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Anne Fine

Anne Fine was born on 7 December, 1947 in Leicester and is the author of over 50 children’s books, winning the Carnegie Medal on two occasions. She is the author of Madame Doubtfire, a book that was adapted into the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire starring Robin Williams.

She travelled the world in her early 20s, living in Britain, Canada and the United States. The Children’s Laureate from 2001 to 2003, her books have been translated into 40 languages.


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Anne Fine Books

  • The Diary of a Killer Cat

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: DKC2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Simply told, beautifully illustrated and with a gripping plot, Carnegie Medal winner Anne Fine's story of a ferocious feline is a satisfying read to stretch a beginner reader.

    Ellie is horrified when her cat Tuffy drags in a dead bird, and even more so when he follows that with a dead mouse. Tuffy's just doing what comes naturally, but he'll need to change his ways or he'll end up in even more trouble.

    Written from Tuffy's point of view, The Diary of a Killer Cat is funny, gripping and purr-fect.
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    Anne Fine Collection - 4 Books

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: ANFI
    Collection 7 years +
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    Former Children's Laureate Anne Fine has won the Smarties Book Award and the Carnegie Medal and writes funny yet heartfelt stories about children learning valuable life lessons. Her witty books will appeal to any children who enjoy the books of David Walliams or Gillian Cross.

    In Bill's New Frock, Bill Simpson wakes up to find he's a girl, and even worse, his mother is making him wear a frilly pink dress to school. How on earth is he going to survive a whole day like this? Everything just seems so different...

    How to Write Really Badly has Joe making a terrible mess of his work as he jumbles up his numbers and letters; Ivan the Terrible finds Ivan tasked with looking after and translating for the new Russian student Boris; and The Chicken Gave It to Me follows Gemma as she finds The True Story of Harrowing Farm - a chicken's epic story about a high-flying superhero!
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  • Bill's New Frock

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: NFR2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Bill's New Frock is a classic story from former Children's Laureate, Anne Fine.

    Bill Simpson wakes up one morning to find he's changed into a girl - and even worse, his mum's forcing him to wear a frilly pink dress to school. How will he manage to survive a whole day like this? Everything is just so different when you're a girl...
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  • Ivan the Terrible

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: EHN2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Anne Fine's Ivan the Terrible is a classic book for fans of Pamela Butchart and David Walliams.

    It's Ivan's first day at his new school and Boris is tasked with looking after and translating for him (Ivan can only speak Russian). Although he's joined a civilised school, Ivan is anything but and when he starts greeting people by calling them 'lowly shivering worms', Boris realises he has his work cut out...

    This is a funny story about fitting in with so much appeal to so many different kinds of readers.
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  • Flour Babies

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BGMFW
    Paperback
    Flour Babies by Anne Fine, won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award in 1992. When the annual school science fair comes round, Mr Cartwright's class don't get to work on the Soap Factory, the Maggot Farm or the Exploding Custard Tins. To their intense disgust they get the Flour Babies - sweet little six-pound bags of flour that must be cared for at all times. Funny and poignant, Flour Babies is a brilliant depiction of secondary school life.
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  • On Planet Fruitcake

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: EHO2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Bill's New Frock author Anne Fine's On Planet Fruitcake is another hilarious school story. The former Children's Laureate's writing always brings joy and laughter and in this one Philip lets his imagination run wild.

    His thoughts soon inspire the other children to think up some madcap things: purple cows, brains in pots, a clever chicken. They all feature in this zany story.
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  • The Killer Cat Strikes Back

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUVMV
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    'Okay, okay. So stick my head in a holly bush.' Tuffy knows what he likes. And he doesn't like the 'art' that Ellie's mum brings home from her new classes. So what's a cat to do? A few scratches here just happen to shred a painting. A nudge there somehow slips a vase off a shelf. Dad hope a horribly lumpy clay pot will be next, but Tuffy's having none of it. The killer cat will go his own sweet way!
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  • Madame Doubtfire

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: AOHYB
    Paperback 9 years +
    From the award- and prize-winning author of The Tulip Touch and Bill's New Frock, this wonderfully funny book tells a bittersweet story about family life and is inspired by the highly successful film Mrs Doubtfire.

