls . . . Perfect for readers aged 7 years and up and fans of The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams. Anne Fine's fun school stories have been delighting children for more than 20 years, winning her awards such as the Smarties Book Award and Carnegie Medal along the way.

Cyfres Pwsi Beryglus: 5. Nadolig y Bwsi Beryglus

Cyfres Pwsi Beryglus: 5. Nadolig y Bwsi Beryglus

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2016

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16-17: Mixed Pack

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16-17: Mixed Pack

Author: Anne Fine, Philip Reeve Format: Undefined Release Date: 09/05/2016

TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening. This pack contains five books, one of each of the following titles: Sixteen Sisters, Gawain and the Green Knight, Shakespeare Stories, The Enchanted Horse and The Snow Queen.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16-17: Class Pack

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16-17: Class Pack

Author: Anne Fine, Philip Reeve Format: Undefined Release Date: 09/05/2016

TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening. This pack contains 30 books, six of each of the following titles: Sixteen Sisters, Gawain and the Green Knight, Shakespeare Stories, The Enchanted Horse and The Snow Queen.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16: Sixteen Sisters

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16: Sixteen Sisters

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2016

Three classic English fairy tales from the collection of Joseph Jacobs, beautifully retold and illustrated. Twelve princesses share a love of dancing, to their father's despair. Will anyone be able to uncover their secret night-time escapades? Sisters may be related, but they certainly aren't always alike; Drusilla and Isidora are like chalk and cheese, and receive very different enchantments in the story Diamonds and Toads. Snow White and Rose Red tells of two sisters whose beloved bear turns out to be something quite different ... TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Friday Surprise

Friday Surprise

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A surprising and entertaining story from former children's laureate and multi-award winner Anne Fine, perfect for children learning to read. Bryce is fed up with tests. So far this week he's had a spelling test, a swimming test, and even a test on his bike. So, on Friday, Bryce decides to surprise the adults with his own test. What happens when Bryce turns the tables on all the adults? The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Chapters Interesting characters and themes A rich range of vocabulary More complex storylines to stretch confident readers All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Gold.

Press Play

Press Play

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

An entertaining story from former children's laureate Anne Fine, perfect for children learning to read. Nicky, Tasha and Joe's mum leaves for work early one day and she leaves instructions for them on a cassette-player - all they have to do is press play! Nicky and Tasha must get themselves ready for school and get baby Joe ready for playgroup without waking Dad! They have to get dressed, make porridge for breakfast and find Joe's toy rabbit. Then they have to creep into Dad's bedroom and set the alarm clock for him. But it is very hard to get ready quietly, especially when your baby brother is crying for his toy rabbit! The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Chapters Interesting characters and themes A rich range of vocabulary More complex storylines to stretch confident readers All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: White.

Under the Bed

Under the Bed

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Perfect for children learning to read, this is a wonderful story about facing fears as a family from Anne Fine, a former Children's Laureate whose awards include the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. There's never been anything scary under the bed since I was born, and there is nothing scary now. I really believe that. I keep believing it for about five minutes. Then I get less sure. Mum, Dad, Harry and Nana are at their wits' end. How can they prove to Toby that there are no monsters under the bed, so that they can finally get some sleep? Will a new bicycle help? Or a magic spell? Or does this call for something completely different...? The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Purple

Big Red Balloon

Big Red Balloon

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Meet the queen in this sweet story by Anne Fine, perfect for children learning to read. Pip's class are sending big red helium balloons off to celebrate their school's 100th anniversary. They ask the people who find them to tell them how far they'd gone. One lands just down the road, one is found in the next town - but Pip's flies all the way to Buckingham Palace! And Pip gets an invitation to have tea with the Queen . . . The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Purple Meet the queen in this sweet story by Anne Fine, perfect for children learning to read. Pip's class are sending big red helium balloons off to celebrate their school's 100th anniversary. They ask the people who find them to tell them how far they'd gone. One lands just down the road, one is found in the next town - but Pip's flies all the way to Buckingham Palace! And Pip gets an invitation to have tea with the Queen . . . The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Purple

