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. . . to my website!

I love the 'A Seven-Letter Word' art upgrade on my website. Thanks to the design team at Macmillan Children's Books and to artist Helen Crawford-White who also designed the cover of 'Smart'.

You'll find lots of extras and info about my BRAND NEW YA novel, 'A Seven-Letter Word' and of course my debut novel SMART - now nominated for 23 UK book awards (plus one Italian!), including the Federation of Children's Book Groups Prize 16, Carnegie Prize 15 and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 15 and masses of fantastic regional awards that mean so much because lots are voted for by the children themselves.

SMART is WINNER of TEN awards including the Leeds Book Award 15, the St Helen's Book Award (BASH) 15, the Tower Hamlets Book Award 15, the EMBA Geoffrey Trease Children's Book Award 15, The Brilliant Book Award 2016, 1066 Schools Book Award 2016, The Grampian Children's Book Award 2016, the North Herts Schools' Book Award 2016, 'Spellbinding' Dorset Book Award 2016 and 'The Read' Stockport Schools Book Award 2016.

Catch up here with details of my new book 'A Seven-Letter Word' now available ... not to mention the chance to win stuff in regular competitions!

If you've read one of my books and enjoyed, please do drop me a line on my 'contact' page or email What my readers think is really important to me and I try and read and reply to every message!

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July 16, 2016

I’d like you all to meet my STAR READER of the summer . . . Hannah T. of Bishop’s Stortford College! Well done Hannah for winning your Book Club Prize and for winning my award for SPEEDIEST reader of ‘A Seven-Letter Word’, too!   After a long week …


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June 26, 2016

I have just returned from two exciting and informative trips to Newcastle and Gloucestershire with my publisher, Macmillan Children’s Books. I wanted to blog about both events to highlight the massively important work librarians and associated organisa …