Introducing Wild Thing
Wild Thing is a new series for 8+ about the naughtiest little sister ever!
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...
"hilarious and heartwarming" - The Scotsman
"the funniest book ever!" - Giraffe In the Bath
"charming modern version of My Naughty Little Sister" - Armadillo Mag
Order Wild Thing here.
I'm delighted to be talking about Wild Thing at the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival during the Baillie Gifford Gala Day.
Fantastic Book Award
Wolfie has won a Fantastic Book Award, 2014!
The Award is voted for by children from schools across Lancashire.
I was delighted to get the chance to meet many of them when I went to the Award Celebration - many thanks to Lancashire School Library Service for inviting me.
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
Read more about Wolfie.
Order Wolfie here.
Patron of Reading
I'm delighted to announce that I've become Patron of Reading at Eastfield Primary in Hull.
The Patron of Reading Scheme is a great new initiative for linking authors with schools. I'm really pleased and proud to be a Patron. On my first visit to Eastfield we shared lots of ideas about writing stories, and swapped recommendations for favourite books.
Click on the logo, left, to find out more about the scheme.
World Book Day 2014
As usual visited lots of schools around World Book Day.
A big hello and happy book celebrations to:
Cudworth Churchfield Primary (wow - what a tongue-twister!)
St George's C of E Primary
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!