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Keith Gray - Author

About the Author

31-year-old Keith was born and brought up in Grimsby and knew from an early age that he wanted to be a writer. When he received 0% for his accountancy exams he decided to pursue his dream. He has since gone on to win the Angus Book Award and the silver medal in the Smarties Prize. He has twice been shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teen Prize and the Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Rave reviews about his writing have appeared in every broadsheet. Keith was a judge for the Blue Peter Book Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Kathleen Fiedler Award. He has just been asked to judge next year's Booktrust Teen Prize. He was recently interviewed on Radio 4 with Jacqueline Wilson about writing for teens, was featured on Live and Kicking, and his novel The Warehouse has been optioned for television. Keith is now a full-time writer living in Edinburgh.
 

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Houdini and the Five Cent Circus

Houdini and the Five Cent Circus

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2018

The year is 1885 and Erik Weisz, a penniless immigrant, has found himself in trouble again. His uncanny talent for picking locks and his gleeful showboating to match it, have earned him very few friends and a bad reputation. But this is just the beginning of his story and Erik is destined for a far more magical future. Watch as he transforms before your very eyes into the greatest showman the world has ever seen... Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Happy

Happy

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

'Hundreds of people want to be in a band. They all get guitars and they all play gigs and they all write songs, and they still never make it.'There's a big difference between being a rock star and a pop idol - Will and Danny know which they'd prefer to be. They form the group Happy and it seems they are on the way to realising their ambitions. But when Happy's first gig is cut short by a fire at the venue, Will struggles to cope with his bitter disappointment and retreats into his private world, rejecting everyone around him. His girlfriend, Beth turns to Danny for comfort and their friendship soon becomes something more. With nothing left for him at home, Will leaves for London to stay with his session-musician father and to follow his dream.

The Last Soldier

The Last Soldier

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2015

Nothing much happens in Joe and Wade's dusty town. There's not much excitement in Joe and his brother's lives - just grinding poverty and the occasional run-in with the neighbours. The only highlight is the arrival of the carnival, with its mermaid, wolfman and baby dragon. This year, there's a new attraction - the Last Soldier of World War One. What message does he have for the boys...? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Warehouse

Warehouse

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/12/2014

'I know a place you can go'. It's a secret place hidden among the run-down buildings of the derelict dockyards. A community of young people have gathered in an old warehouse to get away from a world they don't fit in to. Through separate but interweaving narratives Warehouse tells the stories of three of the community's members. There's Robbie who is running away from his violent older brother, Frank, and needs some space to realise that the beatings are not his fault. Amy, who's supposed to be travelling in Europe but has had her rucksack stolen and is too proud to ask her smothering family for help. And then there's Lem, an ex-drug-addict and founder of the Warehouse community, whose perceived role as leader by the other young people is too much for him to cope with.

The Return Of Johnny Kemp

The Return Of Johnny Kemp

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2014

Tense teen thriller from award-winning Keith Gray. No one messes with Johnny Kemp. But Dan got him kicked out of school and now word on the street is that Johnny's back - and he's looking for Dan. Will anyone help Dan face up to the bully...? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

You Killed Me!

You Killed Me!

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

There's a dead man at the end of Toby's bed. He says that Toby killed him. Did he? Thrilling ghost story. Len Grimsby is dead and he blames Toby. When Len's ghost appears at the end of his bed, Toby is taken back in time to see the repercussions of his actions and unravel the series of events that led to Len's death. Can he save Len from being killed? And can he manage not to screw everything else up in the process? Gripping ghost story from a critically acclaimed writer. With a reading age of 8+, this is suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic teens.

The Chain

The Chain

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Four people. Four stories. Four links in the chain. One book, which will change their lives forever - Stunning new edition of a bestselling novel. Cal is sick of being the good guy while Joe is sick of being from a family of losers. Ben has two girlfriends but only loves himself and Kate has to say the hardest goodbye of all - Four characters, four stories, one book that links them all. Thrilling drama from the award-winning Keith Gray. With a reading age of 8+, this book is also suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The Trick

The Trick

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Eric, are you ready to travel to a place you've never been before? Mathew Masters asked, loud enough for the whole audience to hear. Are you ready to do something truly magical? Are you ready, Eric, to vanish not somewhere, but Elsewhere? Where do you go when you disappear? Or, rather, when you are `disappeared'. Eric is about to find out when a school trip to a magic show takes an unexpected turn. This playful story mixes the mundane and the fantastical, as Eric is given an amazing choice: to go back to his old life of school, his so-called mates and being kept awake by his baby sister, or to take a step into the unknown. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the striking, 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.

Next

Next

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Heaven? Hell? Purgatory? Reincarnation? Ghosts? Buried? Nothing . . .? Some of today's leading writers for teens have come together to ask, what happens after you die? Will you go out with a bang? Or find a peace that only you can see? Is heaven spending eternity reliving your happiest memories? Or is your future in someone else's thoughts? Could it even be that you leave a part of yourself behind?

Ghosting

Ghosting

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2012

Nat and his sister Sandy help the living contact the dead. But they don't believe in the ghosts they pretend to speak to. So imagine their surprise when the dead start talking back...and they discover that the dead are the least of their problems...Terrifying horror from an ever-popular author.

