Ian MacDonald

Children's author

Available for:

Website: http://www.authorinschools.co.uk

Tel: 01580 891360 or 07517 225564

Recommended author:"Boys into Books" by the School Library Association.

5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3)


My easy-to-read paperbacks for schools are packed with strange aliens, marauding mummies and skateboarding grannies!  An ex-primary deputy head, I provide an exciting, inter-active visit day for schools guaranteed to inspire your most reluctant writers, especially boys!

A 'typical' VISIT DAY in school may include

  • presentation
  • storytimes with Spike the dinosaur
  • writing workshops

Author in Residence 
My author in residence service ( 2 or more days in school) can make a real impact on writing standards in your school - especially with boys in mind!

In a standard primary school I can usually provide something for EVERYONE in a day!

Visits:  Anywhere (based in Kent) 

Fee:  Society of Authors rec rates 


Thank you so much for such a fun day!           
pupils of Wilton and Barford Primary School Salisbury

“He has the ability to mesmerise, entertain and inspire!"                   
Gillian Duke Year 6 Teacher West Borough Primary Maidstone  

"The children thoroughly enjoyed it... and have produced some fantastic work as a result of your input!  I'll be in touch to book another visit!"
Simeon Corfield Headteacher Milstead C.E.P School Kent

"Enjoyed by both children and teachers alike... the boys were very engaged!"      
Caroline Stevens Literacy Coordinator Battle C E P School E.Sussex

"I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the children did too.  They have produced some excellent written work as a result of your workshops" Denise Rought Literacy Cordinator Stanway Fiveways Colchester

"The pace of the input was perfect.  Small steps produced amazing results ... it was a pleasure to see reluctant writers focused on producing a piece of writing to be truly proud of!"
Carol Wood Deputy Head South Borough School Maidstone


My easy-to-read paperbacks for schools include...
The Mummy's Finger (isbn:1905637772)
At the museum a mummy's finger turns up in Owen's pocket... and the mummy wants it back!
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Nightmare of the Scarecrows (isbn:978-1-78147-493-8)
GRAPHIC NOVEL. Josh and Safi dream of winning the scarecrow competition but dreams turn to nightmares when the scarecrows creak into life!
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Alien Teeth (isbn:9781905637324)
Recommended by The School Library Association: Boys into Books. Owen finds a strange set of teeth. They belong to an alien who wants them back! The only problem... Owen's lost them!
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Eyeball Soup (isbn:1904904599)
When a metal eyeball plops out of a tin can Owen wants to find out just what is going on inside the old factory. Now Owen must save the world from the dreaded killer robots!
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Skateboard Gran (isbn:1905637306)
Tom is very sensible; his Gran, on the other hand, is completely bonkers! Why can't she stay at home and knit and stroke the cat?
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Mrs Wrelton's Dinosaur (isbn:1904374484)
Told by five year old Sam, Mrs Wrelton's Dinosaur is the story of the daring rescue of Spike the green dinosaur. This, Ian's first book, featured on BBC TV and radio.
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Other search criteria:

History and Biography, Humour, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Non fiction for children, Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Educational books

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