Maz’s debut children’s novel ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’ was published by Chicken House in February 2017 and was selected as the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. It entered the bestseller charts on its first week on sale, sold to 17 countries worldwide and has received over 20 award nominations, including the Carnegie Medal, Branford Boase, Books Are My Bag and Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year. The sequel, ‘Simply the Quest’ was published in August 2017, ‘Beyond the Odyssey’ in April 2018 and ‘Against All Gods’ in 2019. Maz also narrates the audiobooks for the series and went on to write ‘Vi Spy’ and ‘The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife’. As well as writing for children, Maz began her career as a TV journalist, and has won awards for songwriting and scriptwriting. Her acclaimed creative writing events have featured at Hay, Imagine, Edinburgh, Bath, Cheltenham, Latitude, Wilderness and many other literary festivals and primary schools around the UK.
‘Who Let The Gods Out?’: Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?
‘The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife’: Scarlett Fife has BIG FEELINGS. And when she has BIG FEELINGS, they explode out of her like an over-squeezed stress ball. But feelings are like slime in a party bag. No matter how much someone tells you to keep it in, it’ll always find its way out. And very soon, Scarlett notices that every time she pushes her feelings down, something explodes. Like … really, properly explodes.
‘A brilliantly funny adventure romp filled with kooky versions of all your favourite Greek Gods.’ – Peter Bunzl, author of ‘Cogheart’
‘… lashings of adventure, the Olympic gods as you’ve never seen them before and a wonderfully British sense of humour.’ – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
‘A relentlessly witty, fast-paced middle grade adventure.’ – M.G Leonard, author of ‘Beetle Boy’
‘Good luck finding a children’s book that tops this in 2017.’ – Ashley Booth, Teacher
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