Theresa Breslin is a Carnegie-awarding winning novelist of 25 books for children. A former librarian, she wrote her first novel, Simon's Challenge, when a local steel mill closed, devastating the local community. A common element in many of her books is a strong sense of place and setting, which Breslin describes as coming from the landscape and history of Scotland.
Breslin uses a wide variety of literary styles, from historical fiction (Across the Roman Wall, Remembrance), science fiction (Alien Force, Starship Rescue) and issue-lead contemporary fiction, such as Bullies at School and Divided City.
Simon's Challenge won the Kathleen Fidler award; Whispers in the Graveyard, about a boy facing up to his dyslexia, won the Carnegie Medal for Children's Fiction in 1994.
- Across The Roman Wall - Paperback
'Flashbacks' is an exciting series of stories each of which is set at a different time in history. Each book is full of historical detail geared to Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum.
- Alligator - Paperback
Jono didn't mean to buy an alligator - it just sort of happened. Now his mum is going to kill him - if the alligator doesn't get there first!
- Divided City - Paperback
A tale of two boys - one a Catholic, one a Protestant - whose attempt to help an outsider is set against the sectarian prejudices around them in Glasgow when the annual Orange Walks begin.
- The Dream Master - Paperback
This novel is set in both a modern school and ancient Egypt. Cy, the hero, discovers Amun in his wardrobe. Amun has arrived from ancient Egypt via Cy's dreams and has to find his way back!
- An Illustrated Treasury Of Scottish Folk And Fairy Tales - Hardback
Slithering stoorworms, mischievous brownies, fierce kelpies and magical selkies are exquisitely brought to life for children in Theresa Breslin's enchanting tales and Kate Leiper's otherwordly illustrations.
- Kezzie At War - Paperback
During the 1930s Depression in Scotland, Kezzie and her young sister Lucy are luckier than most. Following their father's death, they manage to stay together and live on the little work Kezzie and Grandad are able to find. But life turns sour when Lucy goes missing.
- Mutant - Paperback
There's something strange going on at the Genetic Clone Unit - but can Brad find out what? This is a timely and chilling story about cloning.
- Prisoner Of The Inquisition - Hardback
Zarita is used to basking in a pampered lifestyle as the town magistrate's daughter. When Saulo's father is hanged for an assault on Zarita he didn't commit, Saulo swears revenge. But when Zarita's mother dies, and the frightening Inquisition arrives in the area, a curtain of suspicion and brutality comes down on her old life for good.
- Remembrance - Paperback
A group of friends are suddenly thrust into the harsh realities of war. From the horror of the trenches, to those nursing the wounded and dying, they struggle to survive.
- Simon's Challenge - Paperback
Winner of the Kathleen Fidler Award, and a highly successful BBC drama, this is a witty and realistic detective story about a young boy who realises he is the sole witness of a burglary, but can't remember any of the details.
- Starship Rescue - Paperback
Who can save the Outsiders from a life of slavery? It is up to Marc and Sasha to get a message for help back to Planet Earth. But as Marc discovers, not even friends can be trusted and his mission is fraught with danger.
- Whispers In The Graveyard - Paperback
Solomon struggles with his dyslexia both at home and at school. He finds refuge among the stones of an old graveyard in the shadow of a rowan tree, the only thing growing there. But then workmen uproot the tree and a disturbing power is released. Has an ancient evil been disturbed?
- Simon's Challenge - 1988
- Different Directions - 1989
- A Time to Reap - 1991
- Bullies at School - 1993
- Kezzie - 1993
- Whispers in the Graveyard - 1994
- Alien Force - 1995
- A Homecoming for Kezzie - 1995
- Death or Glory Boys - 1996
- Best of Friends - 1997
- Blair the Winner - 1997
- Across the Roman Wall - 1997
- Name Games - 1997
- Body Parts - 1998
- Blair Makes a Splash! - 1999
- The Dream Master - 1999
- Starship Rescue - 1999
- Duncan of Carrick - 2000
- Dream Master: Nightmare! - 2000
- Remembrance - 2002
- New School Blues - 2002
- Dream Master: Gladiator - 2003
- Prisoner in Alcatraz - 2004
- Saskia's Journey - 2004
- Dream Master: Arabian Nights - 2004
- Divided City - 2005
- Mutant - 2005
- Alligator - 2008
- The Nostradamus Prophecy - 2008
- Prisoner of the Inquisition - 2010
- Kezzie at War - 2012
- My Mum's a Punk...: New Stories and Poems for Children - 2002
- An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales - 2012