Cyfres Pwsi Beryglus: 4. Parti Pen-blwydd y Bwsi Beryglus

Cyfres Pwsi Beryglus: 4. Parti Pen-blwydd y Bwsi Beryglus

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2016

The Party Club

The Party Club

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2016

A humorous and sensitive story about growing up and being the odd one out, from former Children's Laureate and much-loved author Anne Fine. Rosie's classmates think they are too old for birthday parties, but Rosie is determined to change their minds. From the author of Bill's New Frock comes a humorous and sensitive story about growing up and feeling like the odd one out. Rosie loves everything about parties: balloons, presents, games, birthday cake, goody bags! So she is disappointed when some of her classmates announce that they have outgrown parties and would rather go to the cinema or bowling. Rosie decides to set up the Party Club and remind everyone of how much fun they'll be missing out on. But it's harder than she thought, particularly when even her parents don't seem to like birthday parties much.

Madame Doubtfire

Madame Doubtfire

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Madame Doubtfire by bestselling author Anne Fine is a wonderfully funny, punchy story about family life. Lydia, Christopher and Natalie are used to domestic turmoil. Their parents' divorce has not made family life any easier in either home. The children bounce to and from their volatile mother, Miranda, and their out-of-work actor father, Daniel. Then Miranda advertises for a cleaning lady who will look mind the children after work - and Daniel gets the job, disguised as Madame Doubtfire. This bittersweet, touching and extremely funny book inspired the highly successful film Mrs Doubtfire, starring the late Robin Williams. Madame Doubtfire is reissued in 'A Puffin Book' series of Puffin modern classics.

The Party Club

The Party Club

Author: Anne Fine Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2015

A humorous and sensitive story about growing up and being the odd one out, from former Children's Laureate and much-loved author Anne Fine. Rosie's classmates think they are too old for birthday parties, but Rosie is determined to change their minds. From the author of Bill's New Frock comes a humorous and sensitive story about growing up and feeling like the odd one out. Rosie loves everything about parties: balloons, presents, games, birthday cake, goody bags! So she is disappointed when some of her classmates announce that they have outgrown parties and would rather go to the cinema or bowling. Rosie decides to set up the Party Club and remind everyone of how much fun they'll be missing out on. But it's harder than she thought, particularly when even her parents don't seem to like birthday parties much.

Blue Moon Day

Blue Moon Day

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Everyone thinks they know what it's like, going to school. But have you ever wondered what life must be like at a boarding school? A school for young offenders? A school for the blind? With her trademark humour, insight, sensitivity and razor-sharp wit, Anne Fine explores these different worlds in a short story collection that will fascinate young readers.

The Book Of The Banshee

The Book Of The Banshee

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2014

It's war in the Flowers household. Will's sister Estelle has turned overnight into a screaming, screeching banshee whose moods explode throughout the household. Mum and Dad have surrendered. Inspired by an author visit to his school, Will decides to keep a record of his life on the front line...

The Killer Cat Runs Away

The Killer Cat Runs Away

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Tuffy doesn't feel wanted at home any more. His owners just don't appreciate him. So what if he broke the new TV? Got fur on all Dad's clean clothes? Ate Tinkerbell the kitten's special kitten-food? All accidents! But they're making such a fuss! So Tuffy decides to make a break for it. He bids farewell to the gang - Snowball, Tiger and Bella - and runs away. But starting a new life isn't easy, and soon Tuffy starts to wonder if he's made a terrible mistake . . .

Blood Family

Blood Family

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven. Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kindly foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a teenager it's still clear to his new family and schoolmates there's something odd about him. Then one fateful day, Edward catches a glimpse of himself in a photograph. What he sees shocks him to the core - a vision of Harris. Was this monster his father all along? And does that mean that, deep down, another Harris is waiting to break out? Every step of progress Edward has made swiftly begins to unravel, and he has to decide whether his blood will determine his future.

