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Katherine Rundell


Katherine Rundell was born in 1987 and grew up in Africa and Europe. In 2008 she was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her first book, The Girl Savage, was born of her love of Zimbabwe and her own childhood there; her second, Rooftoppers, was inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls. She is currently working on her doctorate alongside an adult novel.

Genres: Young Adult Fiction

   The Girl Savage (2011)
     aka Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms
   Rooftoppers (2013)
   The Wolf Wilder (2015)
   The Explorer (2017)
   One Christmas Wish (2017)
   The Good Thieves (2019)
   Skysteppers (2021)
   The Zebra's Great Escape (2022)
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Blue Peter Book Award Best Book winner (2014) : Rooftoppers
Carnegie Medal Best Book nominee (2014) : Rooftoppers
Costa Children's Book Award Best Book winner (2017) : The Explorer

Katherine Rundell recommends
Murder Most Unladylike (2014)
(Wells and Wong Mystery / Murder Most Unladylike Mystery, book 1)
Robin Stevens
"Reading Murder Is Bad Manners is like drinking cocoa by a fireside: It is warm and witty and deeply satisfying."
The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard (2014)
Julia Lee
"A magnificent, madcap book-Julia Lee is like an anarchic Frances Hodgson Burnett."
The Otherlife (2016)
Julia Gray
"Gripping, bold and completely original."
The Night Spinner (2017)
(Dreamsnatcher, book 3)
Abi Elphinstone
"Abi Elphinstone's books are full of adventure, wit,heart, and above all, bravery."
The Storm Keeper's Island (2018)
(Storm Keeper Quartet, book 1)
Catherine Doyle
"So magical and wild that it's like being swept away by the sea ... She's taken an ancient story and found something new and bold and wild in it - I think only real bone-deep writers and storytellers do that. I can't wait for the next."
The Restless Girls (2018)
Jessie Burton
"The Restless Girls is wild, wise, generous, ferocious kind of story. It's a tale to read to your children (of both genders) over and over, and for them to read to theirs. It's a book that glows."
The Infinite (2020)
(Leap Cycle, book 1)
Patience Agbabi
"Exactly as brilliant as I thought it would be. An exciting, bold, witty and magical book."
The Unadoptables (2020)
Hana Tooke
"A high-speed, witty, absurd and joyful adventure."
The Upper World (2021)
(Upper World, book 1)
Femi Fadugba
"A thrilling, electric book - so sharp and quick, so witty and wise it leaves you gasping."
The Good Turn (2022)
Sharna Jackson
"I utterly loved The Good Turn; it's bone-deep brilliant; a joy to the very end. It's so warm and so funny, and so ferociously on the side of justice and of hope. I wanted to know the kids; I loved them like they were real - and I wanted every child I know to have the chance to be in the Copseys. It has a clarity to it that means that to read it feels like being nourished. I adored it."

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