Paperback Books by Theresa Breslin

Theresa Breslin is the author of An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends (2019), The Rasputin Dagger (2017), Caged (2016), War Girls (2014) and other 80 books.

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An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends

release date: Jul 18, 2019
An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends
A Carnegie-medal winning author retells legends from some of Scotland's most famous castles, in this sumptuously illustrated anthology by Kate Greenaway Medal-longlisted artist Kate Leiper.

The Rasputin Dagger

release date: Aug 10, 2017
The Rasputin Dagger
Shortlisted for the Historical Association's Young Quills Award 2018 Russia, 1916. Nina Ivanovna’s world is in turmoil. Her only hope is to travel to St Petersburg, to escape the past and find a future. Stefan Kolodin is a medical student – young and idealistic, he wants change for Russia and its people. Amidst the chaos of a city in revolt, their lives collide. And a stormy relationship develops . . . full of passion and politics. But soon Nina is drawn in to the glamorous, lavish lives of the Russian royal family – where she begins to fall under the spell of their mysterious monk, Grigory Rasputin. The ruby-studded dagger he carries – beautiful and deadly – could save her and Stefan from a cursed life . . . or condemn them to it. ‘An outstanding writer – simply superb’ Independent

Caged

release date: Sep 01, 2016
Caged
Carnegie Medal winner Theresa Breslin explores the dangerous world of cage-fighting in this dark and powerful new novel. Escaping from a troubled home and struggling to survive on the streets, the abandoned tunnels of the London Underground are a perfect sanctuary for Kai. Along with other teenagers running from their pasts, he finds somewhere to belong in this strange community of outcasts. But Kai is now facing a very different kind of fight. Every night, led by the enigmatic Spartacus, the runaways must become cage fighters, each fight broadcast to the outside world via YouTube. With pay-per-view profits racking up, Kai and his friends hope to be able to start a new life. Yet treachery and danger are never far behind, and a new arrival threatens the order that Spartacus has worked so carefully to maintain. And then there is the looming finale, the last battle between Kai and his nemesis Leo: the Kill Fight . . .

War Girls

release date: Jun 05, 2014
War Girls
As featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. 1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict. This collection of short stories explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever. A courageous nurse risks her life at the Front Line; a young woman discovers independence and intrigue in wartime London; and a grief-stricken widow defends her homeland amidst the destruction of war. Through these and other tales, War Girls presents a moving portrait of loss and grief, and of hope overcoming terrible odds.

Whispers in the Graveyard

release date: Feb 25, 2016
Whispers in the Graveyard
‘They want me to join them. All I have to do is to reach out to them . . .’ Solomon struggles in school. He is bullied by his teachers and let down by his parents. His only refuge is in the local kirkyard, among ancient graves that lie in the shadow of the rowan tree. But when workmen uproot the tree and a dark and terrifying power is unleashed. Will Solomon be able to save himself and the people he cares about from the terrible curse within? Whispers in the Graveyard won the Carnegie Medal and has been adapted as a play. This edition features a new cover by illustrator Thomas Flintham. ‘One of those rare books that makes you want to put your life on hold for as long as it takes to finish it’ – Independent

Divided City

release date: Mar 14, 2013
Divided City
Nominated for ten UK book awards, Theresa Breslin's hit novel tells of how two young boys - one Rangers fan, one Celtic fan - are drawn into a secret pact to help a young asylum seeker in a city divided by prejudice. Now adapted for the stage by Martin Travers, the play has already been produced to great acclaim at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre. Graham and Joe just want to play football and be selected for the new city team, but a violent attack on Kyoul, an asylum seeker, changes everything when they find themselves drawn into a secret pact to help the victim and his girlfriend Leanne. Set in Glasgow at the time of the Orange Order walks, Divided City is a gripping tale about two boys and how they must find their own way forward in a world divided by difference. This educational edition has been prepared by national Drama in Secondary English experts Ruth Moore and Paul Bunyan. Published in Methuen Drama's Critical Scripts series the book: - meets the curriculum requirements for English at KS3, GCSE and Scottish CfE. - features detailed, structured schemes of work utilising drama approaches to improve literary and language analysis - places pupils' understanding of the learning process at the heart of the activities - will help pupils to boost English GCSE success and develop high-level skills at KS3 - will save teachers considerable time devising their own resources.

