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“AN OLD FORGOTTEN SCREAM”: Inspiration Behind The Story

“AN OLD FORGOTTEN SCREAM”: Inspiration Behind The Story

AN OLD FORGOTTEN SCREAM is the first story in CHRISTMAS DINNER OF SOULS, told by Lady Arabella Dogspit. It's the story of the Baron, a cruel and greedy man whose desire for land leads him to marry and murder his new wife,…

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MY TOP 5 SCARY STORIES!

MY TOP 5 SCARY STORIES!

I’ve loved horror stories since I was a child. I can still remember the ones I read when I was ten years old: everything from the POINT HORROR series to Roald Dahl’s TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED and THE OXFORD COLLECTION OF NASTY…

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Why It’s So Important For Kids To LOVE Reading (Minerva Online, November 2017)

Why it’s so important for kids to LOVE reading (Minerva Online, November 2017)

We often hear about the importance of reading, and how much it can benefit a child’s education. But it’s not just about reading because they have to, or because it’s part of their homework, but learning to love reading too. At Minerva’s…

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Getting Kids To Read More (Minerva Online, September 2016)

Getting Kids To Read More (Minerva Online, September 2016)

It’s hard getting kids to read. We chatted with Ross, whose work has been listed in the Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Modern Children’s Classics’, shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book of the Year Award and the Branford Boase Award, and featured in The…

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An Interview With Ross Montgomery (Books For Keeps, March 2016)

An Interview with Ross Montgomery (Books For Keeps, March 2016)

Ross Montgomery has already attracted much attention for Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door, shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Branford Boase Award, and The Tornado Chasers. His third book, Perijee and Me, is the story of Caitlin, a lonely girl who discovers a…

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Top Tips For Budding Young Authors (Wordery, February 2016)

Top Tips for Budding Young Authors (Wordery, February 2016)

Top tips from Ross Montgomery for children who are authors in the making… What’s your top tip for budding young authors? There's only one writing tip that's always true, and that is: write, write, and write some more! Write about things you…

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To The Bitter End: “Bad” Endings In Children’s Writing

To the Bitter End: “Bad” Endings in Children’s Writing

Are there too many happy endings in children’s literature, asks Ross Montgomery. If we insist on reassuring closure, are we denying children the opportunity to explore more complex issues? I watched the film Stand By Me recently. There’s a scene in which…

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Why We Need More Hopeless Heroes In Kids’ Fiction (The Book People, February 2014)

Why We Need More Hopeless Heroes in Kids’ Fiction (The Book People, February 2014)

It’s become the norm, over many generations, to assume that what boys want from a book is adventure and daring, superhuman heroes. But how much do these stories reflect the realities of being a 10-year-old boy? Back in August, children’s author and…

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Top Ten Health & Safety Fails In Children’s Books (The Guardian, September 2014)

Top Ten Health & Safety Fails in Children’s Books (The Guardian, September 2014)

From The Hunger Games to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, children’s books can demonstrate a somewhat lax approach to disaster and death. Ross Montgomery, author of The Tornado Chasers, shares his favourite books for danger lovers. Give a group of children the opportunity…

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Why Writing Diverse Children’s Books Is Tough (The Guardian, September 2016)

Why writing diverse children’s books is tough (The Guardian, September 2016)

 What’s the point of having another shoddily-realised feisty girl or two-dimensional token wheelchair sidekick to add to the massive pile of rubbish attempts at diversity? Author Ross Montgomery on why it’s hard to write diverse – but that’s no excuse not to.…

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A Collection Of All My Radio Stuff!

A Collection of all my Radio Stuff!

Over the last few years I've been interviewed by a few people about all kinds of things - my favourite books, my opinions on children's literature, and my work as a writer. So far no one has asked me to sing, and…

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