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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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