Ghost Soldier

release date: Jul 30, 2015
Ghost Soldier
"A thrilling, poignant story of hope and loss set during World War 1, from Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin. Nobody believes in ghosts until they see one . . . The war has changed everything for Rob and Millie. Their father is missing in action and they are terrified they'll never see him again. Then one night, deep in the woods, Rob and Millie see an eerie figure in the window of an abandoned house. But there's no such thing as ghosts, is there?"

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures

release date: Jan 01, 2015
An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures
"Mysterious selkies, bad-tempered giants, devious fairies, and even Loch Ness's most famous resident--these are the mythical beasts of Scottish folklore. In the ... companion volume to ... An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales, ... Breslin brings together a ... collection of tales from across Scotland"--Amazon.com.

Arabian Nights

release date: Sep 04, 2014
Arabian Nights
Every dream has a Dream Master to control it. But Cy has such a vivid imagination that he has met his Dream Master and can travel with him through Time and Space to actually live his dreams. But what would happen if a character from Cy's dream decided to come and live in his Time and Space? Well Cy's about to find out. He's accidentally conjured up the Princess Shahr-Azad from Ancient Arabia - creator of the 1001 tales of Arabian Nights. Cy and the Dream Master are keen to return the Princess back to her home, before she is discovered. Trouble is, the princess isn't keen to go back. She'd much rather stay and enter the upcoming TV talent contest and she's prepared to go to great lengths to get her own way. So begins a battle of wills (and imaginations) between the greatest storyteller of all time, and the timid but determined Cy. With flying carpets, Arabian dungeons and a trouble-making genie Cy's fourth adventure with his Dream Master is as fast and funny as before.

The Traveller

release date: Jan 01, 2013
The Traveller
Long ago on a winter's night, a Traveller stopped at the inn. He wanted to know the way to the Castle of Aleslan. Terrible things happened in the castle that night. The Traveller was never seen again. Now another traveller has stopped at the inn. What does he want? And what does he know about the son of Aleslan?

Remembrance

release date: Mar 31, 2011
Remembrance
Scotland, 1915. A group of teenagers from two families meet for a picnic, but the war across the Channel is soon to tear them away from such youthful pleasures. All too soon, the horror of what is to become known as The Great War engulfs them, their friends and the whole village. From the horror of the trenches, to the devastating reality seen daily by those nursing the wounded, they struggle to survive - and nothing will ever be the same again. A powerful and engrossing novel about love and war, from Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin.

The Dragon Stoorworm

release date: Sep 15, 2014
The Dragon Stoorworm
Picture Kelpies combine brilliant traditional tales with utterly stunning artwork (it's amazing to think that this is Matthew Land's first picture book - the man has a bright future ahead of him!).' - ReadItDaddy 'Beautiful books which are a great introduction to the folklore genre... Wonderful stories which will give children a real sense of Scottish culture.' - Creative StepsThe Dragon Stoorworm was the very first, very worst dragon that ever lived. It was ginormous: almost as big as the whole of Scotland! The King of Scotland called for warriors to defeat the terrible dragon and save his daughter, the Princess Gemdelovely, from being eaten. But none who faced the dragon ever returned, until... Gentle Assipattle is no warrior, but maybe together, he and Princess Gemdelovely can free Scotland from the wrath of the Dragon Stoorworm. A lively retelling of thetraditional Scottish folk tale of the Dragon Stoorworm (or Mester Stoor Worm), which explains the origins of Scotland's many islands, adapted for a young audience. Award-winning author Theresa Breslin's story unfolds with wry humor while Matthew Land's magical illustrations capture the fairy-tale beauty of Scotland. The Dragon Stoorworm is one of a range of picture books that bring classic Scottish folk and fairy tales to life for young children."|Theresa Breslin is the critically acclaimed author of over 30 books for children and young adults. She lives near Glasgow, Scotland. Her work has been filmed for television, broadcast on radio, and is read world-wide in many languages. Her novels have won many literary prizes including the Carnegie Medal. Floris Books published Theresa's stunning story collection An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales, illustrated by artist Kate Leiper, in 2012.Matthew Land is an illustrator currently living in Edinburgh. Since graduating with a degree in illustration from University College Falmouth in 2012, he has interspersed his illustration with travelling the world. He is also the illustrator of The 12 Days o Yule."

