Nikki Young

Nikki Young

Children's author, YA author
Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading


Age 7 to 11


Adventure, Comedy, Fiction, Historical fiction, Mystery

Book types

Fiction 8-13


I am a freelance copywriter, and author of ‘The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants’ and ‘Time School: We Will Remember Them’.

I live in Kent with my husband, three children and our Boston Terrier dog, and as well as writing middle grade and young adult fiction, I also run, Storymakers, a creative writing club for children.

Although a self-confessed southern softie, if you hear me say the words ‘bath’ or ‘grass’ you’ll know immediately I was born north of Watford Gap. In fact, it’s this Yorkshire childhood to which I credit my lively imagination, living on a cul-de-sac in the days when children were allowed to run free and left to make their own fun.

I still retain strong links with Yorkshire and it’s these memories of my childhood days that provided both the inspiration and the setting for ‘The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants’ and the ‘Time School’ series.

Being a mum to three children has also inspired my writing. Having reluctant readers as part of my flock was something I found difficult to understand having been a bookworm myself. Middle-grade and young adult literature had a big influence on me and helped foster my love of reading and writing stories. This made me even more determined to write stories that could have that same effect on other children, including my own and also encourage them to want to read and discover more.

I recently discussed this on BBC Radio Kent, on the Dominic King Show.

In July 2017, I set up Storymakers, a creative writing club for children. The aim of this club is to provide weekly writing classes for children aged 7+, to encourage and inspire a love of writing. I frequently find children are reluctant to write, yet they have incredible imaginations and love to make up stories. My aim is to get them to translate these imaginings into words.

The Club has three groups - the Story Writers, which helps children to focus their ideas and structure them into stories, the Writer Buds, which allows children to explore different styles of writing and the Young Writers, a group for children aged ten or over. The Young Writers Group were guests on KMTV in 2018 to talk about the picture books they wrote and illustrated, which they went on to share at a Story Time Session at Sevenoaks Library.

Storymakers can also provide one-off workshops and after-school clubs in the Sevenoaks and Tonbridge area.


Full day - £300
Half day - £150

Assembly talk, plus guaranteed minimum of 30 book sales - £50

Petrol at 45p per mile.

I am based in Sevenoaks, but happy to travel providing travel expenses and accommodation are met.

A typical itinerary would include:

Talk (approx. 15 mins)
Q and A
Readings from my books
Creative writing exercise

Sessions of 1-1.5 hours, for small groups or classes.

Books by Nikki Young

The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants

The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants

When Harry and James form a secret agency for the summer, their first task is to investigate the disappearance of Harry’s lucky underpants and to prevent nosey neighbour, Stacey, from interfering in their business. Fun and spy tricks soon turn more serious though, when a mysterious couple move in to the old house on their street. Harry and James join forces with Stacey and together they uncover the mystery of what is going on at number 35, with some surprising consequences.  
Time School: We Will Remember Them

Time School: We Will Remember Them

When you're running late for school, then you find your usual train has turned into an old steam train, you know it's not going to be a normal day. What you don't expect is that it will be a 'take you back in time' sort of day. Jess, Nadia, Tomma and Ash find themselves spending the day at Hickley School one hundred years in the past. They are told stories of bombings, hunger, and fighting, from fellow pupil, Martha, the only person willing to speak to them. After their time travel adventure, they work out the significance of the year, 1918, and plot to go back. They want to experience a significant moment in history and Jess wants to see Martha again. Not knowing why or how, Jess feels a connection to Martha, and an obligation towards her that she can't explain. Going back in time has its risks. Once you go back, there's no way of knowing if you'll be able to make it home. Publisher: Hashtag Press