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published 07/08/2008 | rosieemma91
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Pro Adventure, Intruige and Fantasy in his books.
Cons Not all his books are of a high standard.
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"Great author who can write up a storm..."

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Philip Reeve is an author as well as an illustrator and has written a number of award winning books.

Reeve was born in Brighton in 1966. He wrote since he was five years old, however he didn't follow this passion immediately, and instead worked in a bookshop for a number of years before becoming an illustrator. He illustrated for famous books such as the Horrible Histories series - a series which tells a side of history which appeals to younger children, as well as a similar series called Murderous Maths.

His first published book was Mortal Engines. The gripping tale of traction cities, a scarred young aviatrix called Hester and a niave trainee librarian of London called Tom captured the hearts of many, including my own. This won the Gold Award at the Nestle's Smarties Book Prize 2002 and won Blue Peter book of the year in 2003.

Mortal Engines' sequel, Predator's Gold was equally successful. The continuing story of Hester, Tom and their travels in an airship called the Jenny Haniver enraptured fans of the first book. This sequel was selected for the YA Best Books by the American Library Association 2005.

Following these were Infernal Devices, in which Tom and Hester have settled down with their daughter Wren and have seemingly abandoned their lives of adventure. But for how long?

The, the final book in the series which wraps up Tom and Hester's story, called A Darkling Plain, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

He has also written a series of other books called the Buster Bayliss series, which is for younger readers and is filled with far fetched, often unbelievable adventures.

He has also recently had published a book called Here Lies Arthur, a bloody tale about a girl who gets caught up in the life of a young King Arthur. It has been shortlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal.

Philip now lives in Dartmoor with his wife Sarah and son Samuel.

Personally, I really liked the Mortal Engines series (although was admittedly disappointed with the final book) and cannot wait to read Here Lies Arthur. My youner brother is a massive fan of the series for younger readers, and I find his work similar to that of Philip Pullman's in a sense.

I would definately recommend this author to any fan of fantasy, fighting and adventure.

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  • jonahea published 07/08/2008
    Love your review and your style :D Come take a peek at me to... I think im starting to get addicted :P
  • jimmyweewee published 07/08/2008
    Deff not my thing but good review.
  • marymoose99 published 07/08/2008
    Good review, but not really my genre!
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