Deborah Chancellor

Children's writer

Deborah Chancellor is a writer of children’s fiction and non-fiction. To date, she has written nearly 100 books for a variety of leading publishers and has been translated into several languages. Deborah is a versatile author who has written biographies for teenagers, stories for children, and adapted Bible tales for the very young. She is a prolific writer of children’s non-fiction on a wide range of subjects.

Deborah’s fiction includes Spymaster (A & C Black, 2014), Code Breakers (Barrington Stoke, 2009) and collections of children’s stories, such as I Love Reading Phonics (Ticktock, 2012) and Reading Heroes (Parragon, 2008). She has adapted 365 stories from the Bible in the illustrated Children’s Everyday Bible (Dorling Kindersley, 2002). Her non-fiction ranges from historical biography (Harriet Tubman, A & C Black, 2013; Emily Wilding Davison, Barrington Stoke, 2012) to topical issues (Moving to Britain, Franklin Watts, 2008) to matters of general interest (Everything You Need to Know, Kingfisher, 2007).

Deborah enjoys the challenge of communicating complex material in a clear and inspiring way for a new generation of readers. She has a particular interest in writing for older children with reading difficulties, and has written three titles for Barrington Stoke, an award-winning independent publisher leading the way in this field. Deborah trained as a primary teacher before becoming a children’s book editor at Dorling Kindersley. Now a full-time writer, she appears at literary festivals and runs writing workshops for young people. She lives near Cambridge with her husband, three children and a dog.

Deborah Chancellor


Newnham College, University of Cambridge 2009-12