Hilary Mckay - Author

About the Author

Hilary McKay won the Guardian Children's Award with her first novel, The Exiles. Her subsequent work has achieved similar recognition - The Exiles at Home won the Smarties Prize and Saffy's Angel won the Whitbread and was selected for the inaugural Booked up list. Most recently, the acclaimed Binny for Short was longlisted for the 2014 Carnegie Medal.. A graduate of Botany and Zoology from St Andrews University, Hilary now writes full-time. She lives in Derbyshire with her family.

You can read her character Rose Casson's blog by clicking here - and Rose's tweets on the right hand side of this page.

Q & A with Hilary Mckay

What is your earliest childhood memory?
Watching steam trains with my grandfather. He died before I was two years
old, so that is a very early memory.


If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
Well, who could turn down the gift of flight? Or travel without luggage? Or a
life spent following the sun? Without doubt, I would be a swallow. I realise this
means a lifetime of eating flies, but I think it would be worth it.


What is your dream holiday destination?
I would start at the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico and travel South
through Central America, along the coast to Peru, then down through Chile
across to the Falklands and on to Antarctica, which I would circumnavigate.
Then I would travel North to New Zealand where I would spend a long time
warming up and then across to Australia. I would spend quite a long time in
Sydney and go up into the Blue Mountains (I might go sapphire hunting there)
and then to the Great Barrier Reef (of course).
That would be far enough for me.


What is your morning routine?
Alas, I do not have a morning routine.


If you could have one special talent, what would it be?
Singing, undoubtedly. That would make me the happiest. But I have a friend
whose talent is languages and I envy that one very much.

Likes: Millions of things! Books, cats, honey, letters from readers (hint, hint), real music, apples, swimming in cold water, chocolate coated ginger biscuits, trees.

Dislikes: Putting things away, litter, loud TV, hot rooms, being told what to think.

3 words that best descibe me: Untidy, happy, hopeful!

A Secret that not many people know: I am a VERY slow reader!

Featured books by Hilary Mckay

Binny for Short

Binny for Short

9+ readers

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014  A funny and endearing new story of friendship from Whitbread-winning author Hilary McKay.

Other books by Hilary Mckay

The Skylarks' War

The Skylarks' War

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2018

Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2018. The Skylarks' War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War One, from the award-winning Hilary McKay. Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September - boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer. When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?

The Skylarks' War

The Skylarks' War

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2018. Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September - boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer. When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war? The Skylarks' War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War 1, from the award-winning Hilary McKay.

Straw into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-Spun

Straw into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-Spun

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

This book was originally published in hardback as Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales. Straw into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-Spun is a classic fairy tale collection to treasure. Featuring Hilary McKay's imaginative retellings of key favourites, this ten-story collection includes the much-loved tales of Rapunzel, Cinderella, the Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the Swan Brothers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Red Riding Hood, the Twelve Dancing Princesses and Hansel and Gretel. This gorgeous gift book features black-and-white line and tone illustrations throughout from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Tower and the Bird

Tower and the Bird

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

Here is lovely Rapunzel, free from her tower, although perhaps not so free from her fears . . . The Tower and the Bird is an imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale Rapunzel. Originally featured in Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales, this short story is sure to capture the imagination!From the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning storyteller Hilary McKay and featuring black-and-white line and tone illustrations from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Chickenpox and Crystal

Chickenpox and Crystal

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

I asked myself lots of questions, like how could Snow White have left those seven kind dwarves? Perhaps she never quite did.Chickenpox and Crystal is an imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Originally featured in Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales, this short story is sure to capture the imagination!From the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning storyteller Hilary McKay and featuring black-and-white line and tone illustrations from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Over the Hills and Far Away

Over the Hills and Far Away

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

I asked myself lots of questions, like why did the Piper's son steal the pig? Over the Hills and Far Away is an imaginative retelling which weaves together two classic stories in the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood and the nursery tale of Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son. Originally featured in Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales, this short story is sure to capture the imagination!From the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning storyteller Hilary McKay and featuring black-and-white line and tone illustrations from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Sweet William by Rushlight

Sweet William by Rushlight

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

Here is brave, loyal Elsa, who wove the nettles in silence for seven long years.Sweet William by Rushlight is an imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale 'The Swan Brothers'. Originally featured in Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales, this short story is sure to capture the imagination!From the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning storyteller Hilary McKay and featuring black-and-white line and tone illustrations from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Straw into Gold

Straw into Gold

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

Rumpelstiltskin - all my life I have been troubled by the injustice with which he was treated . . . Straw into Gold is an imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin. Originally featured in Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales, this short story is sure to capture the imagination!From the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning storyteller Hilary McKay and featuring black-and-white line and tone illustrations from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Things Were Different in Those Days

