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Graham Marks was our Guest Editor in August 2010. Click here to see his selections.
Graham Marks spent the first six years of his life following his father, an RAF pilot, between postings. He was sent to boarding school at the age of 13, and then went to Harrow School of Art to study Information Graphics. He has written a number of teen novels for Bloomsbury including Zoo and Tokyo, as well as books for Usbourne, including I Spy: The Constantinople Caper.
Graham worked as a graphic designer before becoming a fullâ€time children’s author. As well as being the former Children’s Editor of Publishing News, Graham has written everything from comic strips and film tieâ€ins to many criticallyâ€acclaimed novels for children and young adults. Graham lives in Muswell Hill, North London.
Suspend disbelief and throw yourself into an action packed, creepy tale. 16 year old Gabe finds himself on the wrong side of an ambitious drug dealer in Los Angeles and life takes an even sharper turn for the worse when he wakens a menacing, murdering apparition, obsessed with locating what has been lost. The author doesn't always explain every action or reaction, he allows the story to race ahead, maintaining suspense and encouraging the readers own imagination to run riot. Highlighting friendship and loyalty, ‘Bad Bones’ also proves that it can sometimes be very difficult to repair a wrong and initiate a right. Surrender to the story as it tears off into the realms of scary fantasy, but DON’T whatever you do, surrender to the sinister evil that has surfaced and refuses to die. ~ Liz Robinson
Combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider with the historical adventures of a Young Indiana Jones, Mean Streets is a gripping story of conspiracy and kidnap. After having recovered from his adventure in Constantinople, Trey is staying at the Circle M Ranch outside Topeka, Kansas, owned by his Gramps, the original T Drummond MacIntyre. But it's quiet in Topeka and Trey is bored until that is he discovers that ‘Tino The Lip Corezzi’, a famous gangster, lives just down the road. A new mystery and an exciting adventure begins for Trey as he soon finds himself thrown into the middle of a mafia-backed plot to derail the presidential elections. From detective work to kidnapping, Trey is thrust into the frightening, secretive world of the mafia and despite all that has come before, nothing can prepare him for the dangerous world that awaits him on the Mean Streets of Chicago! ...
When everything Haden Akatine has ever known is obliterated by the ruthless Sadar, all he seeks is vengeance. What he finds is a conspiracy stretching across the Territories, to the Sadar’s mountain stronghold, Ghadra. Here, in the heart of evil, a mysterious scheming science isd about to unleash Phyre – an explosive so deadly even he has no idea what will happen . . . Haden’s quest is no longer one of revenge – it’s one of survival.
An absolutely gripping spy adventure packed full of mystery, intrigue and high paced drama. It combines the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical advnetures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy's fight to find his father. Trey is off on the Orient Express to take a tour of Europe with his father. Even before the train has left the Gare de Lyon, Trey has a strong feeling that he is being watched… Should he behave like Trent ‘Pistol’ Gripp, his favourite fictional character, and confront the man. Soon Trey has to take brave decisions of his own – when he finds himself on the run in very dangerous circumstances. Talking about his new book Graham says: ‘I Spy gets its inspiration from a number of places, not least is just the idea of Constantinople; it was so exotic and seemed to exemplify the whole spy genre. And that’s why the book is set in 1927, because Constantinople’s name was changed to Istanbul in 1930.’ Graham travelled to Istanbul to research the book: ‘a lot of the city hadn’t changed much since the time when the story takes place. I came back with a head full of history, and an imagination totally fired up and ready to go.’ Graham also acknowledged a debt to the pulp fiction era which he loves â€ John Buchan stories, Erskine Childers’ ‘Riddle of the Sands’, tales by Anthony Hope and Eric Ambler – the fantastic covers and ripâ€snorting storytelling. ‘I see I Spy as a roaring homage to all of this’ Marks said.
An unusual yet pleasurable alien romp that takes place in France, Africa and New York and finally a planet in outer space named Priam. The story involves a boy named Dez and his extraterrestrial friend Yakob. Dez is caught up in a war of the world situation that takes him to the stars and back to defeat evil. Surreal, funny and sci-fi this book will have you gazing upwards in passionate wonder. To see more Graham Marks titles click here.
Brilliantly imagined, the futuristic city of Kai-ro forms a vivid backdrop to the thrilling story of one boy’s fight against the ancient forces of darkness. It is a compelling story by an author at the height of his storytelling powers. Graham Marks says that the book was born out of the lasting presence of the Egyptian Gods and his two trips, one to the Egyptian section in the British Museum and the other to the Great Pyramids in Egypt. His imaginings as a consequence of his ‘meetings’ with a statue of a dog, of the great pharaohs and Cairo itself gave him a mind full of ideas and beliefs that have ended up in this terrific adventure. A piece of passion from the Editor:When I first picked up this amazing book I couldn’t stop reading it. I love the mysterious world of the future and the way it’s linked with the ancient Egyptian past. And Stretch Wilson is a true hero, caught in the epic battle between good and evil.
Graham Marksâ€™ novels are a terrific blend of contemporary life and magical realism. Heaven knows where he gets his ideas from but the important thing is that all his novels are fantastic adventures that hold the reader on the edge of the seat from beginning to end. Zoo is absolutely no exception. Family secrets, genetic engineering and kidnapping form the bedrock of this high octane thriller for teenagers.
Omega Place if full of intrigue and adventure and set against a gritty urban landscape. Itâ€™s an action-packed teen drama thatâ€™s full of clues right down to the final, gripping denouement.Graham Marksâ€™ novels are a terrific blend of contemporary life and magical realism. Heaven knows where he gets his ideas from but the important thing is that all his novels are fantastic adventures that hold the reader on the edge of the seat from beginning to end.
Written as a screen play, this is a vivid picture of a group of teenagers who are determined to keep their pirate radio station up and running. Itâ€™s all about being heard. But being heard also gets you noticed â€“ in the wrong way. Full of energy, this captures the feel of defiant teenagers determined to do their own thing.
A breathless teen thriller set in the Tokyo underworld. The chief protagonist in this all-action adventure set over a short time-frame is a teenage boy searching the back-streets of Tokyo for his missing sister. Graham Marksâ€™ novels are a terrific blend of mostly urban contemporary life and sometimes a mix of magical realism. Heaven knows where he gets his ideas from but the important thing is that all his novels are fantastic adventures that hold the reader on the edge of the seat from beginning to end.
One teenage boy, seven days to change the world. A terrific story of intrigue and time travel written in short, sharp chapters each of which are roller-coaster rides of suspense and adrenalin pumping action. Dachron Amok has had half his mind hijacked by 16 year old Steve Anthony, a man from the future. Dachron has been selected for his talents in unarmed combat and anti-terrorist tactics to save the world from obliteration. It’s the year 2667 and back in 2007 an inventor created a brilliant system to supply the world with power, but now it’s become apparent his equations were wrong. Dachron in Steve’s body must go back in time and correct the inventor’s mistake. Perfect for reluctant readers or indeed anyone wanting a real blast of action.