Author of the Week – Frank Cottrell Boyce

Author of the Week is a new feature on the Christchurch Kids Blog.  It’s where we’ll introduce you to some great authors whose books you’ll find in our libraries.  If you love the featured author and have read some of the books, we’d love to hear what you think.

Each of the author profiles comes from one of our really cool databases, called Novelist.  If you’re looking for some new books or authors you should really check it out.  This week’s author is Frank Cottrell Boyce.

British author Frank Cottrell Boyce’s background as a screenwriter is evident in his well-paced books for older kids and tweens. While the genres in which Cottrell Boyce writes vary (realistic fiction, fantasy and science fiction), all his works contain his trademark humor — almost slapstick in some books while more gentle in others. Another common thread among his books: his wonderfully interesting, well-developed characters and spot-on, witty dialogue. His always-warm treatment of sometimes difficult subjects (illegal immigrants; brothers, grieving over the death of their mother) adds to his books’ upbeat charm.


Would a lot of money be an answer to your prayers? Damien, a young expert on patron saints, thinks so after he finds 229,370 pounds sterling in a bag thrown by robbers from a passing train. With only a few short weeks until Euro Day, the day the “Great British Pound” would be replaced by the euro, Damien and his older, fifth-grade brother begin spending like daft nutters. The schoolyard economics quickly change, and soon adults are looking for the source of the cash–not to stop the flow, but to get in on the action. Naturally, the thwarted robbers are looking for their loot.


Dylan and his sisters have some ideas about how to make Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel into a more profitable business, but it is not until some strange men arrive in their small town of Manod, Wales with valuable paintings, and their father disappears, that they consider turning to crime.

The Un-forgotten Coat

When two Mongolian brothers inexplicably appear one morning in her sixth grade class, Julie, who lives in a town near Liverpool named Bootle, becomes their new friend and “Good Guide,” navigating them through soccer, school uniforms, and British slang.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

The Tooting family is in a bit of a lull – Dad has just been laid off from his job, and Mum, in an attempt to keep him occupied, has brought home a beat-up old camper van for him to tinker with. But after Mr. Tooting and his son Jem pull a strange old engine out of a tree in the junkyard and install it in the van, not only does the van come to life – it starts to fly! As the flying van whisks the entire family off on a quest, its history begins to come to light (but, as this is just the 1st of a planned new series, the fun is only beginning). Based on the beloved children’s classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this high-energy, hilarious adventure is a blast whether or not you’ve heard of or read the original.

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