Tony Lee

Tony Lee

Children's author, Graphic novelist, Novelist, Playwright, Scriptwriter, YA author

http://www.tonylee.co.uk
mrtonylee@gmail.com
07813 514669
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Available for

Interview, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Adult

Genres

Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fable, Fairy tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Folklore, Historical fiction, Humour, Legend, Magical realism, Mystery, Mythology, Novelty, Picture book, Science fiction, Short story, Stage/Screen

Book types

Fiction for children, Fiction for young-adults, Graphic novel

Awards

  • Young American Library Services Association Nominee
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Children's Choice Awards
  • Eagle Awards

Organisations

  • Society Of Authors
  • Writers Guild Of Great Britain
  • Royal Television Society

Details

As seen on BBC One's Inside Out, talking about reluctant readers! LAST DATES FOR 2019 NOW BOOKING!

What schools have said:

This is just a short note to say a very sincere thank you for your time and energy last term. The kids were completely spellbound and are already looking forwards to next year! 
Radnor House School 

Thanks again for coming to our school and giving the children such a fun, interesting and inspiring day. The ones in homework club are still full of it!
Kind regards, Sandra.

Thank you for inviting me to stay and have some time with you. I really enjoyed the vampire stories it made me laugh and also made my eyes water. I had lots of fun! 
love from Abigail

We really enjoyed a very good time. Thank you for coming in. We all enjoyed listening and making up a story. 
yours sincerely, Ryan (Class 7)

Huge thanks to the ubercool author Tony Lee for spending a day with our Y7-9 lads encouraging them to read, read and read!
Barnwell School Twitter

Writer: Doctor Who, Horowitz Graphic Horror, Raven's Gate, Evil Star, Night Rise, Teen Reads, Bandits, Vladimir Tod, Spider Man, X-men, Battlestar Galactica, Outlaw: The Legend Of Robin Hood, Excalibur: The Legend Of King Arthur, Messenger: The Legend of Joan of Arc, Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: The Graphic Novel.

CHANGE THE CHANNEL: And how picking up a book should be as easy as clicking a TV remote...
 
BEFORE YOU CONTINUE... Please note, I'm not the 'usual' style of author talk.  For a start, I don't bring any of my own books to sell. Which means (more importantly) that my books are *not* the sole content of my talks. I don't want to focus on *a* book, I want to focus on *all* books, and getting students to read them.
 
And if you book my 'Change The Channel' tour, you gain four talks or workshops in a day to as many students as possible, as the more students that hear my talks or take my workshops = the more students that get something out of my my talks or workshops. In addition, I don't take questions and answers during a talk, filling the full hour instead - but I always ensure that I'm accessible to all students at breaks and during lunch, so they can ask me their questions in a more relaxed and quieter setting, where I can give the answers the respect they deserve.
 
My 'Change The Channel' talk covers the following topics:
 

My life as a reluctant reader
How a writer at my school inspired me to become one; however I had a problem with both reading and writing - books were just too long! I discuss problems with books and my impatience with reaching the end of them, showing how a book is a journey, not a destination.

I also discuss the attitude of  'I read a book once, didn't like it, won't read another', comparing this to alternative media such as movies, showing how books can cover many topics. I also discuss comics and the help they gave me as a child.

I discuss how reading comics got me reading adaptations of books which made me a better reader, and more interested in reading, comparing this rise in skill to playing games on a console, with comparisons to the 'defeating an end of level bad guy and progression of a game', or using sports like football, or even current fads like the recent loom bands, showing that doing something you enjoy isn't the same as homework.

My life as a terrible writer
I discuss how I didn't know how to write, how I was scared of the 'blank page', and how I got over it by changing the rules of the game, showing how writing a story isn't homework.

I discuss how I learned to write exciting stories, and how I beat writer's block / the fading of a story by picking an exciting moment and working back. For example, in Robin Hood, I give a scene description - the Sheriff is about to hang Marion, and Robin is on the battlements, notching an arrow to a bow. I talk about how the 'how did this happen' is more important than the 'what happens next.'

Story time
Using that cliffhanger scene, I get the children to tell me their story of what happened here. Often the children, when realising they can give any answers, will let their imaginations run riot. By asking the relevant questions, I lead them back to the start of the story, creating a continuous narrative from the suggestions that they give, showing that no matter how crazy it is, anything can become a story and that 'homework' isn't a dirty word.

