British author of young adult and children's literature and winner of the Carnegie Medal. His best-known works include Stone Cold, Brother in the Land, and Abomination.
He wrote his debut novel, When Darkness Comes, while he was in training as a primary school teacher.
His first Red House Children's Book Award was for Brother in the Land. He went on to receive the same honor for Room 13, Nightmare Stairs, and Blitzed.
He grew up in Yorkshire, England. At the age of fifteen, he dropped out of school to work for a newspaper. His wife's name is Brenda.
Despite the fact that they both wrote for young people, neither he nor Jacqueline Wilson shied away from addressing controversial topics.