Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

British writer.

Works

Book:The White Darkness

The White Darkness

Geraldine McCaughrean

“I have been in love with Titus Oates for quite a while now—which is ridiculous, since he’s been dead for ninety years. But look at it this way. In ninety years I’ll be dead, too, and the age difference won’t matter.”

Sym is not your average teenage girl. She is obsessed with the Antarctic and the brave, romantic figure of Captain Oates from Scott’s doomed expedition to the South Pole. In fact, Oates is the secret confidant to whom she spills all her hopes and fears.

But Sym’s uncle Victor is even more obsessed—and when he takes her on a dream trip into the bleak Antarctic wilderness, it turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival that will challenge everything she knows and loves.

In her first contemporary young adult novel, Carnegie Medalist and three-time Whitbread Award winner Geraldine McCaughrean delivers a spellbinding journey into the frozen heart of darkness.

Book:A Pack of Lies

A Pack of Lies

Geraldine McCaughrean

Ailsa doesn't trust MCC Berkshire, the mysterious man helping out in her mother's antique shop. He tells wonderful stories about all the antiques, and his stories persuade the customers to buy the items he talks about, but everything he says is a pack of lies, isn't it? The story of Ailsa and MCC is interwoven with the stories MCC tells the customers, which range from romances to adventure stories; from crime dramas to pirate stories; from stories set in modern-day Ireland to stories set in ancient China.

Book:Not the End of the World

Not the End of the World

Geraldine McCaughrean

Everyone knows the story of the Flood, the men God chose to survive, the animals that went in two by two. But what about the others that sailed on the Ark, the women and the children? This adventure story asks what it was really like when the heavens opened and the world drowned—and what might have happened in the days that followed.

With a frighteningly zealous and single-minded Noah; Japheth and his young wife Zillah concerned for the welfare of the animals; the stowaway boy and baby found by Noah’s daughter Timna; and the animals themselves, continuing to act as animals do, whatever their surroundings, this is an extremely compelling and at times very frightening story, beautifully written as ever by Geraldine McCaughrean.

Book:Gold Dust

Gold Dust

Geraldine McCaughrean

Inez and her brother are amazed to find a huge hole being dug right outside the front door of their father’s shop. Then more holes appear all over the main street. People are travelling to their town from all over the world, and the word on everyone’s lips is “Gold”.

Book:A Little Lower Than the Angels (Oxford Children's Modern Classics)

A Little Lower Than the Angels (Oxford Children's Modern Classics)

Geraldine McCaughrean

Gabriel has no idea what the future will hold when he runs away from his apprenticeship with the bad-tempered stonemason. But God Himself, in the shape of playmaster Garvey, has plans for him. He wants Gabriel for his angel.

Book:The Death-Defying Pepper Roux

The Death-Defying Pepper Roux

Geraldine McCaughrean

Pepper’s fourteenth birthday is a momentous one.

It’s the day he’s supposed to die.

Everyone seems resigned to it——even Pepper, although he would much prefer to live. But can you sidestep Fate? Jump sideways into a different life? Naïve and trusting, Pepper sets a course through dangerous waters, inviting disaster and mayhem at every turn, one eye on the sky for fear of angels, one on the magnificent possibilities of being alive.

New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean has created a gripping tale filled with dark humor and daring escapades, where the key to a boy’s life lies in facing his own death.

Join him on the run—if you can keep up.

Book:The Kite Rider

The Kite Rider

Geraldine McCaughrean

Haoyou knows that his father's spirit lives among the clouds above Ancient China. He also knows that to save his mother from being forced into a new marriage he must now follow in his father's footsteps and take to the skies, riding a kite through the clouds and the spirits of the dead. Then the Jade Circus offers him a chance to escape his enemies and travel throughout the empire, and maybe even perform before Kublai Khan himself. But is going with the circus really the best option? It could be that the circus master is leading him into even greater danger.

Book:Stop the Train

Stop the Train

Geraldine McCaughrean

It's 1893 and for Cissy and her family, a new life beckons on the prairies of Oklahoma. Along with other settlers, they travel to Florence - a town yet to be built - and prepare for business alongside the Red Rock Railroad track. But the railroad company has other ideas. It wants to buy the land for itself - and when the settlers refuse to sell, the railroad boss swears his trains will never stop in Florence again. Without the train, there is no way the town can survive. So Cissy, her friends, family, and neighbours resolve to stop that train, come what may - by fair means or foul.

Book:Forever X

Forever X

Geraldine McCaughrean

The Shepherd family have set off on their usual summer holiday under a cloud of gloom at the predictability of it all. When the car breaks down, they are forced to stay the night at the nearest B&B. To their dismay they find themselves at a place where Christmas comes every day of the year, complete with turkey and Santa Claus. And they discover it's even stranger than that, with the girl in the elf costume, the mysterious Mr Angel and the police seeking a fugitive. Stranded in this bizarre environment, unusual friendships develop and the relationships that have been so set in their ways are turned upside down.

This is an imaginative and very lively comic novel by the award-winning author, Geraldine McCaughrean. Full of comic moments, tension and drama, this is a highly satisfying read.

Book:Plundering Paradise

Plundering Paradise

Geraldine McCaughrean

Set in the exciting and exotic world of piracy in the Madagascan Seas, this tale is an adventure story of three children, two boys and a girl, who leave an ordinary English life to battle with a host of larger-than-life villains, storms and shipwrecks, and life in a very new and different world.

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