Hole in the Road

Hole in the Road

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

You want to know how it happened? The answer is - the way it always does. I have a really good idea. And it turns into trouble. Will and Luke are bored. When they hear about the student parade going through town, Will spots an opportunity for mischief. And Luke, as always, is easily led. This humorous story about a practical joke gone wrong is written by former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the engaging, age-appropriate illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 9 years and 6 months.

Trouble in Toadpool

Trouble in Toadpool

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Bliss! A lovely, quiet, nothing-to-do and nothing-on-the-calendar Sunday . . . Well, that's until bossy Aunt Susan - an unstoppable force - is on the phone insisting that Harry and his family come down to help her a local event she's promised to organise: the Great Toadpool Show. It means swinging from a trapeze. Or walking on stilts. Or riding a unicycle . . . And that's not counting the fortune-telling tent, the tombola, or the choir singalong. Aunt Susan has no idea of the mayhem she's about to unleash.

Oxford Playscripts The Devil Walks

Oxford Playscripts The Devil Walks

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2013

An engaging classroom playscript. Daniel has never known the outside world. Raised in a dark, secluded room by his reclusive mother, his only comfort is a beautiful doll's house, a replica of his mother's childhood home. However, the unexpected arrival of a local doctor changes everything and Daniel begins to realize just how many secrets his mother has sheltered him from. His discovery of a sinister doll hidden within the doll's house, and the sudden appearance of his mysterious uncle, Captain Severn, reveals a chilling family secret that Daniel must confront.

A Shame To Miss Poetry Collection 2

A Shame To Miss Poetry Collection 2

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2012

Anne Fine, the 2001-3 Children's Laureate, is a life-long lover of poetry, and A SHAME TO MISS...2 is one of her three irresistible collections of poetry for young readers. Aimed at 9-11s, the collection contains a wonderful mixture of the familiar and classic (W H Auden, A E Housman, Christina Rossetti, Wordsworth and other poets) with poems from the late 20th century like Stevie Smith's 'Not Waving but Drowning' or Ted Hughes 'Full Moon and Little Frieda'. Poets from Afro-Caribbean backgrounds like John Agard and Grace Nichols are featured, alongside several other poets from non-European cultures.

A Shame to Miss Poetry Collection 1

A Shame to Miss Poetry Collection 1

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2012

Anne Fine, the 2001-3 Children's Laureate, has collected poetry she feels it would be a shame for any child to miss. A SHAME TO MISS . . .1 is aimed at junior readers and is a diverse mixture of classic, well-loved poetry like Lewis Carroll's 'Jabberwocky' or Tennyson's 'Break, Break, Break' alongside poems from more modern poets like Kit Wright, Brian Patten and Diana Hendry. Other poets featured include Hillaire Belloc, Walter de la Mare, Eleanor Farjeon, Robert Graves, Kipling and many others: more than 70 poems in total.

The Nag Club

The Nag Club

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Boggle hats are the latest craze. Everybody at school wants one - but only Lola has one. So she decides to form a club to show the other children how best to nag their parents into buying them one. Tactics range from the Huffy Nag to the Blazing Tantrum. However, the children soon discover that the best way of all is to just be pleasant and say please - or even to earn some money and buy one for themselves!

Care of Henry

Care of Henry

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

A gentle, heartwarming story about the friendship between a boy and his dog by much-loved author Anne Fine. From the author of Bill's New Frock comes a tender and funny story about the friendship between a boy and his dog. Hugo has to choose who to stay with while his mother's having a baby. Granny? Mrs Mariposa next door? Uncle Jack? Who will care for him - and his dog Henry - the best? This charmingly illustrated tale of priorities and friendship will teach kids to think carefully about what they value most in life, and stay with them long after they've turned the final page. A touching story for younger readers from former Children's Laureate Anne Fine.

The Devil Walks

The Devil Walks

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

'The devil walks . . . But the devil can make no headway if he has no help. We must invite him in . . .' Raised in secrecy by a mother everyone thinks has gone mad, Daniel's only link to his past is the intricately built model of the family home - High Gates. The dolls' house is perfect in every detail. As Daniel is reunited with the last remaining member of his family - his 'uncle' Severin, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a sinister wooden doll he has found hidden in the house, he begins to suspect that this vicious, haunted puppet of a figure has a chilling influence, bringing cruelty and spite in its wake. Now Daniel's very life is at risk as his uncle is determined to get his hands on the figure . . . The menace builds throughout in this deliciously creepy Gothic tale.

