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Highlights of 2018

2018 was incredibly kind to me as a writer. My debut novel, The House with Chicken Legs launched in Waterstones Covent Garden surrounded by beautiful smiles, friendly chatter and the wonderful music of Balalaika. The House with Chicken Legs published in the UK, US and Germany, and sold in China, Croatia, Iran, Italy, Korea, Poland, Portugal,… Continue reading Highlights of 2018

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Competition: Win signed books and a limited edition Marinka doll!

Before The House with Chicken Legs was published I asked a brilliant dollmaker, Kseniya Korshunova of Kukunya art dolls shop in Sobinka, Russia, to make eighteen Marinka dolls (Marinka is the main character in The House with Chicken Legs). Kseniya did an amazing job recreating Marinka (I love her long curly hair and skulls and… Continue reading Competition: Win signed books and a limited edition Marinka doll!

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An exciting week: Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted in the Blue Peter Book Awards!

This week two hugely exciting announcements were made ...     On Monday the nominations were published for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, and I am over the moon THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal! The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards are the UK’s oldest and… Continue reading An exciting week: Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted in the Blue Peter Book Awards!

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Blue Peter Book Awards 2019

I am over the moon THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS has been longlisted for Best Story in the Blue Peter Book Awards! The ten books on the longlist are all BRILLIANT. Just look at this stellar line up: Four judges (Ewan Vinnicombe, Darren Chetty, Louise Pentland and Alex T Smith) have been given the virtually impossible… Continue reading Blue Peter Book Awards 2019

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Exciting News from the US

The House with Chicken Legs is being published by Scholastic in the US on September 25th, adorned with this glorious cover by Red Nose Studios. Advanced Review Copies (Galleys) are already wandering around America, and creating quite a stir! Over the last few weeks I've had three wonderful pieces of news: 1. Indie's Introduce ...… Continue reading Exciting News from the US

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Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month!

I am absolutely thrilled The House with Chicken Legs is Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for May! It is a huge honour and a privilege, and I am so proud of everyone who worked on The House with Chicken Legs: my agent Gemma Cooper; my editors Rebecca Hill, Becky Walker and Mallory Kass; all the talented… Continue reading Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month!

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The House with Chicken Legs BLOG TOUR!

This Sunday marks the start of The House with Chicken Legs blog tour! I had such fun writing these posts; each one focuses on one of my favourite Russian fairy tales & what it means to me (plus a few bonus posts about other things). HUGE THANKS to all the amazing bloggers for hosting & to… Continue reading The House with Chicken Legs BLOG TOUR!

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The German Cover of The House with Chicken Legs

The German edition of The House with Chicken Legs, publishing with Dressler in August, will be titled Marinka, the Journey to the Between, and the absolutely stunning cover has recently been revealed! It is illustrated by the immensely talented Eva Schöffmann-Davidov, and I can't stop looking at its gorgeousness!

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The US Cover of The House with Chicken Legs: concept sketches to final cover!

The US cover of The House with Chicken Legs has been revealed and it is a thing of wondrous beauty! I LOVE how the UK and US covers for The House with Chicken Legs are completely different, but both hugely original, amazing works of art. Scholastic, who are publishing The House with Chicken Legs in the… Continue reading The US Cover of The House with Chicken Legs: concept sketches to final cover!

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Reviews Round-Up; including Children’s Book of the Month in The Bookseller, and some Mischief Making news!

Since Advanced Review Copies were sent out in December, The House with Chicken Legs has received some really wonderful reviews. A few of my favourites include reviews from Book Lover Jo, The Reader Teacher, The Bookbag, and North Somerset CBG. Usborne gathered together pages of amazing quotes for inclusion in the final book: It has also been brilliant to hear feedback from… Continue reading Reviews Round-Up; including Children’s Book of the Month in The Bookseller, and some Mischief Making news!