Chicken House, 2018
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Dan Smith was born in England in 1970. When Dan was growing up he went to boarding school and lived all over the world, including Sierra Leone, Sumatra, Brazil, Spain and Russia before settling down with his wife and two children in Newcastle. During his globetrotting adventures Dan would often not have access to TV, games consoles or sometimes even electricity so he began making up his own stories which were the start of his career as an author for both young people and adults.
When Zak’s plane crash-lands on Outpost Zero, a small Antarctic research base in one of the most isolated places on Earth, he discovers a cold, dark nightmare. The power’s out and the people who live there have disappeared. Worse, as he searches for answers, bizarre visions suggest a link to something else – deep beneath the ice – which only he can understand...
Dan’s favourite book is Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
The first book Dan ever read was Manx Mouse by Paul Gallico when he was 7.
Dan’s wife and children say he lives in his own imaginary world called “Danworld” which is said to be always exciting!
One of Dan’s most unusual jobs was working for a company who made giant Christmas decorations.
Below Zero was published by Chicken House on 4th January 2018.
Simra from Southfield Grange Campus:
Hamza from Southfield Grange Campus:
Ethan from Corpus Christi:
Miss Busby from Corpus Christi Catholic College: