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I’m Ross Montgomery, and I write weird and wonderful books for children.

I published my first book while working as a primary school teacher. My debut ALEX, THE DOG & THE UNOPENABLE DOOR (2013) was nominated for the Costa Children’s Book of the Year and the Branford Boase Award, and selected as one of The Sunday Times “Top 100 Modern Children’s Classics”.

My most well-known book is probably THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIANS (2020). It was selected as the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book of the Year Award, and chosen as one of The Guardians Children’s Books of the Year.

I also write picture books and chapter books for younger children. Everything from ROCK BOTTOM: A MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE (2020), the first in my Shake-Up Shakespeare series, which takes famous Shakespeare plays and messes around with them, or TEN DELICIOUS TEACHERS (2021) with Sarah Warburton!

I’ve spent the last ten years touring the country doing festivals, public readings, school visits and creative writing workshops: anything from tiny book groups to whole auditoriums. I also do virtual visits to school and class bubbles: check out my School Visits page for more information on what I do in my workshops.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me via the contact section of this site. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @mossmontmomery if you want to see pictures of my cat or explore my opinions on the weather.

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  • I live in London with my wife, a cat called Fun Bobby, and a cactus on every available surface.
  • I once fainted in front of the Queen. I doubt she remembers it, but I certainly do.
  • I get most of my ideas while falling asleep on public transport.
  • I have weird thumbs.
  • I’ve been writing stories since I was at primary school.
  • If you look through my pockets you’ll find empty crisp packets, lists of things to do, and that stuff you put on your nails to stop you biting them.
  • My writing heroes are Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Wilson.

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