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Featherlight coming April 2021

‘Lighting the way home’: Myth and history combine in a magical adventure inspired by the incredible true stories of female lighthouse keepers.

I am thrilled to announce that I have a short standalone adventure story Featherlight coming out on the 15th April 20201 with Barrington Stoke. Written and formatted specially for dyslexic and reluctant readers. Find out more below…

Deryn’s father is the lighthouse keeper on Featherstone Island, keeping the lantern lit to protect passing boats from the treacherous rocky coastline. But when an emergency arises and her parents have to travel to the mainland for help, Deryn is left alone to keep watch over the lighthouse, and she finds herself in a terrible situation when the lamp runs out of oil during a wild storm. With a fishing boat in peril on the sea, and time running out to rescue those on board, Deryn seeks help from an unusual source – a creature born of myth and magic, who can help light the way.

Featherlight has cover artwork by Evan Hollingdale and internal black and white illustrations by Anneli Bray.

Return to Wonderland out in paperback 6th August…

I have a short story in Return to Wonderland which came you last year in hardback. You can get it from 6th of August in this lovely paperback edition. It is stories set in Wonderland when Alice isn’t there and has contributions from ten other fantastic children’s authors. Mine is the first story of the collection and is about a pig-boy, the duchess, three sisters, the froggy butler and a treacle well. The book is published by Macmillan.

My 6 favourite animal sidekicks!

I love animal sidekicks. My children’s series ‘The Cogheart Adventures’ features an animal sidekick named Malkin. Malkin is a mechanical fox. Unlike a real fox he can talk, but, just like a real fox, if real foxes could talk, he has high-minded opinions about everything.

Here are six of my favourite animal sidekicks from children’s literature…

Who are you favourite animal sidekicks?

Why not write a story with your own animal sidekick in?


PROUD to say that my little poem is a part of this anthology of HOPE: called THE BOOK OF HOPES. Put together by amazing children’s author Katherine Rundell, it is filled with bite-sized stories poems and pictures of HUMOUR, JOY and HOPE. A digital copy of the book is FREE to read digitally ( from 27.04.20) on the literacy trust’s website. Here–

Read Katherine’s article on how the Book of Hopes came together and sample some fantastic tasters of the content in this weekends Guardian books. Here––

Build Malkin out of Lego

Lego fans in lockdown! This is the coolest. Someone on YouTube has done a video showing how to build Malkin the mechanimal fox out of Lego. Watch the clip below.

Sticky post

Classes – enjoy online readings of the Cogheart Adventures during self-isolation

In recent days I’ve had many enquiries from teachers and librarians who were half-way through reading one of the Cogheart Adventures stories with their class before schools closed. Lots of classes were left on a cliff hanger, and teachers wanted to keep reading to their students online.

I think this is a GREAT idea! I asked my publisher Usborne for their permission to do this while everyone is in self-isolation. They got back to me with their OK and their conditions for sharing audio recordings of the Cogheart Adventures online…

Please check out their terms and conditions here before you go ahead and create your readings.

Also, if your pupils would like to read along, all of theCogheart Adventures stories on Kindle are now reduced in price to only 99p for a month!


Peter x