Ellie Irving

Ellie Irving

Children's author

http://www.ellieirving.com
ellieirvingauthor@hotmail.com
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Available for

After dinner, Commission, Educational, Interview, Reading, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Adult

Genres

Adventure, Fiction, Humour

Book types

Fiction for children

Awards

  • WINNER of the 2018 HULL CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD for THE MATILDA EFFECT. WINNER of the 2016 STOCKTON BOOK AWARD for THE MUTE BUTTON. WINNER of the 2013 HULL BOOK AWARD for BILLIE TEMPLAR'S WAR

Details

I am an outgoing author, based in Southend but happy to travel. My stories, ideal for KS2, are funny, quirky capers, about ordinary children who form extraordinary plans to achieve their goal.

The workshops, talks and school visits that I run are fun, engaging, interactive sessions that will appeal to both boys and girls. For the Record, my first book, being all about Guinness World Records, goes down well with boys in particular. The Matilda Effect is particularly good for inspiring girls and STEM, and teachers have used this story as a springboard to talk about inventions, creativity and the Nobel prizes.

I talk about the challenges of being a writer, the books that inspired me, where ideas come from, how to create interesting characters, how to introduce conflict into stories, and also engage pupils in writing exercises to get the creativity flowing.

I have experience of running workshops with groups small and large, and am happy to give talks in libraries, festivals, schools, assemblies, and, on one occasion, a packed-to-capacity 500-seater lecture theatre.

 

Praise for 'THE MATILDA EFFECT'

'Seven-plus readers with greater stamina will devour Ellie Irving’s The Matilda Effect (Corgi), in which the eponymous frustrated inventor heroine finds out that her Grandma Joss once discovered a planet – for which her male boss got the credit. Hearing that he is about to receive the Nobel prize, Matilda and Joss set out to crash the ceremony and set the record straight. Warm-hearted and funny, this is a marvellous mix of righteous indignation and madcap race against time' THE GUARDIAN

WINNER of the 2018 HULL CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD

Shortlisted for the 2018 SHREWSBURY BOOK AWARD, 2018 HARROW JUNIOR BOOK AWARD, 2019 ST HELEN'S BOOK AWARD, 2018 OXFORDSHIRE BOOK AWARD

Nominated for the 2019 FANTASTIC BOOK AWARD

Longlisted for the 2018 REDBRIDGE CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD

 

Praise for 'FOR THE RECORD':

'A feel good family drama with plenty of humour and a great cast of crazy characters. Warm and touching, with lots of heart.' The Bookseller

'A fun-filled read' National Geographic Kids

And for 'BILLIE TEMPLAR'S WAR':

'Absolutely huge recommendation, a real must read; a complete gem of a book.' The Bookbag

'I thoroughly recommend this to anyone between eight and twelve. This is a very easy to read and enjoyable book, which is bang up to date in its themes. The Guardian

What critics say about 'THE MUTE BUTTON':

'Often downright hilarious and with moments of genuine pathos, this is a real class read.' The Book Zone.

'It is both hilarious and moving and has emotional issues that children can relate to.' The Guardian.

And 'FLEECED':

'If you want a comic book that will have you giggling from start to finish, this is it - and the feel-good factor lasts.' Parents in Touch.

Also in the media:

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/nov/13/ellie-irvings-top-10-quiet-heroes-and-heroines

Books by Ellie Irving

978-0552563598
For The Record

For The Record

When Luke's village is under threat of development, he embarks upon a crazy plan to save it - by getting all the villagers to break World Records! 
9780552568371
The Matilda Effect

The Matilda Effect

Matilda loves science and inventing. Her heroes are Marie Curie, Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison, and one day she wants to be a famous inventor herself. So when she doesn't win the school science fair, she's devastated - especially as the judges didn't believe she'd come up with her entry on her own. Because she's a girl. When Matilda shares her woes with her Grandma Joss, she's astonished to learn her grandma was once a scientist herself - an astrophysicist, who discovered her very own planet. Trouble is, Grandma Joss was also overlooked - her boss, Professor Smocks, stole her discovery for himself. And he's about to be presented with a Nobel Prize. Matilda concocts a plan. They'll crash the award ceremony and tell everyone the truth! So begins a race against time - and against Matilda's strict mum and dad! - on a journey through Paris, Hamburg and Stockholm, and on which they encounter a famous film star, a circus, and a wanted diamond thief...  
978-0552563604
Billie Templar's War

Billie Templar's War

Billie's Dad is a soldier, away fighting for Queen and Country. When one of his regiment is seriously injured, Billie hatches a daring plan to bring her Dad home. 
978-0552568357
The Mute Button

The Mute Button

Anthony Button loves his family, but their noise drives him crazy. So Ant starts a silent protest to try to get everyone's attention. But now he's pressed the mute button, will he ever find his voice again? 
978-0562568364
Fleeced

Fleeced

When Charlie Rudge discovers a rare and valuable sheep on his farm, a comic caper ensues to stop everyone from trying to steal it! 

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