Cogheart shortlisted for Independent Bookshop Week Awards

Cogheart shortlisted for Independent Bookshop Week Awards

I am delighted to announce that Cogheart has been nominated for the Independent Bookshop Week Awards, Children’s Category. Thank you to all the lovely Indie booksellers who have championed the book over the past eight months. I am massively thrilled to be on this list with so many other fabulous authors!

Moonlocket early release copies were out in the world this week

Moonlocket early release copies were out in the world this week

Moonlocket is out on Monday the 1st of May –– that’s in THREE DAYS!

But already there are early release copies in bookshops. Over the last week I have been OVER THE MOON to see people going out and getting excited to get their hands on them and sharing images. Many of the lovely booksellers have also shared more pics of the books in their stores already. There was even a display case and a recommendation of the book in Foyles Waterloo – thanks to lovely Bookseller Henrike. And another recommendation in Teddington Waterstones – thanks to the fab booksellers there.

Here are some of the pictures I’ve collected over the week. I am really excited for the book to launch properly everywhere on Monday, and for more people to be able to get their hands on it!

Read Out Loud Challenge: reading the prologue of Cogheart

Read Out Loud Challenge: reading the prologue of Cogheart

Here’s my Read Out Loud Challenge video. I am reading the prologue of Cogheart…
For every 75 Read Out Loud Challenge videos uploaded to Facebook or Instagram, the NBS Foundation will set up 1 school library in a community in the Philippines until the goal of 7,500 videos or 100 school libraries is reached!

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Pick your favorite line from any book.
  2. Take a video of yourself reading it out loud. Upload it on Facebook and / or Instagram.
  3. In the caption, tag @nbsalert, #ReadOutLoudChallenge, and 3 or more friends.

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Ceremony

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Ceremony

The ceremony for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize took place on the 30th of March, last week. I had a fantastic time, and managed to meet a few of the other nominated authors, though not all of them, because I was a bit too tense and nervous to chat. Thanks to Florentyna and all the lovely Waterstones staff and booksellers who helped organize the event and who have supported Cogheart over the last eight months.

Big Congratulations to the winners @kiran_mh and The Girl of Ink and Stars which won the children’s category and the over all prize, and to @lawrencepatrice and Orangeboy which one the YA prize and Lizzy Stewart and There’s a Tiger in the Garden, which won the picture book prize. Brilliant books. Brilliant speeches. Well deserved. And congrats to all the other nominees too.

I was disappointed #Cogheart didn’t clinch it, but @usborne_books bought me a lovely pair of cufflinks and they brought me a gorgeous looking finished copy of Moonlocket in final book form. Designed, as before, by the uber-talented Kath Millichoppe, with beautiful cover illustrations by Becca Stadtlander! Plus this week there was also a preview of the book in The Bookseller by Fiona Nobel.

When I got home I learned that Cogheart had won the Sefton Super Reads Award in Liverpool – which was a lovely surprise, I wish I had been able to attend their event on that same day, but it was a little too far to get back in time!