Alternatively
If I feel the group is older and more up to it, instead of getting them to tell me a story, I’ll bring four class members up and, using them as the ‘art’, explain to the audience how I create a comic, telling a story of great evil verses great good, working from a single moment, moving through the creation of characters and story, how to rewrite the tale to change the outcome, always working back to that original scene, with jokes and laughter throughout, building up to a twist climax.

Scary story
To end, for KS2 upwards I tell a five minute 'ghost' story that makes the kids jump, purely to show that when invested into a story, you can be taken anywhere as you read a book line by line, and never know what's going to happen next.

The talk takes between 45 minutes to an hour, depending on time. It's loud and boisterous, and the children always give great feedback.

In addition to these four talks, I also spend the whole day in the school, including (if you wish) lunch with a select group of children, usually either reluctant readers or a writing group, where I can give advice and suggestions in a more informal setting.

I also provide a selection of workshops as well, ranging from lessons aimed at building spontaneity to working out what you would do if faced with a fantastical situation. These can be found in more detail on my website.

If having me visit your school for the day is something that you may be interested in, then please email or phone me to discuss dates and rates.

Please note that this isn't my day job, and as such I only put aside a few dates a month to do this, and often dates fill up fast.

I am already taking bookings well into the 2018 / 2019 school year, and already have bookings during World Book Week 2019.

Even though authors don't need CRB / DBS forms to attend school talks, I still have a basic disclosure CRB certificate available for viewing if required.

ABOUT ME: 

A writer for over thirty years, I have worked in comics for many of those, working for a variety of publishers on licenses including X-Men, Spider Man, Teen Titans, She Hulk, Daredevil, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Superboy, Starship Troopers, Battlestar Galactica, Wallace & Gromit, Sherlock Holmes and Shrek!

I have adapted into Graphic Novels a variety of books including Heather Brewer's VLADIMIR TOD range, Anthony Horowitz's HOROWITZ HORROR and RAVENS GATE series, Amanda Hocking's HOLLOWLAND and G.P Taylor's SHADOWMANCER and DOPPLEGANGER CHRONICLES.

A multiple time Eagle Award nominee, I have also received critical acclaim for my creator owned work - my Graphic Novel OUTLAW: THE LEGEND OF ROBIN HOOD has been a Children's Choice Award nominee, an Eagle Award nominee, an American Library Association / New York Public Library Book for 2010 listing and a Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall 2009 among others and the sequel, EXCALIBUR: THE LEGEND OF KING ARTHUR was an American Library Association  Book for 2012, and the third in the series, MESSENGER: THE LEGEND OF JOAN OF ARC was released in 2015 with the fourth, PIRATE QUEEN: THE LEGEND OF GRACE O'MALLEY out in 2019. My various DOCTOR WHO series have received 'best of the year' acclaims from both Ain't It Cool News and MTV as well as a record EIGHT NOMINATIONS at the 2010 Eagle Awards, and a 2012 Eagle Award win for 'Favourite Single Story'.

In 2010 I adapted the best-selling book PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES into a graphic novel for Random House - this entered the New York Times Best-Seller Lists for Graphic Novels at #1, making me one of a select few British authors to do such a thing.

In 2011 I wrote a series of four SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS graphic novels for Hachette Childrens Books / Franklin Watts, with acclaimed SHERLOCK HOLMES academic Leslie S. Klinger editing, DANGER ACADEMY for Kickstart Entertainment and both THE GLOOM and AGENT MOM for MTV Comics, the latter co-created and written with Alaina Huffman, best known for her roles on Stargate Universe and Supernatural.

Added to this my book FROM THE PAGES OF BRAM STOKER'S 'DRACULA': HARKER was the first graphic novel sequel to DRACULA to ever gain any kind of endorsement from the Stoker Family. 
 
In 2018 I returned to Hachette / Franklin Watts to write a series of eight books in their 'Bandits' range for reluctant readers - including GRANDPA'S GOALSCARERS, MISTER CLIP CLOP - INTERGALACTIC SPACE UNICORN, TEACHER CREATURES, THE GREAT PET SHOP RESCUE, AGENT OF P.A.W.S, MY LITTLE BROTHER'S A ZOMBIE, SPACE CORPS and THE TIMELY ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN CLOCK.
 
