Monthly Archives: November 2012

My Top Ten YA UK

I was invited to contribute my Top 10 Young Adult titles published by UK writers for the UKYA blog. I am useless at things like this. Ten? How do you limit all the amazing stuff out there to ten? After … Continue reading

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Guided Reading and other curriculum mysteries

The mind plays strange tricks on people. Recently, even though I know I’m way past my sell-by date (I haven’t taught full-time since 1987), I’ve been thinking it would be great to go back to the classroom. Not as a … Continue reading


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Here Come the Girls

Yes! My first non-fiction book is available now. It’s called Here Come the Girls and is a perfect companion for the Girls FC series. The book is part of the Collins Read On series which is targeted at 11-14 year-old … Continue reading

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East Garforth Primary School, W. Yorkshire

I had a special school visit yesterday.  A few months ago I posted a blog called ‘Who do you think you are? On it, I wrote about finding a newspaper clipping from my great great grandparents’ golden wedding anniversary and … Continue reading


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Premier League Reading Stars – the big kick off

I helped launch the 2013 Premier League Reading Stars in Nottingham today. The initiative is run by the National Literacy Trust and is aimed at getting boys who are struggling at school more interested in reading.  I know I don’t … Continue reading

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Belton House, Lincolnshire

Belton House is a National Trust property near Grantham. Mr P and I went there for a walk yesterday in the gorgeous autumn sunshine. Here are a few pictures:                       … Continue reading


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Teenage Kicks

I’m heading for Derbyshire today to talk to librarians and young adults about young adult fiction. The event is called Teenage Kicks and Bali Rai is the keynote speaker.  I’m sharing the final slot with Bali on ‘What publishers want.’ … Continue reading

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Futures of Publishing

I attended a talk on ‘Futures of Publishing’ last night at Society of Authors HQ in London. Illustrator Sarah McIntyre (she of the hats) chaired a lively panel discussion on different ways of getting published.           … Continue reading


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My week in numbers…

   2… the number of visits I’ll be making to London for CWIG meetings this week.         1…. the number of times I’ll be talking to teachers about Young Adult fiction in Derbyshire   2 …  the number … Continue reading

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Autumn Yellow the bracken Golden the sheaves, Rosy the apples, Crimson the leaves; Mist on the hillside, Clouds grey and white. Autumn, good morning! Summer, good night!   by Florence Hoatson from ‘Seeing and Doing’ A new anthology of poems … Continue reading

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