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Described as 'a national treasure' by the Independent and as 'one of life's fact-finders' by the Scotsman, Philip Ardagh has written books on subjects ranging from archaeology to space flight, and has still found time to write the bestselling Eddie Dickens children's novels, now translated into over thirty languages, to review children's books for the Guardian ('on a regularly irregular basis') and to appear at events and festivals around the world. He won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2009.
Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape.
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
In four short years, Jessica has sold nine novels. The Fidelity Files, her debut, released in stores (in real binding) in June of 2008 and the follow-up, Love Under Cover in November 2009. The Karma Club, Jessica’s debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 and her second YA release, My Life Undecided hit bookstores in June 2011.
52 Reasons to Hate My Father (which was recently optioned for film) just recently released in July 2012 and Unremembered, (also optioned for film), the first book in a new teen sci-fi series, will be released in March 2013.
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over fifteen foreign countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, Israel, and Taiwan. Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.
Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.
Gordon Reece studied English Literature at Keble College, Oxford and taught at KCS, Wimbledon, and Brentwood School in Essex. After completing his MA in literature he retrained as a lawyer. He has lived in Spain and Australia and currently resides in the UK. His books include picture books for trade and educational publishers, comics and graphic novels. Mice is his first novel.
Gabrielle Zevin is the bestselling author of Elsewhere. As well as writing fiction for adults and teenagers, she is also a screenwriter. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages. Gabrielle Zevin lives in New York. All These Things I’ve Done is the first part of an eagerly anticipated trilogy.
Sophie Crockett graduated from London University’s Royal Holloway. On leaving university she travelled to Russia as a timber buyer in the Caucasus Mountains, but after the birth of her son in 1996 she returned to the east coast of Suffolk, where she spent five years restoring a derelict Ancient Scheduled Monument – a Martello Tower on the mouth of the River Deben. After moving to a smallholding in Tunstall Forest and with her son having started school, Sophie began a business selling walnut gunstocks from Eastern Armenia. She speaks Russian and French – both rather badly. Currently living in the beech forests of the Montagne Noir of Southern France, Sophie still regularly travels to Armenia to buy timber. Her experiences in far-flung places inform much of her writing. After The Snow is her first novel.