Elias Martin

Elias Martin by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Fran Shun

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A young man comes to the snowy woodlands of Northern Canada, where a small mistake can cost you your life. He battles with unforgiving nature to make his living as a trapper, but a magical child shows him there is more to his life in the woods than struggle and hardship.

"There's something about the way Nicola Davies writes that slides the words into your soul." - Jackie Morris

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The Selkie’s Mate

The Selkie’s Mate by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Claire Jenkins

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On a Hebridean island a crofter finds an end to loneliness when a Selkie sing with him and leaves the sea to be his love. She gives him with her selkie skin for safekeeping, but will he keep his promise to give it back when she asks. This is story about love found and lost, and the nature of trust.

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The White Hare

The White Hare by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Anastasia Izlesou

Publication 15th September

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Back then, humans and animals were fellow beings under the sky. Perhaps that’s why it seemed possible for humans to change into animals.

One in a series of tales that explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world. Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

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Mother Cary's Butter Knife

Mother Cary's Butter Knife by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Anja Uhren

Publication 15th September

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The smallest of three brothers, Keenan Mowat had a priceless talent: he loved the sea and the sea loved him right back.

One in a series of tales that explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world. Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

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Whale Boy

Whale Boy by Nicola Davies

Published by Random House as a Corgi Yearling April 2013

Shortlisted for the "Best Story" category of the 2014 Blue Peter Book Awards!

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There’s a place where the water runs deep enough to lose the highest mountain.

That’s where the whales come. So many you can walk on their backs.

And here’s how to find it...

Michael wants a boat very badly, so he can go fishing and recapture the times he spent on the tropical sea around his island home with his dad. Perhaps he can find the secret place where the whales used to come, that the riddle on his grandfather’s silver medallion talks about.

When the smiling Englishman, Spargo, offers Michael his own boat and a job looking for whales it seems to good to be true Michael suspects its the kind of bait that must have a hook inside. But with his Gran’s hospital bills to pay he can’t turn it down.

Spargo is not what he seems, he wants the secret that the silver medallions holds and will do anything to get it. By the time Michael discovers the real reason Spargo wants to find whales, its too late to keep himself and his new friend, a sperm whale he calls Freedom, out of terrible danger. Michael must make brave difficult choices to save Freedom and his family from captivity and death.

An exciting story with a beautiful tropical island setting, about friendship with a wild whale ‘Whale Boy’ is also about love, and how, when you love someone or something, you’ll do whatever it takes to protect it.

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Walking the Bear

Walking the Bear by Nicola Davies

Publication August 2013

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Zak's Dad is determined that Zaki will follow the family tradition of training dancing bears. But Zaki has other ideas. So when he is given two sloth bear cubs to care for and train, he runs away from home. He decides to return the bears to the wild but to do that he must first help the young bears learn to be wild. Will Zaki becomes a little bear like himself or can he still become the sort of musician he's dreamed of being?

Like all the books in this series, Manatee Baby is based on a real life story about people and animals in the wild.

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Manatee Baby

Manatee Baby by Nicola Davies

Publication August 2013

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Manuela lives in a village on the banks of the Amazon and she wants to be a great fisherman and hunter like her father. She has always dreamed of hunting manatees but when her father kills one, she find the reality is very different. She adopts the manatee's orphaned calf and promises to return it to the its life in the river. But its a difficult promise to keep: manatees are not easy babies! Not only must Manuela learn to be a manatee mum, but she must protect the calf from those who still want to kill it.

Like all the Heroes of the Wild series this book is based on the true story of the Kalendar bear trainers in India, and was researched in a Kalendar village in Bhopal, India.

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Elephant Road

The Elephant Road by Nicola Davies

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Elephants have always passed through the forest around Wilen’s village but the forest is being cut down, and now the elephants are too close for comfort. People start to wonder if a life without elephants and forest would be easier. Wilen has to overcome his shyness and his breaking voice to help his village make the right decision.

This story of elephant encounters, tropical storms and family conflicts is set in the forested hills of Northern India. Although it is a made up story it is based on what has really been happening in Meghalaya province in India, where shrinking forests are bringing elephants and humans into conflict. But the Garo people who have lived in the hills for centuries have decided that their forests are too important to lose. They are setting up reserves to safeguard remaining forest and planting trees to restore forest that has been cut down, creating safe corridors of woodland, through which elephants can travel in peace. With the help of the World Land Trust and their partners Wildlife Trusts of India, Garo people are finding new ways to make a living that safeguard the future of their forests.

The Elephant Road is the second book in a series about conserving real animals in the wild and how people around the world have found ways to take action to save their own precious wildlife.

Every time The Elephant Road is borrow from a public library The World Land Trust receives a small amount of money from the Public Lending Right - PLR - which has been donated by the author. If you’d like donate money to to help save forests all over the world visit the World Land Trust Donation page.

The elephant’s legs swung towards him in the torchlight and Wilen screamed. It was the loudest sound he had managed to make for more than a year. The elephant turned and ran. A moment later, the crashing of the herd’s retreat faded down the river valley.

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The Lion Who Stole My Arm

The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies

Published December 2012

Winner of The Portsmouth Book Award 2014

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Pedru loses an arm to a lion and is filled with a desire for retribution. But will he take his revenge or find a way to live in peace with Africa's most famous animal?

This is the first in a series of books for 8-12 year olds, which combine real animals and real conservation stories in a fictional story.

