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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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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: Proofs!

Today, a parcel arrived from Usborne that looked and smelled DIVINE! Publicist Fritha Lindqvist and team Usborne created these gorgeous proof packages to go out to a few special people in the publishing world. Inside a golden delivery box was a beautifully wrapped advance copy of The House with Chicken Legs, with a hand-lettered gold… Continue reading The House with Chicken Legs: Proofs!

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Advance Review Copies of The House with Chicken Legs!

Yesterday a HUGELY exciting parcel arrived from Usborne! Nestled inside were Advance Review Copies (ARCs) of The House with Chicken Legs that look, smell and feel truly MAGICAL. The ARC cover is a simplified version of the final cover that will be revealed at a later date, designed by Katharine Millichope and illustrated by the incredibly… Continue reading Advance Review Copies of The House with Chicken Legs!

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Timeline of a Novel from Submission to Publication

I get asked fairly frequently about the timescales involved in publishing a book. I am sure they can vary a great deal, but in the case of The House with Chicken Legs, my debut novel publishing with Usborne next year, it will be nearly two years between me first clicking send on a submission e-mail to agents,… Continue reading Timeline of a Novel from Submission to Publication

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Joining Usborne!

Today The Bookseller announced this! I am over the moon my MG novel THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS will be published by Usborne in April 2018 (and an American, German, & Italian publisher too!) Inspired by the Russian folklore character Baba Yaga, the story is about a girl on a journey to find her own… Continue reading Joining Usborne!