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Anthony McGowan - Author

About the Author

Anthony McGowan is the author of many critically acclaimed YA novels and won the 2006 BookTrust Teenage Prize, the 2007 Catalyst Award and has been shortlisted for a raft of other major children’s literature prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for Rook in 2018. McGowan was born in Manchester, attended school in Leeds and now lives in London.

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Featured books by Anthony McGowan

Python Adventure

Python Adventure

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Python Adventure is the next authorised Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers looking for action, adventure and animals!

Willard Price: Bear Adventure

Willard Price: Bear Adventure

9+ readers

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Bear Adventure is the next authorised Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers looking for action, adventure and animals!

Willard Price: Shark Adventure

Willard Price: Shark Adventure

9+ readers

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Shark Adventure is an authorised Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers. Full of action, adventure and animals!

Willard Price: Leopard Adventure

Willard Price: Leopard Adventure

9+ readers

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

There's an adventure, animals and action in the first authorized Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers. Over 5 million copies of the original Adventure series by Willard Price were sold and this new book is published in July 2012 to mark the 125th anniversary of Willard Price's birth.

Other books by Anthony McGowan

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: Shocking Science: X-bot Reboot

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: Shocking Science: X-bot Reboot

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Ant discovers a room full of X-bots in X-bot Reboot, he is sure he can use them for good. Will his plan succeed? Or will the robots rise again? Each book also contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: Who Dunnit?: The Snatcher

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: Who Dunnit?: The Snatcher

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In The Snatcher there is a thief on the loose and only Team X can solve the mystery. The trap is set but will the Snatcher outwit them? Each book also contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 20: Into the Future: A Dangerous Game

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 20: Into the Future: A Dangerous Game

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Ant receives an unexpected invitation and finds himself tangled in a world of deception in A Dangerous Game.

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 19: Fears and Frights: A New Alliance

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 19: Fears and Frights: A New Alliance

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In A New Alliance, the Collector is back but this time hes not alone who is the Collector's new partner in crime?

Project X Origins: Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Trapped: The Ballerina of Doom

Project X Origins: Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Trapped: The Ballerina of Doom

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Tiger goes on a micro-adventure in the toyshop, little does he know that there is an X-bot watching him! Find out if Max, Cat and Ant can rescue Tiger in The Ballerina of Doom, the second part of this two-part adventure. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Hidden Depths: Operation Shipwreck

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Hidden Depths: Operation Shipwreck

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Team X find themselves stuck at the bottom of the ocean in Operation Shipwreck when they try to stop the Collector stealing a valuable shipwreck. Will Tiger be able to save them and stop the Collector, or will the X-bots get them first? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: Unexplained: Tasmanian Terror

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 18: Unexplained: Tasmanian Terror

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Tasmanian Terror Team X discover that a meteorite has caused the local animals to grow to enormous proportions. Can Team X survive the attack of a giant Tasmanian Devil and return the animals to their normal size? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: Great Escapes: Revenge of the X-bots!

Project X Origins: Grey Book Band, Oxford Level 13: Great Escapes: Revenge of the X-bots!

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger are beamed up into a space craft in Revenge of the X-bots! they know that only one person can be behind it Dr X! But can they escape his army of X-bots or has Dr X finally captured them? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Working as a Team: Divided We Fall

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Working as a Team: Divided We Fall

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Divided We Fall Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger realize that they have to work together if they want to get themselves out of some difficult scrapes in the first book of this two part adventure. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Journeys: Riding the Waves

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Journeys: Riding the Waves

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Max and Tiger go on a camping trip to the beach and decide to enter a surfing competition in Riding the Waves. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Journeys: Hamster Rampage

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Journeys: Hamster Rampage

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Hampster Rampage a trip to London goes horribly wrong when Ant's pet hamster accidentally grows to giant size! Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Conflict: Ant Storm

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Conflict: Ant Storm

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Ant Storm follow Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger as they are evicted from their micro-den by an army of ants. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Conflict: Ant Attack

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Conflict: Ant Attack

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. The children discover that an ants' nest has been turned into an X-bot factory, which has been creating fearsome ant-bots! Find out if the children can escape the ant-bots and shut the factory down in Ant Attack. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Strong Defences: Attack of the X-bots

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Strong Defences: Attack of the X-bots

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Team X are faced with an imminent attack from the evil Dr X and his robot army in the second book of a two-part adventure, Attack of the X-bots. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Trapped: Toyshop Terror

Project X Origins: Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Trapped: Toyshop Terror

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Tiger wants the latest Robo-Rex II toy, but he needs to save his pocket money. Tiger decides he can't wait that long and sets out on a micro-adventure in the story Toyshop Terror. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Masks and Disguises: Stage Fright

Project X Origins: Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Masks and Disguises: Stage Fright

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Stage Fright Miss Jones's class are doing a school assembly about global warning. But when two people dressed as chickens try to get hold of Max, Cat and Tiger's special watches, that's when things really start to hot up. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Fast and Furious: The Chase

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Fast and Furious: The Chase

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Tiger's watch is stolen, the children have to go on an exciting, action-packed chase to get it back in The Chase. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Strong Defences: The X-bots are Coming

Project X Origins: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Strong Defences: The X-bots are Coming

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Team X are faced with an imminent attack from the evil Dr X and his robot army in the first book of a two-part adventure, The X-bots are Coming. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

The Knife That Killed Me

The Knife That Killed Me

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2013

He is coming to kill me. Now would be a good time to run. I cannot run. I am too afraid to run. Paul Varderman could be at any normal school - bullies, girls and annoying teachers are just a part of life. Unfortunately 'normal' doesn't apply when it comes to the school's most evil bully, Roth, a twisted and threatening thug with an agenda quite unlike anyone else. When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but when Roth hands him a knife it both scares and empowers him ...This thought-provoking and original novel highlights the terrible consequences of peer pressure and violence, and casts a spotlight on teenage knife crime.

