"No one writes better stories about the wonder of science." Piers Torday

Books

Space Oddity

Science and laughs combine in this out-of-this-world adventure!

You might think that this story is going to be an intergalactic adventure filled with UFOs, black holes, killer robots and some very foul-smelling aliens.

And you'd be right.

But it's mostly about a boy called Jake, his embarrassing dad, and the mind-boggling question ... are we really alone in the universe? 

Illustrated by Ben Mantle

A bright, brainy book ... spiced with a good pinch of humour and lashings of emotional intelligence

The Times, Children's Book of the Week

A hilarious story ... a perfect read for children and parents to share ... it reads like a quiet classic.

Booktrust

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon

A timeless novel for anyone who's ever felt lost.

Secrets, spies or maybe even a monster... what lies in the heart of the wood? Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny are determined to find out but when night falls without warning they become impossibly lost. Strange dangers and impossible puzzles lurk in the shadows and, as time plays tricks, Charlie starts to fear for the future... What if this night never ends?

Nominated for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Shortlisted for the STEAM Children's Book Prize, the Ealing Junior Book Award and the Reading Rampage Book Award. Longlisted for the BGS Book Award and the Shrewsbury Bookfest Big Book Award.

Christopher Edge — the coolest science teacher you probably never had — is no ordinary author. There’s no one quite like him writing now. His stories fizz with scientific ideas, the perfect fodder for the child with more questions than answers.

Alex O'Connell, The Times, Children's Book of the Week

A writer of genuine originality ... Edge creates strong characters who come alive on the page, and he has a thriller writer’s feel for suspense.

Tony Bradman, The Guardian

A heart-stopping adventure with thrills and twists, codes and puzzles, underpinned by an intense evocation of the natural world

Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day

A mind-bending mystery for anyone who's ever asked questions.

It’s Maisie’s birthday and she can’t wait to open her presents. She’s hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But the house is empty and outside the front door is nothing but a dense, terrifying blackness.

Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie will have to rely on the laws of the universe and the love of her family to save her. And even that might not be enough…

Winner of the STEAM Children's Book Prize, the Fantastic Book Award and the Ysgol Bae Baglan Book Award. Nominated for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award, the Derbyshire Schools' Book Award, the Salford Children's Book Award, the Sheffield Children's Book Award, the Wolverhampton Children's Book Award and the Brilliant Book Award. Longlisted for the Leicester Libraries Our Best Book Award and the Berkshire Book Award. 

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day is a heartbreaking, head-melting science fiction mystery from the superlative Christopher Edge

The Guardian

Wow, I wish Christopher Edge had been my science teacher. This gripping story, has a magical way of distilling difficult concepts into a high-energy thriller.

The Times, Children's Book of the Week

The Jamie Drake Equation

A cosmic adventure for anyone who's ever looked at the stars

Rocket launches, zero gravity and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake’s dad is orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station and Jamie ought to think it’s cool but he just really misses him… Hanging out at his local observatory, Jamie picks up a strange signal on his phone. It looks like alien life might be getting closer to home. But space is a dangerous place and when his dad’s mission goes wrong, can Jamie prove that he’s a hero too?

Nominated for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award, the Haringey Children’s Book Award and the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award.

Told with the intelligence and heart we expect of Christopher Edge … Edge has found the equation that solves the problem of how to write a fun, intellectually challenging novel with an emotional centre. It’s a big tick.

The Times, Children's Book of the Week

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

How far would you go to change your world?

When Albie’s mum dies, it’s natural he should ask where she’s gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something about quantum physics and parallel universes, so Albie gets a box, a laptop and a rotting banana, and sends himself through time and space in search of his mum. What he finds may or may not be what he’s looking for, but he does learn the answers to some big questions.

Nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Winner of the Brilliant Book Award, the Redbridge Children’s Book Award, the Harrow School Library Service Book Award, the Hounslow Junior Book Award, the West Sussex Story Book Award and the East Sussex Children’s Book Award. Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2017 and the Amazing Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Teach Primary New Children’s Fiction Award 2016, the Derbyshire Schools’ Book Award, the Coventry Inspiration Book Award, the Chorlton Children’s Book Award, the St Helens Book Award, the Salisbury Schools Book Award, the Centurion Book Awards, the Sheffield Children’s Book Award and The Read 2018.

Proves the theory that novels about science can be enormous fun. Give the man his own element on the periodic table of children's authors.

The Times, Children's Book of the Week

Twelve Minutes to Midnight

A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story and the first book in a must-read new series.

