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Catran, Ken

Works: 109 works in 272 publications in 3 languages and 3,739 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Young adult works  Detective and mystery fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Drama  Fantasy fiction  History  Short stories  Television programs 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PZ7.C273, NZ823.2
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Publications by Ken Catran
Most widely held works by Ken Catran
Voyage with Jason by Ken Catran( Book )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 228 libraries worldwide
A young apprentice ship's carpenter reveals a plot to sink the ship that Jason and the Argonauts will sail on to capture the golden fleece. His reward is to become ships' boy on the epic voyage, and eyewitness to the crew's many adventures during the legendary quest. Suggested level: secondary
The New adventures of Black Beauty ( visu )
5 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 161 libraries worldwide
Adventures of black beauty and her owner Vickie
Smiling Jack by Ken Catran( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 102 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
Dead Harry by Ken Catran( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 91 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
Teresa Moran, soldier by Ken Catran( Book )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 89 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
Earth dragon, fire hare by Ken Catran( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 89 libraries worldwide
"New Zealand's forgotten war, fought in the deep green jungles in Malaya. In 1948 Britain and her allies are pitted against Communist terrorists in a struggle for freedom. On opposing sides are Peter Hayes, a young Kiwi soldier, and Ng, a dedicated guerilla. They are enemies, but, as the bitter conflict deepens, both will ask questions. Who fights for freedom? Who is the oppressor?"--Back cover. Suggested level: secondary
Robert Moran, Private by Ken Catran( Book )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 86 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
Nina questor by Ken Catran( Book )
4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 81 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
Jacko Moran : sniper by Ken Catran( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 80 libraries worldwide
It is 1940, and Jacko Moran is dying in a hospital as a result of having been gassed in the First World War. He joined up when he was only seventeen, and now, with little time left, is reliving the years in the trenches in Flanders. Suggested level: secondary
Talking to Blue by Ken Catran( Book )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 79 libraries worldwide
"It all begins on Monday with another murder. It begins for me, that is. I became involved from then on. Although more true to say I was sucked in. But Monday is where it starts so that's where I will. Because it led to the other killings and what happened with Blue"--P. 5. Suggested level: secondary
Tomorrow the dark by Ken Catran( Book )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 76 libraries worldwide
Creatures of nightmare have come from the sky and the ocean, and Jon had to become a warrior to protect his family, and human life itself, against the fury of the alien attack. But then he meets Bronwyn, who questions the new order and Jon has to ask himself where his loyalties lie and whether fighting is the right answer. Suggested level: secondary
Bloody Liggie by Ken Catran( Book )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 75 libraries worldwide
Following the fatal axe attack on her parents the media labelled her "Bloody" Liggie. She was locked away but escaped and drowned crossing a river. But now two years later there is a new girl in class who seems somehow like Liggie. Suggested level: secondary
Dawn hawk by Ken Catran( Book )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 74 libraries worldwide
When Focus's great-aunt Petronel dies, aged 86, Bryce and Focus find a poem which provides the clues to a long-forgotten mystery. One of the floatplanes made by the Wright Brothers was sold in New Zealand and later disappeared from official records. Had Petronel discovered it? Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary
Nina of the dark by Ken Catran( Book )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
Nina of the dark was slave-born and fated to seek a terrible truth from lost centuries. Her only allies a thief, a giant and an ancient prophesy, Nina must battle the darkness in herself and the ungodly creatures of evil who threaten humans with a new dark age. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
Jimmy Moran, regular by Ken Catran( Book )
4 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 70 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
Deepwater black by Ken Catran( Book )
6 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 66 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
Fries by Ken Catran( Book )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 66 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
Letters from the coffin-trenches by Ken Catran( Book )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 63 libraries worldwide
For seventeen-year-old Harry and his girlfriend Jessica, World War One is a crusade against the Hun. Harry enlists and is sent to Gallipoli, and Jessica leaves school and trains as a nurse. Their letters start with references to the knights of the round table but they are soon forced to face the brutal reality of war. Suggested level: secondary
Red leader down by Ken Catran( Book )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
A vivid dream sends Matt Allarton a message from beyond the grave. Later, he comes across the secret journal of his grandfather, a World War II flying ace, which takes him back sixty years into the war-torn skies of Europe. When Matt uncovers a terrible secret that clouded his grandfather's life, he realises that he must strive to clear his grandfather's name. Suggested level: secondary
Seal boy by Ken Catran( Book )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 57 libraries worldwide
Fourteen-year-old Emmett Tyler is the son of a wealthy banker and yearns to escape the stifling society of Boston and see the world. While exploring the docks he is shanghaied for a three-year voyage on a whaling ship, eventually finding himself abandoned in New Zealand where he must fight for his life. Suggested level: secondary
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Ken Catran New Zealand novelist and television scriptwriter
Ken Catran schrijver uit Nieuw-Zeeland
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