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Tommy Donbavand

Biography

Tommy Donbavand

Tommy Donbavand was born in Liverpool, England - but doesn't know any of The Beatles. When he was 11, his parents moved to Lancashire and, because they didn't trust him to forward the post, he had to go with them.

After an early career as a clown called Wobblebottom (no, really!), he joined the cast of the West End musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story where he played the Clearlake MC for a total of eight years, including stints on the UK tour and in Toronto, Canada.

Tommy then moved into the world of theatre production, where he wrote, directed and appeared in theatre tours such as Robinson Crusoe, Hey Diddle Diddle, and Goldilocks & The Three Bears.

As an author, Tommy's new series of comedy horror novels, Scream Street, is published by Walker Books in the UK, Candlewick Press in the USA and major foreign publishers in many territories around the world. He also wrote five titles in the Too Ghoul For School series, published by Egmont Press under their 2Heads imprint.

He has recently written two books for specialist publisher, Barrington Stoke: Zombie!, to be published late 2009 and The Uniform, scheduled for release in 2010 - and his book of drama activities for teachers, Making a Drama Out of a Crisis (Network Continuum), was published in April 2009.

The activities in Tommy's non-fiction books such as Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Bored Kids helped him to become a regular guest on radio stations around the UK. He even made several appearances on BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright In The Afternoon as the kids entertainment guy.

Tommy also writes for a number of magazines, such as the Times Educational Supplement, Practical Professional Child Care, Creative Steps and Scholastic's Junior Education. He was also one of the writers for the hit CBBC series, Planet Cook and pens tales from the island of Sodor for Thomas & Friends magazine.

In addition to his writing and acting, Tommy also runs creative writing workshops in primary schools across the north of England, teaches writing to adults and organises storytelling courses for SureStart.

Tommy spent a year as the writer-in-residence at Seven Stories, the centre for children's books in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and is very proud to have recently been made the UK's first RIF Ambassador by Reading Is Fundamental (part of the National Literacy Trust), attached to a primary school in Middlesbrough.

Tommy writes full-time and lives in Lancashire with his family. He has started to see sleep as a waste of good writing time.

Tommy Donbavand

Books by Tommy Donbavand

by Tommy Donbavand - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor

Having been banished to the Underlands by Acrid Belcher, the evil head of G.H.O.U.L., Luke, Resus and Cleo begin their 13th adventure fighting for their very existence. And life doesn't get much easier from there --- the quest to return the sixth and final relic will take them to a dragon's lair in China, after which they must overcome the not-so-small problem of a deluded slime beast hell bent on creating an evil new world order. Once again it's up to the trio to save Scream Street --- but will they fall at the final hurdle?

by Tommy Donbavand - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror

Just as Luke, Resus and Cleo are working out how to return the fifth relic, a whole new problem presents itself: Eefa Everwell's toddler niece, Poppy, has been replaced by a changeling! And the real Poppy is being held captive in the fairy realm by the evil Crimson Queen. The fairy realm holds plenty of surprises --- most of them bad. And when Resus becomes tempted to change sides, things get a whole lot more complicated.

by Tommy Donbavand - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror

This time Luke, Resus and Cleo find themselves in Egypt, on the hunt for their old friend Heru, to return his heart. However, what they hadn't reckoned on was their old enemies the goblins getting there first! Intent on stealing the priceless treasure from the ancient mummy's resting place, the goblins are wreaking havoc --- and if Luke and his friends don't stop them, the mighty curse of the pharaohs will be unleashed...

by Tommy Donbavand - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror

Given that rock zombie Vein is now living in deepest darkest Tibet, the quest to return his tongue proves surprisingly easy for Luke, Resus and Cleo. What the trio hadn't bargained on, however, was a ravenous baby yeti stowed away in Resus' cloak and following them home! When the yeti's angry mother appears Scream Street in search of her missing offspring, things really start to get hairy.

by Tommy Donbavand - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor

When Luke and Resus wake up to discover that Cleo has been kidnapped, they stumble upon a terrible plot involving the much feared Nightwatchman, who feeds on children’s dreams in order to satisfy his own evil thirst for power. Can the boys continue their quest to return the second relic, while also rescuing Cleo from her greatest nightmare?

by Tommy Donbavand - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor

Luke, Resus and Cleo are eager to begin their new quest. First stop, Count Negatov's castle! As the three make their way through the bleak, murky wilds of Transylvania, it looks like this adventure will be dull, but easy. Until they are kidnapped by trolls.

by Tommy Donbavand - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor

Opening a doorway out of Scream Street seems to have brought with it a whole new set of problems --- and now Luke, Resus and Cleo are beginning to realize what they have unleashed. Scream Street faces a greater threat than ever before: normals!

by Tommy Donbavand - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor

Luke is just one relic away from opening the doorway back to his own world and taking his parents away from the terrors of Scream Street! With the help of Resus and Cleo, Luke is desperately hunting for the claw of a werewolf --- and in the process he learns something most unexpected about Samuel Skipstone, the author who has helped them so much on their quest. The sixth and final relic is almost in Luke's grasp, but will it ever be his?

by Tommy Donbavand and Cartoon Saloon - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor

Deadstock, the world’s greatest zombie rock festival, is coming to Scream Street! But, when Sir Otto Sneer banishes the concert’s headliners, the fleshmetal band Brain Drain, to the evil Underlands, he causes a riot. Now if Luke and his pals want to restore peace to the neighborhood (and find the fourth relic they seek), they have no choice but to follow the band...into the darkest depths of the earth.

written by Tommy Donbavand with illustrations by Cartoon Saloon - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor

Things really look black on Scream Street when millions of spiders escape and cover everything with their suffocating webs. Luke Watson (boy-turned-werewolf), vampire Resus and mummy Cleo are trying to combat the creepy-crawlies as they search for the third relic Luke needs to take his parents home --- the heart of an ancient mummy. But Sir Otto is determined to fight them every step of the way!

by Tommy Donbavand - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Science Fiction

What better way to feed the neighborhood vampires than to pipe blood from residents’ cuts and nosebleeds straight into kitchen taps? But, the local sewer rats have been accidentally turned into raging vampire rodents. Now Luke and his pals must keep the critters at bay while searching for the second crucial relic --- a vial of witch’s blood --- while avoiding being turned into vampires themselves.

written by Tommy Donbavand with illustrations by Cartoon Saloon - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Science Fiction

When Luke Watson turns into a werewolf for the third time, the Government Housing of Unusual Lifeforms (G.H.O.U.L.) moves his family to Scream Street --- a frightful community of vampires, zombies, witches and sundry undead. Though Luke quickly makes friends, he vows to find a way to take his terrified parents home.