Twelve Dancing Princesses: A Magic Beans Story

Twelve Dancing Princesses: A Magic Beans Story

Author: Anne Fine Format: eBook Release Date: 22/12/2011

The King is at his wit's end; twelve daughters and every morning their shoes are torn to ribbons! Nobody can tell him why, so he promises that whoever uncovers their secret will inherit his kingdom. The reward is huge - but the price of failure is their head. Who will risk it all for a dance with the princesses?This story is a magic bean. It may not look much like a bean, but I can promise you that it is. For if you plant it in a young mind, it will grow into a love of story and reading. These beans are favourite fairytales and legends that will delight, thrill and thoroughly entertain. Each story has been brilliantly crafted by one of the best-loved writers for children. This story was published by David Fickling Books as part of the Magic Beans anthology. The complete anthology is available in hardback and in ebook format.

The Killer Cat's Christmas

The Killer Cat's Christmas

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2010

The Killer Cat is back for Christmas! A much-loved classic by Anne Fine. So go on, ask me. 'Dear, dear Tuffy. Why was your Christmas so horrible?' Well. I couldn't climb the tree. I couldn't touch the dangly decorations. And Ellie made me part of her sing-along Christmas performance. Horrible, horrible, horrible! But I showed them. I was Tuffy the Acting Cat, superstar. How was I supposed to know things would get so . . . messy? Anne Fine has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults. The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year; and Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize. Anne Fine was named Children's Laureate in 2001 and was awarded an OBE in 2003.

The Killer Cat's Birthday Bash

The Killer Cat's Birthday Bash

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

Okay, okay. So spank my furry little bum. I held a party. It was my birthday. How was I supposed to know it wouldn't be the only party around town on that dark and dreary Halloween night? So things ended up in a bit of a mess. (Well, more than a mess, really. A complete disaster.) But it was not my fault so don't blame me . . .

The More the Merrier

The More the Merrier

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2006

Christmas comes but once a year. Luckily ...The Christmas holiday is, traditionally, a time when families gather together. In Ralph's case this means ten or more relatives coming to stay, including assorted aunts and uncles, nutty Great-Aunt Ida (the Home tells them to be careful not to let her out) and his ghastly cousins: Titania in her silly, sick-making frilly fairy dresses and the twins Sylvester and Sylvia (it took until Easter last year before the family dog got over them). Jammed into one small house for three days of merriment and family fun, with the tv on the blink and Mum on the verge of a breakdown, it soon becomes obvious that, in this house, more definitely does not mean merrier ...

The Tulip Touch n/e

The Tulip Touch n/e

Author: Anne Fine Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2005

What's the hook? A jaw-dropping novel by popular children's novelist Anne Fine. What are the themes? Family and friendship raise PSHE issues such as reasons and the effects of bullying and peer pressure. Teaching points? Many excellent passages which are good models for pupils' writing.

Step by Wicked Step

Step by Wicked Step

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2004

Adapted from another of her successful children's novels, Anne Fine's sensitive and poignant play for young people is accompanied by stimulating background materials and activities. Four young teenagers are surprised to find themselves grouped together on a school trip to a creepy old historical house. Here they uncover a secret room that has lain undiscovered and unopened for over 100 years - what they find inside reveals not only a story from the past but also leads to a chain of disovery about themselves.

The Return of the Killer Cat

The Return of the Killer Cat

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2004

'Okay, okay. So slap my teensy little paws. I messed up - big time.' Tuffy can't wait for Ellie and the family to go away on holiday. He and the gang plan to ignore the grumpy new cat-sitter, and run wild all night. But could that furry bundle, suddenly flying through the air, put a stop to all the fun?

