Last night I went to the fab book launch for Abi Elphinstone’sThe Shadow Keeper, which is the sequel to her excellent debut The Dream Snatcher. I read The Shadow Keeper prologue online a couple of weeks ago and it’s even more creepy than the scary opening to The Dream Snatcher. The book has another incredible map by Thomas Flintham – who designed the gorgeous cover.
It was a great fun launch, and very inspiring because I got to hang out with lots of middle grade / children’s writers and bloggers and talk loads about books! Also got a chance to meet co-agenteers Andy and Tamsyn, and another MG Usborne author: Lara Williamson, who wrote the amazing A Boy Called Hope. Plus, I was given a copy of Yellow by Yü Kops Chow. He’s nine years old and wrote this amazing looking book -pictured next to Abi’s -in fact he was only seven when he wrote it. It’s designed by his dad with superb illustrations by his mum. Abi and Yü both signed their book for me, though Yü’s pen had nearly run out!
I’m very much looking forward to reading both books but especially The Shadow Keeper – to finally catch up with Moll, Siddy, Alfie and Gryff on their new adventures.
The ShadowKeeper in Daunt Books Window
Shadow Keeper and Yellow
Shadow Keeper Map
Yu’s signature in Yellow
Abi and her sister in Law with Dreamsnatcher Balloons! Photo – Abi Elphinstone @moontrug
Abi giving her speech – Photo Anne Thompson @ALibraryLady
ShadowKeeper Launch- Photo Anne Thompson @ALibraryLady
Lara Williamson, Tamsin Murray and Me
Me, Andy Sheperd and Tamsin Murray – agent buddies!
Lisa Heathfield, Nikki Sheehan, Me, Lara Williamson, james Nichols, Andy Shepherd and Lorraine Gregory
Nikki Sheehan, Me, Lara Williamson, james Nichols, Andy Shepherd
Kathryn Evans talking about More of Me – photo by Candy Gourlay
Kathryn Evans talking about More of Me – and her younger selves ( one of the subjects of the book) – photo by Candy Gourlay
At the More of Me Launch with L- R Jan Carr, Sarah Broadley, Sarah McIntyre, Candy Gourlay
SCBWI Dinner after the More of Me Launch
Me and Sarah at the SCBWI Dinner
At the beginning of the month I went to the launch of Kathryn Evans amazingly original YA teen story MORE OF ME at Daunt Books. The book was published by Usborne at the start of February. I’ve had a chance to meet Kathy a couple of times at Usborne events and she is truly lovely. Her book is quirky and original sci-fi take on how much you change as a teenager, how out of place you feel, and how you must be kind to the past versions of yourself and learn from their mistakes. Kathy gave a really good speech, as well as the usual thank you-s and stories, she had brought blow up photos of herself at different ages to talk about – which reflected brilliantly on the theme of the book.
It was a fantastic day and evening. My friend Sarah came down from Edinburgh and we went to see the Alice in Wonderland Exhibition at the British Library before the book launch. Then afterwards we went for a dinner with all the SCBWI folk who had come to the launch (-which was a LOT! as Kathy is devoted member of SCBWI and also their finance officer).