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Michelle Harrison - Author

About the Author

Michelle Harrison is a full time author who lives in Essex. Her first novel, The Thirteen Treasures, won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and is published in sixteen countries including the UK. It was followed by The Thirteen Curses and The Thirteen Secrets. Michelle has since written Unrest,  a ghost story for older readers and One Wish, a prequel to the Thirteen Treasures books. The Other Alice is her sixth novel.

Michelle's path to becoming a writer was inspired by stories told by her sisters as she was growing up, one of which was so vivid it prompted her to dig in the garden looking for evidence of a dead fairy. (She didn't find anything.) Since becoming a published author she still does strange things like asking people to shut her in the boots of their cars – all in the name of research, of course – like Alice.

Michelle has a son called Jack and two black cats. She suspects one of them is a mischief, but hasn't caught her drinking tea . . . yet.

Q&A with Michelle Harrison

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
    A. I'm a 'glass half-full' type of person.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
    A. Elvesden Manor.

Q. What’s your best quality?
    A. Optimism, or at least I like to think it is!

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
    A. I sometimes think I'd like to be a cat, just for the sheer amount of sleeping they do.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
    A. My Essex accent.

Q. Who is your favourite fictional villain?
    A. Beatrice Lacey in Wideacre by Philippa Gregory.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
    A. It would be Jack the Ripper. I like to think I'd demand to know his identity, but in all honesty I'd probably run.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
    A. People who look down their noses at others.

Q. What is your favourite occupation, when you’re not writing?
    A. It depends on my mood, but drawing/painting, reading or watching a film.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
    A. Being an author and an illustrator!

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
    A. Loyalty, a sense of humour, and integrity.

On Books and Writing

Favourite authors
Hans Christian Andersen, Enid Blyton, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Martina Cole, Roald Dahl, Philippa Gregory, The Brothers Grimm, Julie Hearn, Eva Ibbotson, Christopher Pike, J.K. Rowling, Marcus Sedgwick, Sarah Singleton.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

    A. Read lots, write lots, and don't give up.

Books by Michelle Harrison

Reading Planet - The New Girl's Secret - Purple: Galaxy

Reading Planet - The New Girl's Secret - Purple: Galaxy

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2019

Misty has just started at school and Ella and Jack are keen to make her feel welcome. But Misty isn't like the other children; she has a spell book, she keeps vanishing, and why is she holding that broomstick? Can Ella and Jack solve the mystery of the new girl? The New Girl's Secret is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 6-7 years

Reading Planet KS2 - The Secret Garden - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Reading Planet KS2 - The Secret Garden - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2019

Orphaned Mary Lennox doesn't want to live on the moors in a dark and gloomy mansion. The only thing that interests her is the story of the secret garden which her uncle has locked up forever. But then she finds a key ... Will Mary bring the garden back to life and discover the other secret Misselthwaite Manor is hiding? The Secret Garden is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 8-9 years

Unrest

Unrest

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

`SPOOKY. GRIPPING AND INTRIGUING.' Sophie McKenzie, author of Girl, Missing Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn't slept properly for six months. Ever since the accident that nearly killed him, a shadowy figure has made its presence felt - a figure only he can see. Elliott is convinced his near-death experience has enabled him to contact the dead. But are his ghostly visions real, or the effects of a damaged mind? When Elliott gets a job at a supposedly haunted museum it seems like the perfect chance to discover what's really going on. But his arrival doesn't just cause a stir amongst the living. Unwittingly, Elliott uncovers the museum's terrible secret ... and a spirit hell-bent on using him for revenge. A brilliant, spine-tingling YA novel by award-winning author M. Harrison. `Chilling' The Bookseller `I devoured Unrest.Or rather, I felt it devoured me. Clever, unexpected and satisfying.' Kate Cann `a beautifully written, gripping, thoroughly spooky young adult novel... Unsettling, eerie, with intriguing characters and a compelling, satisfying plot full of twists and turns... I loved it.' Sarah Singleton `It takes great skill to create an atmosphere that creeps off the page into your veins. Harrison's subtlety and eye for detail lift this above any other spookfest.' The Independent

