Ren’s family lose their home in a fire. They’re living with her grandmother now and things are a bit tense.
Ren lost her collection of things, her clothes; her brother lost his little bear and is inconsolable. So Ren starts replacing things with other people’s possessions. They’ve got loads of stuff, after all.
But she gets caught and has to strike a terrifying deal to avoid detection…
A tense, page-turning story that sensitively deals with themes of family upheaval and kleptomania, by the bestselling author of Ella on the Outside.
My Life On Fire shows children there is a way out and they are not alone.
- Kate Heap,Scope For Imagination.
Cath Howe's book is a keeper.
- Lucy Bannerman, The Times Children's Book of the Week
Despite its fiery title, My Life On Fire still retains love and hope in difficult circumstances and to look for the best in people.
- Check Em Out Books
Welcome to the island of Egg where a group of young puffins are training to join a search and rescue team.
Meet Muffin who is following in her dad's footsteps and anxious not to let him down. Meet Tiny whose eyesight is a challenge which won't stop him for long. And meet Forti who seems so over-confident but is really desperate to impress.
Along with their fellow recruits, the puffins must work together to help all the birds on the island.
First in a delightful new series about puffins and teamwork - for readers aged 5+.
Perfectly-pitched to read with
5+year-olds, and to satisfy
newly-independent readers who are ready to go it alone, Cath Howe’s Call the Puffins! fledges a new series in soaring style as it shares reassuring messages about trying your best and being brave.
This is a charming story, beautifully illustrated in black and white with adorably cute puffins. Young readers will understand Muffin’s worries about fitting in at ‘school’ and making friends. The message that you too can rise to the challenge even if you’re different from others is subtle and makes for a satisfying read overall.
This is a character and a world that young readers will want to return to again, and fortunately it’s the first in a series.
What a wonderfully warm, witty book to kick off this gorgeous series for younger readers, whether reading at bedtime with a grown up or as an early independent chapter book. […]
I can’t wait to go adventuring with Muffin and Tiny again.
- Miss Clevelands Reading
Secrets. Lies. Promises. Sometimes keeping things inside is dangerous.
Callie, Ted, Zara, and Nico are best friends. More than friends - they're like family to each other.
But since being embarrassed at school in a practical joke gone wrong, Ted has stopped talking to the rest of the gang. And when Callie, Zara and Nico discover that someone has been living in their school, and sleeping in the building at night, they decide to investigate - without Ted.
A wise, heartwarming story of friendship and family, from the highly-acclaimed author of Ella on the Outside, Not My Fault, and How to be Me.
It feels as though Cath Howe can get right inside the heads of her characters, so empathetic is her writing. As it says on the cover of this unputdownable book, “Sometimes keeping things inside is dangerous’; so many misunderstandings and misinterpretations could have been avoided or sorted out through talking.
- Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub
The narration seamlessly switches between Callie, Ted and Billy, each giving their unique perspective as the tension is triangulated. Cath Howe is completely
on-point with her portrayal of the complexities of friendships. The ease at which misunderstandings arise and the danger of filling in the gaps without knowing the full story.
- Mrs K, Primary Teacher Bookshelf
Cath Howe writes real life stories. That means we know and recognise her characters and their feelings, fears and situations. It means that her books are eminently engaging and readable and leave you feeling better and wiser. The Insiders is a superb story [...] We recommend The Insiders to our middle grade readers- keenly!
Lucas is all alone.
Since his mum died, Lucas and his dad don't seem to understand each other at all.
And Lucas is dreading the summer drama club that his dad has signed him up for.
But the people Lucas meets at the club force him to open up and start talking.
Can his new-found friends teach Lucas how to be himself?
A beautiful, moving story of family, friendship
New friendship and music sees a boy’s grief and loneliness supplanted by love and hope. - Joanne Owen, LoveReading4Schools
A sensitively written & accessible story for KS2/3 by Cath Howe. Themes include empathy, friendship, bereavement, shyness & loneliness. Uplifting & heartwarming.
- Inspire ELS
Well, I wasn't expecting this! Such a beautiful story about finding yourself.
- Dean Boddington @MisterBodd
For teaching resources and a preview of the book, head to the Resources page.
Maya and Rose won't talk to each other. Even though they are sisters.
Not since the accident.
Maya is running wild, and Rose doesn't know what to do.
Now Maya and Rose have to go away together on a week-long school journey.
But will the trip - and a life-threatening adventure - fix their relationship... or break it for good?
An uplifting story of family, forgiveness, and finding out who you are.
[Howe's] eye for nuanced relationships and authentic voices is very much in evidence here. Great for readers of Jacqueline Wilson
- The Bookseller
Not My Fault is a relatable story of sibling rivalry, family cohesion and forgiveness. Cath Howe writes directly and with great energy, while handling the nuances of complicated emotions deftly and authentically.
More like this, please!
-The Book Bag
I loved being welcomed back into the world of being 10, and was both moved and satisfied by the ending. A thoughtful, subtle and gripping must-read.
- The Alligator's Mouth Bookshop
For an introduction to the book, a reading from
Cath and more, head to the Resources page.
Ella is the new girl at school. She doesn’t know anyone and she doesn’t have any friends.
And she has a terrible secret.
Ella can’t believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, decides to be her new best friend – but what does Lydia really want? And what does it all have to do with Molly, the quiet, shy girl who won’t talk to anyone?
A gripping story of secrets, lies, and friendship...
Charming, subtle & incredibly – suddenly – moving, Ella On The Outside is one of those delightfully unclassifiable ‘thank god it’s in the world books that Nosy Crow does so well. It’s due out on May 3rd & ... it’s something to get on your radar now.
- LH Johnson
Described as "A gripping story of lies, friendship, and blackmail" this is actually a real page-turner, which reminded me a bit of "Heathers" (that classic dark comedy from way back when) but offers up a valuable moral lesson on friends not being quite as 'friendly' as they first seem. A real riveting read.
- Read it Daddy
This is one of those books which it is important not to spoil for the reader by giving too much away! Ella's 'secret' is handled with great sensitivity by Cath Howe and her thoughts, anxieties and doubts explored as she puzzles her way through them.
- North Somerset Book Awards