Prisoner in Alcatraz

release date: Jan 01, 2008

Starship Rescue

release date: Aug 01, 2006
Starship Rescue
Marc lives with a band of Outsiders on a distant planet but when he tries to find a way to outwit the planet's evil leader, he encounters a problem with someone he thought he could trust.

Alligator

release date: Feb 01, 2012
Alligator
Jono has a problem. He didn't mean to buy an alligator, it just sort of happened. And now his mum is going to kill him if the alligator doesn't get there first! Laugh-out-loud comedy adapted from the best-selling original novel by a well-loved author. A play with 8 parts, for older children but accessible to even the most struggling reader.

Spy for the Queen of Scots

release date: Aug 02, 2012
Spy for the Queen of Scots
As lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, the beautiful Ginette - known as Jenny - is the young queen's closest childhood friend. Growing up in the elegant but ruthless French court, surrounded by enemies and traitors - not least the jealous, manipulative Catherine de Medici, and Mary's own scheming half-brother, James - Jenny has always been fiercely loyal to her mistress. But when she overhears a mysterious whispered plot, closely followed by several unexplained deaths at court, she puts her own life in danger and turns spy for Mary. Jenny quickly realises not a soul at court can be trusted, and when she and Mary return to their Scottish homeland for Mary to claim her throne, they face even greater peril. Desperate to protect her friend from those who would slit her throat to steal her crown, while battling her feelings for the charismatic nobleman Duncan Alexander, Jenny becomes embroiled in a dangerous web of secrets, betrayals and lies.

Gladiator

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Gladiator
"Cy has the ability to control his own dreams and knows his own, personal Dream Master. But sometimes Cy's own imagination is so strong that he can run his own dream. Or so he thinks. For there's plenty of mishap and adventure ahead when Cy and the Dream Master travel back to Pompeii - on the eve of the eruption of Vesuvius. Not only does the Dream Master have to face a lion in the gladiatorial ring, but Cy must rescue him - and drive a chariot to escape from the volanic lava and dust... The third in a fantastic fantasy series, following: HE DREAM MASTER and DREAM MASTER NIGHTMARE! "

Mutant

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Mutant
Brad's co-workers are acting strangely. But when he sets out to investigate, he puts his own life in danger...

Kezzie at War

release date: Mar 29, 2012
Kezzie at War
During the 1930s Depression in Scotland, Kezzie and her young sister Lucy are luckier than most. Following their father's death, they manage to stay together and live on the little work Kezzie and Grandad are able to find. But life turns sour when Lucy goes missing. Without hesitation, Kezzie sets off alone to find her sister, a difficult journey which takes her over the Atlantic to Canada . . . In the second story, Kezzie and Lucy are reunited with Grandad in Clydebank. The Second World War breaks out, and the family spirit is put to the test. Kezzie's strength is needed by so many - she must save an Italian family from the racial hatred they encounter, and rescue her old school friend Peg. As Clydebank is bombed and becomes a burning inferno, will Kezzie be strong enough to turn a tragedy into a triumph?

Saskia's Journey

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Saskia's Journey
Saskia Granton is intrigued by an invitation to visit her mysterious great-aunt Alessandra up on the Scottish coast. It's a chance to rediscover her lifelong love of the sea , but Saskia also slowly realizes how little she really knows about her roots. Somehow, she needs to understand the past if she is to find the direction she needs for her future. Just as the sea must eventually give up its bounty, so too her great-aunt must reveal the secrets of the past - the terrible toll of lives claimed by the sea, and the very personal tragedy that left Alessandra herself so isolated. Only then can Saskia break the cyclea

An Interview with Theresa Breslin

release date: Jan 01, 1999

Blair the Winner!

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Blair the Winner!
It's not fair being in the middle. Blair has a pest for a baby brother and a bossy-boots for a big sister. But everyone stops nagging him when he saves the day on a disastrous camping trip. The storybook is aimed at children beginning to read alone.

Name Games

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Name Games
Jane hates her name - it's just plain, dull and boring. When a new girl joins her class with a really fancy name, Jane decides it's definitely the time to change her name to something more exciting. 5-8 yrs.
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