Things Were Different in Those Days

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

Here are the twelve dancing princesses, who drove the Old King to distraction by wearing through their slippers every night. (Which sounds like something he could have made less fuss about, until you do the maths: well over four thousand pairs of slippers a year. Satin slippers too!)Things Were Different in Those Days is an imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Originally featured in Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales, this short story is sure to capture the imagination!From the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning storyteller Hilary McKay and featuring black-and-white line and tone illustrations from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Roses Round the Palace

Roses Round the Palace

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

Here is Cinderella, who so much deserved her fairy godmother.The Rose Round the Palace is an imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. Originally featured in Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales, this short story is sure to capture the imagination!From the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning storyteller Hilary McKay and featuring black-and-white line and tone illustrations from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Prince and the Problem

Prince and the Problem

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

Often, I found things were not quite as they first seemed. Not all princesses are content to marry the prince, no matter how charming, or how carefully the queen arranges the peas. The Prince and the Problem is an imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. Originally featured in Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales, this short story is sure to capture the imagination!From the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning storyteller Hilary McKay and featuring black-and-white line and tone illustrations from the talented Sarah Gibb.

What I Did in the Holidays. . .

What I Did in the Holidays. . .

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

I asked myself lots of questions, like what did Hansel and Gretel say to their father when they finally made it home? What I Did in the Holidays . . . is an imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. Originally featured in Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales, this short story is sure to capture the imagination!From the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning storyteller Hilary McKay and featuring black-and-white line and tone illustrations from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Fountain in the Market Square

Fountain in the Market Square

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

I asked myself lots of questions, like what happened in Hamelin after the children vanished? The Fountain in the Market Square is an imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Originally featured in Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales, this short story is sure to capture the imagination!From the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning storyteller Hilary McKay and featuring black-and-white line and tone illustrations from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales

Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales is a classic fairy-tale collection to treasure. Featuring Hilary McKay's imaginative retellings of key favourites, this ten-story collection includes the much-loved tales of Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Swan Brothers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Red Riding Hood, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Hansel and Gretel. This gorgeous gift book features black-and-white line and tone illustrations throughout from the talented Sarah Gibb.

Binny Bewitched Book 3

Binny Bewitched Book 3

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

The third book in the heartwarming series about Binny and her family. Binny Cornwallis has lost something. Something that wasn't really hers in the first place. With her best enemy Gareth and her beloved dog Max she turns detective to track it down, but the Cornwallis family are anything but helpful. Little brother James and his friend Dill are having an adventure of their own and big sister Clem is acting very strangely. And on top of all this, Binny suspects their next-door neighbour may be a witch ... 'Hilary McKay's books are so good you want to climb inside the covers and live there.' - The Telegraph

Dragon

Dragon

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2017

When Max won't tidy his room, his witchy Aunt flies off on her broomstick in a temper. Now Max is left on his own with a dragon's egg to look after. But the egg is starting to hatch...Soon Max and his friend Timmy have got a lot on their plate! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Binny Bewitched Book 3

Binny Bewitched Book 3

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2016

The third book in the heartwarming series about Binny and her family. Binny Cornwallis has lost something. Something that wasn't really hers in the first place. With her best enemy Gareth and her beloved dog Max she turns detective to track it down, but the Cornwallis family are anything but helpful. Little brother James and his friend Dill are having an adventure of their own and big sister Clem is acting very strangely. And on top of all this, Binny suspects their next-door neighbour may be a witch ... 'Hilary McKay's books are so good you want to climb inside the covers and live there.' - The Telegraph

Tilly and the Trouble in the Night

Tilly and the Trouble in the Night

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A wonderfully warm story about the irrepressible Tilly, perfect for children learning to read, from bestselling author Hilary McKay Tilly's little brother Timmy used to be as good as gold. But now he makes all sorts of chaos during the night and won't go to sleep. It's the fault of his imaginary friend, Naughty Morgan. He's the boss around here now. Can Tilly find out how to tame Morgan before her parents are forced to sell Timmy on Ebay? 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.

The Terrible Time without Tilly

The Terrible Time without Tilly

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A funny and charming new story from bestseller Hilary McKay, perfect for children learning to read. Tilly never has time to tidy her messy bedroom because she is always too busy helping other people. So when she leaves home to visit her far-flung relatives, how will her family cope without her? 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.

Tilly and the Dragon

Tilly and the Dragon

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A third wonderfully warm story about the irresistible Tilly, perfect for children learning to read, from bestselling author Hilary McKay. Tilly is keeping a dragon in her bedroom. Tilly's family are very worried about it, even though the dragon is very nice and can help make brilliant crunchy toast. So the dragon has to go. It's up to Tilly to find a place that a very polite, very hot and very smoky dragon can call home. 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.

