Books for Teens

"clever writing and powerful ideas"

Titles in this section deal with challenging issues relevant to teens.

Specifically war, peace and conflict resolution in Peace Weavers and bullying in Hangman.  In Peace Weavers, the heroines, one Anglo Saxon, the other very twenty-first century, are sixteen.  Both yearn for peace in war-torn countries.

Hangman is about bullying in a secondary school. Readers the same age as the characters will identify with them, but so will mature younger readers.

Crow Haunting  is about teenage girls, one modern, one from the Stone Age, both with too much responsibility thrust upon them.

I have included  titles from my Time Travelling Cat series in this section, because Topher, the cat’s owner – or does she own him? – goes to secondary school in all but the first book in the series.

Themes interesting to teenagers include animal rights, bullying and living with terrorism.

The Time Travelling Cat and The Viking Terror

The Time Travelling Cat and The Viking Terror

The Time Travelling Cat and The Viking Terror Topher is in London where there is a terrorist threat, when Ka, his beloved cat disappears. She leaves a message on his computer saying she has gone to HaEgellisdom. Pursuing her, Topher finds himself in an Anglo Saxon...

The Time Travelling Cat and The Aztec Sacrifice

The Time Travelling Cat and The Aztec Sacrifice

The Time Travelling Cat and The Aztec Sacrifice Ka, the time-travelling cat, leaves the word TENOCHTITLAN on Topher's computer.  He is horrified. That was the home of the blood-thirsty Aztecs.   When Topher travels to sixteenth century Mexico he finds Ka, and he makes...

The Time Travelling Cat and The Roman Eagle

The Time Travelling Cat and The Roman Eagle

The Time Travelling Cat and The Roman Eagle This story is set in Calleva Atrebatum near Silchester, not far from Reading where the artefacts from the town are on display in the museum. You can see the Roman eagle, the subject of my story. It's stolen from the statue...

The Time Travelling Cat and The Tudor Treasure

The Time Travelling Cat and The Tudor Treasure

The Time Travelling Cat and The Tudor Treasure This novel is about a real search for the Philosophers Stone, which people really believed in in the sixteenth century. Queen Elizabeth I ordered a magician cum scientist called Dr Dee to find it, so she could have lots...

The Time Travelling Cat and The Egyptian Goddess

The Time Travelling Cat and The Egyptian Goddess

The Time Travelling Cat and The Egyptian Goddess When Ka, the time-travelling cat vanishes for the first time, Topher is worried. When he finds a message on his computer, saying she's in Ancient Egypt, he's desperate to get her back - but how? Incredibly, he finds...

The Time Travelling Cat And The Great Victorian Stink

The Time Travelling Cat And The Great Victorian Stink

The Time Travelling Cat and The Great Victorian Stink Topher's amazing cat, Ka, has time-travelled again; she has left him the clue: CAppeLLis Following her. Topher finds himself in Victorian London where disease is rife and the Thames is clogged with stinking sewage!...

Jenny Greenteeth

Jenny Greenteeth

Jenny Greenteeth - First published as 'The Haunting of Nadia' this short novel is a hi-lo that retains all the horror of the original. New illustrations focus on the monstrous Jenny Greenteeth who lurks beneath the surface of the pond Nadia must pass each day. Can...

The Revenge of Tommy Bones

The Revenge of Tommy Bones

The Revenge of Tommy Bones - Based on a legend local to the village where I live, this is a VERY scary story. Written as a hi-lo to make it accessible to pupils struggling with reading, I'm told it retains all its horrific power. If you were scared by Jenny Greenteeth...

Ghost Writer

Ghost Writer

Ghost Writer - A chalky hand print on the shoulder of his school sweatshirt. Wobbly letters on the blackboard. What's going on? Frankie's sure that the cupboard in the classroom holds the key to a mystery that's haunted the village for generations. He's convinced that...

Crow Haunting

Crow Haunting

  The Crow Haunting Medi learns that her local supermarket is built over a Stone Age site where the skeletons of two Stone Age children were found. Why did the pre-historic children die in each other's arms? Why is her diabetic brother Davey scared of going into...

Peace Weavers

Peace Weavers

Peaceweavers Inspired by the past, coloured by the present, my latest novel for teens weaves together two love stories and the struggle for peace. When Hilde finds a gold brooch on an archaeological dig, she starts to have vivid dreams and sees Maethilde, a young...

Hangman

Hangman

Hangman NEW EDITION ! Toby's heart sinks when he hears that Danny Lamb is coming to Lindley High School. Danny will expect Toby to be his friend, and Toby doesn't want that again. It was bad enough in the infants. Danny is different - that's the trouble - though it's...