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Magical Realism for Middle Grade Children


Tinker Tailor Schoolboy Spy

Tinker’s mother works at the local radio factory. Vital to the war effort, she tells him. Apparently, people need radios to listen to Hitler’s armies rampaging across Europe. But that doesn’t explain the mysterious note he finds in his mother’s bag. Nor the appearance of Ola, the girl with the East European accent. And when his sheep dog, Fidget, leads him to strange whirring sounds coming from Hut 8 in Bletchley Park, Tinker knows he must solve the puzzle, with the survival of his world dependent upon it.


Paul Haston’s latest book is an historical fiction for children aged 9-12, based on real events behind the solving of the Enigma code during World War 2.

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Flying with the Spitfires

Caleb knows that the decaying German bunker at Rocquaine Bay on his island of Guernsey is haunted. Samuel Vogel, his arch enemy at school, has told him. But when his Grandpa Bertie hands him a brass ring that could have saved his Great Grandpa Alfred, a spitfire pilot, from being shot down during World War 2, and learns of the arrest by the Nazis of his Great Grandma Mary, Caleb knows he must fix things. But how?

Paul Haston's recently published book is a coming of age adventure with a magical twist for children aged 9-12.

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Billy and the Match Girl

When 12 year old Billy's Grandpa tells him about his Great Gran Milly contracting the dreaded bone disease 'Phossy Jaw' in a Victorian match factory, he wishes he could somehow change things.


Long Listed for the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators & Performers (CANSCAIP) 2020 Writing For Children Competition.

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Echo and the Magical Whispers

ISBN-10: 1492131199

Echo is an ordinary elephant with a magical gift. She hears the voices of dead elephants. Long Horn's tusks must be saved from the poachers or a great flood will destroy the land. 


First book in The Whispers Series.


A magical realism with an ecological message, Paul Haston's book is a revelation of how fragile our world is. For Middle Grade kids and adults alike. 

Profits from the book go to Elephants for Africa, a registered charity in England & Wales and a registered NGO in Botswana.


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Winner of a silver medal at the 2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

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Lost Echo


The elephant magic reaches even greater heights in the second instalment of THE WHISPERS SERIES!


Echo has gone missing! Mary knows she has to find her elephant friend before the poachers do. But how is this possible in the vastness of the Namib Desert? And who will take her to Africa from sleepy Georgetown?

Profits from the book go to Elephants for Africa, a registered charity in England & Wales and a registered NGO in Botswana.

"Gramps, you’ll have to sing in ‘Elephant’ or they won’t understand you.” The singing continues. “Or better still, stop singing altogether. You’re hurting my ears!”


Mary, who in her dream imagines herself back with the elephants, her grandpa at her side. Chapter 2.

Magic Ink Press


The Whispers Series is published by Magic Ink Press, the author's personal imprint.

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