Bibliography – Level 2 – Writing for Children

This is a list of all books read during this Level 2 course:

Bell J, Magrs P (2001). The Creative Writing Coursebook. London: Macmillan

Colfer, E (2002). Artemis Fowl. 2nd ed. London: Puffin Books

Colfer, E (2003). The Wish List. 3rd ed. London: Puffin Books

Colfer, E (2005). The Legend of Spud Murphy. London: Penguin Books

Colfer, E (2005). The Supernaturalist. 2nd ed. London: Puffin Books

Colfer, E (2007). The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth. London: Penguin Books

Colfer, E (2011). Artemis Fowl and The Arctic Incident. 3rd ed. London: Puffin Books

Dahl, R (2007). Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. London: Puffin Books

Fine, A (2011). Ivan the Terrible. Glasgow: Egmont UK

Flynn L, Hahn D, Reuben S (2009). The Ultimate Book Guide. London: A&C Black

Flynn L, Hahn D, Reuben S (2010). The Ultimate Teen Book Guide. London: A&C Black

Hunt, P (1994). An Introduction to Children’s Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Jordan, L (2010). How to Write for Children & Get Published. 3rd ed. London: Piatkus Books

King-Smith, D (1998). A Mouse Called Wolf. London: Yearling

Landy, D (2007). Skulduggery Pleasant. London: HarperCollins

Lewis, C.S (1982). The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. London: Fontana Lions

Lewis, C.S (1989). The Magician’s Nephew. London: Fontana Lions. Whole book

McKenzie, S (2008). Blood Ties. London: Simon & Schuster

Morpurgo, M (2004). Private Peaceful. 2nd ed. St. Ives: Harper Collins

Pearce, P (2008). Tom’s Midnight Garden. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Reeve, P (2010). Fever Crumb. London: Marion Lloyd

Stewart, P & Riddell, C (2007). Hugo Pepper. London: Corgi Yearling

Strong, J (2009). Dinosaur Pox. London: Puffin

Unknown (2012). Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2013. 9th ed. London: A&C Black

Wilson, J (2011). Little Darlings. London: Corgi Yearling


Observations of Eoin Colfer

Focus on a characters R/ship with mother albeit Stefan pg 60 (AF and his mums bi polar)
Kids with special skills or talents that can help others pg 56-57. (AFs advanced intelligence)
Key group of characters that join together to fight adversaries & who end up helping protagonist come to terms with or teach them s/thing
Cool inventions or futuristic gadgets used to protect or harm pgs 17, 31, 54, 57, 67, 68-6, 162
Settings can have direct relationship to type of characters: warehouse on Abracadabra St pg 58: they perform tricks & magic against the Parasites
Environments & settings often very visual to read about: pgs 58-59, 1, 14
Not afraid to kill of protagonist’s friends: ziplock dies early pg. 28
Comical similes usually from older authority figures in attempt to make them more intelligent: pg 26, 90
Characters seeking revenge for something, usually that relates to a family member; pg 64
Something environmental causes problems: pgs 67, 11
Uses concept of up and down, ground level & upper levels for where goodies & baddies inhabit: pg 68
Different classes of society, gangs, etc: pg 92
Incorporates languages, or code: pg.94
Adds a female character that’s tough, independent, reliant on her colleagues but noone else which attracts protagonist: pg 107 mona (cptn short in AF)
Shoot-outs and conflict/battle: pg 134
Particular weapon that causes temporary paralysis status: pg 137
Older female baddie heads up corporation that controls society: pg.145
Russian influences, from locations in arctic incident to Myishi corp in SN
Character developmt gradual but enough to keep pgs turning
Parasites draining pain from wounded people same concept as Cptn Short healing wounded in AF
Features plausible scientific detail that cld b real: pg 275