For Badger Learning I have written several books for Reluctant Reader teens as part of their 'Dark Reads' and 'Teen Reads' ranges, including STALKER, JIGSAW LADY, MISTER SCRATCH, NOTICED, DOCTOR JEKYLL AND LITTLE MISS HYDE and OTIS, a modern retelling of Shakespeare's OTHELLO. 
 
Also for reluctant readers, I wrote GAMERHATE for Ransom Books.
 
Recently I have moved into Film and TV with several projects including an episode of BBC One's DOCTORS that broadcast in May 2017.

Books by Tony Lee

Tony has written dozens of books and licenses over the years including:

978-1600103964
Doctor Who: The Forgotten

Doctor Who: The Forgotten

Ten Doctors. Ten stories. One ending. 
1445157527
Agent Of P.A.W.S (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Agent Of P.A.W.S (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Jenny teams up with Detective Dog, Agent of P.A.W.S. (Police Animal Wagging Support) to battle the dastardly plans of villainous El Doggo. El Doggo is determined to become the leader of a new world order, one where dogs hold the leads ... This title is part of the EDGE: Bandit Graphics series: individual, high-quality, safe, 32-page graphic novels written by New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee, suitable for readers aged 7+. 
1406347353
Pirate Queen - The Legend of Grace O'Malley

Pirate Queen - The Legend of Grace O'Malley

A captivating retelling of the story of Grace O'Malley, the Pirate Queen of Ireland. Grace is a true daughter of the fearsome O'Malley clan, and while still a child she yearns to help her father fight to keep Henry VIII's invading English armies out of Ireland. But battlefields are not seen as places for women, and for years she must sit idly at home while her father and her husband march off to defend their homeland. When English conspirators brutally murder her husband, though, Grace will remain idle no longer. She herself leads men into battle on the high seas, where her prowess as a sailor and her ability with a sword quickly gain her a reputation as The Pirate Queen of Ireland. But this reputation will place her own life and the lives of her entire family in danger, and will lead her to confront the most powerful woman in England, Queen Elizabeth I. 
1445157144
The Timely Adventures of Captain Clock (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

The Timely Adventures of Captain Clock (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Time-travelling Captain Clock and the crew of the Chronograph are on the trail of the twisted Time Vikings. Millie joins the crew as they attempt to stop the Vikings changing history, and forcing everyone to have a beard. This title is part of the EDGE: Bandit Graphics series: individual, high-quality, safe, 32-page graphic novels written by New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee, suitable for readers aged 7+. 
1445157179
Teacher Creatures (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Teacher Creatures (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Asif and Nasir are starting their first day at a new school. The lessons seem okay, and the students are pretty harmless. It's just the teachers, they seem a bit ... alien. Asif and Nasir team up with Brainy and Evil Vikki to find out what on Earth is going on ... This title is part of the EDGE: Bandit Graphics series: individual, high-quality, safe, 32-page graphic novels written by New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee, suitable for readers aged 7+. 
978-1445157115
The Great Pet Shop Rescue (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

The Great Pet Shop Rescue (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Jenny loves pets, especially her dogs Fosco and Dexter. But when the dogs discover a terrible secret at the Hapipetz Hotel, they are forced into action. Jenny's pets come up with a plan for a daring rescue, but can they pull it off? This title is part of the EDGE: Bandit Graphics series: individual, high-quality, safe, 32-page graphic novels written by New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee, suitable for readers aged 7+. 
1445157098
My Little Brother's A Zombie (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

My Little Brother's A Zombie (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Lewis Marsden's younger brother loves zombies. Zombie books, zombie comics, zombie movies, zombie everything. But when his brother turns into a zombie, Lewis is determined to help him become un-undead - and to avoid being bitten ... This title is part of the EDGE: Bandit Graphics series: individual, high-quality, safe, 32-page graphic novels written by New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee, suitable for readers aged 7+. 
1445157063
Mister Clip-Clop: Intergalactic Space Unicorn (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Mister Clip-Clop: Intergalactic Space Unicorn (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Raven Sablemane is battling The Ooze when his spaceship is sucked into a wormhole. Stuck on Earth, Raven (now affectionately called Mr Clip Clop) 'teams up' with Caitlin and Hannah in an attempt to stop the spread of the stinky Ooze. This title is part of the EDGE: Bandit Graphics series: individual, high-quality, safe, 32-page graphic novels written by New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee, suitable for readers aged 7+.  
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Doctor Jekyll and Little Miss Hyde (Dark Reads)

