Barbara Mitchelhill

Children's author

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Historical Association Young Quills Award (twice)
Lancashire Fantastic Book Award
W.Sussex Children's Book Award
E.Lothian Children's Book Award
Stockton Book of the Year
Best of Summer Read (Sunday Telegraph)
Coventry Inspirational Book Award
Solihull Children's Book Award.

8-11 (Key stage 2)


I have wide experience of working with children from 6 - 13 and love passing on my enthusiasm for reading and writing. My talks are always interactive and, I hope, a fun for the children. I also hope that they'll prove to be an experience which teachers can build on with their own follow-up activities.

Pam Parish, Schools' Library Service, Shropshire:  Barbara's lively,interactive author sessions always go down a storm in schools.  As an ex-teacher she instinctively builds a rapport with the pupils and always has a great tale to tell about her books.  She also finds ways of making her visits memorable - expect an exciting quiz or the chance to dress up in period costumes.  Brilliant!

When talking about my novels which are set in various periods in history (WW2, Victorian, Elizabethan) I'm keen to bring those times to life, illustrating how ordinary people lived,what they ate, wore etc. - with lots of visual aids!  (Once a teacher, always a teacher.)  These particular events can often be linked with the school curriculum. This year, for instance, I have done workshops based on 'Road to London' to celebrate Shakespeare's 400th anniversary where my visit ends with the children trying on Tudor costumes.  Great fun!

I live in Staffordshire and I'm willing to drive to schools and libraries up to 40 miles away.  I'm also willing to travel to London as the train service from Stafford is excellent!

I have written over 40 books. These are some of my most recent ones:
Run Rabbit Run (isbn:9781849392495)
Set in 1942, two children go on the run with their conscientious objector father.
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Billy's Blitz (isbn:9781783440856)
In 1940s London, Billy is caught up in the terrifying events of the Blitz. But Billy is determined that somehow he will keep his family together.
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Road to London (isbn:9781849394079)
When Thoams flees to London in search of a life in Shakespeare's theatre, he discovers that London is full of scoundrels, treachery and murder.
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A Twist of Fortune (isbn:9781849395625)
When Pa leaves for America to seek his fortune, his three children find themselves in the care of their aunt and uncle in the most notorious part of London - Devil's Acre.
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Damian Drooth - the Case of the Disappearing Daughter (isbn:9781842705605)
For younger children - the first of ten books about a would-be boy detective who stumbles over real or imagined crimes.
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Society of Authors

Other search criteria:

History and Biography, Humour

Book Type:
Fiction 8-13

encouragoing imagination, history, historical settings, reluctant readers, disability, adventure,