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Cogheart wins Awesome Book Award 2018

I am delighted to announce that on the third of May (over a month ago now, but I am a woeful blogger) Cogheart won the Awesome Book Award 2018!!





The book was up against some stiff competition in the form of: Erica’s Elephant by Sylvia Bishop, Radio Boy by Christian O’Connell, The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange, Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, and so I was walking on air when Cogheart was finally announced the winner!

It was a fabulous event organised by and taking place at Cranleigh Prep, with book sales from Pea Green Boat Books. You can read more about the evening here, on the Awesome Book Awards Website.

But in the meantime here are a few of the pictures taken by the photographer from Cranleigh Prep…

Cogheart nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal

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…

Cogheart Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award

I am delighted to announce that Cogheart has been shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, an annual award for the author of an outstanding debut children’s novel.

The award is unique in also honouring the editor of the shortlisted books for identifying and nurturing new talent – which in Cogheart’s case is Usborne’s Fiction Director Rebecca Hill.

The Branford Boase Award is in its 17th year and previous winners include Frances Hardinge and Meg Rosoff.

The winner will be announced on 5th July. Frances Hardinge will present the winner with a cheque for £1,000 and both author and editor will receive a unique, hand-crafted silver-inlaid box.

Cogheart has been shortlisted for nine awards, including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017.

View the full shortlist and find out more

Cogheart Shortlisted for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

I am delighted to announce that Cogheart has been shortlisted for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award!

Voting ended yesterday (30.4.17). It’s an honour to be on such a strong and varied shortlist with so many fabulous books – a Carnegie Nominee, a Waterstones Prize Winner, an Edinburgh First Book Award Winner, and a Zoella Book Club pick, are amongst the awards they’ve been nominated for or won. Plus five other lovely authors. I am particularly proud of this nomination since it is voted for by my peers, and because it is an award associated with SCBWI. SCBWI – The Society of Children’s Book Writers and illustrators – is an organization that has helped me greatly on my journey to become a published children’s writer. Thanks to SCBWI I have made oodles of great new writer friends and through them, and the events and conference they organise, learnt tons about children’s publishing. All of which has helped me become a little less green about that world I have moved into as a published author. So here’s to SCBWI, long may it continue. And fingers crossed for Cogheart winning the Crystal Kite!




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!

Cogheart wins the Dudley Teen Book Award 2017


Malkin with the Dudley Teen Book Award

I am delighted to announce that this time last Tuesday, Cogheart won the Dudley Teen Book Award 2017.

I had a wonderful day at Dormston School, in Sedgley, where I got to meet three of the other shortlisted writers Ally Sherrick (Black Powder), Jane Elson (Swimming to the moon), and Stewart Foster (Bubble Boy). Each of us had the chance to talk to the invited audience of nearly 400 children from the 12 local schools who had read the shortlisted books and voted for the award, and then answer some questions about our books. There was a video message from US nominees Ann Martin (How to look for a lost dog) and Laura Martin (Edge of Extinction), and then the winner was announced…

Me with some of the nominated authors: Stewart Foster (Bubble Boy) Ally Sherrick (Black Powder) and Jane Elson (Swimming to the moon)

I was elated that Cogheart won, especially against such amazing competition, and I got up to accept the award – a star shaped medal! – and even managed to muster up a short acceptance speech.

Afterwards there was time to meet some of the students and sign books, some of them showed me their fantastic colouring in of Becca and Kath’s beautiful cover. And a few others even requested group selfies.

Signing queue selfies with the students

Thanks so much to the staff and students – especially the amazing Bailey – of Dormston High School for looking after us during the event. and to Donna and Belle and everyone from Dudley Library Service for organising such a fantastic day. And congratulations to all the other nominated authors, it was so much fun to meet you and hear all about your books.

You can read Ally Sherrick’s take on it all, over on her author website here…

Cogheart nominated for the Waterstones Book Prize 2017

I’m delighted to announce that Cogheart has been nominated for the Waterstones Book Prize 2017 in the Children’s book prize category. It’s such an honour to be on the shortlist, along with these five other fabulous books. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, Beetle Boy by MG Leonard, Time Travelling With a Hamster by Ross Welford, The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Captain Pug by Laura James. I’m especially pleased to be on the list with my author-buddies M G Leonard and Kiran Millwood Hargrave. The awards ceremony takes place on the 30th of March, really looking forward to it and the chance to meet the rest of the nominees.

Cogheart makes 2016 Library Awards and Best of Lists

I’m delighted to say that over the holidays Cogheart was nominated for quiet a few School Library Service book awards shortlists…

Dudley Teen Book Awards

The award recognises the top 6 books for teens published during 2016 as nominated by teen readers.

The six shortlisted titles for 2016 are Peter Bunzl – Cogheart, Jane Elson – Swimming to the Moon, Stuart Foster – Bubble Boy, Ann Martin – How to look for a lost dog, Laura Martin – Edge of Extinction and Ally Sherrick – Black Powder.

School libraries and library staff are promoting the award which promotes reading and fosters a love of books. Library customers, reading groups and school book groups are being encouraged to read as many of the titles as possible but young people can still vote for their favourite if they don’t read all the nominations.

St Helens and Sefton Super Reads

Cogheart has been shortlisted for Sefton Super Read 2017. Super Reads is an award voted on by high school children from across Sefton’s 20 High Schools. It has be running for over 10 years, previous winners include Ali Sparkes, Sally Gardner, Curtis Jobling and Eleanor Updale. The award winner is announced on the 30th of March.

Haringey Children’s Book Award 2017

Lovereading4kids. HARINGEY CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD SHORTLIST 2017. The Haringey Children’s Book Award is now in its 3rd year, set up by the librarian community in Haringey to promote literacy across the borough through interaction between schools.


Hillingdon Primary Book of the Year 2017

Hillingdon Primary Book of the Year 2017

This award is aimed at young people in Year 6. The winning title will be announced at the Finale Event which will be held at The Middlesex Suite, Civic Centre, Uxbridge on 15 June 2017.




Leeds Book Awards

Leeds Book Awards started in 2009 and has evolved into a successful city wide initiative, run jointly between Leeds School Library Service and Leeds Public Libraries.

The Award is now a fantastic opportunity for pupils aged  9- 11, 11-14 and 14-16 to take part and vote for the best children’s and young people’s (CYP) books published in the last year.



Cogheart also made the best of 2016 lists of various lovely bloggers and writers…


Books of the Year 2016Love reading for Kids – Books of the Year 2016







Crow Feathers wins Creativity Award at Forster Film Festival

Foster Film Festival Creativity Award

Foster Film Festival Creativity Award

Crow Feathers won the Creativity award at Forster Film Festival, Australia. It screened on the 28-30 Sept at the festival, and afterwards in the festival tours of the local region. Here’s what the festival said about the award in their email to me: ‘Our Creativity Award honours an artist whose work contains creativity, imagination and originality and makes a significant and unique contribution to independent film. We look forward to seeing more of your work! Please waive entry fee for all future submissions.’