Authors: 9–12

Chloe Daykin

Chloe is the author of magical and heartwarming stories for children. She takes the reader on adventures to Norway and Peru and her debut novel, Fish Boy, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award.

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3 books

Fish Boy

People call me Fish Boy. My skin goes up and down like the waves. My mind goes in and out like the sea. They say I’ve always got my mouth open, that I ask too many questions. But what’s wrong with that?

Billy’s got a lot on his mind – that he’d rather not think or talk about. So he watches David Attenborough, because Sir David’s asked all the questions and got all the answers, and swims in the sea, just letting his mind drift . . .

So when new boy and nature fan Patrick Green starts at school with ‘fingers like steel, strength of a bear’ and a mackerel swims up to Billy’s face, blows bubbles into his Vista Clear mask goggles and says: ‘Fish Boy’, Billy knows he can’t keep it secret, because . . . a crazy talking mackerel changes EVERYTHING.

Shimmering with almost-magic and adventure, this is an exceptional read.

The Boy Who Hit Play

‘It’s time,’ I say. ‘For … It. Me. You. Us. The bench. The zoo. The question. Why?’

The only thing that Elvis Crampton Lucas knows about where he’s from is that he was found on the bench at a zoo. And that his now father took him home in a Stetson hat, and named him after the first three vinyl he picked off his shelf. But now, on his twelfth ‘discovery day’, it’s time for Elvis to find out who left him at the zoo, and why?

On an epic adventure that takes Elvis to an island off the coast of Norway, he will finally discover the truth about his past . . .

Fire Girl, Forest Boy

Maya has to escape. She’s on the run in a country she doesn’t know and has no idea who to trust.
Raul is escaping too – travelling back to his home where a terrible tragedy happened, ready to stir up trouble.

When their paths collide in the middle of the jungle, the sparks begin to fly. As modern world corruption meets the magic and legends of ancient times, can Maya draw on her hidden light to find the way through to the truth?

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