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Rachel Anderson

Jane Harper

Born
London
Genre
Children,
 
 
Biography
Rachel Anderson was born in 1943 and worked for 20 years for BBC Radio, newspapers and magazines as a journalist.

She was Children's Book Reviews Editor at Good Housekeeping magazine for 10 years, and in 1990 won the Medical Journalists Award. Several of her short stories have been published in anthologies.

Her first published book was for adults - Pineapple, in 1965, and she wrote three other adult books: The Purple Heart Throbs, the sub-literature of love (1974); Dream Lovers (1978); and For the Love of Sang (1990).

Since then she has written solely for children and young adults. Her typical themes include war, asylum seekers, abandonment and bereavement, and she also writes books for and about people living with learning disabilities.  The latter include Joe's Story (2001); and Big Ben (1998), the story of Matthew, whose older brother Ben has Down's Syndrome and is leaving home to go to residential college.

Her other books for children include two trilogies: The 'Little Angel' Trilogy (1984-1991); and The 'Moving Times' Trilogy (1999-2000).  Her books for older readers include: This Strange New Life (2006), which explores the effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on a family; and Red Moon (2006). Her picture books for younger readers include translations of French tales, and Hello Peanut! (2003). 

Rachel Anderson is a member of PEN and lives with her family in Norfolk.

Bibliography

2006
This Strange New Life, Oxford University Press
2006
Red Moon, Hodder Children's Books
2004
Pizza on Saturday, Hodder Children's Books
2004
Hugo and the Long Red Arm, illustrated by Scoular Anderson, A. & C. Black
2003
The Rattletrap Trip, Oxford University Press
2003
Hello Peanut!, illustrated by Debbie Harter, Hodder Children's Books
2001
The Flight of the Emu, Hodder Children's Books
2001
Joe's Story, illustrated by Nick Ward, Barrington Stoke
2000
Warlands, Oxford University Press
2000
Stronger than Mountains, Hodder Children's Books
1999
Grandmother's Footsteps, Hodder Children's Books
1999
Bloom of Youth, Hodder Children's Books
1998
The Scavenger's Tale, Oxford University Press
1998
Big Ben, Mammoth
1997
Ollie and the Trainers, illustrated by Ken Cox, Heinemann
1997
Carly's Luck, illustrated by Harmen Van Straaten, Mammoth
1997
Blackthorn, Whitethorn, Hodder Children's Books
1996
Letters from Heaven, illustrated by Tony Kerins, Mammoth
1996
Julie and the Queen of Tonga, illustrated by Elsie Lennox, A. & C. Black
1995
The Doll's House, Oxford University Press
1994
Princess Jazz and the Angels, Heinemann
1994
Black Water, Oxford University Press
1993
The Working Class, Oxford University Press
1993
Jessy and the Long-short Dress, with Shelagh McNicholas, A. & C. Black
1992
When Mum Went to Work, later republished as Treasures for Cousin Crystal (Lions, 1993), Oxford University Press
1991
Paper Faces, Oxford University Press
1991
Little Fox Lost/Louis Espinassous and Claudine Routiaux, translator, Oxford University Press
1991
Happy Christmas Little Angel, Oxford University Press
1991
Best Friends, A. & C. Black
1990
For the Love of Sang, Lion
1989
The Cat's Tale, translator, Oxford University Press
1989
The Bus People, Oxford University Press
1988
Tough as Old Boots, Heinemann
1988
Little Angel, Bonjour, illustrated by Linda Burch, Oxford University Press
1988
Jessy Runs Away, with Shelagh McNicholas, A. & C. Black
1988
French Lessons, Oxford University Press
1987
Wild Goose Chase/Rick de Haas, translator, Oxford University Press
1986
Renard the Fox, translator with David Bradby; illustrated by Bob Dewar, Oxford University Press
1985
Tim Walks, illustrated by Trevor Stubley, COI
1984
The War Orphan, Oxford University Press
1984
Little Angel Comes to Stay, illustrated by Linda Burch, Oxford University Press
1982
The Poacher's Son, Oxford University Press
1978
Moffatt's Road, illustrated by Pat Marriott, Cape
1978
Dream Lovers, Hodder & Stoughton
1974
The Purple Heart Throbs, the sub-literature of love, Hodder & Stoughton
1965
Pineapple, Cape

Awards

1992
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Paper Faces
1990
Medical Journalists Award