Thirteen Treasures

Thirteen Treasures

Author: Michelle Harrison, Nicky Diss Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2018

While visiting her grandmothers house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby - a girl Tanyas grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretakers son, is tormented by the girls disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. And, after disturbing an intruder in the night, it emerges that someone else shares her ability . . . The manors sinister history is about to repeat itself . . . The Thirteen Treasures boils with the kind of fairy that is far worse than Puck..what could be more cheering to curl up with. Amanda Craig, The Times The story itself is both dark and gripping and the imagery is fantastic. thebookbag.co.uk This is a really exciting read, full of thrills, mysteries and menace.Primary Times

Elfenseele 1 - Hinter dem Augenblick

Elfenseele 1 - Hinter dem Augenblick

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Mit der Elfenseele-Trilogie nimmt Michelle Harrison Leserinnen ab 12 Jahren mit in das mysteriose Reich der Elfen. Ein packendes Fantasy-Abenteuer, das sich alle Fans von Plotzlich Fee nicht entgehen lassen durfen!Der Sommer auf Elvesden Manor wird ein Albtraum, da ist sich Tanya sicher. Niemand will sie dort haben, nicht ihre Gromutter und nicht die Elfen, die zu Tausenden die Wlder um das alte Herrenhaus bevlkern. Whrend sie versucht, ihrer Gromutter aus dem Weg zu gehen, stt sie auf ein Geheimnis: Vor fnfzig Jahren ist ein Mdchen spurlos im Wald von Elvesden verschwunden. Tanya ahnt, dass sie die Einzige ist, die das Rtsel lsen kann. Denn die Elfen scheinen darin eine unheimliche Rolle zu spielen. "e;Hinter dem Augenblick"e; ist der erste Band der Elfenseele-Trilogie.

Elfenseele 2 - Zwischen den Nebeln

Elfenseele 2 - Zwischen den Nebeln

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Endlich ist es Red gelungen, einen Weg ins Elfenreich zu finden. Sie will ihren Bruder James befreien, der als Baby von Feen entfuhrt wurde. Auf ihrem Weg zum Konigshof der Elfen begegnen ihr Gefahren, wie sie sie in ihren schlimmsten Albtraumen nicht gesehen hat, doch sie findet auch Verbundete, wo sie sie am wenigsten vermutet. Aber James' Freiheit hat ihren Preis: Red lsst sich auf einen Handel mit dem Knig der Elfen ein, der sie das Leben kosten knnte. Gemeinsam mit ihren Freunden Tanya und Fabian macht sie sich in der Menschenwelt auf eine gefhrliche Suche. Sie ahnt nicht, dass der Knig ihr eine Falle gestellt hat, der sie nicht entrinnen kann. Mit der Elfenseele-Trilogie nimmt Michelle Harrison Leserinnen ab 12 Jahren mit in das mysterise Reich der Elfen. Ein packendes Fantasy-Abenteuer, das sich alle Fans von Pltzlich Fee nicht entgehen lassen drfen!"e;Zwischen den Nebeln"e; ist der zweite Band der Elfenseele-Trilogie. Der Titel des ersten Bandes lautet "e;Hinter dem Augenblick"e;.

Elfenseele - Die komplette Trilogie

Elfenseele - Die komplette Trilogie

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Erstmals alle drei Bande der mystischen Romantic-Fantasy-Reihe als exklusives eBook-Bundle! Mit der Elfenseele-Trilogie nimmt Michelle Harrison Leserinnen ab 12 Jahren mit in das mysteriose Reich der Elfen. Ein packendes Fantasy-Abenteuer, das sich alle Fans von Plotzlich Fee nicht entgehen lassen durfen!Der Sommer auf Elvesden Manor wird ein Albtraum, da ist sich Tanya sicher. Niemand will sie dort haben, nicht ihre Gromutter und nicht die Elfen, die zu Hunderten und Tausenden die Wlder um das alte Herrenhaus bevlkern. Whrend sie versucht, ihrer Gromutter aus dem Weg zu gehen, stt sie auf ein Geheimnis: Vor fnfzig Jahren ist ein Mdchen im Wald von Elvesden verschwunden und seitdem hat niemand etwas von ihr gehrt. Tanya ahnt, dass sie die Einzige ist, die das Rtsel lsen kann. Denn die Elfen scheinen darin eine unheimliche Rolle zu spielen ...

