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Theresa Breslin

John Wilson: Bellshill

Born
Scotland
Genre
Young Adult, Children
 
 
Biography
Theresa Breslin is the critically acclaimed author of over 30 books whose work has been filmed for television and dramatised on radio.

Her prizewinning books are in translation in a number of languages.

She writes books for children and young adults, with some titles especially suitable for Engish as an Additional Language readers. Many adults read her young adult books and some of these are published as adult titles outside the UK. Her stories range from historical tales to modern life, from school stories to fantasy and science fiction, with a seasoning of humour where appropriate.

She was born and brought up in Scotland, and worked as a librarian before taking up writing full time. Her books for younger readers include Bullies at School (1993) and The Magic Factory series (2007): for middle readers, the four Dream Master books (1999-2005) and Simon's Challenge (1988), which won the Young Booktrust Kathleen Fidler Award. Her books for young adults include: Whispers in the Graveyard (1994), winner of the Carnegie Medal, which deals with the problem of dyslexia through its central character Solomon; and Divided City (2005), exploring themes of prejudice and conflict resolution, which won the Catalyst Book Award and the RED Book Award. It was shortlisted for eight other awards and chosen for the Irish 'One Book' Community Reading Project. Two of her recent historical novels, Remembrance (2002), a tale of youth in World War One, and The Medici Seal (2006), featuring Leonardo da Vinci in a tale of intrigue, murder, and betrayal, were both shortlisted for major awards.

Theresa Breslin is passionate about literacy in both adults and children and believes that the skills of reading and creative writing can enhance a person's life enormously. She is a far-travelled and widely experienced speaker, taking part in Conferences, Book Festivals, Staff In-service sessions, author visits, and workshops in schools and on community projects.

She is a respected contributor to professional journals on the subject of literature and literacy and has written a number of fiction books and stories, about and for, challenged readers. She is an official Reading Champion of the Scottish Government, started the West of Scotland Children's book group and has served on the UK government advisory committee for Public Lending Right and on the Board of Scottish Booktrust. She co-ordinated the Scottish Writers project, producing a BAFTA nominated CD Rom to promote fiction to 14-16 year olds.

In 2000, she was awarded lifelong Honorary Membership of the Scottish Library Association for services to children's literature and librarianship.

Two of her recent books are for older readers: The Nostradamus Prophecy (2009) and Prisoner of the Inquisition (2010), the latter shortlisted for a Carnegie Medal.

In 2012, she edited An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales.

