“Every solution to every problem is simple. It's the distance between the two where the mystery lies.” – Derek Landy If I have a pet peeve guaranteed to set my teeth on edge more than fingernails on a blackboard or people chewing gum with their mouths open, it’s the celebrity-written children’s book. Of course, not all celebrity children’s books are bad; David Walliams turns out wildly funny books for kids, but then he was already a writer when he started. What I am referrin
What prompted you to choose the time period for the series? What is it about the French Revolution that drew you? I knew I wanted to set the book in the aftermath of a revolution. For a while I thought about a second world fantasy, so started researching real world revolutions for inspiration, but the more I read about the French Revolution the more I realised I didn’t need to come up with a fantasy world - there was so many fantastical things happening in the real world. For
Beyond the Mountains is the second instalment of the Clock of Stars series. In this book, two sisters (Imogen and Marie) return to the magical world that they visited in book one. But this time, Marie gets kidnapped and Imogen, desperate to save her sister, gives chase. Imogen comes up against some formidable monsters on her journey – including worry creatures. These pint-sized beasts can only be seen by her. They spend their days whispering negative thoughts and are, essenti
How does it feel to have a book in publication that is celebrating its 10th year? I can’t believe it has been 10 years since Oh No, George! came out. It’s been an exciting few months of birthday celebrations for my mischievous dog, including a special new edition of the book published by Walker Books, a nationwide tour of the stage adaptation from Can’t Sit Still Theatre and the launch of a brand new, free interactive adventure, What Will George Do?. Seeing children round the
With the summer comes festivals. Festivals of all shapes and sizes form a magnificent backdrop to the Summer in the UK - and likely in other places, too. Anyone with a love of anything - from camping to music to reading and even running - will find there is a festival or event for them to attend. This week the Hay Festival has been in full swing in Wales and there is more to come. Just three of the most family-friendly festivals that we are aware of are featured in this Blog.