Gillian Cross may be best known for The Demon Headmaster series but she has written widely for teenagers and children. Among her many achievements and accolades are the Carnegie Medal, which she was awarded in 1990 for Wolf and the Whitbread Award (renamed Costa Award) for The Great Elephant Chase.
Gillian's latest book, Ollie Spark and the Accidental Adventure is co-authored with Alan Snow. It's a highly illustrated techno adventure with plenty of laughs and just the right amount of jeopardy.
Gillian spoke to Nikki Gamble about the start of this new series.
About Ollie Spark and the Accidental Adventure
Machines, mysteries and mayhem - this must be a case for OLLIE SPARK!
Ollie Spark loves mending machines and solving mysteries. But he gets more than he bargained for when fixing Aunt Caz's van throws him into a real-life spy adventure! Ollie is whisked away to a mysterious city with strange plants, an unknown language and suspicious people around every corner. With the help of Gasket, his new dog best friend, he sets off on a mission to save the city - and Aunt Caz - from disaster.
Can Ollie fix things before it's too late?!