Here it is - the front cover of my new book, Wild Thing.
Wild Thing is the first of a new series for 8 plus about the naughtiest little sister ever!
Here is one of the first reviews:
"A modern-day "My Naughty Little Sister", with a realistic single parent family set-up with a cool quirky edge. With plenty of humour and fun, energetic illustrations throughout, this is a perfect read for children 8+, whether they have a sibling or not (and no-one wants a sibling like Wild Thing!)"
Poor Kate's got a problem - her little sister, Wild Thing. Kate's tried to get her rid of her, but no-one else would have her. When Wild Thing's not getting things stuck up her nose, she's biting people's bottoms and scaring the neighbours. And now Wild Thing is starting at Kate's school...
Order Wild Thing here.
If you want to hear more then here's a little interview clip of Rocky the dog and me talking about Wild Thing. We also tell you a bit more about Wolfie, too.
Some times a girl's best friend is...A WOLF.
Lucie has always longed for a dog.
But not one this big.
Or with such sharp teeth.
Or with such a hungry look in its eyes...
Lucie realises that her new pet is not a dog, but a wolf. Not only that, but a wolf with magical powers.
"A real cracker
of a book" Armadillo
"Funny, clever and satisfying...thoroughly recommended" Books for Keeps - Book of the Week
"This delightful story is an ideal mix of love and loyalty, stirred together with a little magic and fantasy" Carousel
"A delightful book" The Bookbag
Read more about Wolfie.
Order Wolfie here.
World Book Day 2014
As usual I'm visiting lots of schools around World Book Day.
This time I'm taking along a jar labelled WORMS and a friendy worm too.
Why? That will something for the children to work out. (Clue - it's something to do with my new book.)
Meanwhile a big hello and happy book celebrations to:
Cudworth Churchfield Primary (wow - what a tongue-twister!)
St George's C of E Primary
Wolfie Nominated For Fantastic Book Awards!
Here I am with a very cute wolf at the Launch of the Fantastic Book Awards on 25th September.
The FBA are run by Lancashire School Library Service, and Wolfie is one of the selected books that will be read by children in schools throughout Lancashire. They will read them, discuss them with their friends,and finally vote for their favourite book!
The Awards are all about encouraging reading for enjoyment, and it was great to meet so many people who want to do just that - bring the right children together with the right books for them.
The cuddly wolf belongs to the librarians...but I was very tempted to slip him in my bag and take him home!
Jessica Haggerthwaite - Audio Version
I'm delighted that the CD of Jessica Haggerthwaite: Witch Dispatcher is available from BBC audio books.
It's read by the marvelous Stephanie Cole (Doc Marten, Waiting for God) with some fantastic Yorkshire accents. She made me laugh out loud at my own book!
Sheffield Event - July 2013
It was a great pleasure to visit Sheffield Central Library Theatre to talk to children from several local schools who have been reading Wolfie in class. They had some great questions, and we invented some fantastic new stories together featuring invisible cheetahs and goldfish that are really piranhas!
World Book Day - March 2013
I always have lots of events around World Book Day. This year saw visits to Monk Fryston C of E Primary School, followed by Fox Hill Primary, Sheffield. Then on to Immaculate Heart, Leeds and Bedale Primary the following week. All of these are in Yorkshire, but then I was off to Scotland to visit Edinburgh Academy and back to Adel Primary, Leeds. Thank you all for your warm welcomes!
The official Wolfie launch took place at Leeds, Waterstones, with lots of little wolves roaming the aisles and feasting on a special Wolfie cake and wolf-shaped gingerbreads!
They also took part in a "Guess how many burgers an adult wolf can eat in one sitting" competition - the answer: 90 burgers! (Quarter pounders, no buns, no cheese.)
Many thanks to Waterstones, and to everyone who came along and made the event such a success.
Lots more photos on my Facebook Page.
Top Ten Books About Wolves -
From the Big Bad Wolf of fairy tales, to Jack London's wilderness stories and Michelle Paver's Ancient Darkness - read my picks for The Guardian and see if you agree.
And here is an article for Booktrust all about the Big Bad Wolf!
My first Wolfie event took place at the fabulous Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, when I introduced Lucie and Wolfie to an audience of 150 school children. Read more here.
My most recent school events have been at Wakefield Independent School, and Five Lanes Primary and Meadowfield Primary - a big thank you to Leeds Libraries and Leeds School Library Service for organising the last two.
I also had a great welcome at Ashdell Prep, and then Monteney Primary, both in Sheffield. At the Morley Literature Festival I met children from Asquith, Gildersome and Hill Top primaries for three fantastic sessions, and then it was on to Beverley Literature Festival .
Do get in touch if you want to organise a school or other event!
In June, I visited nine schools in Salford. Hello there Hilton Lane, Bridgewater, Wharton, Peel Hall, St Paul's, Dukesgate, St Andrew's Methodist, St Paul's Heathside and North Walkden Primaries! Thanks for all your enthusiasm and a lot of fun.
I had a busy Spring visiting schools to meet young readers and talk about books and writing. I'd like to warmly thank Pudsey Waterloo, Carlton-In-Snaith, Kingsway, Middleton, Middleton St Mary’s C of E, Primrose Lane and Barlby Bridge Primaries for inviting me.
I'm very impressed with myself that I managed to get to the right Middleton primaries at the right time on the right day!
Oh No! Watch Out!
Somebody has been eating my books. Knocking over my laptop. Chewing my manuscripts. Chewing my computer cable. Tripping me up when I set out on school visits. Barking when I am supposed to be writing.
Who is this dangerous creature? His name is Rocky. He may not help my writing but I love him anyway.
He came from the RSPCA shelter and is now definitely part of the family.
If anyone thinks they know what kind of dog he is, then send me a message!