Fiction For Older Children

Francesca Simon offers readers of all ages a brilliant, thought-provoking collision of ancient Norse myth with contemporary celebrity culture.

Guardian on The Lost Gods

This is Francesca Simon's best book.

The Times on The Lost Gods

You have to read it: it's fast moving, it's funny, it's silly and it's scary: what's not to like?

The Bookbag on The Lost Gods

Children will love the banter, the darkness and physicality of the tale.

Guardian on The Sleeping Army

A wildly original, rollicking twist on Norse mythology.

Jacqueline Wilson on The Sleeping Army

Guaranteed to bring gales of laughter.

The Times on The Sleeping Army

Breathtaking, magical storytelling. I loved this book.

Eoin Colfer on The Sleeping Army

If this version of the Greek myths doesn't win over your child, nothing ever will.

Telegraph on Helping Hercules

This is told with flamboyant characterisation and the hair-raising tales offer an exciting introduction to the world of Greek mythology.

Junior magazine on Helping Hercules

Francesca Simon's fairytale school story is feisty and funny, blending the familiar with original additions into an entertaining whole.

Julia Eccleshare, Guardian on Don't Cook Cinderella

Set in modern Britain (but with a Norse twist) this highly enjoyable sequel to The Sleeping Army revisit the themes and characters of Francesca Simon's earlier novel. The three most powerful Viking gods, Woden, Thor and Freya are now seen to be lost and powerless in a secular world where the achievement of celebrity status signifies fame. Sharply ironic in her swipes at modern day faithlessness, media culture and worship of celebrity, Francesca Simon's skill as a social commentator and keen-eyed caricaturist is woven with a light touch throughout the book. This is fast-paced entertainment during which the reader is confronted with tough, illuminating questions about modern beliefs and values.

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