The Boswall Kidnapping Band 17/Diamond

The Boswall Kidnapping Band 17/Diamond

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

When Alex's dad drags him to Boswall and Sons, the local department store, he never expects to find himself thrown into a world of kidnap and spies. Written by Carnegie-nominated author Keith Gray, this fast-paced, exciting book shows that things aren't always as they seem... * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * A mystery story * A plan of the department store on pages 54 and 55 allows readers to recap the journey the boys make. * Curriculum Links: Citizenship: Choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Losing It

Losing It

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

Melvin Burgess, Keith Gray, Patrick Ness, Anne Fine, Sophie McKenzie, Bali Rai, Jenny Valentine and Mary Hooper. Some of today's leading writers for teens are gathered here in a wonderful collection of original stories: some funny, some moving, some haunting but all revolving around the same subject - having sex for the first time! You never forget your first time and you'll never forget this book!

Ostrich Boys

Ostrich Boys

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2008

'It's not really kidnapping, is it? He'd have to be alive for it to be proper kidnapping.' Kenny, Sim and Blake are about to embark on a remarkable journey of friendship. Stealing the urn containing the ashes of their best friend Ross, they set out from Cleethorpes on the east coast to travel the 261 miles to the tiny hamlet of Ross in Dumfries and Galloway. After a depressing and dispiriting funeral they feel taking Ross to Ross will be a fitting memorial for a 15 year-old boy who changed all their lives through his friendship. Little do they realise just how much Ross can still affect life for them even though he's now dead. Drawing on personal experience Keith Gray has written an extraordinary novel about friendship, loss and suicide, and about the good things that may be waiting just out of sight around the corner . . .

Ghosting

Ghosting

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2008

Nat and his sister are fake psychics - until the real ghosts of a serial killer's victims appear, with terrifying results. Compelling horror for teens. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The Fearful

The Fearful

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

In 1699 William Milmullen took his six pupils to the lakeside but only he returned after a creature rose up from the water and devoured the six boys right before his eyes. The whole town was shocked and terrified by the tragedy. Many were now too frightened to go out on the lake to fish, and the town's economy was under threat. William Milmullen recovered from the shock of what he'd seen. He named the creature 'The Mourn', and declared himself 'Mourner'. He took upon himself the responsibility to appease the creature by feeding livestock into the lake and vowed his family would forever be responsible for the safety of the town, and that every Milmullen son would take the mantle of Mourner at the age of 16. This novel is set in the present day, and nobody believes in monsters anymore. These days the town is somewhat embarrassed about its monster stories and to many the Milmullen family is a bit of a joke. The family, however, have held onto their duty, believing that if they forsake the creature it will rise from the lake again. Tim Milmullen turns 16 in a week's time. On his birthday he will become the 13th Mourner. But Tim doesn't know if he wants the role. For one thing all the kids at school tease him, calling his father crazy, saying Old William back in 1699 killed the schoolboys himself and made up the story. And Tim's biggest problem is that he doesn't know if he believes in the legend or not. How can he dedicate his whole life to something he has never seen?

The Chain

The Chain

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/01/2006

Four stories. Four people. Four lives. All brought together and changed forever by this one book. This is an astonishingly original story which stays with the reader long after the last page. Barrington Stoke specialises in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The Runner

The Runner

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2005

Jason has had enough of his parents' arguments. He's running away to stay with his brother in Liverpool. On the train journey he meets a 'runner' called Jam, who lives on the monster Intercity trains and stations. His carefree and adventurous life sounds so exciting that Jason begins to think he might join Jam. Then Jason discovers Jam's secret.

Creepers

Creepers

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2004

Derwent Drive was known as the Speed Creep. A continual chain of Dashes into Blind. We'd all heard the story about the Creeper who dropped Blind into a garden, only to discover he was standing in a dog pound. It was also the longest creep; twenty-five houses all in a row, no bends, no kinks. And no Creeper had ever done the lot. But Jamie and I reckoned we could do it. Jamie was the best Creeper around. He was the best Buddie you could have. And he was mine. Ever heard about 'creeping' before? Probably not. Nobody really talks about it. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen. It does. Creeping over back fences all the way down a street without getting caught; without being hurt. It happens more than you might think. It's probably happening somewhere tonight.

Happy

Happy

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2002

'Hundreds of people want to be in a band. They all get guitars and they all play gigs and they all write songs, and they still never make it.' There's a big difference between being a rock star and a pop idol - Will and Danny know which they'd prefer to be. They form the group Happy and it seems they are on the way to realising their ambitions. But when Happy's first gig is cut short by a fire at the venue, Will struggles to cope with his bitter disappointment and retreats into his private world, rejecting everyone around him. His girlfriend, Beth turns to Danny for comfort and their friendship soon becomes something more. With nothing left for him at home, Will leaves for London to stay with his session-musician father and to follow his dream.

Warehouse

Warehouse

Author: Keith Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2002

'I know a place you can go'. It's a secret place hidden among the run-down buildings of the derelict dockyards. A community of young people have gathered in an old warehouse to get away from a world they don't fit in to. Through separate but interweaving narratives Warehouse tells the stories of three of the community's members. There's Robbie who is running away from his violent older brother, Frank, and needs some space to realise that the beatings are not his fault. Amy, who's supposed to be travelling in Europe but has had her rucksack stolen and is too proud to ask her smothering family for help. And then there's Lem, an ex-drug-addict and founder of the Warehouse community, whose perceived role as leader by the other young people is too much for him to cope with.

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