Binny Keeps a Secret Book 2

Binny Keeps a Secret Book 2

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

With her awful secondhand uniform and stuck-up classmates, Binny's new school is horrible. And life gets even worse when a storm damages the roof of her house, forcing Binny and her family to move to the countryside whilst it's being fixed. Binny, her sensible older sister Clem and her rambunctious brother James (and his chickens) begin adjusting to life in the country. Then one of James's beloved chickens vanishes and Binny finds strange footprints in the mud. What kind of creature is lurking in the undergrowth?

Binny Keeps a Secret Book 2

Binny Keeps a Secret Book 2

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2015

With her awful secondhand uniform and stuck-up classmates, Binny's new school is horrible. And life gets even worse when a storm damages the roof of her house, forcing Binny and her family to move to the countryside whilst it's being fixed. Binny, her sensible older sister Clem, and her rambunctious brother James (and his chickens) begin adjusting to life in the country. Then one of James's beloved chickens vanishes and Binny finds strange footprints in the mud. What kind of creature is lurking in the undergrowth?

Binny for Short Book 1

Binny for Short Book 1

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Binny's life has been difficult since her father died and her dreadful old Aunt Violet disposed of her beloved dog, Max. Her world changed then, to a city flat with not enough space for her Mum, her big sister Clem and her small brother James. Definitely no room for a pet. Then one day Aunt Violet dies, leaving a small cottage in Cornwall to Binny and her family. Binny finds herself in a new world once more, full of sunshine and freedom and Gareth, the enemy-next-door and the ideal companion for dangerous dares. But Max is still lost in the past, and it seems impossible that she'll ever find him again...

Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door

Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door

Author: Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

When Lulu's next-door neighbor doesn't seem to be looking after his rabbit properly, Lulu and her cousin Mellie devise a scheme to make him pay more attention to his pet.

Casson Family: Caddy's World Book 6

Casson Family: Caddy's World Book 6

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Meet Saffy, Indigo, Rose and Caddy Casson. This colourful and hilarious series will make you wish you were part of the family! Best friends, boyfriends, problem parents, pink hair. Brothers, sisters, fireworks and unexpected babies. Welcome to Caddy's World. Travel back to when Caddy was a young girl and Rose had not been born, in this moving and comical prequel to the award-winning Saffy's Angel. 'Full of warmth, vitality and irrepressible good humour' Guardian Saffy's Angel won the Whitbread Children's Book Award, and book 3, Permanent Rose, was shortlisted for the same award, celebrating McKay's talent for conveying the anarchic bedlam of family life.

Great Expectations Band 15/Emerald

Great Expectations Band 15/Emerald

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Follow the life of Pip, a poor lonely orphan in Victorian England. Everything changes when he becomes friends with the wealthy Estella. But can Pip leave his past behind? Written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth, this inspired retelling is written by Whitbread award-winning author Hilary McKay. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: A retelling of a story by a significant author * Curriculum links: History; Citizenship

Dog Friday: Dolphin Luck

Dog Friday: Dolphin Luck

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011

It's Christmas, and the inhabitants of Porridge Hall are suffering from the winter blues. The weather is horrible, Mrs Robinson's ill, and, to top it all off, the Brogan's dog, Old Blanket, dies. So when the children hear the tale of a dolphin sword which brings good fortune, they're determined to track it down . . .Unfortunately, however, Mrs Robinson is in decline, so Ant and Perry are shipped off to stay with Aunt Mabel, while Beany and Sun Dance are left with Mrs Brogan. Aunt Mabel, it transpires, is a silver-haired eccentric living in a menagerie - and not at all what the children expect. Then Sun Dance discovers a burglar, and the mystery of Aunt Mabel is revealed . . .

Permanent Rose

Permanent Rose

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 22/07/2008

Feisty Rose takes center stage as the highly original Casson family faces a long, hot summer. As usual, things are a bit chaotic. Eldest daughter Caddy is now engaged to darling Michael, and she's not altogether sure she likes it. Saffy and Sarah are on a mission to find Saffy's biological father (while cultivating hearts of stone). Indigo is cautiously beginning a friendship with a reformed bully, who desperately wants to feel like part of the Casson family. Rose, while missing Tom (who none of them have heard from) dreadfully, enters into a life of petty crime, shoplifting small items until her misadventures nearly bring disaster. Through it all, Rose's single-minded determination to find Tom remains as fierce as it is hopeless. Or is it? Hilary McKay has painted the fond mayhem of this delightful family with such humor, warmth, and authenticity that readers will fall in love with them all over again. Once you've visited the Casson household, you may never want to leave.

