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Dan Smith

Dan Smith 1Dan Smith
Growing up, Dan Smith led three lives. In one he survived the day-to-day humdrum of boarding school, while in another he travelled the world, finding adventure in the padi-fields of South East Asia and the jungles of Brazil. But the third life he lived in a world of his own, making up stories . . . which is where some people say he still lives most of the time!
Now settled in Newcastle with his wife and two children, Dan writes his stories to share with both adults and children.

Dan’s first book for younger readers, MY FRIEND THE ENEMY, was long-listed for the Branford Boase 2014, and MY BROTHER’S SECRET was selected as USBBY Outstanding International Book 2016. BIG GAME accompanied the movie starring Samuel L Jackson and is published in over 24 countries. BOY X was winner of the Essex Book Awards, The Phoenix Book Awards, and the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2017. BELOW ZERO is published in Jan 2018.


  • MY FRIEND THE ENEMY (Chicken House, July 2013)
  • MY BROTHER’S SECRET (Chicken House, May 2014)
  • THE BIG GAME (Chicken House, January 2015)
  • BOY X (Chicken House, February 2016)
  • BELOW ZERO (Chicken House, January 2018)

17879119MY FRIEND THE ENEMY by Dan Smith

Summer, 1941. For Peter in rural Britain, the war is a long way away, being fought by a faceless enemy. Until the night a German plane is shot down over woods that his missing dad looked after before he went off to fight.

Peter rushes to the crash site to see if there’s something he can keep, but what he finds instead is an injured young German airman. The enemy. Here.

And helping him seems like the right thing to do… (more)

“One of my favourite wartime reads.” — Emma Carroll, author of Frost Hollow Hall 

20554182MY BROTHER’S SECRET by Dan Smith

Germany, 1941. 12-year-old Karl Engel is looking forward to joining the Hitler Youth, like all boys his age.

But when his father is killed, his rebellious older brother Stefan shows him things that leave his faith in the Führer shaken. Who is the real enemy? What is the meaning of the flower sewn inside his brother’s jacket? Karl soon finds out, as he becomes involved in a dangerous rebellion. (more)

My Brother’s Secret is a well-written page-turner and a must for both boys and girls aged 10 and over. Adult readers will learn something too. Highly recommended.” — Historical Novel Society

book_279-1BIG GAME by Dan Smith

A major motion picture starring Samuel L Jackson
13-year-old Oskari is sent into the cold wilderness on an ancient test of manhood. He must survive armed only with a bow and arrow. But instead, he stumbles upon an escape pod from a burning airliner: Air Force One. Terrorists have shot down the President of the United States.

The boy hunter and the world’s most powerful man are suddenly the hunted, in a race against a deadly enemy… (more)

“This is an intensely gripping story full of action and adventure with plenty of hair raising moments. There are times you are almost too worried to read on!” — Primary Times 

28425665BOY X by Dan Smith

Kidnapped and drugged, Ash wakes up on a remote tropical island. His mum – a genetic scientist – has been imprisoned and infected with a deadly virus. Where is he, and what’s he doing there? He sets out to cross the jungle to find out and rescue his mother. Soon he realises he’s quicker and sharper than before. But there’s something else …why are the animals watching him, and how can he use the jungle to his advantage? (more)

“Everything that I wanted in a story and more. . . . This is another classic read that will stop time as you hurtle through the pages.” — Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books

BELOW ZERO by Dan Smith

Twelve-year-old Zak, who has an inoperable brain tumour, is with his sister and parents when their private plane is disastrously diverted. Wrecked on a remote research outpost in the Antarctic, they find themselves in an abandoned base. Then Zak’s parents disappear, and the base’s equipment starts 3D-printing nightmarish spiderlike creatures. Zak’s bizarre visions appear to suggest a link to something else – beneath the ice – which only he can understand …





Dan Smith also writes for adults. You can find more out about his adult titles here.

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