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World Book Day part 2: questions from Hillside Primary

Note to self: Stop setting challenges where you promise to give a book as a reward to anyone who meets that challenge. Either that or face bankruptcy. ‘I’ll give away a copy of ‘Football Mad’ to anyone who asks a question I’ve never been asked before,’ I glibly told the teachers at Hillside Primary School […]

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Teenage Kicks

I’m heading for Derbyshire today to talk to librarians and young adults about young adult fiction. iphone 7 cases with charger The event is called Teenage Kicks and Bali Rai is the keynote speaker. iphone 6 case holder on back I’m sharing the final slot with Bali on ‘What publishers want.’   I’ve written three […]

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Accidental Friends gets a mention

This was a pleasant surprise when I checked in on Twitter just now. iphone 7 hard case red I discovered that Jim Dean, iphone 7 premium leather case a blogger on young adult fiction, iphone 8 reflex case has included my book Accidental Friends as one of his top choices for ‘YA fiction told in […]

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PLR – keeping writers solvent since 1979

  There are a lot of happy writers about at the moment. Last week the statements for PLR were issued. PLR (Public Lending Rights) is a body that collect details of how many books have been borrowed from a selected number of libraries throughout the UK per year. The writer then receives 6.05p per loan of the […]

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Book News Blog: Has Anyone Seen Our Striker?

I’m delighted to announce that Eve’s story, book 10 in the Girls FC series, is out next week. Has Anyone Seen Our Striker? follows on from Gemma’s story ‘We’re Still the Dream Team, Right? although you don’t need to read Gemma’s story to read Eve’s. It is almost the end of the second season. Several of […]

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Another reason I love libraries…

Every year, round about now, a lovely letter comes through my letterbox. It’s my PLR (Public Lending Rights) statement. This tells me how many books have been borrowed, from the sample libraries used, between July and June of the previous year. It always gives me such a boost to know that children are taking my books […]

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Top Ten Teen Reads from the Book Trust

   I’m delighted that Anne Cassidy’s (www.annecassidy.com)  book Looking for JJ has been included on the Book Trust’s all time Top Ten Teen Books.  Looking for JJ did what all good books do – it broke the mould. Just as Melvin Burgess’s Junk blew everyone away when it tackled drugs head-on in an honest yet non-preachy […]

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It’s anagnorisis time…

Anagnorisis: the Greek word for ‘recognition’ or ‘discovery’ to denote the turning point in a drama at which a character (usually the protagonist) recognizes the true state of affairs, having previously been in error or ignorance.’ (definition abbreviated from the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Literary Terms). Not to be confused with ‘climax’ or ‘dénouement’ of […]

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Accidental Friends and other near misses…

My YA book ‘Accidental Friends’ was mentioned in a blog last week. Go me!  It was written by fellow children’s writer Catherine Johnson on the An Awfully Big Blog Adventure forum (a subsidiary of the Scattered Authors’ Society). While I was delighted to read Catherine singing my book’s praises: ‘it is funny and thrilling and features totally engaging […]

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Goodbye 2009

‘The Old Year’s gone away To nothingness and night’ – John Clare It’s been a busy one. My writing highlights include: 1. Having the first 6 books in the GIRLS FC series published by Walker Books. Being particularly proud of ‘What’s Ukrainian for Football?’ 2. Launching the series at the National Football Museum, Preston, in […]

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