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
The Boy Who sailed the Ocean – Uxbridge Waterstones
Stefan Mohamed, Lou Hersey, Liz De Jager
I had a fantastic time at #YASHOT in Uxbridge over the weekend. Here are some of the brilliant sessions I attended and a few pictures of the events, which took place in Uxbridge Waterstones and the Town hall. I also managed to spot The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean by Lara Williamson in Waterstones Uxbridge… Thanks to Alexia Casale for organising such an amazing event