Category Archives: Children’s Books

Festivals, book offers, hedgehogs and more – why I love May!

We’re at the start of the first of two Bank Holiday long weekends this month in the UK  — guaranteed to make the nation smile, come rain or shine! However, there are a couple of other reasons why I especially … Continue reading

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From rejection to bestseller – the magical story of The Secret Lake…

>> CLICK OR TAP HERE TO ORDER THE SECRET LAKE ON AMAZON IN YOUR COUNTRY << The Story of The Secret Lake They say the best things come to those who wait: it’s seven years this month since I published my time … Continue reading

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Eeek’s 2018 World Cup Crossword Puzzle

Another FIFA World Cup Tournament… Another Alien World Cup Crossword for the Kids! Hello soccer fans and soccer mums and dads! Eeek! the soccer-mad alien who ran away to Earth for the World Cup is over the moon (!) to share … Continue reading

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Foxes & Hedgehogs, The Secret Lake & the World Cup

Hello from London We’ve all been enjoying the sunshine today – I hope it’s shining where you are! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here – life is always so busy, what with new books to get out, school … Continue reading

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What’s the best thing about being a children’s author?

I’m often asked at school visits what I enjoy most about being a children’s author. Last week when I visited the delightful St Osmund’s Primary School in my local village,  Barnes, the question came up again in several sessions and … Continue reading

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Werewolves, Book Widgets, YouTube & more – Autumn Update :)

I hope you and your children have had an enjoyable half term and are now ready to embrace the darker evenings – what perfect timing for Halloween tonight with the UK clock changes! In fact, this post isn’t about witches … Continue reading

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Second to none – the 2016 Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

It’s almost three weeks since the second Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, after which I dashed off to Verona. Now that I’m back I wanted to share a few photos  (of the festival – not Verona!) and a weekend date for … Continue reading

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The story behind the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

Following on from last week’s blog post about the inaugural Barnes Children’s Literature Festival – which takes place on Saturday 25 April – I’ve finally managed to catch up with its organiser, the delightful Amanda Brettargh.  It’s all systems go … Continue reading

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Henry Haynes and the Great Escape gets off to a flying start!

It’s just eight weeks since I released Henry Haynes and the Great Escape – my fast-paced chapter book for ages 6-8 about a boy who falls inside his library book after complaining that it’s boring.  And I’m thrilled to report … Continue reading

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The Secret Lake revisits Notting Hill

I’ve done quite a few school visits in recent weeks – but one in particular had special significance for me. This was a day spent at Norland Place School in Notting Hill – the area in London that first inspired … Continue reading

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