Penelope Tredwell is the feisty thirteen-year-old orphan heiress of the bestselling magazine, The Penny Dreadful. Her masterly tales of the macabre are gripping Victorian Britain, even if no one knows she’s the real author. One day a letter she receives from the governor of the notorious Bedlam madhouse plunges her into an adventure more terrifying than anything she ever imagined…

Winner of the Stockport Schools’ Book Award. Shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Book Award, the Warwickshire Secondary Book Award, the Hillingdon Secondary Book of the Year Award, the Dudley Teen Book Award, the Oldham Schools’ Book Award, the Redbridge Children’s Book Award, the Phoenix Book Award and Southampton’s Favourite Book Award. Selected by the International Youth Library for The White Ravens 2013.

An excellent mystery in a league with Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus, Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart, and Eleanor Updale's Montgomery series.

Starred review, Booklist

Shadows of the Silver Screen

Another thrilling adventure for Penelope Tredwell and her friends at The Penny Dreadful.

A mysterious filmmaker approaches The Penny Dreadful with a proposal to turn one of Montgomery Flinch’s sinister stories into a motion picture. With Monty installed as the star of his production, filming begins but is plagued by a series of strange and frightening events. As Monty pleads with Penny to help him, she is drawn into the mystery, but soon finds herself trapped in a nightmare penned by her own hand. Can Penny uncover the filmmaker’s dark secret before it’s too late?

Shortlisted for the Phoenix Book Award.

A gripping, page-turning adventure.

Julia Eccleshare

The Black Crow Conspiracy

The most dangerous mystery yet for Penelope and the team behind the Penny Dreadful.

When Penny receives a story for The Penny Dreadful about a strange and supernaturally-tinged crime, she’s instantly gripped. However, when the story is published, she’s shocked to discover that it describes a recent crime, the existence of which the police want to keep hidden. With the finger of suspicion pointing at Montgomery Flinch, Penny faces a race against time to track the elusive author down and uncover the Black Crow Conspiracy.

Shortlisted for the Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction.

Intricately plotted Victorian fun.

5-star review, The Telegraph

The Dead Ways

A chilling supernatural thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Government has a plan to clean up the environment – closing down motorways and returning the roads to nature. When Scott Williams’ father is found dead in his government office, Scott resolves to find out the truth behind his death. What he uncovers is a far-reaching and sinister conspiracy to open ancient lines of power sealing this world from the next. As the roads close, the dead will wake. Soon Scott is thrust headlong into a deadly race against time. It’ll be the end of the world if he loses.

Shortlisted for the Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award.

More of a thriller than the hack-and-slash adventure of most zombie books, and youngsters will love it.

4-star review, SFX magazine

Army of the Dead

The thrilling follow-up to THE DEAD WAYS.

The power of the Dead Ways has been unleashed and evil stalks the land once more. Ghosts haunt the roads. Zombies stalk the Underground. Ancient graves spill their secrets and an army of the dead is on the rise. On the run from the Brothers of Albion, Scott and his friends are searching for the Last Gate and their last chance to stop the apocalypse. But time is running out and the malignant power of the Ankou will destroy everything in its path.

How To Be A Young #Writer

The go-to guide for becoming a writer.

Everything you need to get you started on your writing journey for aspiring authors everywhere! This essential guide gives practical advice on beating the fear of the blank page, plot structuring, choosing a viewpoint, creating characters, writing killer openings and perfect endings. With advice and inspirational extracts from bestselling authors, How To Be A Young #Writer will support you on every step of your writing journey, helping you to create and share your stories.

With advice and extracts from the best authors to provide inspiration, this book provides invaluable support for aspiring young writers.

World Book Day.com

How To Write Your Best Story Ever!

Awaken the author in every child with this inspiring book.

Here is everything you need to write your best story ever! Set the scene, create unforgettable characters, use brilliant words, and wrap your story up with a punchy ending - all with the help of this essential and unputdownable guide to writing. For children aged 7+, this fun and inspiring book gives you hints and tips about how to write different types of stories from adventures and mysteries to comic book scripts and mash-ups too. All you need to add is your imagination…

My Best Short Story in 500 Words

A fun and practical guide to writing short stories!

A must-have 'write-in' creative writing book for kids to put down their ideas, set the scene, choose their characters and craft the best short story in 500 words. With colourful illustrations throughout, it has prompts and ideas from bestselling children's author Christopher Edge for building plot, action, characters, scenes, beginnings and endings to help kids who are looking for a starting point for story-writing competitions, for homework, or for fun.