By day, Kieran Fanning is a primary school teacher who enjoys helping his pupils to write, illustrate and publish their own books.  By night, he writes his own stories, and has published a series of interactive puzzle books for children, as well as school textbooks.  He has an MA in Children’s Literature and lives with his wife and two children in County Meath, Ireland. The Black Lotus is his first novel.




The Black Lotus

Ghost, Cormac and Kate are not like other kids.

Ghost can turn invisible, Cormac can run up walls and Kate can talk to animals – all abilities which make them perfect recruits for the Black Lotus, a training school for ninjas. But when the Moon Sword – a source of unimaginable power – is stolen by samurai, the three are forced to put their new skills to the test in sixteenth-century Japan …

Curse of the Cockroach (Code Crackers)

Millions of years ago, on a distant planet, a scientist entered his laboratory to find his cockroach experiment gone horribly wrong. His cockroaches lay dead in their terrarium, spelling out the words of a curse. Now, aeons later in the twenty-first century, creatures called Blats are ready to fulfil their ancestors’ prophecy. Planet Earth is in serious danger. The future of the human race depends on three people, Sam, Lisa and YOU!

Tempest of Trouble (Code Crackers)

The trouble starts at school when Sam and Lisa’s new teacher turns out to be an evil witch! Using her magic wand and weird ingredients, Miss Sycorax casts one diabolical spell after another. Before they know it, Sam and Lisa find themselves stranded on an enchanted island with this vengeful witch, her wart-infested son and a host of enslaved sprites and whispering ghosts. Their only hope of escape is to banish the dreaded Sycorax. They can only do this with your help!  Have you got what it takes?

Voyage to Victory (Code Crackers)

When a school trip to a museum gets interrupted by a security alert, Sam and Lisa are somehow transported back in time to the eighth century. They suddenly find themselves in the clutches of a band of ferocious Vikings on a quest to steal the most valuable artefact in the world. Sam and Lisa’s only hope of escape lies with this precious object. Their hunt for it takes them on the most amazing adventure to distant worlds where they encounter fearsome Viking gods, an eight-legged horse and many other strange and wonderful creatures. Sam and Lisa’s safe return to the twenty-first century depends on YOUR help!

Trapdoor to Treachery (Code Crackers)

Sam and Lisa decide to do some investigating when a series of mysterious thefts plagues their town. Following the trail of the thief, they are led into a strange and exciting world full of puzzles, elves and gobbledegooks.  They must take care however, as danger lurks around every corner. Only with your help, can they catch the master criminal!


The course was excellent. Both trainers were really enthusiastic and passionate about their field of expertise.

- Kieran Fanning