The Lion Who Stole My Arm, and the other titles in the series, ‘The Elephant Road’ , ‘Manatee Baby’ and ‘Walking the Bear’ give readers the excitement and drama whilst also offering them real information about animals and how we can conserve them in the wild

Reviews

"It's an irresistible title and doesn't disappoint...This is seat-edge stuff, though, full of bush lore. I'm getting more of her." —Kitty Empire, The Observer

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Silver Street 6 - Frozen Solid

Frozen Solid at Silver Street Farm by Nicola Davies

Just published!

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The sixth in the Silver Street Farm series.

A freak snowstorm has Lonchester in its grip! So it's Meera, Karl and Gemma to the rescue, with the help of a troupe of Russian Ballet dancers and a very unusual grocery delivery service!


Silver Street Farm five

Silver Street Farm - The Little Farm in the Big City

Six books in the series, the latest one above.

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Meera, Gemma and Karl share a passion for farms and farm animals. But their dream of setting up their own farm in the middle of the city where they live seems impossible, until Meera finds the perfect spot for it - Silver Street station, derelict and over grown.

But it’s only when Karl’s auntie’s new poodle pups turn out to be lambs and Gemma’s rotten eggs start cheeping, that Silver Street Farm really gets going.

These are the first four books about Silver Street Farm, following the three friends through adventures, disasters and triumphs. There are escaping sheep, carol singing turkey rustlers, spotty piglets, nautical goats, plus a very friendly policeman, a rockin’ DJ and the Silliest Dog in the Whole World.

Join Meera, Karl and Gemma and their furry, feathery friends, Flinty, Chinook, Mojo and Mrs Fattybot for animal adventures and a lot of laughs!

Six books now available, with 5 and 6 in the series - Crowded Out at Silver Street Farm and Frozen Solid at Silver Street Farm - released in Autumn 2012.

Audio Books

‘Welcome to Silver Street Farm’ and ‘Escape from Silver Street Farm’ are available as unabridged audio books read by the author. Buy them now at Whole Story Audio Books.

A Girl Called Dog

A Girl Called Dog by Nicola Davies

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Shy, quiet Dog has never talked to another person, and has to sleep on the floor of angry Uncle’s pet shop with the animals who are her only friends. But one day a mysterious parcel arrives: Inside is Carlos the parrot, a chattering bundle of vitality and a long life history!

With help from Carlos, Dog has a chance to escape from Uncle’s pet shop. Together Dog, Carlos and Esme set off on an exciting, sometimes terrifying adventure. But will the three companions ever find a place they can call home? And will clever Carlos help Dog to find her voice at last?

Read about Nicola's trip to the Amazon on her blog

Reviews

‘The eponymous Dog has a Dahlesque existence in this unusual animal adventure that takes her and her animal companions from a run-down pet shop to the vibrant Amazonian jungle. Quirky, moving and ultimately uplifting.’ - The Bookseller

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Rubbish Town Hero

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Chipo and his sister Gentle, live in a bomb crater outside Rubbish Town, where everything and everyone has been thrown away at least once. With no parents or family to protect them, Chipo is convinced that his ability to think quick and move fast, like a superhero, is all that he and his sister, Gentle, need to get on in life. But Chipo’s ambitions land them in big trouble and set the two children and their dog Mouse, on a roller coaster ride of adventures. Along the way they find a new kind of family, but will Chipo find the courage to be a real hero and find a better life for them all?

Home

Home by Nicola Davies

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Home is set in a future where the earth is so polluted that humans have been driven to live under huge city-covering domes and hanger-like factories. This world is ruled by the elite powerful ‘Supers’ who control the underdog ‘Workers’ with drugs and propaganda and tell them that Earth is not their home planet and that humans belong in some far-off place in the stars.

But outside the domes and hangers the Earth has recovered and begun to flourish and nurture human life — the Outsiders — once more. Plants and animals are living proof that the Earth is not toxic or alien and the rebel Outsiders are about to subvert the Super’s world order.

Two young people, Sacks and Nero, from opposite sides of the social divide, are caught up in the struggle, seemingly by chance. But as the story unfolds we learn that they have a bigger role to play in the world than they thought, and a secret history that will change who they are and where they belong.

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Up On the Hill

Up on the Hill by Nicola Davies

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Up On the Hill is three different stories about three different children. They all live on farms and their lives revolve around animals and the land. Like children everywhere, the children in these stories encounter problems in their lives — sometimes very big ones — but the animals around them on the farm help to get them through. Lolly has lost her Mum but a pet lamb helps her to get over her grief; Rose feels she’s a jinx on the whole farm, but her pup shows her she’s just the opposite; and Maxy’s escaping hen helps her to get over the worry of a new baby in the family.

These stories are rooted in children’s vivid connection with the natural world. They contain all the excitement and sense of independence of being responsible for the life of a domestic animal and the everyday thrill of life on a farm. Each story is gently told in spare lyrical prose, accessible for children new to reading alone but has enough plot and deeper emotional content to satisfy more fluent older readers.

Up On the Hill handles some big difficult issues that many children have to deal with. Their rural setting will speak directly to country children but also to the hearts of all children who love animals and dream of roving free.

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Reviews

Nicola Davies’s collection of three stories about farm children is a gem. Well-told, moving and realistic narratives convey the practicalities of rural life…” Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times march 2008