Who we are

Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters are authors who have written extensively for children, YA and adults. Initially recognised and critically accaimed as poets, they soon broadened their work to include plays, picture books and fiction and now non-fiction and nature wriiting.

Their books have won an American Library Association Notable Award, made the IBBY Honor list,  been nominated for the Carnegie {twice}, chosen as Sunday Times Children's Book Of The Week {twice} and featured as Guardian Children's Book Of The Week {three times}. Their author visits and performances have become renowned for dynamic liveliness and infectious enthusiasm. Their poems have appeared on Poetry Please, Radio 3 Words & Music, Blue Peter and CBeebies Poetry Pie. They are also featured on the Poetry Archive, with different material for both primary and secondary age ranges.

Their play for adults on the theme of depression, The Man Who Turned Into A Sofa, was first broadcast on Radio 4 in 2014 and repeated in 2016. Their picture book on the same theme  but with a text aimed at children and families, The Colour Thief is illustrated by Karin Littlewood and published by Wayland. Andrew's  wild swimming nature writing and mental health memoir Dip, a year of swims & stories from the Borderlands is published by Rider Books.

Their books include the fantasy thriller Ravenwood, (under author name Andrew Peters) published worldwide and in the UK with Chicken House, bought up by the editor who signed J.K Rowling. ‘Andrew has created a world to match the best classic fantasy series – breathtaking in its imaginative detail, almost Shakespearean in its telling, gripping in scope, with real characters embarking on the biggest adventure of their lives with daredevil courage and always a sense of humour.’ Barry Cunningham. 'An action-packed adventure story set in the branches of giant trees; a meticulously imagined civilisation with its own religion and myths; political treachery and intrigue; heroism, and battles to the death: all are features of Andrew Peters’ new novel Ravenwood. No wonder then that it is being described as an epic.' Books For Keeps. The second title The Glass Forest, has now published in the UK, Spain and France. BBC audio book versions of both books are available.

Polly and Andrew's novel for younger readers Roar! Bull! Roar! {shortlisted for the Stockport Schools Book Award} is  "A real romp of a read."  Achuka. The follow up, about Peregrine egg thieves is - Falcon's Fury  "Exciting" Daily Telegraph,"A thrilling mystery" Carousel. Andrew's other novels include the Skateboard Detectives series -  Priceless & Diamonds Are For Evil shortly to be republished as e-books.  "A very entertaining adventure novel" Bookbag. "A book to inspire young readers" Writeaway.   Polly's picture books, The Ding-Dong Bag & It's Raining Pouring, We're Exploring were shortlisted for the NASEN/TES Award "Great for rhythm and rhyme storytimes" The Bookseller. Lion publish the best of Andrew's poetry for younger readers in Mad, Bad & Dangerously Haddock  "a very good overview of the kind of thing Fusek Peters does best and will please his multitudes of fans." Adele Geras, Armadillo. His latest poetry collection, based on the theme of trees and ecology,  is Leaves Are Like Traffic Lights. Andrew's anthology for Walker/Candlewick Here's a Little Poem co-edited with Jane Yolen, was a Booklist Editor's Choice of the best books of the year, with over 80 thousand hardback copies sold worldwide. A Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. "A treat of an anthology" Observer. "Wonderful" Independent. "Fabulous." Daily Telegraph. Switching On The Moon, a first book of bedtime poems, illustrated by Brian Karas, is now out. "This book is made for bedtime!" Publisher's Weekly starred review.

Their books for older readers include the teenage play Crash "Original to its core - it should be read and discussed in classrooms and student common rooms up and down the land" TES. Crash was nominated for the Carnegie and shortlisted for The North East Book Award & The Stockport Schools Book Award.They also wrote the ground-breaking Carnegie-nominated Poems With Attitude "It is rare and welcome to find a collection that speaks so directly to teenagers" The Guardian.
Current projects include 10 multi-cultural folk tales for IB International, 4 horror stories for Wayland, a brief history of skateboarding for Collins, and a picture book about depression.

See BOOKS for full details of the range and response to their books. Each book has an Amazon link, but we always encourage readers to visit their local independent book store where all our titles can be ordered.

Andrew and Polly are represented by the Uli Rushby-Smith Literary Agency.

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