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John Halden

John Halden grew up in the 1950s and 60s, and was a secondary school teacher for many years. He started his teaching career in East London, before moving to Essex. John still goes into a local primary school each week, where he enjoys meeting with young readers and sharing their enthusiasm for reading, as well discussing story ideas.

John lives in Epping in Essex with his wife, Mary. The couple have two daughters and two granddaughters.

Find out more about John Halden, as well as your favourite characters from School Out Of Time, at or visit his facebook page:


  • The Invisible Twins and the Zoo Gang


    Oscar and Lucia Knight are very special. Not only are they twins, but they can make themselves invisible, just by thinking about it.

  • School out of Time


    When twelve-year-old Larry Bowler, living in 1964, listens to a mysterious recording, he finds himself transported from his home to his school - but fifty-four years into the future! How can a boy from 1964 survive in a modern school?

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