I discovered these the other day- some fabulous pieces of artwork that Usborne created for Cogheart when they were pitching for the book – my favourite is Lily’s school report – from Lady Octavia Scrimshaw’s Young Ladies Academy, where she is holed up at the start of the story. As you can see from her teacher’s notes, she is really no the best of students…
I am delighted to announce that Cogheart is on the shortlist for the 9-12 favourite books selection for World Book Day 2018, along with some fab recent releases and all time classics!
They’ve split the list into 4 different categories, & to kick off they’re asking schools, bookshops, libraries & other booky people to reveal THEIR favourite stories.
Here’s the link to go vote, *hem Hem* you know what to do!
Check it out…
You can now get a copy of Nakręceni – which is Cogheart in Polish – from Akapit Press. Moonlocket is coming in 2018…
Życie 13-letniej Lily znalazło się w śmiertelnym niebezpieczeństwie. Jej ojciec zaginął podczas rutynowego lotu samolotem, a w ciemnościach czają się tajemnicze srebrnookie postacie. Skąd się tu wzięły i czego mogą chcieć?
Lily w towarzystwie swoich przyjaciół – Roberta, syna zegarmistrza, oraz Malkina, mechanicznego lisa – przekracza próg innego, mrocznego wymiaru. Wkrótce jednak przekona się, że życie może się zmienić w ułamku sekundy, a ci, którzy wydawali się najdrożsi jej sercu, teraz mogą to serce najboleśniej złamać…
Dreszcz emocji, detektywistyczna intryga i zagadki – to wszystko znajdziesz w tej porywającej wiktoriańskiej przygodzie.
Nad Lily i Robertem znów gromadzą się czarne chmury, kiedy na scenę wkracza przestępca doskonały – słynny sztukmistrz Jack Door, nazywany Waletem Karo.
Jack, specjalizujący się w spektakularnych ucieczkach, wydostaje się z więzienia w Pentonville i zmierza prosto do Brackenbridge. Zbieg poszukuje tajemniczego Księżycowego Medalionu, ale to nie jedyna rzecz, jakiej pragnie.
Mroczne sekrety z przeszłości Roberta sprowadzają na niego wielkie niebezpieczeństwo. Iluzjonista wciąga go w okrutną rozgrywkę, a czasu jest coraz mniej. Lily i Malkin muszą znaleźć sposób, aby pokrzyżować plany Jacka, zanim w talii na stole pojawi się ostatnia, zabójcza karta…
I am delighted to announce that Cogheart has made the nomination list for the Carnegie Medal in the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards, unique in that they are judged solely by librarians. It’s an awards list that authors like to talk about, and I am just really chuffed that my book has made the nominations because it is on there along with some of my favourite contemporary children’s authors and their most amazing books!
Plus the roll-call of past winners include some of my favourite authors of all time: Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Noel Streatfeild, Sally Gardner and Penelope Lively for the Carnegie; and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Janet Ahlberg, Lauren Child and former Children’s Laureates Quentin Blake and Anthony Browne, as well as current Laureate Chris Riddell for the Kate Greenaway accolade.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
The longlist is announced on the 15th of February and the shortlist on the 15th March, then the winner is announced on the 18th of June 2018.
You can see the whole Carnegie nomination list here…
And the nomination list for the Kate Greenaway Award, which is an award for illustrated picture books, here…
I am DELIGHTED to announce that MOONLOCKET has been NOMINATED for the BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARD.
It’s an fantastically strong list, so if you LOVED the book please go and VOTE FOR IT HERE !!
The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are one of a kind. They’re the only book awards with shortlists curated by bookshops – and the only major awards voted for by booklovers. Moonlocket is up for the Middle-Grade Category against some amazing books by many writers who I truly admire and I am honoured to be nominated along with them. Please go and vote. There are six fabulous books in the running and book token prizes up for grabs too!
I haven’t posted anything for a while on these blog pages, because I have been so busy writing book three. There have actually been a few things I wanted to blog about to do with writing, but I haven’t had the time, yet. Hopefully soon, however.
In the mean time here are some pictures from Cogheart and Moonlocket events that took place over the summer – June and July mostly as I have tried to keep the whole of August free for writing.
On the 5th of July it was the Branford Boase Awards, which honours editors and writers together, and it was lovely to be there with my amazing editor Rebecca Hill, who on the same day was one of the Rising Stars at the Bookseller Awards. Here are a few pictures of the evening, congratulations to the winners, MG Leonard, Barry Cunningham and Rachel Leshon. The best thing about the evening is that there’s also an award for young writer – some of their fantastic short stories were read out – and at the end of the evening they receive copies of all the nominated books, so afterwards you get to meet them when they come up to ask for your signature.
