Keith’s first book Creepers was published when he was 24 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award. He has since written many books including his best-known Ostrich Boys, which won great acclaim and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, Guardian Fiction Prize and the BookTrust Teen Prize. Keith has also written Warehouse (shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award), Malarkey (shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize) and The Runner (winner of a Smarties Silver Medal). He has lectured in Creative Writing and now lives in Edinburgh with his partner and their daughter. He spends much of his time visiting schools to pass on his love of books and writing, as well as reviewing teenage fiction.
Cal is sick of being the good guy. Joe’s dad is a big time loser – can Joe ever be a winner? Ben has two girlfriends – but only loves himself, and Kate has to say the hardest goodbye of all. Four people. Four stories. Four links in the chain. One book, which will change their lives forever.
“Eric, are you ready to travel to a place you’ve never been before?” Mathew Masters asked, loud enough for the whole audience to hear. “Are you ready to do something truly magical? Are you ready, Eric, to vanish not somewhere, but Elsewhere?”
Where do you go when you disappear? Or, rather, when you are ‘disappeared’. Eric is about to find out when a school trip to a magic show takes an unexpected turn.
When Alex’s dad drags him to Boswall and Sons, the local department store, he never expects to find himself thrown into a world of kidnap and spies.
“If I tell you to run, then run, right? And I mean fast.”
Dan grassed up Johnny Kemp. No one else was stupid enough to mess with Johnny. Just Dan. Now Johnny Kemp is back, and he’s out for blood…
Kenny, Sim and Blake are about to embark on a remarkable journey. Stealing the urn that contains the ashes of their best friend Ross, they set out to travel 261 miles from Cleethorpes on the English east coast to the tiny hamlet of Ross in southern Scotland. After a depressing and dispiriting funeral they feel that taking Ross to Ross will be a fitting memorial for a fifteen year-old boy who changed all their lives through his friendship.
Published by Random House Children’s Publishers UK, 2008
The Last Soldier
Nothing much happens in Joe and Wade’s dusty town. There’s not much excitement in Joe and his brother’s lives – just grinding poverty and the occasional run-in with the neighbours. The only highlight is the arrival of the carnival, with its mermaid, wolfman and baby dragon. This year, there’s a new attraction – the Last Soldier of World War One. What message does he have for the boys…?
Published by Barrington Stoke, 2015
You Killed Me!
Len Grimsby is dead and he blames Toby. When Len’s ghost appears at the end of his bed, Toby is taken back in time to see the repercussions of his actions and unravel the series of events that led to Len’s death. Can he save Len from being killed? Gripping ghost story from a critically acclaimed writer.
Published by Barrington Stoke, 2013
Also with Barrington Stoke:
Next (2012), Losing It (2010), Hoodlum (2010), The Fearful (2005), Malarkey (2003), Before Night Falls (2003), Warehouse (2002), £10,000 (2001), Happy (1998), The Runner (1998), From Blood: Two Brothers (1997), Dead Trouble (1997), Creepers (1996), Hunting The Cat (1996)
Keith Gray is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy – firstname.lastname@example.org