All About Inbali Iserles
Inbali Iserles is an award-winning writer and an irrepressible animal lover. She is one of the team of authors behind the New York Times bestselling Survivors series, writing under the pseudonym of Erin Hunter. Her first book, The Tygrine Cat, won the 2008 Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year Award. Together with its sequel, The Tygrine Cat: On the Run, it was listed among The Independent’s “50 books every child should read.”
Inbali attended Sussex and Cambridge Universities. For many years she lived in central London, where a fascination with urban foxes inspired her Foxcraft trilogy. She lives in Cambridge with her family, including her principal writing mascot, Michi, who looks like an Arctic fox, acts like a cat, but is in fact a dog.
Foxcraft has been translated into approximately 10 languages.
Inbali’s School Visits
Inbali is happy to run usually 3 or occasionally 4 assemblies a day. The sessions will introduce her, her love of animals and her passion for stories. She will walk the students through her inspiration for Foxcraft and encourage them to identify with animals and the nature around them, before opening the session up for questions. Scholastic have prepared bookmarks, postcards and badges that Inbali gives out as awards for insights and questions. She has found that this helps ensure a high level of student participation!
Inbali loves talking to a large group of students and enthusing them about books and reading! Her philosophy is “the bigger the better” and she’s comfortable speaking to entire year groups from ages 8 to 12 (KS2 and KS3). A typical session is approximately an hour long but Inbali is very happy to be flexible. Inbali keeps her sessions interactive, usually with time for a Q&A at the end and book signings. To increase buy-in and excitement, Inbali loves tying in the sessions with other activities, such as a competition to draw the best fantasy animal, or a short story contest with animal heroes. Inbali is happy to liaise with schools to ensure that the event or events are best suited to their needs.
Requirements for the day
In terms of requirements, Inbali usually only asks for projector linked to a computer with internet access, so that she can highlight key elements of the Foxcraft world via http://foxcraft.scholastic.com, such as my illustrations of the crafts, the map https://www.scholastic.com/content/dam/scholastic/kids/content-cards/Downloadable/Foxcraft/foxcraft_map.jpg
and the glossary
Foxcraft 1: The Taken
Isla and her brother are two young foxes living just outside the lands of the furless — humans. The life of a fox is filled with dangers, but Isla has begun to learn mysterious skills meant to help her survive.
Then the unthinkable happens. Returning to her den, Isla finds it set ablaze and surrounded by strange foxes, and her family is nowhere in sight. Forced to flee, she escapes into the cold, grey world of the furless.
Now Isla must navigate this bewildering and deadly terrain, all while being hunted by a ruthless enemy. In order to survive, she will need to master the ancient arts of her kind – magical gifts of cunning known only to foxes. She must unravel the secrets of foxcraft.
Foxcraft 2: The Elders
Isla’s search for her missing brother, Pirie, has brought her to the vast Wildlands. The forest is a treacherous place for a fox cub, but Isla is talented in foxcraft — ancient arts of cunning known only to her kind.
Skilled though she is, Isla’s grasp of foxcraft is still new. And she’s not alone… A cruel and mysterious fox stalks the forest, with the power to enslave others to his will. In order to survive, Isla must learn to trust in the rustic Wildlands foxes.
But there are tales of others – a council of Elders who are masters of foxcraft, and who warily guard its most potent secrets. If Isla wishes to master her gifts and find her brother, then the Elders may be her only hope.
Foxcraft 3: The Mage
Isla has arrived at the frigid Snowlands to find her lost brother, Pirie. The tundra is a harsh place — and the wolves who live within its icy kingdoms are harsher still — but Isla’s flair for the mysterious arts of foxcraft has grown tremendously.
The young fox is on a mission of grave importance. A cruel and powerful fox known as the Mage is using his own mastery of foxcraft to summon an ancient threat. If he succeeds, then more than just Pirie’s life will be at stake.
But Isla discovers the once-proud wolves are broken and wary. Their king is weak, struck by a peculiar madness, and a rival kingdom threatens their borders. If Isla can’t find help amongst the wolves, then the whole world will burn.
Reviews of Inbali’s Books
“Vivid details, intriguing characters, and a riveting plot are smoothly executed in this exciting new series. Beautifully rendered and magical.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review (in full: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/inbali-iserles/the-taken-iserles/)
“Clearly Inbali Iserles is absurdly talented, because the delightful drawings at each chapter head are her own. She has created haunting characters, a thoroughly exciting quest story and an enticing mystery. And she has combined those with descriptive writing that can raise the hairs on the back of your neck.” – Awfully Big Reviews (in full: http://awfullybigreviews.blogspot.com/2015/08/foxcraft-taken-by-inbali-iserles.html)
“Iserles takes the actual habits and attributes of real foxes and mixes in magic and a complex social structure. Well-crafted fantasy of the furry kind.” – School Library Journal
“A new epic animal fantasy that will make you love foxes, see the furless in a whole new way, and wish you could use fox magic like slimmering, too. Perfect for fans of Warriors and Guardians of Ga’Hoole.” — Tui T. Sutherland, New York Times bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series
“Kids will love this underdog (underfox) story.” – Geeks of Doom
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Inbali, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org