Christopher grew up in Manchester and before becoming an author worked as an English teacher and publisher – any job that let him keep a book close to hand. When not writing, he also works as a freelance education consultant and publisher. Christopher has also written publications about encouraging children to read.
“Christopher Edge really knows how to get boys reading.”
Gerry Swain, National Strategies, Programme Director – Secondary English
Books by Christopher Edge
The Longest Night of Charlie Noon
Nosy Crow, May 2019
Secrets, spies or maybe even a monster… what lies in the heart of the wood? Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny are determined to find out but when night falls without warning they become impossibly lost. Strange dangers and impossible puzzles lurk in the shadows and, as time plays tricks, Charlie starts to fear for the future… What if this night never ends?
Praise for The Longest Night of Charlie Noon
“Christopher Edge — the coolest science teacher you probably never had — is no ordinary author. There’s no one quite like him writing now. His stories fizz with scientific ideas, the perfect fodder for the child with more questions than answers.” The Times, Children’s Book of the Week
“A heart-stopping adventure with thrills and twists, codes and puzzles, underpinned by an intense evocation of the natural world.” The Sunday Times
The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day
Nosy Crow, May 2018
It’s Maisie’s birthday and she can’t wait to open her presents. She’s hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But the house is empty and outside the front door is nothing but a dense, terrifying blackness.
Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie will have to rely on the laws of the universe and the love of her family to save her. And even that might not be enough…
Praise for The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day
Winner of the STEAM Children’s Book Prize
Nominated for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal
“The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day is a heartbreaking, head-melting science fiction mystery from the superlative Christopher Edge.” The Guardian
Jamie’s dad is an astronaut. This is a good thing – because how cool is that? And a bad thing – because he’s going to be orbiting the Earth for several months and Jamie already misses him badly. Doing his homework at the observation lab one night, Jamie inadvertently picks up a weird signal on his mobile phone. Could it be from an alien civilisation with a message for humankind, a message that Jamie has to get to his father before it’s too late? But how do you rescue an astronaut without heading into space yourself?
How To Be A Young #Writer
Published January 2017 by Oxford University Press
This is an authoritative book from the word experts at Oxford to get budding writers crafting brilliant stories. It will help you think about how to develop an idea into a gripping and powerful story, with examples and tips from the best known authors to show you how it’s done. For children aged 11 and over, it covers all the key elements of plot, characterization, building a believable world, thinking about tone and style, weaving description into stories, through to endings and editing your work. Practical tips will get any struggling writer to beat the fear of the blank page and inspirational advice will help young authors to achieve their creative writing goals. It includes information on sharing stories and how to get people reading your work.
The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
When Albie’s mum dies, it’s natural he should ask where she’s gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something about quantum physics and parallel universes, so Albie gets a box, a laptop and a rotting banana, and sends himself through time and space in search of his mum.
Shortlisted for the Teach Primary New Children’s Fiction Award 2016
Published by Nosy Crow, 2016
How to Write Your Best Story Ever
Published May 2015 by Oxford University Press
This is a humorous and authoritative book that will awaken the author in every child, unlocking their story ideas and giving them hints and tips to create their own stories. For children aged 13 and under, this book is written in a fun, engaging, and inspirational style that will help all readers to see themselves as writers and help them to achieve their creative writing goals. It is ideal for home and schools, primary and lower secondary. The book is authoritative, linked to curriculum requirements, but not intimidating. From how to write for your audience or for a specific purpose, how to overcome writer’s block and how to write in different genres, to what words to use to best effect, this book gives children the tools they need to make writing an enjoyable experience. It is filled with tips on how to use wonderful and weird words, invent new words, and write powerful sentences using metaphors, similes, and idioms. Children will soon be creating stories that will stay with their writers and readers forever.
The Penny Dreadful Mysteries
Book One: Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Book Two: Shadows of the Silver Screen
Book Three: The Black Crow Conspiracy
A three-book series for fans of Philip Reeve and Anthony Horowitz. Penelope Treadwell is the feisty thirteen-year-old orphan heiress of the bestselling magazine, The Penny Dreadful. Her masterly tales of the macabre are gripping Victorian Britain, even if no one knows she’s the real author. She, along with her uncle, her best friend Alfie, and the somewhat questionable actor Monty Maples must take on a variety of devilish plots and villainous adversaries in the course of this action-packed trilogy.
Books in the series have been shortlisted for; the Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction, the Phoenix Book Award, the Northern Ireland Book Award, the Dudley Teen Book Award, and the Redbridge Children’s Book Award.
Twelve Minutes to Midnight was also the winner of the Stockport Schools’ Book Award, and selected by the International Youth Library for The White Ravens 2013.
Published by Nosy Crow; 2012, 2013, 2014.
How to be a Hero
A stunning gift/information book for readers who love adventure.
An invaluable guide for any budding hero heading on a quest into fantastic lands. Mixing practical how-to information and advice drawing on folklore and fairy tales. Learn how to cross a troll bridge, how to slay a dragon and many other useful skills.
The Templar Company, 2012, World
The Dead Ways
Book One: The Dead Ways
Book Two: Army of the Dead
The Government has a plan to clean up the environment – closing down motorways and returning the roads to nature. When Scott Williams’ father is found dead in his government office, Scott resolves to find out the truth behind his death. What he uncovers is a far-reaching and sinister conspiracy to open ancient lines of power sealing this world from the next. As the roads close, the dead will wake. Soon Scott is thrust headlong into a deadly race against time. It’ll be the end of the world if he loses. A chilling supernatural thriller, written in a fast-paced cinematic style, which will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Published by Catnip; 2011, 2012.
How to Make Money
Published April 2012 by Scholastic
Find out how to make a million – and then multiply it. This book is the ultimate guide to becoming an entrepreneur. It is packed with money-making tips including how to make and sell apps, how to bargain at a market, and how to start a record label.
A teenage Spooks for the digital generation, i-SSASSINS is a gripping action-packed adventure.
Publisher: Heinemann (educational rights only)
All other rights: JBA
Santa’s Christmas Handbook
A humorous novelty title for readers aged 6+ – a helpful handbook for a rather hopeless Santa, written by his elves.
Published by Templar Publishing, 2011
Christopher Edge is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy – firstname.lastname@example.org