Last week I received a message from a school librarian. This kind of message is exactly why I keep writing for children: “We have a girl in Y3 with severe Asperger traits. It’s incredibly hard to get her to stay in a class room let alone settle with a book. Any books she looks at … More Making a difference – message from a school librarian
I’ve got events at two wonderful festivals coming up, and am hoping to meet lots of lovely readers and their families. Next Friday, 2nd June, I’ll be on stage at Hay Festival, talking about my new book A STORM OF STRAWBERRIES and leading some fun interactive activities based on empathy and how we can develop … More Come and meet me: Hay and Wychwood
Yesterday I did an Electrigirl event for the fantastic Bookfeast festival, a four-day schools’ extravaganza here in Oxford, organised by the Bookfeast charity. Several schools brought children from Years 4 to 6, and I had a blast! Thanks to Hannah, OUP publicist, for the photos! And an extra big thank you to the organisers of … More Bounding around at Bookfeast!
Yesterday morning, I attended the awards ceremony for the 9-11s category of the Leeds Book Awards. A Library of Lemons was shortlisted, alongside five other fab (and very different!) books. 72 schools brought pupils along to the Pudsey Civic Hall, which seats 500 – and the whole thing was organised brilliantly by the Leeds Schools’ … More Lovely Leeds Book Awards!
The third Electrigirl book is here! ELECTRIGIRL AND THE INVISIBLE THIEVES sees our three intrepid heroes, Holly, Joe and Imogen, facing a peculiar spate of thefts in their home town of Bluehaven. Someone is nicking small items from shops and playing pranks on people – in broad daylight! How are they getting away with it? … More Electrigirl and the Invisible Launch Party!
Trouble Next Door by Chris Higgins and illustrated by Emily MacKenzie is a really wonderful book for younger readers. Bella’s family has moved into a new house, which seemed like a good idea to Bella until she actually saw the house and realised that ‘new’ meant ‘hundreds of years old’. As Bella struggles to adjust … More Trouble Next Door – review