The Ultimate Book Guide Over 600 Good Books for 8-12s

The Ultimate Book Guide Over 600 Good Books for 8-12s

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2004

WITH THIS BOOK, 8-12s WILL NEVER AGAIN CRY, 'WHAT WILL I READ NEXT?' The only reference needed - a fully up-to-date guide to the best children's books around - from classics to titles published to the end of 2003. The funny, friendly and frank recommendations have been personally written for children by many of their favourite and best-known authors including Anthony Horowitz, Jacqueline Wilson, David Almond, Celia Rees, Darren Shan and Dick King-Smith. Each entry is cross-referenced to other books that readers are bound to enjoy. Plus, there are features on the most popular subjects around, including fantasy, animal stories, school stories and adventure. Illustrated with newly commissioned artwork, and book covers.

Notso Hotso

Notso Hotso

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2002

It's a dog's life for Anthony. Not only is he lacking the respect he deserves from the neighbourhood dogs and cats, but suddenly all he can do is scratch, scratch, scratch. And now bits of him are dropping off - yeuch! Just when Anthony thinks things can't get any worse, he finds himself on the vet's table. What she has in mind is about to destroy the tiny shred of street cred he has left...

The Tulip Touch

The Tulip Touch

Author: Anne Fine, Rachel O'Neill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2002

A stunning adaptation for schools by the Children's Laureate Anne Fine, of her much-loved children's novel. Why is Tulip always in trouble? And why does Natalie find Tulip's dangerous games so fascinating. A powerful story about troubled teenagers and their relationship to the adult world. The Tulip Touch is suitable for class work, drama lessons and school productions. The resource material includes advice on staging the play, ideas for improvisation arising from the script, poems and extracts from fictional and non-fictional writing. The issues of parenthood, families, growing up and peer pressure are explored through drama, discussion and written work.

Flour Babies

Flour Babies

Author: Anne Fine, Andrew Bennett, Jim Taylor, Esther Menon Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2000

What's the hook? Award-winning author Anne Fine's story is humorous and thought-provoking at every turn. What are the themes? Friendship, home and school life are central to this novel which has strong links to citizenship and PSHE. Teaching points? Provides numerous opportunities for creative writing, drama activities and shared and guided reading.

The Same Old Story Every Year

The Same Old Story Every Year

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/1999

Maya longs to be in the Nativity Play but when she's given the part of Mary she's shocked to see the pink baby Jesus doll. She offers not to be Mary as she knows she's too brown to have a pink baby. The children bring in their dolls hoping one will suit Maya but the teacher solves the problem by knitting a brilliant, multi-coloured blanket for the baby. Maya is a great success.

Roll Over Roly

Roll Over Roly

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/1999

When Rupert's parents go to Great Uncle Perry's funeral, Rupert spends the day with his Great Aunt Ada, along with his unruly puppy, Roly. Great Aunt Ada is determined to teach Rupert some manners. Rupert thinks the day is going to be awful until hemeets Gordon, a very rude parrot. Gorden is even worse than Great Aunt Ada, and he bosses Rupert and Roly so much that they tidy the whole house. They are relieved to get back home, but they do remember their manners!

Loudmouth Louis

Loudmouth Louis

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/1998

Everyone knows that Louis is a loudmouth, he never stops talking and drives everyone crazy. No one believes him when he announces that he's going to do a sponsored silence to raise money for the new school library. But Louis is determined, just for once, to keep his mouth shut. To his surprise he finds that he actually enjoys listening, that lessons are much better when he's really involved in them - and that it's very satisfying to raise money for the school.

Only a Show

Only a Show

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/1998

Anna is thrown into a panic at school when the teacher announces that each member of the class must do a five-minute show on Monday morning. Everyone except Anna seems to have ideas but Anna can't think of anything to do. She worries all through theweekend and no one at home is helpful. On Monday morning she is resigned to giving a boring talk about what she did in the holidays, but when everyone else gives a great performance she knows she can't do this. She decides to take a chance and takesScruff, her rabbit puppet, out of her bag and gives the magic show she usually does for her young brother. Much to her amazement her act is a huge success.

