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Latest Book - WOLFIE!
Sometimes 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.
And here are my responses to some questions about Wolfie - as part of The Next Big Thing.
World Book Day 2013
I always have lots of events around World Book Day which this year is 7th March. First visit will be to Monk Fryston C of E Primary School, followed by Fox Hill Primary, Sheffield. Then on to Immaculate Heart and Bedale Primary the following week. All of these are in Yorkshire, but then I'm off to Scotland to visit Edinburgh Academy and then back to Adel Primary, Leeds. Looking foward to meeting you all!
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!
Here is the cover for How (Not) to Make Bad Children Good.
Ever since Martha bit Father Christmas when she was only six months old, she has been the despair of everyone that knows her. Then Guardian Agent Fred arrives on the scene. Surely with his Interstellar Powers he can sort out one troublesome child. Or can he? More...
Here is the fantastic new cover for the new edition of Jessica Haggerthwaite: Witch Dispatcher. By covers are by Emma Chichester Clark, creator of Blue Kangaroo and many other well-loved and classic children's books. She has also done the illustrations for How (Not) To Make Bad Children Good.
Some of the reviews for Jessica Haggerthwaite:
"A thoughtful and entertaining story about human gullibility and pigheadedness, the fact that magic and science each contain a little of the other, and the way two people can be right and wrong at the same time" Guardian
"Emma Barnes tells a lively, spellbinding story" Daily Mail
"Witty, fast-moving story" Financial Times
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!
Since the release of How (Not) To Make Bad Children Good I have been pursued night and day by the paparazzi. Well, err, not really. But here is a video interview from the Wigtown Festival, and here is a radio interview about the release of How (not) and whether parents get too anxious about their naughty children.
Out and About
Lately I have been having lots of fun meeting readers and telling them all about the new books. Highlights have been Wigtown Festival, Saltaire and lots of school visits.
And if you want to know more about my first Waterstone's book signing, read this piece It's A Child Eat Dog Food World. (By the way, we sold out of books! Hooray!)
Recent blog posts include:
Also check out the ABBA Online Literary Festival, where I am chatting with one of my child readers - and advisers - about my new book How (Not) To Make Bad Children Good.
I have recently done this blog piece for ABBA and Vulpes Libris on the pit-falls of writing stories about naughty children! Let me know your thoughts.