    Lydia, Christopher and Natalie are used to domestic turmoil. Their parents' divorce has not made family life any easier in either home. The children bounce to and from their volatile mother, Miranda, and their out-of-work actor father, Daniel. Then Miranda advertises for a cleaning lady who will mind the children after work - and Daniel gets the jobs...Disguised as Madame Doubtfire!
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  • The Killer Cat's Birthday Bash

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUVMM
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    Okay, okay. So spank my furry little bum. I held a party. It was my birthday. How was I supposed to know it wouldn't be the only party around town on that dark and dreary Halloween night? So things ended up in a bit of a mess. (Well, more than a mess, really. A complete disaster.) But it was not my fault so don't blame me . . .
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  • Tales from Weird Street

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BOLZL
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    The children of Weir(d) Street are lazing about one sunny day when they challenge each other to tell stories of all the odd goings-on in their neighbourhood. A grandfather's guilt at the long-ago death of his twin brother, a young waiter whose rude customers get more than they bargain for, and a hard-working boy who finds himself blessed by a golden-haired stranger - the Weird Street tales are full of drama and suspense! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
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  • Up on Cloud Nine

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: AKJIG
    Paperback 9 years +
    How stupid do you have to be to fall out of a top floor window? Or was Stolly trying something else - up on cloud nine, even then? Stolly has always been so alive, so inspiring, taking risks, hiding nothing, notorious for being the school's most imaginative liar (or fantatist, as he calls it). But now he's lying in a hospital bed and Ian, his best friend who's as close as a brother, is watching, waiting and remembering ...A characteristically funny, moving, life-affirming novel about a most remarkable character and the truly inspirational effect he has on everyone he meets.
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  • The Killer Cat Runs Away

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: AKARB
    Paperback 9 years +
    Tuffy doesn't feel wanted at home any more. His owners just don't appreciate him. So what if he broke the new TV? Got fur on all Dad's clean clothes? Ate Tinkerbell the kitten's special kitten-food? All accidents! But they're making such a fuss! So Tuffy decides to make a break for it. He bids farewell to the gang - Snowball, Tiger and Bella - and runs away. But starting a new life isn't easy, and soon Tuffy starts to wonder if he's made a terrible mistake...
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  • The Only Child Club

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: AJDGY
    Paperback 5 years +
    What do you miss when you don't have siblings? The Only Child Club aims to find out the good and bad things about not having to compete or share with a brother or sister. It is a perfectly observed story of human behaviour. Ryan wants to start a club. An Only Child Club. He knows that as an only child he doesn't always have the same experiences as some of his classmates. He recruits two similarly deprived friends who join him in an experimental few days of constant bickering, fighting over who gets the free gift from the cereal box and spending a whole day making a model, only to have it destroyed. Having had a taste of what it's like to have siblings, the club is happily disbanded and the trio realizes that friends are nearly as good as having brothers and sisters - and often less annoying! This title is written by an award-winning author with an international reputation who is a long-established UK favourite. Anne Fine has a gift for recognizing and conveying the subtleties of children's desires and emotions. This is an engaging subject matter told with great humour and appeal.
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  • Goggle-Eyes

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUVMK
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    Anne Fine's award winning story. Kitty Killin is not just a brilliant story-teller, but also the World's Great Expert when it comes to mothers having new and unwelcome boyfriends. So it's no surprise that she's the one chosen to sort out classmate Helly, who's gone into meltdown. Kitty decides to share her story about old Goggle-eyes - possibly one of the worst episodes in her life...
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  • Out for the Count

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: AXT2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Hugo wants a gerbil, but his dad says it's cruel to keep an animal in a cage. Hugo doesn't agree, and so Dad challenges him to spend a day cooped up in his room. The countdown has barely begun when Hugo starts to go stir-crazy. Warm, witty and wise to the impatience of childhood, this is Anne Fine on great form, encouraging young readers to develop imagination and empathy. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.
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  • The Killer Cat's Christmas

