BOOKS BY DONNA VANN
I've written adventure books set in another time, a teen novel, picture books and fun books about interesting places in the world.
What kids and parents have said:
'When are you going to write another one of these?'
'I couldn't put it down.'
'CORIN'S QUEST was my favorite book.'
'Reading WHICH WAY YOU GONNA JUMP? helped me understand my child who is being bullied at school.'
CORIN, a peasant boy with an odd name, has a foolish desire to become a knight. As he begins his quest, a startling secret puts his life in danger and leads him on an unexpected journey.
Set in 14th-Century England, the novel plunges the reader into life in the Middle Ages. For ages 9-12.
'No wonder this book has been reprinted! As soon as I started reading, everything else was put aside till I had reached the last page.' (from the GoodBookStall)
KING ARTHUR'S RANSOM
THE KINGDOM OF CAERLEON is caught in a power struggle. King Uther is dying and the ancient golden neck-ring is missing. Vibiana knows her friend Arthur should win the throne - but will he be able to overcome threats on every side?
Dark-Age Britain comes to life in this novel for ages 9-12.
'KING ARTHUR'S RANSOM is one of the best books I have ever read.' Year 5 Pupil
WHICH WAY YOU GONNA JUMP?
Star Smith has enough trouble at school just trying to keep her crazy family a secret. Then Ebony arrives on the scene. With the racist attitudes of local kids, Star knows if she befriends Ebony, she could lose more than her reputation.
NEW YORK CITY ADVENTURES
Come along as we explore the city that never sleeps! You can take a speedboat ride to the Statue of Liberty or have a sleepover in the Museum of Natural History. You may be surprised to find lots of wildlife in New York. On our journey you will also meet many 'secret agents' who serve the people of the Big Apple.
See also CAMBODIAN ADVENTURES and WILD WEST ADVENTURES in this series.
WHAT I'M WRITING NOW
I get bored doing the same thing over and over and like to write lots of different kinds of stories. At the moment I'm working on several picture books, a novel about a girl who sees stories inside people, a novel in which a boy accidentally slips into the Victorian era, and humorous space adventure. Recently I scripted and directed the Live Nativity dramas for a local church.
CAN YOU BELIEVE ONE IMPOSSIBLE THING?
These are my favorite kinds of stories - they take place in the ordinary world, or at least begin there, but then move on to the extraordinary. Think of Mary Poppins, who drops into our world from who-knows-where, carrying everything she needs in her carpetbag. Or Narnia, where children from Britain at war enter an enchanted kingdom through a wardrobe.
I think the best stories give glimpses of a world beyond the visible. Sometimes the two worlds collide, so that magical elements seep into this world. Sometimes characters from our world visit the magical world and return changed.