Jenny McLachlan

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July 2015

I have always loved reading and I studied English at university just so that I could read a bit more. Next I found my way into secondary teaching and discovered that I loved it too: I got to read more books, show off and hang out with very funny teenagers. What a great job!

Teaching English also encouraged me to write. Soon I had planned and started lots of different stories, but they were all abandoned and shoved to the back of a drawer. Then, one day, the plot for Flirty Dancing came together; Bea’s story was so alive it was like a film running in my head and I knew it was a story I would finish.

Over the next few years, various exciting events distracted me from Flirty Dancing: I got married, travelled the world, was chased by an angry ele

The Land of Roar

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Believing is just the beginning . . .

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s attic.

Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure – as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow. . .)

Now the twins...

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Published on July 11, 2019 10:49
Average rating: 3.99 · 2,032 ratings · 488 reviews · 13 distinct worksSimilar authors
Stargazing For Beginners

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Flirty Dancing (Ladybirds, #1)

3.89 avg rating — 648 ratings — published 2014 — 16 editions
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Sunkissed (Ladybirds, #3)

4.17 avg rating — 247 ratings — published 2015 — 9 editions
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Truly, Wildly, Deeply

3.89 avg rating — 218 ratings — published 2018
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Love Bomb (Ladybirds, #2)

3.92 avg rating — 320 ratings — published 2015 — 13 editions
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Star Struck (Ladybirds, #4)

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The Land of Roar

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Flirty Dancing By Jenny McL...

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Zoom to the Moon: A Bloomsb...

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Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019
Winner of the Dudley Children’s Book Award 2018

Annie is starting college and she can’t wait for the adv... Read more of this blog post »
Stargazing For Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
"This was an absolutely lovely YA read.

15 year old Meg is an aspiring astronaut who dreams of escaping Earth. Meg is stuck with a super flaky hippie Mother who one day up and leaves Meg in charge of her toddler sister to go on a volunteer holiday..." Read more of this review »
Stargazing For Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
"I adored this book, read it in one sitting. It's just enough parts mad, emotional, and funny to keep you wanting to know more and perhaps even want for such a revelation of belonging yourself.
Wonderful plot, and a great characterisation of young t..." Read more of this review »
Stargazing For Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
"Stargazing for Beginners is Jenny McLachlan’s best novel yet. That is saying something; I’ve been a fan of her books since Flirty Dancing. Megara (Meg) is clever and resilient and comically unaware of her own appeal. The story packs a real emotion..." Read more of this review »
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“Never in the history of the universe has the meeting of two socks felt so amazing.”
Jenny McLachlan

“What if my hands feel dry? Or, worse, sweaty? What if they just feel weird? Could I have weird hands? The more I think about my hands the weirder they seem. Could I... could I possibly have man-hands? I begin to feel sweat squeezing out of my big manly fingertips.”
Jenny McLachlan, Flirty Dancing

“This is the best thing I've ever sat on," I say, wriggling in my seat. "Except maybe Darth Vader's lap. That was good, but scary... he was doing the voice.”
Jenny McLachlan, Flirty Dancing


Your school is putting on a production of Romeo and Juliet, do you …?

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Star Struck (Ladybirds, #4) by Jenny McLachlan

Audition for a singing part, definitely. I’ll love the wacky costumes, too!
  34 votes, 33.0%

Audition, mainly for the hair and make-up.
  29 votes, 28.2%

Audition for a dancing part!
  21 votes, 20.4%

Audition, I better get the main part or there will be HELL to pay.
  19 votes, 18.4%


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