A few days ago I received a wonderful email from a reader who had enjoyed Looking at the Stars so much she used it as inspiration for a recent art project. She said she found the book very meaningful and tried to capture that in her work. I think she absolutely has – what do … More Fan Art: Looking at the Stars
Last night, Blackwells in Oxford was once again host for my latest launch party. If any Oxfordshire authors are wondering which venue to choose for their launch, look no further! Hannah and Beth and Ryan at the shop are always so incredibly efficient and helpful and accommodating – this time they didn’t bat an eye … More Launching Strawberries and Chocolate
Whew! It’s been a busy and very exciting week! So this is what’s been happening… Last Tuesday, I travelled to Norfolk to SEE MY NEW BOOK BEING PRINTED. That deserves capitals because it was SO exciting! Authors very rarely get to see their book actually rolling off the presses, and so I need to say … More Strawberries, Empathy, Electrigirl and Music!
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
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!
How cool is this?! Grace Sargent, aged 7, read ELECTRIGIRL AND THE DEADLY SWARM recently and decided to make her own piskie out of craft materials! Awesome work, Grace!
Publishing on 29th June, here’s the absolutely gorgeous cover for A STORM OF STRAWBERRIES! It’s been souped-up from the versions currently online (and we now have a really lovely quote from Miranda McKearney from EmpathyLab, which is such an honour) and I think the colours really zing! I can’t wait for this to be published … More A Storm of Strawberries COVER REVEAL!
Today I have a double book birthday! The first two books in my series HOPEWELL HIGH are published: ALL TOO MUCH and STAGE FRIGHT. This is part of Bloomsbury Education’s hi-lo collection, and the Hopewell High books (a set of four, the second two publishing in September) are aimed at readers of 12 upwards with … More Hopewell High publishes today!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Over the weekend, we hosted a birthday party for my youngest daughter, and so come Monday, I was feeling very washed out and completely lacking in motivation. The sun was shining, and my brain went ‘DON’T WANT TO WORK’, so I rebelled. I took a mat into the garden … More Taking the Day Off
I’m really, really thrilled to announce that A LIBRARY OF LEMONS has won the secondary category in the Oxfordshire Book Awards 2017! Huge thanks to the children of the participating schools – you rock! The OBA is my favourite award because it’s right on my doorstep and I grew up here. Two years ago I … More A Library of Lemons wins the Oxfordshire Book Award!