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUVMX
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    The Killer Cat is back for Christmas! A much-loved classic by Anne Fine. So go on, ask me. 'Dear, dear Tuffy. Why was your Christmas so horrible?' Well. I couldn't climb the tree. I couldn't touch the dangly decorations. And Ellie made me part of her sing-along Christmas performance. Horrible, horrible, horrible! But I showed them. I was Tuffy the Acting Cat, superstar. How was I supposed to know things would get so . . . messy? Anne Fine has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults. The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year; and Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize. Anne Fine was named Children's Laureate in 2001 and was awarded an OBE in 2003.
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  • The Return of the Killer Cat

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUVMU
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    'Okay, okay. So slap my teensy little paws. I messed up - big time.' Tuffy can't wait for Ellie and the family to go away on holiday. He and the gang plan to ignore the grumpy new cat-sitter, and run wild all night. But could that furry bundle, suddenly flying through the air, put a stop to all the fun?
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  • The Granny Project

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUVMW
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    'What does he mean? What's going on? Are you two thinking of putting Granny into a Home?' 'Thinking is finished,' Natasha told him. 'It is decided.' The four children, Ivan, Sophie, Tanya and Nicholas, can't believe it. Their parents are planning to put their grandmother into a Home. She's a bit of a dotty old lady - sometimes demanding, often annoying - but as much a part of their lives as their shambly house or the whirring of the washing machine. So they decide to take action. They begin 'The Granny Project', with immediate and sensational results . . .
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  • Into the Bin

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUVMS
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    Mr Frost's classroom is always in a mess, and now his class are on a mission to send all the things they don't need off to a charity shop - including the rubbish bin that falls over at the slightest touch! From books to old toys, they bring in all sorts of items to send away in the bin, but little do they know that what one person doesn't want might be just the thing someone else has been looking for. A fun and quirky tale on the wonders of recycling! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+
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  • Bad Dreams

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUVMR
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    'I adore stories in which people have weird dreams, and strange things happen. But that's in books. Real life is supposed to be real, and I like my world to be solid around me . . . ' Mel is the class bookworm. She prefers books to people and doesn't want - or need - friends. She certainly doesn't want to be first-week minder for new girl, Imogen. And Imogen is odd. Slowly, Mel discovers that Imogen has a special talent - a family 'gift' that Mel thinks is more like a curse. And that's when she realizes that stories can happen in real life, too. For only she can stop Imogen's private horror story - stop the bad dreams . . .
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  • Loudmouth Louis

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUVMQ
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    Everyone knows that Louis is a loudmouth, he never stops talking and drives everyone crazy. No one believes him when he announces that he's going to do a sponsored silence to raise money for the new school library. But Louis is determined, just for once, to keep his mouth shut. To his surprise he finds that he actually enjoys listening, that lessons are much better when he's really involved in them - and that it's very satisfying to raise money for the school.
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  • Crummy Mummy and Me

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUVMO
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    'I don't think my mum's fit to be a parent, really I don't.' How would you feel if your mother had royal-blue hair and wore lavender fishnet tights? But Minna's whole family (including her mum's punk boyfriend, Crusher Maggot) is a bit unusual. Being the only sensible one is not easy for Minna...
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  • The Worst Child I Ever Had

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUVMN
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    'It was the worst sight that I have ever seen in all my years of babysitting.' Why does Mrs Mackle think Susan Solly is the worst child ever? Just what did Susan do that was so terrible? And what did it have to do with snails?
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  • The More the Merrier

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: BUPLX
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    Christmas comes but once a year. Luckily ...The Christmas holiday is, traditionally, a time when families gather together. In Ralph's case this means ten or more relatives coming to stay, including assorted aunts and uncles, nutty Great-Aunt Ida (the Home tells them to be careful not to let her out) and his ghastly cousins: Titania in her silly, sick-making frilly fairy dresses and the twins Sylvester and Sylvia (it took until Easter last year before the family dog got over them). Jammed into one small house for three days of merriment and family fun, with the tv on the blink and Mum on the verge of a breakdown, it soon becomes obvious that, in this house, more definitely does not mean merrier ...
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