In the last weeks of July I had a couple of final school events. Here are a few picture from my visit to King Edward’s Girls School in Birmingham on the 6th of July, where the year 7 girls had made lots of amazing artwork based on Cogheart as part of their end of year project…
On the 10th of July I visited Ashfield School in Kirkby where the Year 8s were doing a whole day of Cogheart themed events, I went and talked with them all and signed some books. And they had even made some airships…
Then on the 12th of July I was at the Warwickshire Junior Book Awards with Ross Welford who wrote Time Travelling with a Hamster, and Sue Durrant who wrote Little Bits of Sky. Congratulations to Sue, who won the award. It was fun day, especially seeing Ross’s magic act, and meeting all the students afterwards, who came to get their books signed.
On the 24th of July I was at Brentwood Literary Festival organised by the lovely Natasha of Chicken and Frog Bookshop and I got to meet some more readers and teach a little bit of animation at the end of my talk, which I haven’t done for a while!
Finally on the third of August I had afternoon tea with the winner of the Authorfy Cogheart afternoon tea competition Megan Nichols and her friends, as well as Authorfy organisers Mel and Emily. Megan is an avid reader and book blogger. It was a great fun afternoon – thanks Mel and Emily for organising everything – and you can read all about that day, because Megan has written a post all about it on her Munchkin Megan book blog here…
This year – on the 22nd of June, quite a long time ago now, but that’s how I roll with the blogging – I took part in the PopUp Festival.
The Popup Festival is celebration of reading, writing and visual storytelling, taking place annually in 500 classes in schools from regions of the UK with the greatest literacy needs. Every participating class, from nursery to year 9, is matched with an exciting, engaging book, and provided with a set to work with over a period of six weeks. Then, over two weeks in June, each class meets the writer or illustrator of their book for a creative workshop.
Thanks to PopUp and the organiser Saul, I was able to visit schools I might not ordinarily. The best thing about it was the kids in the classes had ALL read Cogheart, or had it read to them in class, and they were ALL engaged with it and excited to meet me. And because they had been so engaged with the book recently, their questions in the sessions were very unique and interesting.
The two schools I visited were Priorslee Academy and Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge in Telford and they were both fantastic sessions. The kids had made artwork and done projects around Cogheart which are always amazing to see, and had great questions – even about specific characters and events in the story – that they had prepared beforehand. Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge School had even made some fabulous book trailers. Here are a few pictures from various student’s gorgeous work around the book…
There are some PopUp Resources for schools, featuring books from their other events here
It has been a busy couple of months through May and June, talking about both Cogheart and now Moonlocket. I was intending to write a long blogpost about it all, but there just isn’t the time because I am supposed to be writing another book!!!! Cogheart number 3. More on that soon… But suffice to say, it has been a joy to travel about with my books and meet so many lovely readers at the various festivals, School Library Service Awards, and school events that I have been invited to over the past two months. Here are some pictures of all the various events, they say a picture tells a thousand words, which is lucky because I don’t really have the time to write a thousand word blog post…
Barnes Book Festival, and in the green room after my event with Kiran and Maz:
The Leeds Schools were so much fun, some great audiences:
Leeds Book Awards, congratulation to Fleur Hitchcock the winner for Murder in Mid-winter:
Visiting the famous Leeds Library, the insides of the building have some fantastic Victorian features:
Greenwich Book Festival, we tried to trick everyone by sitting under the wrong books:
Visiting West Thornton Primary in Croydon with Pea Green Boat Books – they had the MOST cake ever at a book event:
Hillingdon Book of the year, where I saw a play of my book performed :
Waterstones High Street Kensington event Middle Grade Magic, talking with MG Leonard, Lara Williamson and Maz Evans:
North East Book Awards, they made us runners up book themed chocolates, congratulations to the Winner Katherine Rundell for Wolfwilder:
I had a lovely visit with Tollgate community school in Eastbourne, thanks to the fantastic organising of their Teaching Assistant and librarian Jeff Doak. They even did some hilarious dabbing robot poses during my robot quiz!
Finally there was Redbridge Children’s Book Award, where once again there was an abundance of cake! Excited readers and great questions! Congratulations to Christopher Edge who won for The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. I think it all went to his head by the end, because you can see him attacking Kathryn Evans with his award…
Doing a joint event at Hay festival on the 2nd of June with Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of Girl of Ink and Stars was definitely one of the highlights of my year. The night I arrive, I went out for cocktails with Kiran and her husband and we talk about books. The next day we discover our event has sold out, and we have been moved to a bigger venue; the starlight tent with a star-studded ceiling! It seems appropriate for Kiran’s book and a little for mine.
Afterwards I get to hang out at the festival. I saw some inspirational talks, bumped into loads of lovely MG and YA writers I know, Jo Cotterill, Abi Longstaff, Sarah Crossan, Lisa Heathfield and Juno Dawson, and witnessed Patrice Lawrence winning the YA bookprize for the awesome Orangeboy. Then, the next day I wandered round the intriguing bookshops in town – there are at least 30, goodness knows how they all keep going – and I bought far too many books! It was a fabulous couple of days.
Here we are at the HAY30 sign before our event:
Hanging out in the green room with Jo Cotterill and Patrice with her award:
The main event, Girl of Ink and Stars and Cogheart:
Book Shops galore: