A 20th-century English writer of historical children’s fiction, he’s most widely known for his Globe War II book, THE DEVICE Gunners, which won the 1975 Carnegie Medal through the Collection Association. His additional popular works are the Scarecrows (1981) and Blitzcat (1989). His Machine Gunners publication, about a band of kids who look for a crashed German aircraft with an operating machine weapon, was modified for display and radio from the BBC. He received several honours for his children’s books; his 1990 function, The Kingdom by the ocean, received the Guardian Children’s Fiction Reward. He was raised in North Shields, Northumberland. His house region offered as the establishing of several of his books. His Blackham’s Wimpy tale, about Royal Air flow Push bomber crews, influenced Hayao Miyazaki’s A VACATION to Tynemouth.