Hello Darkness

Hello Darkness

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2013

"e;Gripping, original, stylish"e; - The Times. A darkly comic noir thriller from an award-winning author"e;Stealthy, furtive, unhurried yet urgent... In a few seconds of efficient butchery, the chickens are dead and dismembered."e; Someone is on a killing spree - slaughtering the school pets with a cold-blooded savagery. The number-one suspect: Johnny Middleton. Johnny's had problems in the past, but they're behind him now. So what if he still sees the world a little differently? He's not crazy and he's not a killer. And he's going to prove it.

Willard Price: Bear Adventure

Willard Price: Bear Adventure

9+ readers

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Bear Adventure is the next authorised Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers looking for action, adventure and animals!

Willard Price: Shark Adventure

Willard Price: Shark Adventure

9+ readers

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Shark Adventure is an authorised Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers. Full of action, adventure and animals!

Willard Price: Leopard Adventure

Willard Price: Leopard Adventure

9+ readers

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

There's an adventure, animals and action in the first authorized Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers. Over 5 million copies of the original Adventure series by Willard Price were sold and this new book is published in July 2012 to mark the 125th anniversary of Willard Price's birth.

The Donut Diaries: Revenge is Sweet Book Two

The Donut Diaries: Revenge is Sweet Book Two

Author: Anthony McGowan, Dermot Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

Dermot Milligan's got problems. He's overweight, and hooked on donuts. His mother has booked him in to see Dr Morlock, a nutritionist who looks like a Dementor. The diary is Dr Morlock's idea. Not only does Dermot have to write down how many donuts he eats, but also - and this is the really rubbish part - HIS FEELINGS! This is Dermot's second hilarious adventure, featuring his battles against the bullies, and hardest of all, his beloved donuts. After one term at St Michaels, Dermot thinks things can't sink any lower. All his classmates call him Donut, his insane PE teacher Mr Fricker despises him, the evil Floppy-Haired kid is out to get him... and now someone seems to be, er, going to the toilet in inappropriate places around the school. The Head calls in the services of internationally famous poo expert Dr Morlock to help track down the culprit - and somehow the finger of suspicion is pointed at Dermot. Can he turn detective and find out who's behind the poo - before his reputation is ruined forever?

The Bare Bum Gang Battles the Dogsnatchers

The Bare Bum Gang Battles the Dogsnatchers

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

More brilliant jokes and plenty of laughs as the gang come together to battle some evil dogsnatchers! Ludo, Noah, Jamie, Phillip and Jennifer are THE BARE BUM GANG! They have an embarrassing name but a cool Gang Den, so things could be worse. The newest member of the gang is Rude Word, the world's ugliest dog - and he's causing trouble. He's throwing up strange furry body parts . . . and Mrs Cake's dog Trixie is missing! Ludo and the gang have to turn detective and get to the bottom of this gross mystery. But when other pets disappear, they realise the mystery is bigger than they thought. Can they get Rude Word off the hook?

The Bare Bum Gang and the Football Face-Off

The Bare Bum Gang and the Football Face-Off

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

Join Ludo, Noah, Jamie and Phillip - the Bare Bum Gang - as they defend their gang headquarters with Smarties tube fart bombs and other ingenious traps. The gang's new (and unwanted!) name is bad enough, but things are about to get much worse. Their number 1 enemies have challenged them to a football match, and the prize at stake is the gang den. And guess what - they're all completely rubbish at football! How can they save the den? How can they get back their pride? Find out in the first Bare Bum Gang adventure!

Henry Tumour

Henry Tumour

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2006

It wasn't my choice: Henry was in charge. As if school bullies and his mum's tofu sandwiches weren't enough for Hector Brunty, he now has another dilemma: a talking brain tumour. Henry Tumour turns out to be the perfect alter-ego, advising Hector on haircuts, high-fashion, and tactics for snogging the best-looking girl in school, Uma Upshaw. Controlling his speech and brain chemicals is quite enough, but soon Henry Tumour is trying to make more decisions about Hector's life than he'd like. Can Hector overpower his tumour in order to get what he really wants...before they both go under the knife?

Hellbent

Hellbent

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2006

Sent to Hell for typical teenage misdemeanours, Conor is surprised to find that it's not all pitchforks and leaping flames. But an eternity in a fusty cave full of philosophy books and obscure classical music is actually worse. Then Conor realizes that his personal version of Hell might be someone else's idea of Heaven - and vice versa. He sets out on a filthy, funny and forbidden journey to search for his opposite number, accompanied by his repulsive pet dog, a depressed cross-dressing Viking and a stumpy devil called Clarence. What he sees is disgusting and what he discovers is shocking, but oddly enough Conor learns a hell of a lot about life - now that he's dead!

Python Adventure

Python Adventure

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Anthony McGowan Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Python Adventure is the next authorised Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers looking for action, adventure and animals!

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