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 much deliberation I tried to go for books I not only liked but might  not […]

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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 visiting author; as a class teacher. I’d like a nice Year 5 or Year 6 […]


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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 need  to tell you how important this is. You have found my blog so you […]

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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 of illustrators I’ll see in London       Sarah McIntyre is one of the […]

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