Evie's Magic Bracelet
Posted: 8th December 2016
I'm really, really excited to be working on a new project with the very wonderful Jessica Ennis-Hill. We're writing a series together called Evie's Magic Bracelet. When Jessica said that she wanted to write a children's book based in Sheffield, inspired by her own childhood - with an added dollop of magic - I jumped at the chance. She's been a hero of mine for a long time, and I love any excuse to get Northern accents into books. I can't wait to see how they turn out, with their fabulous illustrations by Erica-Jane Waters. More info at www.hachette.co.uk.
Marsh Road Mysteries 4: Cats and Curses
Posted: 16th August 2016
The fourth adventure in the Marsh Road Mysteries series has been published! I'm so pleased to see the gang setting out again to solve the dastardly goings-on in Marsh Road. This time the arrival of an Egyptian cat in the junk shop sets of a spooky chain of events. I especially love the cover design by Nathan Reed - he's done an amazing job. The gang and I are very lucky!
Spooks and Scooters Published
Posted: 9th February 2016
I'm so happy that the third Marsh Road Mysteries is published this week. Spooks and Scooters is Flora's story. A holiday is ruined when Dad's company is inviltrated by a spy - can the gang save everything that Dad holds dear? Or can some things never be repaired? This novel was inspired by my husband's job, so is very close to my heart. I hope you enjoy it!
Fantastic Book Awards
Posted: 26th October 2015
I am delighted that Diamonds and Daggers has been longlisted for Lancashire's Fantastic Book Awards. There are some wonderful books on the longlist, including one of my own favourites of last year (Five Children on the Western Front). Thanks so much, Lancashire! The full list is here.
Mystery and Mayhem
Posted: 26th October 2015
The Marsh Road gang are getting a shorter outing in this collection of brilliant mystery short stories. There are some fantastic writers involved, including Caroline Lawrence and Robin Stevens, all creating cunning crimes for readers to solve! Out May 2016. And what a beeoootiful cover!
Crowns and Codebreakers is published
Posted: 11th July 2015
The second in the Marsh Road Mysteries series, Crowns and Codebreakers, is published. This time lost luggage sparks a new case for the gang. I'm also pleased to say that Bloomsbury have commissioned a fourth and fifth book in the series. So, I have lots of Marsh Road adventures ahead of me in the months to come. Hurray!
Isn't the cover, designed by Nathan Reed, just lovely?
Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers
Posted: 2nd March 2015
The first in the Marsh Road Mysteries is out in the shops! Hurray! Diamonds and Daggers has had a lovely reception, with reviews from children through Chatterbooks, and classroom discussion. I'm also delighted to say that it has been chosen as a Summer Reading Challenge title - a great library scheme to take part in, if you don't already! The second in the series, Crowns and Codebreakers will be out in July 2015.
Posted: 30th April 2014
I'd been sworn to secrecy, but now the #bookbuzz titles for 2014 have been revealed - and Great Ice Cream Heist is one! These books are offered to Year 7 children across the country to encourage reading for pleasure. So I REALLY hope that the children who choose Eva's story enjoy it!For more info go to the Bookbuzz site.
Posted: 3rd February 2014
I'm delighted to be heading up to Hull later in the year. Not only will I visit my lovely niece and nephew, I'll be going to the Hull Book Awards, as The Great Ice Cream Heist has been nominated in the KS2 category! The North is being especially nice to me, as Leeds has also shortlisted the book for their book awards too! Hurray for Yorkshire!
Lincolnshire and Worcestershire Book Award
Posted: 24th November 2013
How lovely! The Great Ice Cream Heist has been shortlisted for the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award in the 9-11 category. Thank you, Lincolnshire! You can see the full list of nominations here.
It has also been shortlisted for the Worcestershire Key Stage 2 Book Award. Full list of nominations available here. Thank you, too!
Arvon Course 2017
Mon 28th Aug - Thu 31st Aug 2017
I'm delighted to be tutoring an Arvon course on the joy and challenges of writing for children. At the lovely Totleigh Barton centre too - so beautiful! For full details, see the Arvon website.