Doctor Jekyll and Little Miss Hyde (Dark Reads)

A re-telling of the classing tale, updated for the 21st Century 
9781781478110
Jigsaw Lady (Teen Reads II)

Jigsaw Lady (Teen Reads II)

Fiction for teenagers 
978-1781479612

Mister Scratch (Teen Reads III)

When Liam Lewis meets a strange man, the mysterious Mister Scratch, outside a funfair, he ends up making a deal - to ensure that his girlfriend problems are over for good. But as the night continues Liam realises that, although Mister Scratch knows everything, he's not telling everything... 
978-1781478134
Stalker (Teen Reads II)

Stalker (Teen Reads II)

Teen Reads 
978-1406316612
The Power Of Five: Night Rise

The Power Of Five: Night Rise

Fourteen-year-old twins Scott and Jamie Tyler have never known who they are or where they came from, but they have always known that they possess extraordinary powers. 
978-1406306477
The Power of Five: Raven's Gate

The Power of Five: Raven's Gate

An adaptation of Anthony Horowitz's classic horror series. 
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Messenger: The Legend Of Joan Of Arc

Messenger: The Legend Of Joan Of Arc

Shaping a story from the original transcripts of Joan of Arc's trial before her death at the stake, Tony Lee portrays the extraordinary life of a young farm girl who becomes the leader of an army of men. Her story tells of a young woman who has an unflinching faith in God and in herself... 
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Otis (Dark Reads)

Otis (Dark Reads)

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Grandpa's Goalscarers (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Grandpa's Goalscarers (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Ollie loves football, but his boots are worn out. So he uses his dead Grandpa's boots, and they magically fit. Suddenly, Ollie is playing better than ever, helped by his Grandpa's ghost! But Grandpa has a score to settle, and Ollie is caught right in the middle ... This title is part of the EDGE: Bandit Graphics series: individual, high-quality, safe, 32-page graphic novels written by New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee, suitable for readers aged 7+. 
978-1406311303
The Power Of Five: Evil Star

The Power Of Five: Evil Star

It began with Raven's Gate. But it's not over yet. Once again the enemy is stirring. After defeating the Old Ones at Raven's Gate, Matt Freeman thought he could get on with his life. But someone has other ideas... 
978-1782767701

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Archives Vol 1

Go back to the beginning with these archive Tenth Doctor adventures! In 'Agent Provacateur', the search for the perfect milkshake tips the Doctor and Martha into a cosmic horror odyssey in the darkest reaches of space. And in 'The Forgotten', an amnesiac Doctor is forced to confront all his past selves! 
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Excalibur: The Legend Of King Arthur

Excalibur: The Legend Of King Arthur

Albion is at war. Ruled by the murderous King Ulric for too long, its people are desperate for justice. Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, is their last hope. Now come of age, Arthur can fulfil a longstanding prophecy. And by freeing the enchanted Caliburn from its sheath on Stone Hill, finally the land will have its true king. But Arthur's future is uncertain. Not only does his half-sister Morgana have a vengeful score to settle; those whom he trusts most are also destined to betray him. 
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The Adventure Of The Charge Of The Old Brigade (The Baker Street Irregulars Book 3, EDGE)

The Adventure Of The Charge Of The Old Brigade (The Baker Street Irregulars Book 3, EDGE)

When a child is snatched, the Baker Street Irregulars are quickly on the trail of the kidnap gang. They are soon caught up in a hunt for buried war-time treasure - but who is behind all these events? The Irregulars put a plan into action that ends in a race across London to stop the kidnappers, where they also discover the identity of "M"... Follow the adventures of the Baker Street Irregulars as they hunt for clues and crime-solve their way across London in these full-colour graphic novels. This is book 3 in a new series written "in canon" by New York Times best-selling author Tony Lee, drawn by critically acclaimed artist Dan Boultwood, and supported by one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger. 
978-1406308877
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood

Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood

When Robin of Loxley gets news of his father’s death, he abandons the bloody Crusade in Jerusalem and rides back to Sherwood Forest. With the king away from England, the Sheriff of Nottingham rules the land with an iron fist. But in the haunted depths of the forest, Robin soon raises an army to challenge the evil Sheriff. Wearing a dark hood for disguise and with his unparalleled gift for the bow, Robin quickly becomes an outlaw – fighting the forces of evil for the good of the poor – with a hefty price on his head... 
978-1784643232
Noticed (Teen Reads IV)

