Barbara Godwin

Biography

I love quirky characters - skeletons, ghosts, machines, inventors, alligators, aliens, insects, pirates - especially when they are mixed up with weird happenings and a tiny bit of magic. When I was little, running round our big back garden on the Isle Of Wight, I wanted to be in Robin Hood's band or go on adventures like Alices's. People in books were funny, scary, sad or warm-hearted, mysterious or magical. They felt real and I made up my own stories before I could write.

After that, I wrote them for myself, then for my daughter, and now for my granddaughter - and I still write them for that little girl who had adventures in the big back garden. I've never truly grown up.

My stories are being illustrated, and published.

So lots more to come.

Now I live in Surrey with my daughter, son-in-law and my granddaughter. I used to have a dog called Paddy, a budgie called Ringo, a rabbit called Flipper, a cat called Issy and lots of chickens. We don't have pets at the moment, but we want a dog later on. Lots of animals creep into my stories and they're always fun and magical to have around.

Who knows what is really real and what isn't?

Where to find Barbara Godwin online

Twitter: @BarbaraGodwin39
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Series

Books

The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 8 - The Great Ghost Snow
Series: The Ghostly Ghastlys. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,830. Language: British English. Published: October 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
The Ghostly Ghastlys are a family of ghosts. Not much harms ghosts, but they must beware of the Great Ghost Snow. Read what happens when the little Ghastlys get caught by it. The Snowman Rescuer knows all about snow. He has rescued many children, but he won't go near the Great Ghost Snow. A full colour, highly illustrated, exciting and fun story for 7 - 10 year olds which can be read on its own.
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 7: New Year's Day
Series: The Ghostly Ghastlys. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 10,930. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
The little Ghastlys are up to mischief again, and that spells trouble for the townspeople. Their tricks do not amuse the mayor, who says they must do something good for the town if they are to be allowed to stay on at the Ghostly Ghastly House. Read about how they try to be good - and how everything goes from bad to worse. Book 7 in a series of chapter books for readers aged 7 to 9 years.
Eggs, Pegs and an Elephant
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 15,890. Language: British English. Published: January 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
This is the story of Edward, a little elephant who goes in search of his special friend who has been left behind in the previous story, "Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine." It’s also the story of Pegs, an enterprising chicken who wants to lay an egg, and who accompanies Edward on his adventures - which include a hot-air balloon ride, a game of football, a steam engine rally and a lot of rescuing.
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 6: The Lost Reindeer
Series: The Ghostly Ghastlys, Book 6. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 6,360. Language: British English. Published: December 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
It is Christmas Eve. The little Ghastlys are not expecting Father Christmas to visit them because he never does. But when a baby reindeer falls off a sleigh, they try their hardest to find Father Christmas to take the reindeer home.
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 5: The Washing-Up-and-Odd-Job Boy
Series: The Ghostly Ghastlys, Book 5. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 7,110. Language: British English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
The little Ghastlys are up to tricks again, but when there is trouble over at Alfonso’s Restaurant this time they aren’t the cause of it. The Washing-Up-and-Odd-Job Boy is getting all the blame. He wants to learn how to be a chef like Alfonso, but it looks as if he will lose the washing-up job he already has. See what happens when the little Ghastlys try to make things better.
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 4: Princess
Series: The Ghostly Ghastlys, Book 4. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 6,430. Language: British English. Published: November 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Branwing is lonely. He lives at the Ghostly Ghastly House with the Ghastly family and the skeletons, but he doesn't have a "special" friend. Branwing is growing up. In this fourth book in the series, see what happens when he tries to meet the lady who runs by the house every evening. And are the little Ghastlys up to more mischief or are they truly trying to be helpful?
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 3: Alfonso
Series: The Ghostly Ghastlys, Book 3. Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 4,080. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
“Don’t scare people who aren’t expecting it,” says Mr Ghastly, but the little Ghastlys like playing tricks and hearing people scream. The Ghastlys are a family of ghosts. The children visit Alfonso’s Restaurant next door, and it’s great fun to drop flour over the customers and pop out of a pizzas. It all backfires, for the customers don’t like the tricks. Can the little Ghastlys put things right?
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 2: Branwing
Series: The Ghostly Ghastlys, Book 2. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 8,440. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Here's the little Ghastlys, up to tricks again. This time, it is to save their new home. A man in a striped suit wants to clear up the skeletons and pull down the Old Museum where they now live. Mr Ghastly has no idea how to stop him, but then Dad isn't good at ideas. With the help of a new friend, found in a box of tomatoes, it is up to the little Ghastlys to save the day.
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 1: Finding A Home
Series: The Ghostly Ghastlys, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 6,050. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
The Ghastly family are ghosts, and the three children, Bubble, Trouble and Puff are full of mischief. When they are all thrown out of the castle - because of the tricks the little Ghastlys play - they discover that it is very difficult to find a suitable new home. When they do find an old building that seems ideal, it seems that some others are living there. Could the new home be haunted?
Mr McMarvel's Amazing Machines
Price: $1.77 USD. Words: 24,050. Language: British English. Published: February 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Robots, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Tim helps out in Mr McMarvel’s workshop. He oils machines, like the Clop-a-Hopper-Travelling Machine and talks to Mr McMarvel’s very polite robot, Rupert. Tim is horrified to discover that the workshop is in trouble. The arrival of creepy Max Fish puts the inventor and his amazing machines in danger. Can Tim and Rupert thwart Max’s plan and solve Mr McMarvel’s problems?
Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine
Price: Free! Words: 4,320. Language: British English. Published: February 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
(5.00 from 1 review)
When a pirate knocks at the door, it’s the start of a fun afternoon for Evie. A treasure map, a baby elephant, a porcupine and pirates chanting make the day go with a buzz – until the pirates start sharpening their cutlasses on the doorstep. Dad’s a scurvy knave who has stolen the swag, they say. Can Evie save him, and help the pirates find a buried box?

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Smashwords book reviews by Barbara Godwin

  • The Blog of Maisy Malone on March 03, 2013

    Witty, Lively and Warm-hearted Read Maisy is a modern girl, with a very modern dysfunctional family, who are driving her crazy with their exuberant, extrovert personalities. Maisy needs a job, a love-life and some answers as to what they are up to. But life isn't fair, and as family and friends swing from one mad situation to the next, she lets off steam by writing a blog. In the process she makes new friends, and reveals the quirky, warm-hearted girl that she is. A hugely entertaining debut novel, from a hugely talented writer who is on her way to the top.