Acclaimed author and ex English teacher, Abi Elphinstone has written with and for children throughout her career. She studied English at Bristol University and then worked as a teacher in Africa, Berkshire and London before turning to writing full time. Having grown up in Scotland, Abi’s adventurous childhood spent building dens and running across highland glens brought out the storyteller in her. More recent experiences have included living with Kazagh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia, abseiling in caves in Brazil, and dog-sledding across the Arctic!
Abi’s debut book for 8-12 years, The Dreamsnatcher, was heralded as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2015 by The Guardian, billed it as being ‘Harry Potter dark magic territory – atmospheric and packed with drama’ by the Daily Mail and reviewed as ‘thrilling’ and ‘cinematic’ by The Sunday Times. Her second book, The Shadow Keeper, was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Independent Book Week Award and the BAMB Readers Award while the final book in this trilogy, The Night Spinner, was published in 2017.
In 2018, Abi’s arctic-inspired ‘Sky Song’ catapulted into the bestseller charts and became Waterstones Book of the Month and was shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award.
Abi’s latest book, ‘Rumblestar’ – the first in an exciting new series called ‘The Unmapped Chronicles’ – is about Casper Tock, a boy who hates risks, is allergic to adventure and shudders at the thought of unpredictable events. So, it comes as a nasty shock to him when he accidentally stumbles into Rumblestar, an Unmapped Kingdom full of magical beasts.
‘Abi Elphinstone is proving to be a worthy successor to CS Lewis’ – The Times
‘Atmospheric. Packed with drama.’ – Daily Mail
‘Abi Elphinstone has created a complete world so believably and effortlessly, I can only marvel’ – Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy
‘So fast it left me breathless… The Dreamsnatcher confirms Abi Elphinstone as a hugely talented and exciting Middle Grade author.’ – Emma Carroll, author of ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’