Monthly Archives: March 2011

Unhooking the Moon

 Unhooking the Moon is a fantastic quest story about two children who travel from Winnipeg to New York in search of their uncle. I say ‘fantastic’ as in ‘fanciful.’ So many extraordinary things happen to 13 year old Bob and 10 year old Marie Claire (AKA The Rat) I kept thinking ‘that wouldn’t happen’ ‘that […]

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Has anyone seen my title?

  I’ve just posted the manuscript for book 10 in my Girls FC series. It’s called ‘Has Anyone Seen Our Striker? As you’ll know because you’ve bought all the books in the series so far, all the Girls FC titles are presented as questions. This seemed like a good idea at the time (i.e. book […]

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Greenwood Library

I had a brilliant day at the brand new Greenwood Library and Children’s Centre at Ravensthorpe near Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. I met three Y5 classes from Ravensthorpe Primary who were so well behaved I thought the Demon Headmaster must have hypnotised them!  What was especially nice was I’d been specially invited because my Girls FC books were so […]

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Reading moods…

This is probably a bad thing for a writer to confess but sometimes I am not in a reading mood. I pick up a book, read a couple of chapters then set it aside. I might then forget about it – leave it a day or two – and somehow the day or two turns into […]

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Day trip to London

I went to London yesterday for a meeting with the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (I am a committee member – be impressed – be very impressed). I arrived at King’s Cross Station where this was sticking out of the wall: Then I caught the tube to South Kensington where I had a bowl of coffee: […]

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Scattered Authors

I had a great time in the West Midlands with a bunch of other children’s writers from the Scattered Authors’ Society this weekend.  Here are some of them, looking highly professional round the boardroom. left to right: Lynne Benton (just out of shot) Ann Bryant, Valerie Wilding, Jacob Sagar Weinstein, Odette Elliott, Abie Longstaff, Elen Caldecott, Yvonne Coppard, […]

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Bookshelves

    This is one of the corners of my study.  Its full of books, boxes and bric-a-brac and looks a mess. But not for much longer!  In a couple of weeks, a joiner is going to come and build me some fitted bookshelves. Soon I’ll have neat, purpose-built shelving so posh I’ll have to pay an […]

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, Daniel Craig (the James Bond actor) has dressed up in a wig and dress for a short film called Equality. I did link the you tube film to my blog but I’m aware some of my younger fans might go to it and it’s a bit grim. Instead […]

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Canon Lee School, York

I had another great school visit yesterday when I returned to Canon Lee Specialist Arts College in York. It was my second visit to the school and every bit as enjoyable as the first. This time I was there with Tom Palmer for a big Reads United event to celebrate World Book Day. Charlotte York,  the school’s […]

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Danum Technology College, Doncaster

Y8 Pupils at Danum Technology College Doncaster It’s a while since I’ve done a school visit so I was a bit worried I’d be rusty but I needn’t have worried.  Expertly organised by the one and only Lynne Coppendale, top school librarian, I had a brilliant day with Y7, Y8 and Y9s.  As you can see, I […]

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