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How To Be A Human!

How To Be A Human!

July 22, 2021 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

What would YOU do if you found a stranded alien hiding in your school? Kiki and Wes don’t know each other very well, but they have to team up pretty quickly when they realise they’re the only ones who can help the lost and far-from-home Star Boy. And of course helping the alien means teaching…

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Monsters are coming…

Monsters are coming…

July 22, 2021 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

‘Granny’s Little Monsters‘ is a brand new story I’ve written for younger readers (out August ’21 from Barrington Stoke). My own little monster (Bonnie the Westie pup) is very keen on it. Not the story so much as seeing how chewy the book is… As for the story, it’s about cousins Zac and Essie, who…

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Fancy having a personally signed book?

Fancy having a personally signed book?

February 25, 2021 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

I’m often asked how people can get hold of a personally signed copy of one of my books, either for themselves or as a present for someone. So I thought I’d let you know how that can happen! Order a copy of the book you want from the lovely people at my local children’s bookshop,…

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Daredevil Dolly!

Daredevil Dolly!

February 18, 2021 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

Can you imagine being sixteen, having half-an-hour’s training and then jumping out of a hot air balloon with a flimsy parachute? That was how the brave and daring Dolly Shepherd began her career as an aeronaut in 1904, and I’ve loved telling her true-life story in my new book ‘The Girl With Her Head in…

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New member of the family!

New member of the family!

February 3, 2021 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

There’s a new pup in the house – how will I ever get any work done with this amount of cuteness to distract me? Her name is Bonnie and she’s 12 weeks old. She’s a West Highland Terrier, which is a Scottish breed, and they’re very smart and sensible. Except Bonnie is only a puppy,…

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Grabbing the good news!

Grabbing the good news!

October 6, 2020 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

Yep, it’s been a totally weird year, but like everyone I’ve been making the most of every small pleasure and every bit of good news going. So I thought I’d share the most AMAZING Tweet about my pair of ‘Little Bird’ historical adventure novels. This compliment from a bookseller blew me away! I absolutely loved…

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Over-the-moon news!

Over-the-moon news!

November 4, 2019 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

I’ve just found out today that ‘LITTLE BIRD FLIES’ has been nominated for the super prestigious CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Awards! It’s the first time I’ve ever had a book on the list, and I’m unbelievably chuffed. Especially since the nomination is for THIS particular book, which I’d wanted to write for forever. ‘Little Bird…

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Coming soon…!

Coming soon…!

October 11, 2019 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

I haven’t written a blog in AGES, but not because I’ve been lazy… it’s the complete opposite; I’ve been busy writing and editing the sequel to ‘Little Bird Flies‘ – ‘Little Bird Lands‘. Bridie’s adventures in Victorian Scotland may have come to an end, but on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, her new…

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‘Little Bird Flies’ audiobook – available NOW!

‘Little Bird Flies’ audiobook – available NOW!

February 15, 2019 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

So the ‘Little Bird Flies’ audiobook is now available! If you want to hear what Little Bird sounds like, you can download it from Amazon, Audible and Apple. And you can hear the the first chapter right now via this link…

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‘Sunday Times’ Children’s Book of the Week!!

‘Sunday Times’ Children’s Book of the Week!!

January 13, 2019 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

Q: How chuffed am I today? A: VERY! Because ‘Little Bird Flies’ has just been made ‘The Sunday Times’ Children’s Book of the Week. I have celebrated with a very LARGE slice of carrot cake… And it’s been a great week for my new novel; apart from my launch party (I’m sifting through photos and…

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