Tom Moorhouse is a strange hybrid being, half children’s author and half research ecologist (an entity probably not called an “authologist”). His debut novel The River Singers won the Quality Fiction NSTBA award, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, longlisted for the UKLA and Branford Boase awards, and shortlisted for the Stockton Children’s Book of the Year. Its sequel The Rising was published in 2014. Trickster, nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, is a “ratrospective”. (No, he won’t stop making that joke.) In 2016 he joined ten other authors and Lantana Publishing to create A Wisp of Wisdom, giving Cameroonian children back their stories. In 2017 his first follow-ups to The Wind in the Willows (A Race for Toad Hall and Toad Hall in Lockdown) came out, and 2018 saw the publication of the next in the series: Toad in Trouble Waters, and Operation Toad. His books have so far been translated into seven languages, the French translation of The River Singers winning Le Prix LibbyLit for junior fiction in 2014.
Elegy For A River: Whiskers, Claws and Conservation’s Last, Wild Hope will publish in March 2021, with Raynor Winn saying, “The pages of this book are shot through with a quicksilver light reflected from wet fur – not a lament for our rivers but a chorus of hope for their future.”
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