Bibliography

2013
Spy for the Queen of Scots, Corgi Children's Books
2012
An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales, illustrated by Kate Leiper, Floris Books
2010
Prisoner of the Inquisition, Doubleday
2008
The Nostradamus Prophecy, Doubleday
2008
Alligator, illustrated by Shona Grant, Barrington Stoke
2007
Trick or Treat?, The Magic Fatctory series - illustrated by T. S. Spookytooth, Oxford University Press
2007
On the Money, contributor, Scottish Book Trust
2007
Midsummer Magic, The Magic Factory Series - illustrated by T. S. Spookytooth, Oxford University Press
2007
Cold Spell, The Magic Factory Series - illustrated by T. S. Spookytooth, Oxford University Press
2006
The Medici Seal, Doubleday
2005
Mutant, illustrated by Harriet Buckley, Barrington Stoke
2005
Divided City, Doubleday
2004
Through Sand Snow and Steam, with Ian Serraillier and Dennis Hamley, Longman
2004
Saskia's Journey, Doubleday
2004
Prisoner in Alcatraz, Barrington Stoke
2004
Dream Master: Arabian Nights, Doubleday
2003
Dream Master: Gladiator, illustrated by David Wyatt, Doubleday
2002
The Tartan Rainbow, contributor, Macmillan
2002
Remembrance, Doubleday
2002
Paying For It, Walker
2002
My Mum's a Punk, co-editor, Scottish Children's Press
2001
Adventure Stories for 10 year olds, contributor, Macmillan
2000
Points North, contributor, Mammoth
2000
Duncan of Carrick, illustrated by Mike Lacey, Longman
2000
Dream Master: Nightmare!, illustrated by David Wyatt, Doubleday
1999
The Dream Master, illustrated by David Wyatt, Doubleday
1999
Starship Rescue, illustrated by Celia Chester, Barrington Stoke
1999
Centuries of Stories, contributor, Collins
1999
Blair Makes a Splash, illustrated by Ken Cox, Mammoth
1998
Just What I Always Wanted, contributor, Collins
1997
Body Parts, illustrated by Janet Matysiak, A & C Black
1997
Blair the Winner!, illustrated by Ken Cox, Mammoth
1997
All for Love, contributor, Mammoth
1997
Across the Roman Wall, illustrated by Michael Charlton, A & C Black
1996
Name Games, illustrated by Kay Widdowson, Mammoth
1996
Death or Glory Boys, Methuen
1995
Power Pack, Library Association
1995
Missing, Mammoth
1995
Magic Carpet, contributor, Ginn
1995
Dear Mum, Don't Panic!, contributor, Mammoth
1995
Best of Friends, contributor, Methuen
1995
Alien Force, illustrated by Bob Harvey, Dutton
1995
A Homecoming for Kezzie, Methuen
1994
Whispers in the Graveyard, Methuen
1994
Amazing Adventure Stories, contributor, Doubleday
1993
Kezzie, Methuen
1993
Bullies at School, illustrated by Lynne Willey, Blackie
1992
New School Blues, Canongate
1991
A Time to Reap, Blackie
1989
Different Directions, Blackie
1988
Simon's Challenge, Blackie

Awards

2011
UK Literacy Association Children's Book Award, Prisoner of the Inquisition, shortlist
2011
Northern Ireland Children's Book Award, Prisoner of the Inquisition, shortlist
2011
Carnegie Medal, Prisoner of the Inquisition, shortlist
2008
RED Book Award, Divided City
2008
DfES Books for Boys, Divided City
2007
Royal Mail Scottish Children's Book Award, Medici Seal, shortlist
2007
North-East Book Award, Divided City, shortlist
2007
Essex Book Award, Divided City, shortlist
2007
Cumbrian Schools' Book Award, Divided City, shortlist
2007
Booktrust Teenage Prize, Medici Seal, shortlist
2007
Angus Book Award, Divided City, shortlist
2006
Stockport Schools' Book Award, Divided City, shortlist
2006
Sheffield Children's Book Award, Divided City, shortlist
2006
New York Library Book of the Teen Age (US), Remembrance
2006
Manchester Book Award, Divided City, runner-up
2006
Hillingdon Schools Book of the Year Award, Divided City, shortlist
2006
Calderdale Children's Book of the Year Award, Divided City, shortlist
2005
Lancashire County Library Children's Book of the Year Award, Saskia's Journey
2005
Catalyst Book Award, Divided City
2004
South Lanarkshire Book Award, Remembrance, shortlist
2003
Sheffield Children's Book Award (Longer Novel), Remembrance, shortlist
2003
North-East Book Award, Remembrance, shortlist
2003
American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults Award, Remembrance
2001
Stockton Book Award, The Dream Master, shortlist
2000
Children's Book Award, The Dream Master, shortlist
2000
BAFTA (Interactive Entertainment), Scottish Writers, nomination
1997
Sheffield Children's Book Award (Longer Novel), Death or Glory Boys
1996
Angus Book Award, Kezzie, shortlist
1995
Carnegie Medal, Whispers in the Graveyard
1994
Lancashire County Library Children's Book of the Year Award, Kezzie, shortlist
1994
Children's Book Award, Kezzie, shortlist
1993
Children's Book Award, Bullies at School, shortlist
1992
Scottish Booktrust Best of the Decade Award, Simon's Challenge
1988
Young Booktrust Kathleen Fidler Award, Simon's Challenge