Ally Kennen

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Ally Kennan


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Assistant: Molly Jamieson


Ally Kennen grew up on an isolated organic farm on Exmoor, with no toilet, dead tadpoles coming out of the taps and annual rat infestations. Her family fostered 'challenging' teenagers throughout her childhood. After a spell of road protesting she became an archaeologist. Ally reached no. 41 in the UK charts in 2001 with a song she wrote and sang and subsequently toured round the world. Ally lives in Somerset with her husband, her daughter and two sons, four chickens and a curmudgeonly cat.

Her website can be found at

Upcoming Publications:

THE EVERYTHING MACHINE (2nd February, Scholastic Press)

Eleven year old Olly has a very special delivery - a 3D printing machine, stamped with PROPERTY OF M.O.D and BRITISH SPACE AGENCY. WARNING. DO NOT TAMPER, which has magical powers...It has a name, it speaks, and it can print ANYTHING Olly asks it to - a never-ending supply of sweets, a swimming pool in the shed - but what Olly really wants is...his dad, who has separated from his mum and moved out of the family home. Cue the creation of Dad-Bot - he looks just like Dad (on a good day) but is totally chaotic - and his antics tip Olly and co into a heart-racing and heart-warming adventure!


Ally was the 2005 recipient of the PFD Bath Spa Prose Prize.

BEAST was the winner of the Manchester Book Award 2007 and was also longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Leicester Book Awards - Book of Year 2007, the Branford Boase Award 2007, Booktrust Teenage Prize 2006 and the Bolton Book Award.

BERSERK was the winner of the Leicester Book Award 2008.

SPARKS was shortlisted for The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2010 and the Bolton Children's Book Award 2011.

Praise for Ally Kennen:

"This is all excellent, page-turning stuff, and the denouement, while subtly prefigured, is a genuine shock." The Guardian on QUARRY

"…has a beautiful emotional intelligence and humour that make its suspense all the more enjoyable. It is one of the best new books for 9+ out this year."  The Times

Enterprising writing of a high calibre." Independent on Sunday

"Inventive, funny and moving family adventure ... one of the season s stand-outs particularly when original novels for this age group are so scarce." Children's Bookseller

"Funny, entertaining and surprisingly moving." The Guardian

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