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  • Mass Market Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (9 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906998116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906998110
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author
Born in Kent, and brought up in Portsmouth, Derek now lives in Pembrokeshire with his wife and son, having moved from Surrey in 2001 to get away from the M25. He spent many years working as a copywriter and Creative Director in a a variety of major advertising agencies, before becoming a freelance scriptwriter and director in 1996.
His first novel (for children) was published in April 2010 by Parthian. Called 'Is', it is about Isabel Williams, who, far from being an ordinary schoolgirl, she believes she is Isambard Kingdom Brunel reborn!
Other published works include:
DRAMA
Man's View (Play) New Theatre Publications 2008
Celebulite (Play) New Theatre Publications 2008
Getting the Breaks (Play) New Theatre Publications 2009
Who's Joe? (Play) New Theatre Publications 2009
Goodbye Simon (Play) New Theatre Publications 2009
Wireless Monologues (contributor) The Wireless Theatre Company, 2008
AUDIO
The Defence of Malta (Audio documentary read by Anthony Hopkins) Enigma Productions, 1989
Time Management in a Week Hodder & Stoughton 1995
Jonah and the Whale (Retelling of story read by Helena Bonham-Carter) Random House, 1993
CHILDREN'S
Dramatisations for Children's audio books, including:
The Minpins by Roald Dahl (HarperCollins Audio, 1993)

Esio Trot by Roald Dahl (HarperCollins Audio, 1993)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Hodder Children's Audio, 1997)

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (Hodder Children's Audio, 1998)

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (Hodder Children's Audio, 1999)
The Mystery of Holly Lane by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children's Audio, 1997)
Look Out Secret Seven by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children's Audio, 1996)
Go Ahead Secret Seven by Enid Blyton (Tempo Children's Audio, 1992)
Five Go to Billycock Hill by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children's Audio, 1996)
Five Fall into Adventure by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children's Audio, 1995)
Five On Kirrin Island Again by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children's Audio, 1997)
Five Go Adventuring Again by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children's Audio, 1994)
Five Go to Mystery Moor by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children's Audio, 1997)
Puppies in the Pantry by Lucy Daniels (Hodder Children's Audio, 1996)
RADIO
Waiting for Gordon (Hosiprog Productions, 2006)

One in the Eye (Hosiprog Productions, 2007)

Valentine's Day (Wireless Theatre Company, 2008)

Channel Hopping (Hosiprog Productions, 2009)



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About the Author

Derek Webb is a video scriptwriter and successful playwright. He has previously dramatised many Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and Children's Classics for audiobooks published by Hodder Headline, Harper Collins and Random House.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Private on 20 May 2010
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"The book is education made fun. I found the experiment with the brick and a piece of string really fascinating. I liked Is because she was different and strong in a good way. There must be a `Mr Philips' in every school which made the story real. I learnt a lot by reading a cool story. I like that. I think Brunel was quite cool too." Anaïs Kilbey (age 10)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Campbell on 3 Feb. 2013
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After meeting Derek Webb at her school, my ten year old daughter bought this book. She is dyslexic and so we have been reading it to her. She's three quarters of the way through it and has already been inspired to get into model bridge making. Her latest creation (made using magnetic rods and ball bearings) was a bridge that was 8" long and can support the weight of 72 old Pennies (1/4 kg). Thanks to this book, engineering, is now an optional career path along with fashion design!
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My 10 year old and 12 year old Sons both read this and enjoyed it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kitty Kilbey on 19 May 2010
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`I loved `IS'. It's a really good book. I couldn't put it down. I loved the way Is bravely talked back to Mr. Philips the school teacher. I loved the fact it was funny and educational. I learnt a lot about Brunel. I gave a copy of the book to my school, as it's a really good Book to have in the school library.'

Kitty Kilbey (age 11)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Wheatley on 18 May 2010
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I enjoyed this book - even though I'm supposed to be a grown up. The relationship between Robert and Is is delicate and tender, and the characters and mannerisms of the teachers are captured exactly. The the starting point of the story - the mysterious identity of Isabel with Isambard Kingdom Brunel - I found both original and intriguing. An enjoyable and touching story.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Goldsmith on 14 Jun. 2010
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I don't normally read novels in two sittings, over two days, but with IS I did. Entertaining and educational and enthralling, a joy of a novel which both children and adults can read and enjoy. I would imagine that Brunel will be tipping his hat to Mr Webb, for doing him the absolute service of making more people more aware of him and his magnificent achievements. This book should go to the very top of the best selling novels.
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