I live part of the year in Guatemala, and part in Portland, Oregon, USA. One summer day in Portland I was walking in a park with two friends, Cati, who teaches seventh grade, and Dave, a doctor, who started telling me about their dog and cat. Their dog, Tiger, was very smart and very patient, and took care of the cat, who was a terrible risk-taker. The cat climbed up a tree and sat on a branch a man was sawing off the tree. The cat actually got stuck in the toilet while trying to drink the toilet water. And then, unnoticed, the cat jumped into the freezer with all the frozen food, and Cati didn’t notice and shut her inside. Could the wise dog save her from that? He did.
Tiger – what a hero! I wanted to write about him and her. I didn’t need to make anything up. The whole plot for the book had just fallen into my lap. All I needed to do to write it was to see things from Tiger’s point of view. I wrote Tiger Tells All in just three weeks, and it turned out really good and funny. Just as if Tiger was dictating it to me. Maybe he was!
Ann Cameron is the author of seventeen books, including the timeless series of stories featuring brothers Julian and Huey, and she has been a finalist for the U.S. National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Please visit anncameronbooks.com for further information about Ann and her books.
We love all our books, but if you need recommendations, here they are: 10 books every library and school must have! Click on the titles to find out more.
|A classic! Former National Curriculum text celebrating over 15 years in print. Currently on Oxford Reading Tree.|
Themes: jobs, losing teeth, Down’s Syndrome, wheelchair use, fairies
|A hilarious rhyming romp through careers for boys.|
Themes: jobs, poetry, humour
|A tropical Thumbelina tale, highlighted in children’s book week 2009.|
Themes: climate change, giants, agriculture
|Stunningly illustrated tale about saving the environment highlighted in children’s book week 2010.|
Themes: environment, water, creation, animals, African jewellery and pottery
|An asylum seeker’s search for peace and quiet in the noisy city – a great book for discussion.|
Themes: immigration, making friends, noises and silence, urban life, ESL, SEN
|A clever class saves their beloved teacher in this rhyming story.|
Themes: humour, poetry, school, hospital, pets
|Space, magic and wizards! Great junior fiction for boys.|
Themes: space, humour, wheelchair use, single-parent family, working mums, moving house
|Including Benjamin Zephaniah, Malorie Blackman and the Obamas. Click here to view all.|
Themes: Black History Month, non-fiction, biography, careers
|A tale of alien adoption.|
Themes: humour, aliens, sibling rivalry, adoption
|Pacey 11+ fiction where L.A. skater boy Jamie MacDoran faces up to an ancient Scottish legacy.|
Themes: dual heritage, bereavement, family history, responsibility
And a little something for bed time…
The Night the Lights Went Out
A soothing, lyrical story for anyone who’s afraid of the dark.