Jennifer's Diary

Jennifer's Diary

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/1997

Jennifer has a diary and Iolanthe doesn't. But Iolanthe does have a vivid imagination and a gift for writing stories. When she sees empty pages in Jennifer's diary, she can't help herself - they're clearly waiting for tales much more exciting than her friend's records of shop visits and weather. Iolanthe is so taken with the diary that soon sharing it is not enough and, eventually, she finds something to swop with Jennifer for it - extra stories to be available to order whenever Jennifer needs them.

The Tulip Touch

The Tulip Touch

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/1997

Nobody wants Tulip in their gang. She skives off school, cheeks the teachers and makes herself unpopular with her classmates by telling awful lies. None of this matters to Natalie who finds Tulip exciting. At first she doesn't care that other peopleare upset and unnerved by Tulip's bizarre games, but as the games become increasingly sinister and dangerous, Natalie realises that Tulip is going too far, much too far, racing, in fact, to the novel's shocking ending.

Step by Wicked Step

Step by Wicked Step

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/1996

One stormy night, five stranded schoolchildren uncover the story of Richard Clayton Harwick - a boy who many years ago learned what it was like to have a truly wicked stepfather. But the children have stories of their own step-parents to tell - stories that have warmth and humour, as well as sadness, and a fair share of happy endings. `For children who have some similar experience, this novel will be therapeutic; for those who haven't it's an absorbing read, to make them laugh and cry' Sunday Telegraph.

The Diary of a Killer Cat

The Diary of a Killer Cat

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/02/1996

Everyone loves the wickedly dry sense of humour of The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine. Okay, Okay. So hang me. I killed the bird. For pity's sake, I'm a cat. Poor Ellie is horrified when Tuffy drags a dead bird into the house. Then a mouse. But Tuffy can't understand what all the fuss is about. Who on earth will be the next victim to arrive through the cat-flap? Can soft-hearted Ellie manage to get her beloved pet to change his wild, wild ways before he ends up in even deeper trouble? The hilarious antics of Tuffy and his family as told by the killer cat himself. 'Anne Fine knows how to make readers laugh' Guardian Anne Fine has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults. The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year; and Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize. Anne Fine was named Children's Laureate in 2001 and was awarded an OBE in 2003.

The Play Of Goggle Eyes

The Play Of Goggle Eyes

Author: Anne Fine Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/1995

The Heinemann Plays series offers contemporary drama and classic plays in durable classroom editions. Many have large casts and an equal mix of boy and girl parts. Anne Fine has dramatized her own humorous novel, Goggle Eyes, for the series.

The Worst Child I Ever Had

The Worst Child I Ever Had

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/1993

'It was the worst sight that I have ever seen in all my years of babysitting.' Why does Mrs Mackle think Susan Solly is the worst child ever? Just what did Susan do that was so terrible? And what did it have to do with snails?

Goggle-Eyes

Goggle-Eyes

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/1990

Kitty Killin is not only a good storyteller, but also the World's Greatest Expert when it comes to mothers having new and unwanted boyfriends. Particularly when there's a danger they might turn into new and unwanted stepfathers...

Crummy Mummy and Me

Crummy Mummy and Me

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/1989

'I don't think my mum's fit to be a parent, really I don't.' How would you feel if your mother had royal-blue hair and wore lavender fishnet tights? But Minna's whole family (including her mum's punk boyfriend, Crusher Maggot) is a bit unusual. Being the only sensible one is not easy for Minna...

The Granny Project

The Granny Project

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/1986

Anne Fine's story of how one family looks after their aging grandmother. The book contains a sensitive and funy playscript suitable for classwork and school production, accompanied by resources including background material and lively activities. When Natasha and Henry decide to put Granny into a home, their four children Nicholas, Tanya, Ivan and Sophie start up a major protest. Nicholas and Tanya begin a series of tantrums and nightmares about Granny going away, while Evan and Sophie write the devastating `Granny Project': a full account of their grandmother's life for a social science project at school. Their parents finally give in and announce that Granny can stay - on the condition that all the nursing and caring must be done by the children themselves!

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