Viv Warren and Mary Yardley are qualified librarians with many years' experience of working with children and young people in schools, in Schools Library Services and in public libraries. Mary and Viv became colleagues whilst working for East Sussex County Council, when Viv was Head of Library Services to Children and Young People and Mary, Head of Information Management.

Mary and Viv are both retired but keep in touch with what is happening in schools and Public Libraries.

They took over, from Norah Irvin, as joint editors for the 3rd edition of the book Who Next...? a guide to children's authors, and went on to edit the 4th publication from which this online version was developed.

The publisher, Fiction Explorer Ltd, is very grateful to the editors, past and present, for their continued hard work and commitment to this site and, as always, thanks are extended to all the advisers who have in the past and present assist the editors in the compilation of this guide.

A personal note from the editors

As always we owe a debt of gratitude to many people without whose help this guide could not have been compiled.

The ideas and imagination of the many people who have contributed, help to give this guide a wider scope and relevance, and we would like to acknowledge how difficult it is to find time to help with projects like ours with all the pressures there are in the workplace today.

Contributors who deserve a special measure of thanks are:

  • Eileen Armstrong, Cramlington High School, Northumberland
  • Dorne Fraser

As always we are grateful to our publishers, the team at Fiction Explorer Ltd, and in particular Sharon Fletcher, who has guided us with unfailing patience.

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