Posted on January 26, 2016 in News & Events


. . .Three seven-letter words that perfectly describe the cover of my new book, cover artwork created by illustrator Helen Crawford-White and the fabulous design team at  Macmillan Children’s Books.

But wait! That’s just the fabulous FRONT cover. This cover is actually much more than that . . . this cover goes on and on, it wraps around the story. Just when you thought the cover of ‘Smart’ was the best thing you’d seen, feast your eyes on this . . .

SevenLetterWord HB


Not only have we got a fabulous cover, we have stupendous END-PAPERS!! It’s art that just keeps on giving . . .

ASLW endpapers

The end-papers cunningly feature key characters and clues to the mystery running through the story.

As you can imagine, I am totally in love with its wonderfulness. I’m currently pricing up having the end-papers made up into wallpaper for the WHOLE of our apartment. Well, OK, maybe not the whole apartment but you get my drift. I’m pretty darn pleased.

Thank you to my publisher, my editor and to everyone involved in producing such a wonderful cover for my second book.

‘A Seven-Letter Word’ is published by Macmillan Children’s Books on 24th March 2016 and here’s the blurb . . .

‘My name is Finlay McIntosh. I can see OK, can hear perfectly fine and I can write really, really well. But the thing is, I can’t speak. I’m a st-st-stutterer. Hilarious, isn’t it? It’s like the word is there in my mouth, fully formed and then, just as it’s ready to leave my lips . . . POP! It jumps and ricochets and bounces around my gob. Except it isn’t funny at all, because there’s not a thing I can do about it.’

Finlay’s mother vanished two years ago. And ever since then his stutter has become almost unbearable.

Bullied at school and ignored by his father, the only way to get out the words which are bouncing around in his head is by writing long letters to his ma which he knows she will never read, and by playing Scrabble online.

But when Finlay is befriended by an online Scrabble player called Alex, everything changes. Could it be his mother secretly trying to contact him? Or is there something more sinister going on?









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