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Welcome back, Girls FC! We love you!

How terrific is this? Those fabulous people at Walker Books are re-issuing the first 4 titles in my Girls FC series.  Best news of all is that books 1 & 2 ‘Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?’ and ‘Can Ponies Take Penalties?’ are in the shops now. As in NOW THIS ACTUAL MINUTE. You will be awed by […]

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Blog for New Teachers Part #2: Class Readers

Here’s the thing. I taught for seven years full-time and a further thirteen years part-time. I taught in junior schools and secondary schools. I taught in small village primaries and huge city secondary schools. I had good classes and awkward ones. I had days when I was on fire and days when I simply didn’t […]

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Headline: Monster wins book prize…

I was at the Oscars yesterday. Yeah, baby. The OSCARS!!!  I don’t mean these Oscars:   And I don’t mean I flew out to : But for children’s writers, the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards amounts to the same thing, even if the ceremony was bereft of a red carpet and held in […]


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Book Review: The Sky Is Everywhere (YA)

‘Gram is worried about me. It’s not just because my sister Bailey died four weeks ago, or because my mother hasn’t contacted me in sixteen years or even because suddenly all I think about is sex. She is worried because one of her houseplants has spots.” So begins The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. […]

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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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I went to London yesterday. I love going to London. As soon as I set foot on that platform in King’s Cross Station I feel giddy and excited.  I know I’m 54 and shouldn’t feel like a schoolkid on an outing but I can’t help it. There’s just something about the place… the hustle and […]

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