Noticed (Teen Reads IV)

Ellie is used to being in the background. She's happy with her quiet life, her two best friends and her silly video blogs. But the day she unwittingly becomes a local hero changes all that... 
1445103427
The Adventure of The Missing Detective (The Baker Street Irregulars Book 1, EDGE)

The Adventure of The Missing Detective (The Baker Street Irregulars Book 1, EDGE)

With Sherlock Holmes missing, and the fair city of London ravaged by crime, the Baker Street Irregulars move into 221B Baker Street. When the Lord Mayor's daughter goes missing and they agree to help Eliza Mayhew find her grandfather, the Irregulars embark on their first case - and quickly discover that they are up against a sinister villain... Follow the adventures of the Baker Street Irregulars as they hunt for clues and crime-solve their way across London in these full-colour graphic novels. This is book 1 in a new series written "in canon" by New York Times best-selling author Tony Lee, drawn by critically acclaimed artist Dan Boultwood, and supported by one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger. 
1445103451
The Adventure of the Family Reunion (The Baker Street Irregulars Book 4, Edge)

The Adventure of the Family Reunion (The Baker Street Irregulars Book 4, Edge)

Wiggins is arrested by the police on suspicion of murder! The rest of the Baker Street Irregulars leap into action, but they are in a deadly race against time - Wiggins is due to be hanged. The Irregulars discover the existence of Moriarty's crime ledger and must use it to clear Wiggins's name, and to stop "M" once and for all... Follow the adventures of the Baker Street Irregulars as they hunt for clues and crime-solve their way across London in these full-colour graphic novels. This is book 4 in a new series written "in canon" by New York Times best-selling author Tony Lee, drawn by critically acclaimed artist Dan Boultwood, and supported by one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger. 
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The Adventure of the Phantom of Drury Lane (The Baker Street Irregulars Book 2, EDGE)

The Adventure of the Phantom of Drury Lane (The Baker Street Irregulars Book 2, EDGE)

The Baker Street Irregulars soon have a new case to solve: a phantom is scaring people at the Theatre Royal. Meanwhile, three terracotta lions have arrived at the British Museum from China. Are these events somehow connected? Is the mysterious "M" involved? The game is afoot... Follow the adventures of the Baker Street Irregulars as they hunt for clues and crime-solve their way across London in these full-colour graphic novels. This is book 2 in a new series written "in canon" by New York Times best-selling author Tony Lee, drawn by critically acclaimed artist Dan Boultwood, and supported by one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger. 
978-1785913204
GamerHate (Promises Range)

GamerHate (Promises Range)

Becky loves playing online games, and she's good at them - but too many other players pick on her because she's female. When she sets up a new GamerTag as a boy, everything changes and she finds acceptance. But when a hacker threatens to 'out' her, and the competition she's winning has a very public final match, Becky realises that she has two choices - to come clean, or never to play online again. Bringing together themes of love, friendship and everyday life, this book is ideal for girls who aren't able readers but who want to enjoy a book for their age range. The story of romance, coupled with humour and warmth, and told with enticing illustrations, will attract and appeal all readers. 
978-1445157542
Space Corps (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

Space Corps (EDGE: Bandit Graphics)

When Alex and Ed finish their Space Corps game, the last thing they're expecting is to be invited to join the Space Corps with Agent Fox, and to battle The Badness alongside Space Cat and Dimension Dog. And this time they're definitely not expecting to win ... This title is part of the EDGE: Bandit Graphics series: individual, high-quality, safe, 32-page graphic novels written by New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee, suitable for readers aged 7+. 
0749695129
Horowitz Graphic Horror: The Hitchhiker

Horowitz Graphic Horror: The Hitchhiker

Jacob is in the car when his dad stops to pick up a stranger in the rain - the hitchhiker. Who is he? And why is he out in a storm? Soon, Jacob has all the answers. Now he has to save his family from this madman, who will stop at nothing until they are all dead. Full colour, graphic novel adaptions of some of the most hauntingly entertaining Horowitz short stories. 
978-0803738119

Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites GN

Heather Brewer's acclaimed Vampire series, adapted for Penguin Teen. 
978-1905692354

From the Pages of Bram Stoker's Dracula - Harker

The only EVER Stoker-approved Graphic Novel sequel to DRACULA... 
978-1848566941

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel

The #1 New York Times Best Selling List Graphic Novel. 

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