Things are staring to gear up for The True Colours of Coral Glen launch. I’ll be realising some exciting news about this shortly. Lovely to see the smallest review in the world in The Bookseller.
The True Colours of Coral Glen have been spotted at Scholastic. I think the book is looking MAGNIFICENT and I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes. A huge thanks to Lauren Fortune for the picture and to Jamie Gregory for the cover design. I’ll be announcing exciting news about the launch soon. Not too long to go now.
Every year the Santa Maria Public Library in California holds a painted chair raffle to raise money for new books. Each chair matches a specific book and is decorated by an artist – in this case by the wonderful Gail Thomas. I can’t tell you how much I love this little seat – it has stolen my heart. All raffle tickets are being sold for $1 and the draw will take place in May. A massive thank you to Gail Thomas and William Probert for organising this. I hope many funds are raised for this great cause.
Chris Callaghan’s The Great Chocoplot is a fabulous read that’s guaranteed to have you snorting out loud. This is one for all those who like mystery, smart heroines called Jelly, news reporters, a dastardly villain and all things chocolatey. My class of P7s will absolutely love this. But beware – reading about chocolate makes you want to eat some. Now where did I put those milk buttons …
In Maxwell, Lisa has created yet another genius character. He’s troublesome, hilarious, warm-hearted, caring and trying to cope with the tricky issue of family discord at home. Defined by his awful behaviour, it’s wonderful seeing him realise his true value to those around him. A cracking read for all those who love big characters, comedy, magic, mystery and friendship. And I can guarantee you’ll most definitely want to know what the sun sounds like.
Would you look at this? This girl dressed as Twister for #worldbookday. That’s her changed into the spirit of a wolf with Point under her arm and the rushing waterfall all around her. Ingenious! My heart has just officially melted. Happy World Book Day everyone and whatever you’re reading – have a great day.
I am delighted to be able to reveal the cover of my new book designed and illustrated by Jamie Gregory. Isn’t it an absolute beauty? Must admit when I first saw it, it was love at first sight. The True Colours of Coral Glen will be released on 4th July and is available to preorder at Foyles, Waterstones and Amazon – although I’d ask wherever possible you support your local library or independent book store. I can’t wait for you all to meet Coral Glen and her town, where everything is not as it seems. Stay away from the spooky graveyard! This is a Middle Grade story for all those who like magical realism, brave heroines, bone-chilling villains and a kaleidoscope of colours.
This is the view from the train I take to All Saints Primary. It definitely sets me up for our morning sessions! I’m absolutely loving spending time with my brilliant teacher and her wonderful class. It is so much fun and I’m impressed at how hard the kids have been working. Hopefully, I’ll have some very exciting news about a project we’re working on, which I’ll be announcing soon. Watch this space.
Twister has been longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, which is so exciting because it’s for first-time novelists and their editors. My editor has a magic wand and changes piles of words into books – so I’m greatly indebted to her. To sit alongside such amazing authors and their editors is incredible. Whatever happens, I feel like I’m already a winner. Hurrah!
I’m a little bit in awe of Robin Stevens. When I picked up this book, I had no idea what to expect. Hazel Wong, the detective in this story, travels home to Hong Kong from England, after the death of her grandfather. Back in the bosom of her family, Hazel meets a new family member, which sends her into a spiral of self-doubt and jealousy. When the nanny is killed and her baby brother kidnapped, Hazel and her sidekick, Daisy, have to figure out out the clues to catch the villain. Robin’s eye for detail is extraordinary. Her descriptions are so vivid, you feel as though you have been transported to Hong Kong. From the food to the customs, you are completely immersed in Hazel’s world and the simmering family tensions add an extra layer of intrigue. Robin has a great device to make sure you, as the reader, stay on top of all the clues found, as Hazel and Daisy work their way through the case. This is for all those who love murder, mystery, clues, travel, villains, finding out about different cultures and above all, a rip-snorting great yarn. Phew! What a brilliant read.