Another alien, landing soon!

One month to go: ‘How To Hide An Alien’ – the follow-up to ‘How To Be A Human’ – publishes on July 7th. Find out how the stranded alien school boy is getting on in his newly adopted home town… (Spoiler: BADLY!) *Delicious covers: #ThyBui*

Fagin’s Girl

A while back, I was watching the musical ‘Oliver’ with my (grown-up) kid when I suddenly thought how much fun it would be to write a spin-off of ‘Oliver Twist’. It took a couple of weeks of noodling around with ideas, till I came up with ‘Fagin’s Girl’, which is set just before the period …

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Snap!!

A kid finds a crash-landed alien kid… Hmm, the new John Lewis Christmas ad seems familiar! Maybe like a book I once read? Or WROTE, even! “It’s very nice of John Lewis to help promote ‘How To Be A Human’, someone joked on Twitter. But hey, I do LOVE a coincidence…

How To Be A Human!

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…

‘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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Daredevil Dolly!

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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Grabbing the good news!

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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