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Catran, Ken

Works: 101 works in 235 publications in 3 languages and 4,183 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Drama  History  Young adult works  Television programs  Adventure stories  Children's television programs  Children's films  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PZ7.C26987, 823.2
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Publications about Ken Catran
Publications by Ken Catran
Most widely held works by Ken Catran
Voyage with Jason by Ken Catran( Book )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 264 libraries worldwide
A re-telling of the story of Jason and the Argonauts
The new adventures of Black Beauty ( visu )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 193 libraries worldwide
Episode 3: Black Beauty is adjusting to his new friends, even though Vicky's attempts to train him prove to be difficult. Episode 4: Coates announces that he has the rights to all the wild horses in the area. To win the stallion back, Vicky challenges Coates to a horse race where the winner takes all, including Black Beauty
Smiling Jack by Ken Catran( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 116 libraries worldwide
Robert lives in a small, prosperous rural town where his father is a respected and trusted pillar of the local community and financial advisor to the eccentric but essentially harmless community of Atenists who live nearby. When Robert's father and Uncle are killed in a road accident, his comfortable world rapidly begins to unravel. With so much to deal with, he barely thinks about the evil grin on the playing card Jack, found at the site of the accident. Until the second death, and the third, when once again Jack's leering malicious grin is found nearby. As Robert realises he never knew his father, those people his father betrayed turn against him, and he is forced to look deep into the shadows that are closing in if he is to get out alive. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
Nina questor by Ken Catran( Book )
4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 104 libraries worldwide
"The legendary Nina of the Dark has come into her power and won a mighty kingdom but her battle has just begun. The witchers, those dark lords of evil, still plague the land ... and seek Nina's death. Forsaking both daughter and kingdom, and armed only with her fabled sword Brightsong, Nina is flown across the mountains by Illyugi the dragon, at best an uncertain ally. She must quest the Broken Lands for the secrets of her destiny as Nina the Chosen. However, each step of the journey takes her further into the confusion and uncertainty that plagues her world and her dreams. Ahead lies a bloody and treacherous path."--Back cover. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
Nina of the dark by Ken Catran( Book )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 103 libraries worldwide
Nina of the dark was slave-born and fated to seek a terrible truth from lost centuries. Her only allies are a thief and a giant. Nina must battle the darkness in herself and the ungodly creatures of evil who threaten humans with a new dark age. Suggested level: primary, intermediate
Teresa Moran, soldier by Ken Catran( Book )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 102 libraries worldwide
Teresa Moran is a fourth-generation soldier. She wants to live up to her father and uphold the family name, but must fight to gain acceptance among her male comrades. In Timor and Iraq she is put to the test. Can she break the cycle of wartime and peacetime violence that has always beset her family, and find the courage to change the future? Suggested level: secondary
Robert Moran, Private by Ken Catran( Book )
5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 98 libraries worldwide
Robert, the son of war hero Jacko Moran, swore he'd never be like his father. However in the battles of the Second World War he finds himself facing the same demons as Jacko. Suggested level: secondary
Earth dragon, fire hare by Ken Catran( Book )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 96 libraries worldwide
The conflict in Malaysia during and after World War Two, as seen from the perspectives of a Kiwi soldier (Peter) and a Chinese Malay freedom fighter (Ng). Against a background of culture clash and political and individual conflicts, two young men are drawn inexorably together as victims and products of the Malay conflict. Will events or their deeper selves guide them when their backs are against the wall? An action-packed, compelling, and ultimately moving book about a war that in which New Zealand participated, but which has not been written about
Jacko Moran, sniper by Ken Catran( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 93 libraries worldwide
A gripping novel of a slum kid and street fighter who became a hero in WWI, only to find himself battling the horror of war for the rest of his life
Dead Harry by Ken Catran( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 92 libraries worldwide
"Sam's best friend Harry is working on a school assignment about refugees from the Balkans, and comes across a photo of the school caretaker as a war criminal. The next thing he knows, Harry is dead and has returned as a ghost to help Sam solve the mystery of his murder. The boys, with the help of the class geek Anna, uncover an operation centred at their school, involving giving war criminals protection in exchange for big bucks"--Provided by publisher. Suggested level: primary, intermediate
Bloody Liggie by Ken Catran( Book )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 88 libraries worldwide
Fourteen year-old "Bloody" Liggie was locked away for murdering her dad and step-mother. She died while escaping, or did she? Sixteen year-old, Danny Bourne is almost certain she is in his high school class
Dawn Hawk by Ken Catran( Book )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 88 libraries worldwide
The first two aircraft the Wright Brothers built in their plant were floatplanes. At least one is known to have ended up in New Zealand. Focus and Bryce may have clues to a long-forgotten mystery - what happened to the priceless plane?
Talking to Blue by Ken Catran( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 81 libraries worldwide
A mystery-thriller about an elusive and mysterious serial killer named "Blue."
Deebwater black by Ken Catran( Book )
6 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 78 libraries worldwide
When Robbie finds himself on board a spaceship battling aliens in a far-off galaxy, he has difficulty deciding if his life on 20th century Earth is the dream or the reality. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary
Blue murder by Ken Catran( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 77 libraries worldwide
"Mike Connors was arrested for the Blue killings. Then Blue killed again so Mike was released. Mike is not finished with Blue. And Blue is not finished with Mike. Someone else must die"- -Back cover. Suggested level: secondary
Blue blood by Ken Catran( Book )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 76 libraries worldwide
Sheril thought Mike Connors was dead and that was the end of the Blue killings. But then there's another murder. Then another ... Suggested level: secondary
Tomorrow the dark by Ken Catran( Book )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 75 libraries worldwide
"Things of nightmare have come from the ocean and the sky. The cities have burned. Jon and Bronwyn, survivors, battle the bizarre, mutant horrors, seeking answers as humanity fights its last battle. A losing battle."--Back cover
Fries by Ken Catran( Book )
4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 74 libraries worldwide
The only thing Boot Creek has going for it is a French fries factory. But when it is sold and the new owners want to close it down, strange things start happening. Gravestones fly through the air, a dead man comes back to life, a long-forgotten crime is uncovered, and a nuclear bomb brings new meaning to the word "fries". Suggested level: primary, intermediate
Jimmy Moran, regular by Ken Catran( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 73 libraries worldwide
Jimmy is a regular soldier like his father, Robert. Unlike his father, he is career-driven and ambitious. He sees his chance in the Vietnam war, to fight clear of his father's shadow. But Vietnam will bring its own demons and split the family. Like father and grandfather, Jimmy will carry the scars of conflict. Suggested level: secondary
Monsters of blood and honour by Ken Catran( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 71 libraries worldwide
Presents three stories in which elderly people tell teenagers of their traumatic and violent experiences during the second World War. Suggested level: secondary
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Alternative Names
Ken Catran New Zealand novelist and television scriptwriter
English (67)
German (7)
Slovenian (2)
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