A F Harrold,
Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space
On this shortlist:
A. F. Harrold is a poet and an author. He writes and performs poems for adults and children, in all sorts of places including schools, and at festivals. He is the owner of many books, a handful of hats, a few good ideas and one very large bushy red beard! His favourite book is The Hobbit, because it hooked his imagination and tangled him up in its world. He also has a soft spot for the villainous Mr Twit, mainly because of his beard! He became a writer because writing poems as a teenager was the only thing that felt right. Every now and then one of his poems isn’t so terrible, and now even stories seem to happen as well.
Greta Zargo is an unusual 11-year-old. An orphan, she’s lived on her own since the age of 8, thanks to an unfortunate but legally-binding error on her parents’ otherwise carefully thought-out will. A junior reporter on the local paper, Greta is determined her summer scoop will be solving the mystery surrounding a series of cake thefts. Meanwhile, in outer space, a huge space-going robot is heading towards Earth to take over our planet. The two stories zing along in parallel before coming together beautifully at the book’s climax, and thanks to another typo on a key document.
Fact 1: We could not find out what A. F. stands for. Can you?
Fact 2: A. F. is the author of other children’s books, with crazy titles including Fizzlebert Stump: the boy who ran away from the circus (and joined the library).
Fact 3: His book called Imaginary was on the 9-11 age category Leeds Book Awards 2015 shortlist, and everybody loved meeting the zany Mr. Harrold at the ceremony.
Find out about the illustrator, Joe Todd–Stanton: nobrow.net/creator/joe-todd-stanton
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