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Empathy Lab and Black Dots

I attended a conference yesterday for Empathy Lab, the new organisation using books to help children understand about empathy. One of the speakers was Prof. Robin Banerjee of the University of Sussex. He’s done a lot of work exploring the impact a lack of empathy can have on children’s social and emotional needs. One of […]

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Pageturners & Whatever It Takes

I had another two super events this week. On Tuesday I was part of the Pageturners Festival 2015 organised by Kirklees Library Services. I had a fabulous reception from Y7 pupils at Mirfield Free Grammar & VI Form School in the morning, who put up with me banging on about books despite my sniffles and […]

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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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We’re on our way to Wembley…

Forget the Champions League and EURO2012. There’s only one big football match this season and it’s Huddersfield Town versus Sheffield United at Wembley on May 26th. Whoever wins will be promoted to the Championship in the npower League. That’s only one down from the Premiership. Bring it on! Now, for fans of both Yorkshire teams that […]


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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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Foreign editions

  How excellent is this! Never Ever, my bostin’ book for teens, is to be published in Slovenian next year (as Nikoli in nikdar) along with Saturday Girl (Sobotna puncta).  As you can see, the covers are very different from the UK versions. I’m afraid I won’t be able to tell you whether the storylines are – […]

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Name and shame…

OK, I was going to tell you about this really interesting crematorium I looked round in Viareggio but then something more pertinent cropped up. Wayne and Coleen. Now you all know I’m not one for gossip and I only believe 69% of the stuff that appears in the News of the World but this whole […]


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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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