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Geraldine McCaughrean

Author of Peter Pan in Scarlet

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About the Author

Geraldine McCaughrean was born in Enfield, England on June 6, 1951. She was educated at Christ Church College, Canterbury. She has written more than 160 books and plays for children and adults. Her writing career includes the retelling of such classics as One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, The show more Canterbury Tales, and The Bronze Cauldron: Myths and Legends of the World, which is a collection of stories from all over the world. She has received numerous awards including three Whitbread Children's Book Awards for A Little Lower Than the Angels, Gold Dust, and Not the End of the World. She also received the Guardian Prize and Carnegie Medal for A Pack of Lies, the Beefeater Children's Novel Award for Gold Dawn, the Michael L. Printz Award for The White Darkness, and the 2018 Carnegie Medal for children's and YA books for her middle-grade novel Where the World Ends. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Geraldine McCaughrean

Peter Pan in Scarlet (2006) 1,178 copies
The White Darkness (2005) 879 copies
Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales Retold (1984) — Author — 649 copies
The Kite Rider (2001) 531 copies
The Odyssey (1993) 365 copies
Gilgamesh the Hero (2002) 358 copies
Where the World Ends (2017) 262 copies
Not the End of the World (2004) 237 copies
The Pirate's Son (1996) 220 copies
The Stones Are Hatching (1999) 213 copies
Stop the Train (2001) 206 copies
The Jesse Tree (2003) 201 copies
A Pack of Lies (1988) 186 copies
Stories from Shakespeare (1995) 113 copies
Cyrano (2006) 106 copies
Saint George and the Dragon (1704) 97 copies
Little Angel (1656) 80 copies
El Cid (1657) 80 copies
My Grandmother's Clock (2002) 66 copies
Odysseus (2003) 64 copies
Treasury of Fairy Tales (2003) 59 copies
Vainglory (1991) 56 copies
Gold Dust (1993) 55 copies
Hercules (Heroes) (1997) 55 copies
Perseus (Heroes) (2003) 54 copies
The Middle of Nowhere (1750) 52 copies
Tamburlaine's Elephants (1841) 47 copies
Grandma Chickenlegs (2000) 43 copies
Smile! (2004) 39 copies
Blue Moon Mountain (1994) 38 copies
Unicorns! Unicorns! (1997) 37 copies
Forever X (1997) 37 copies
The Story of Christmas (1989) 30 copies
Theseus (Heroes) (2003) 30 copies
Fires' Astonishment (1990) 30 copies
One Bright Penny (2002) 30 copies
Starry Tales (1998) 25 copies
Beauty and the Beast (1999) 24 copies
The Supreme Lie (2021) 20 copies
Lovesong (1996) 18 copies
Mo (2005) 17 copies
Pull Out All the Stops! (2010) 17 copies
Six Storey House (2002) 16 copies
The Adventures of Odysseus (1826) 15 copies
The Nativity Story (1998) 15 copies
Too Big! (Corgi Pups) (1999) 14 copies
The Maypole (1989) 14 copies
Show Stopper! (2003) 14 copies
Princess Stories (1997) 13 copies
Cat and Rat Fall Out (2001) 13 copies
Animal Tails (2016) 13 copies
Twelve Dancing Princesses (2011) 13 copies
The Ideal Wife (1997) 12 copies
Brave Magic (1999) 11 copies
The Great Chase (2000) 11 copies
My First Earth Book (1989) — Author — 9 copies
Dog Days (2003) 9 copies
Greek Heroes (1600) 9 copies
The Little Mermaid (2019) 7 copies
Cowboy Jess Saddles Up (1996) 7 copies
Dancing the Night Away (2003) 6 copies
Pittipat's Saucer of Moon (2012) 6 copies
My First Space Book (1989) — Author — 6 copies
A sheepless night (2000) 5 copies
Think Again! (2005) 5 copies
Fig's Giant (2006) 5 copies
The Snow Queen (2019) 5 copies
Doctor Quack (2003) 4 copies
Greek and Roman Myths (2007) 3 copies
Never Let Go (1998) 3 copies
Cowboy Jess (1997) 2 copies
Jalopy (Green Apple) (2004) 2 copies
Perseo e Medusa (1998) 2 copies
A Tale of Two Dragons (2021) 2 copies
LE AVVENTURE DI ULISSE (1998) 2 copies
God's People 1 copy
Alla fine del mondo (2019) 1 copy

Associated Works

An Oxford Book of Christmas Stories (1986) — Contributor — 68 copies
Centuries of Stories (1999) — Contributor — 55 copies
The Kingfisher Treasury of Princess Stories (2001) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings (1997) — Contributor — 42 copies
The Oxford Book of Scary Tales (1992) — Contributor — 34 copies
Greatest Magical Stories (2018) — Contributor — 10 copies
Love Stories (1997) — Contributor — 10 copies


Common Knowledge

Other names
Jones, Geraldine (birth)
North London, England, UK
Places of residence
Berkshire, England, UK
children's book author
Jones, Neil [1] (brother)
Awards and honors
Royal Society of Literature ( [2010])
Carnegie Medal
Short biography
Geraldine McCaughrean has written more than 125 books, been published in twenty-five countries, and won a dozen major awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal.   She lives in Berkshire, England with her husband John, daughter Ailsa, and Daisy the dog.   [from Casting the Gods Adrift (2002)]



Simply LOVED it. Taking after Charles and Mary Lamb, McCaughrean tells beautifully illustrated versions of the stories of ten classic ballets. This was given to my sister (a dancer) when she was about 9; strangely I, who cannot dance to save my life, was the one rapt by it. To this day, I have a particularly strong love of the ballets "The Firebird", "Petrouchka" and "Gisele" because of this book. Love it.
therebelprince | 2 other reviews | Oct 24, 2023 |
It is summer on the remote island of St. Kilda, and a group of men and boys are preparing for the annual hunting journey to Warrior Stac, a small, barren, rocky island in the outer Hebrides. A small boat ferries them to the outcropping and drops them off, and the small band immediately sets to work preparing a shelter for the next few weeks and commencing hunting of the seafowl who visit the island to nest this time of year. All goes swimmingly, their haul bountiful, until it becomes apparent that the return boat isn't coming for them.

I quite enjoyed this novel (I admit to being somewhat partial to survival/adventure tales), as well as McCaughrean's writing. For a while I thought we were heading down a road to full-blown Lord of the Flies, but thankfully, though it was at times disturbing, the breakdown of society didn't sink quite to that level, and the story had sufficient nuance and imagination to make it distinct. That it was based on true events was icing on the cake.
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ryner | 9 other reviews | Jul 22, 2023 |
It had me at Dragons. Two Chinese Dragons on the cover had to be read. It's a tale of two countries side by side who could do with cooperating but instead they fight, escalating warfare until they both get Dragons who fight with each other.

Short and I wanted more, but the illustrations are glorious
wyvernfriend | Apr 1, 2023 |



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