Indigo's Star

Indigo's Star

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 22/07/2008

It's back to school for the start of a new term. Indigo's returning after a bout of glandular fever and is dreading it. Rose is worrying about Indigo--and her new glasses. Saffy is busy dictating Rose's homework answers, while Caddy agonizes over ways to dump her current boyfriend. And their mother, Eve, is busy trying to dry her latest painting with a hairdryer.Some things never change. But this term Tom has joined Indigo's class. And that will make all the difference . . .

Saffy's Angel

Saffy's Angel

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: eBook Release Date: 22/07/2008

Saffron's two sisters, Cadmium and Rose, and her brother Indigo were all named from a color chart by their mother Eve, a fine-arts painter. When Saffron, known as Saffy, discovers that her name is not on the chart, it soon leads to another discovery. She has been adopted.Life in the Banana House, as their home is called, is never dull. Caddy, the eldest, is taking driving lessons from an instructor who happens to be a very attractive young man. Indigo dreams up ways, sometimes quite dangerous, to conquer fear. Rose, the youngest, has learned how to get her own way without upsetting the other. As for Saffy, all she remembers from when she was very small is a stone angel in a garden in Italy. With the help of a newfound friend, Saffy sets out on an adventurous and sometimes hilarious search for her angel.

The Exiles in Love

The Exiles in Love

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2007

The Exiles at Home

The Exiles at Home

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2007

The Exiles

The Exiles

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2007

The Exiles: The Exiles At Home

The Exiles: The Exiles At Home

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2007

The second novel in the much-loved Exiles series and winner of the Smarties Prize. When Ruth Conroy decides to sponsor a child in Africa, she is unprepared for the difficulties involved in finding GBP10 a month. So she enlists the help of her sisters - Phoebe, Naomi and Rachel - who are only too eager to dream up hare-brained fund-raising schemes . . . Undisciplined baby-sitters, unhygienic caterers or fraudulent pavement artists, their hilarious projects never fail to cause chaos and mayhem.

The Exiles: The Exiles In Love

The Exiles: The Exiles In Love

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2007

The four Conroy sisters find themselves falling prey to what Big Grandma calls the 'family failing'. Impracticably. Desperately. Unsuitably. And usually quite hopelessly! Ruth is the hardest hit, falling for the school bus driver, the temporary English teacher and the boy who works at the butcher shop simultaneously. Naomi shares her love for the English teacher, Rachel fancies French visitor Philippe and Phoebe is occupied spying on everybody else! And as always, all four girls seem unable to avoid hilarious situations . . .

The Exiles: The Exiles

The Exiles: The Exiles

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2007

Winner of the Guardian Children's Award and first in the highly acclaimed EXILES series. The Conroys are no ordinary family. For a start, they don't have a television. Nor are they allowed to keep pets. And Mr and Mrs Conroy never take their daughters - Ruth, Naomi, Rachel and Phoebe - on holiday. But then Mr and Mrs Conroy inherit GBP5000, and, to their daughters' dismay, decide to spend it redecorating the house over the summer. So the girls are packed off to Big Grandma's house for the holidays, where lots of chores and horribly long walks await them. At first it seems as though Big Grandma is determined to put a stop to any fun. But, being Conroys, the girls soon find novel ways to entertain themselves, and start having as many adventures and mishaps as usual . . . and after a while, even Big Grandma doesn't seem so bad . . .

There's a Dragon Downstairs

There's a Dragon Downstairs

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2004

There's a dragon downstairs at Sophie's house. She knows he is there. She can hear him rattling and snuffling - slinking through the rooms. She is scared, and hides beneath the bedclothes. But when he comes again, Sophie grows bolder... she picks up her sword and shield. She will go downstairs and fight that dragon. This is a book about childhood imaginings. Sophie grows braver through the story and the dragon of course is no longer there.

Pirates Ahoy!

Pirates Ahoy!

Author: Hilary Mckay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/1999

Simon and his teddy bear, Snowtop, are off to Gran's - for a whole day and a night. So is Simon's big cousin Peter, who thinks he is too big for childish things: possibly Simon and definitely teddy bears; But after a riotous day turning Gran's garden into a pirate adventure playground, Peter realises that friendship comes in all shapes and sizes. THE ILLUSTRATOR Alex Ayliffe grew up in Hertfordshire. She loved drawing, painting and sport as a child and went on to art school. Having lived in London and Australia she is now back in Hertfordshire. PREVIOUS BOOKS: Many books for ABC including Mr McGregor's Breakfast Egg. Oh No Anna by Vivian French for Levinson Books. Let's Be Friends and Let's get a Puppy - Matthew Price.

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