Updated 10 May 2016
*4.5 Stars* “A superbly written, magical adventure. Highly recommended!” Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards review (Read the advance review 0n Goodreads)
I’m delighted to announce that my next children’s book, Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat, for ages 7-9, is now out (May 10th). You can order in print or as an eBook using the online links at the end of the page or in print through your local bookshop.
With over 30 interior illustrations to brief and then lay out there was a lot of fine tuning to do once the manuscript was finalised. Once again my illustrator, Damir Kundalic, came up trumps with his images – and once again we worked online between London and rural Bosnia to bring the story to life visually. An indie author’s life is never dull 🙂
I garnered feedback from both beta readers experienced in children’s books and 11 school children in the development of Walter’s story – and worked with a professional children’s book editor for the final draft. My huge thanks go out to all of them.
Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat – the blurb
A sneak peek at Chapter One
Free chapters of The Secret Lake and Eeek! The Runaway Alien
At the end of Walter Brown I’ve included the first two chapters of The Secret Lake (bought and enjoyed by over 7,000 readers) and Eeek! The Runaway Alien (still a firm favourite at school visits – including with reluctant readers). I’m hoping this will tempt young readers to try out my other books if they’ve not done so already – follow the links above to Amazon to read the synopses and check out the reviews.
Pre-order Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat
You can pre-order Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat using the links below or through your local bookshop.
Barnes Children’s Literature Festival 14 and 15 May
I’ll be signing copies and reading from Walter Brown at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival on Saturday 14 May from 11am- 12 in the free events area in the bookshop tent by the pond. I will also be there across both days signing books. Come and say hi and enter a free prize draw to win a magician’s set 🙂 There’s a fantastic line-up of authors, from Jaqueline Wilson, to Philp Reeve to this year’s Costa Book Award winner, Frances Hardinge – and many more!
Happy reading of Walter Brown – and please ask a grown-up to help you leave a review online. Thank you!