Elfenseele 3 - Jenseits der Ferne

Elfenseele 3 - Jenseits der Ferne

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Rowan will endlich ein neues Leben beginnen, frei von Angst und Lugen und weitab von allem, was sie an das Elfenreich erinnert. Doch niemand mit dem Zweiten Gesicht kommt so leicht davon. Als sich mysteriose Todesfalle haufen, bitten Rowans alte Verbundete sie um Hilfe. Bald wird Rowan klar: Jemand aus ihrer Vergangenheit sinnt auf Rache. Schlielich ist Elvesden Manor der letzte Rckzugsort fr Rowan und ihre Freunde. Als das Gutshaus von Feen und Kobolden angegriffen wird, muss Rowan allen Mut aufbringen, um zu schtzen, was ihr lieb geworden ist. Mit Fabian und Tanya schmiedet sie einen Plan - doch auf Elvesden Manor befindet sich ein Verrter Mit der Elfenseele-Trilogie nimmt Michelle Harrison Leserinnen ab 12 Jahren mit in das mysterise Reich der Elfen. Ein packendes Fantasy-Abenteuer, das sich alle Fans von Pltzlich Fee nicht entgehen lassen drfen!"e;Jenseits der Ferne"e; ist der dritte Band der Elfenseele-Trilogie. Die beiden Vorgngertitel lauten "e;Hinter dem Augenblick"e; und "e;Zwischen den Nebeln"e;.

Schlaf nicht ein

Schlaf nicht ein

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2014

Du siehst nachts die Geister von Toten. Du bist ihnen hilflos ausgeliefert. Und einer der Toten will deine groe Liebe fur sich. Du siehst nachts die Geister von Toten. Du musst etwas tun - und du bist ganz allein. Seit Monaten versucht Elliot, sich mit allen Mitteln wachzuhalten. Denn nachdem er bei einem Unfall fur einige Minuten klinisch tot war, passieren schaurige Dinge mit ihm, wahrend er schlaft: Er kann sich nicht ruhren, spurt Schatten, die sich um ihn herum bewegen, oder er wandelt durchs Haus, wahrend sein Korper schlafend im Bett liegt. Als er sich in Ophelia verliebt, wird es noch unheimlicher: Offenbar versucht ein Toter, Besitz von Elliots Korper zu ergreifen ...

The Thirteen Secrets

The Thirteen Secrets

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Red's past won't stay hidden. She's now living at Elvesden Manor under her real name, Rowan, and trying to put her terrible adventures behind her. But staying out of trouble isn't as easy as she'd hoped. Haunted by awful dreams of Hedgewitch's cottage - and of Eldritch, who swore revenge when she left him there to die - Red fears the fairy realm is about to draw her back in . . . But will she make it back, this time? Or will dark forces finally claim her . . . ?

The Thirteen Curses

The Thirteen Curses

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2010

The fairies stole her brother . . . . . . and now Red is trapped. In the dangerous fairy realm, she strikes a bargain. Her brother will be returned, but only if she can complete a perilous magical quest in the human world. If she fails, she will lose him - and her own freedom - for ever. With the help of Tanya and Fabian, Red's desperate task begins - but a shocking discovery turns it into a race against time. And even if the friends succeed, will the fairies keep their promise?

The Thirteen Treasures

The Thirteen Treasures

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2009

While visiting her grandmother's house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby - a girl Tanya's grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretaker's son, is tormented by the girl's disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. And, after disturbing an intruder in the night, it emerges that someone else shares her ability . . . The manor's sinister history is about to repeat itself . . .

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