children’s novels

Johnny Dixon Books in Order

Johnny Dixon Books in Order: How to read John Bellair’s series?

  • Carole 

From the writer of The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

Who is Johnny Dixon?

Johnny Dixon is the young hero of twelve children’s gothic horror novels, written by John Bellairs, then by his successor Brad Strickland.

Set in the early 1950s, the series relates the story of Johnny Dixon, a young boy whose mother died of cancer and whose father is a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. So Johnny is sent to live with his paternal grandparents in fictional Duston Heights, Massachusetts. There, he becomes best friend with eccentric history professor Roderick Childermass, and both of them, with their group of friends, will fight evil forces.

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Philip Kerr Books in Order

Philip Kerr Books in Order (Bernie Gunther, Metropolis, Hitler’s Peace)

  • Carole 

All of the Philip Kerr’s Books!

Who is Philip Kerr?

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1956, Philip Ballantyne Kerr began his literary career when he was just twelve years old, as a self-published writer: Bernie was writing pornographic stories and sold them to classmates. He studied at the University of Birmingham and worked as an advertising copywriter before becoming a full-time writer.

Kerr is best known for his Bernie Gunther series, historical thrillers set in Germany during the 1930s, the Second World War and the Cold War. He also wrote several children’s books under the pen name P.B. Kerr, including the Children of the Lamp series. He was married to fellow novelist Jane Thynne, and had three children, before his death from cancer on 23 March 2018. He was 62.

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Tom Gates Books in Order

Tom Gates Books in Order: How to read Liz Pichon’s Series?

  • Fabien 

What Tom is getting up to?

Who is Tom Gates?

Tom Gates is the main protagonist in the series for children by Liz Pichon that takes the form of an illustrated diary written by the eponymous schoolboy.

Aged around 10 years old, Tom is the younger of the two children of Frank and Rita Gates, and the younger brother of Delia. He attends Oakfield Primary School where he is in Mr Fullerman’s Class 5F. Children in his class include the annoying Marcus Meldrew, and Amy Porter (who also sits next to Tom, but whom Tom hopes to impress). Also in his year at Oakfield is his best friend Derek Fingle, who also lives next door to him.

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Santa Montefiore books in order

Santa Montefiore Books in Order (The Deverill Chronicles, Royal Rabbit, A Timeless Love)

  • Carole 

All of the Books!

Who is Santa Montefiore?

Born in 1970, Santa Montefiore (née Palmer-Tomkinson) is the daughter of Charles Palmer-Tomkinson, formerly High Sheriff of Hampshire, and Patricia Palmer-Tomkinson (née Dawson), of Anglo-Argentine background. She grew up on a farm in Hampshire and was educated at Sherborne School for Girls. 

Santa Montefiore has always wanted to be a writer. Before publishing books, she worked in public relations, but also as a shop assistant. She sent her first book under a nom de plume to distance herself from her sister, socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, and her writing career was officially launched in 2001 with the publication of  Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree. Since then, she has published at least one book a year.

Santa Montefiore is married to writer and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, in which she has two children. Together, they have co-written the children’s books The Royal Rabbits of London.

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Conn Iggulden Books in Order

Conn Iggulden Books in Order (Emperor series, Wars of the Roses, Dangerous books)

  • Carole 

All of the Books!

Who is Conn Iggulden?

Born in 1971, Conn Iggulden is a British author specialized in historical fiction. He first worked as an English teacher before leaving his position to write his debut novel, The Gates of Rome, the first in a five-part series entitled Emperor and centred around Julius Caesar, from childhood to his death.

Iggulden became a famous historical fiction writer, and is the first person to top the UK fiction and non fiction charts at the same time in 2007. After Julius Caesar, the writer turns his interests towards the life of Mongol warlords Genghis, Ogedai and Kublai Khan, explored in the Conqueror series. He also wrote about the Wars of the Roses, St. Dunstan or Prince Cyrus.

In parallel to his historical novels, he co-wrote with his brother The Dangerous Book for Boys series, a guidebook for children which has also been turned into a six-part television series by Amazon Prime Video.

Conn Iggulden is married and lives with his wife and four children in Hertfordshire, England.

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Sophie Kinsella Books in Order (Shopaholic, I Owe You One, The Undomestic Goddess)

  • Carole 

All of the Books!

Who is Sophie Kinsella?

Sophie Kinsella have been writing romantic comedies for over two decades. Born in London, Sophie Kinsella has graduated from Oxford University and worked as a financial journalist, before becoming a fiction writer.

Her first book was published when she was 26, under her real name, Madeleine Wickham. She found critical and public success and went on to publish more books as Madeleine Wickham. But it is as Sophie Kinsella that she first hit the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series. Her books have sold over 40 million copies in more than 60 countries, and been translated into over 40 languages.

She lives in Dorset and London, with her husband and her five children.

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Cressida Cowell books in order

Cressida Cowell Books in Order (How to Train Your Dragon, The Wizards of Once)

  • Carole 

All of the Books!

Who is Cressida Cowell?

When she was a child, Cressida Cowell spent her summers on an uninhabited Scottish Island. There, she imagined the caves and ruined crofts were full of dragons. It leads her to write How to Train Your Dragon, the book series which spawned a film franchise.

Born in 1966, Cressida Cowell studied English at Keble College, Oxford, and learned illustration at Saint Martin’s School of Art and Brighton University. She published her first book in 1998, the story of Little Bo Peep who has lost her sheep but made her name with the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon series. She has sold more than 11 million books in 38 languages and has been the children’s laureate since 2019.

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How to Train Your Dragon Books in Order

How to Train Your Dragon Books in Order: How to read Cressida Cowell’s series?

  • Carole 

One adventure will change two worlds.

What is How to Train Your Dragon about?

Thanks to the popular media franchise from DreamWorks Animation consisting of three features films, five short films and three television series, chances are you know who are Hiccup and Toothless. But before becoming big stars on the big screen, the young Viking and his dragon were the protagonists of a series of fantasy children’s books written by British author Cressida Cowell.

The books are the memoirs of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the last of the great Viking heroes. But he wasn’t always that awesome sword-fighter and dragon-whisperer. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you’d ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet…

The books will tell you how Hiccup became a hero.

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