All my works

Junior Fiction

Trick or Treat? (Blackie, 1988)
Oddly (Kestrel, 1989)
Roboskool (Blackie, 1990)
Roboskool – the Revenge (Blackie, 1991)
The King of Rock and Roll (Walker, 1991)
The Melody of Oddly (Puffin, 1992)
Mark Two (Ginn,1995)(also published as Literacy Hour Big Book)
The Supreme Dream Machine (Walker, 1998)
Space Rock and Five-a-side (OUP, 2001)
One-Girl School (OUP, 2001), reprinted as I Rule Dogsbottom School (2005)
Dogsbottom School Goes Totally Mental (OUP, 2005)  (e-book 2012)
Dogsbottom School Loses the Plot (OUP,2005)  (e-book 2012)
The Deadly Secret of Dorothy W (Hodder, 2003)
The Mad Mission of Jasmin J (Hodder, 2004)
Stinky Finger’s House of Fun (Hodder, 2005)
Crazy Party at the House of Fun (Hodder,2005)
Mystery Guest at the House of Fun (Hodder,2006)
Holiday Mania at the House of Fun (Hodder, 2007)
Stinky Finger’s Peace and Love Thing (Hodder,2007)
Stinky Finger’s Deadly Doll of Death (Hodder, 2008)
Mutiny on the School Ship Bounty (Pont, 2010)
Oshie (Walker, 2011)
Thimble Monkey Superstar (Firefly, 2016)
Thimble Holiday Havoc (Firefly, 2017)
Ethan the Great (OUP, 2019)
Thimble Wonga Bonkers (Firefly, 2020)
Thimble and the Girl from Mars (Severnside, 2021)

Junior Fiction – historical

The Sandbag Secret (Watts, 1997) – tale of London in the Blitz
Sid’s War (Watts, 1999) – tale of wartime evacuation
Down the Drain (Watts, 1999) – tale of building London’s sewers
The Canal Diggers (Watts,1999) – tale of early canal navigation


Macbeth   (OUP, 2001)
Rip Van Winkle (OUP,2016)

Novels (young adult)

Yatesy’s Rap (Kestrel, 1986)
Geoffrey’s First (Walker, 1988) – republished as e-book ‘Snails and Lovers’ (2012)
Holiday in Happy Street (Walker, 1989)
True Beautiful Game (Walker, 2002)
The Last Free Cat (Hodder, 2008, republished by Severnside, 2019) – International Reading Association Young Adults Choices list 2013, Books for Keeps Top Ten teen romance

Graphic novels

Crush (Ginn,1995)
Escape from the Rave Police (Ginn,1995)
Time Exchange (Collins Ed, 1996)
Broken Hearts and Rock and Roll (Heinemann, 2002)
Star For A Day (Pearson, 2012)

Early readers

The Ghost of Joseph Grey (Simon and Schuster,1994)
Little Stupendo (Walker,1995) – shortlisted for Childrens Book Award, 1996
FS3 (Heinemann,1995) – republished as ‘Danger Eyes’.1999
Little Stupendo Rides Again (Walker,1999)
Little Stupendo Flies High (Walker, 2001)
The Beast of Bobbin Moor (OUP, 2001)
Rover (OUP,2006)

Picture books

Wriggly Pig (Hutchinson,1991)
Daley B (Walker, 1992) – republished as ‘You’re a Hero, Daley B’, 1993 – winner of Pluim de Maand (Holland) award, 1993, worldwide sales 250,000+.
Impo (Walker,1992)
Binka and the Banana Boat (Collins, 1991)
Pilot Bird and Gums (Collins, 1991)

Story collections

Showdown (Kestrel, 1988)
The Likely Stories (Kestrel, 1991)
The Hell Hound of Hooley St (Walker, 1993)
How I Became A Star (Dutton, 1995)

Stories in anthologies

King in Misfits (ed Woodford) (Bodley Head,1984)
The Pinheads  in Electric Heroes (ed Gowar) (Bodley Head,1988)
Sonia Plays a Record in The Trick of the Tale (ed Eccleshare) (Viking, 1991)
The Threepenny Opera (adaptation) in It Isnt Over Till The Fat Lady Sings (ed Gowar) (Bodley Head,1992)
Bling in Read Write Inc Anthology 5 (OUP, 2010)
Chocolate Planet in Read Write Anthology 2 (OUP,2013)
Sand Wizards in Read Write Anthology 3 (OUP,2013)

TV scripts

Todd and Blod – ten animation scripts  for Curriculum Bites, teaching creative writing skills (BBC, 2002).
Life – play for English Express (BBC, 1995) – shortlisted for Writers Guild Best Script  for Children 1996
Four animation scripts for The Mouse House (BBC,1995)
Direct Action – play for Dramarama (TVS,1986)


Honest (Ginn,1997)
Arcade Games (Heinemann, 1999)
King (Heinemann, 2000)
Ghost Watch (Heinemann, 2001)

For adults

Radio Plays

Degrees R Us (2001) – winner of BBC Radio Nations Comedy Cup;
Pilot broadcast April 2002, BBC Radio Wales.
Series broadcast Dec 2002 – Jan 2003.

Stage Plays
Net – first performed WEA, Nottingham, 1986
Cut And Shut  – first performed Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 1997
Blow City Rollers  – produced by Sgript Cymru, Chapter, 2003

69ers (republished as When Dylan Sank the Isle of Wight) (Grosvenor House, 2012)

Audio Podcasts

Like Panties for Dishrags


My publishers (UK)

Puffin, Kestrel, Walker Books, Blackie, Oxford University Press, Hodder, Pont, Firefly, Ginn, Watts, Collins, Heinemann, Pearson, Simon and Schuster, Viking, Dutton, Bodley Head, Hutchinson, Severnside.

My illustrators (selection)

Martin Chatterton, David Roberts, Axel Scheffler, Tony Ross, Korky Paul, Paul Sample, Rebecca Harry, Arthur Robins, Nick Sharratt, Joe Wright, Susie Jenkins-Pearce.