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Cogheart published in German

The German Edition of Cogheart was published on the 16th of May 2021. Here is some information about that Foreign edition:

Die Cogheart-Abenteuer: Das ewige Herz: Ein aufregendes Abenteuer voller Rätsel und unerschrockenem Mut (German Edition)

Die 13-jährige Lily schwebt in tödlicher Gefahr. Ihr Vater ist spurlos verschwunden, und unheimliche Männer mit Silberaugen scheinen ihr plötzlich auf Schritt und Tritt zu folgen. Was führen sie im Schilde?
Gemeinsam mit ihren Freunden – dem Uhrmachersohn Robert und ihrem mechanischen Fuchs Malkin – macht Lily sich auf, um dem Geheimnis auf die Spur zu kommen. Doch bald muss sie feststellen, dass die Wahrheit tiefer verborgen liegt, als sie ahnen konnte – an einem Ort, mit dem sie nie gerechnet hätte.
Realität und Fiktion verschmelzen gekonnt in diesem fesselnden Abenteuer im spannenden Zeitalter des viktorianischen Englands!

The German version is available to UK readers as an Amazon Kindle book here:

The Book of Hopes shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the year

Earlier this year, I was asked by Katherine Rundell to contribute to an anthology she was putting together to celebrate hope in dark times.

The Book of Hopes is available online for free, but it’s now been published as a gorgeous hardback edition. With part of the profits going to raise money for NHS charities to support the amazing work of Doctors and Nurses and hospital-staff during lockdown.

In the last few weeks I’ve been given two more fab pieces of news about the Book of Hopes…

First, it’s going to be released as an audiobook, read by Stephen Fry, Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Bailey Smith. My poem ‘Football Boots’ is read by Stephen Fry, who is just mellifluous to hear!

I’ve also just found out that The Book of Hopes has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020. It’s such an honour, and I’m proud to be involved in the project, with the fantastic writer and editor and organiser of it all, Katherine Rundell, and the whole team at Bloomsbury. 

BOOK OF HOPES Published

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 from 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.

Cogheart Adventures US blog tour and reviews…

Cogheart was released a year ago this month in the USA. And Moonlocket six months later. Now Skycircus is due to be released there in a month’s time.

To celebrate here are some links to a few of the blogpost and some of the lovely US book bloggers who were kind enough to feature Cogheart on release day…

First up, here’s a post I did for the Children’s Book Review about my favourite steampunk titles:
https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/2019/02/five-stupendous-steampunk-stories.html

Here’s Cogheart featured on teachingbooks.net: https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=62750

 JD’s 3 Questions blog post on the literacy work and play blog: https://literacyworkandplay.blogspot.com/2019/01/three-questions-with-author-peter-bunzl.html



SHADOWSEA tea at Pickled Pepper Books

Join me for for afternoon tea at Pickled Pepper Books on the 11th January for an exclusive tea party and book chat all about the Cogheart Adventures and my newest book SHADOWSEA!

What’s included?
An exclusive hour long afternoon tea and book chat with Peter Bunzl
Author tips and an insight into Peter’s writing
A personally signed copy of the new book in the Cogheart series, Shadowsea

This would make an extra special Christmas present for any fan. All attendees will received a ticket like the one below.

Tickets are £15.

Find out more and buy tickets below…

https://www.pickledpepperbooks.co.uk/copy-of-december

Magicborn – New standalone announced at Bologna Book Fair

This year, for the first time, I visited the Bologna Book Fair. It was an eye-opening experience – a specialist children’s book fair across four humungous halls that’s abuzz with children books, illustrations and excitement. I was delighted to be at the Usborne stand on Monday evening as a special guest at their first book fair party EVER! to announce two new books with them: a 4th Cogheart Adventures story ( of which more coming soon) and a new standalone story called MAGICBORN

You can read more about MAGICBORN in this bookseller fair exclusive…

Here are a few pictures from the Usborne stand party where we announced both books…

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SKYCIRCUS book tour and SCBWICON18

It has been a super-busy autumn of book tour events with Skycircus. I visited lots of schools in Birmingham, Bristol and London, with Usborne and also with Pea Green Boat Books. As well as performing at events like Broughton Hall literary Festival, and doing their school events programme with Caboodle Books and Authors Abroad, I performed at the Beanstalk Literary Festival in London for hundreds of lovely Beanstalk readers and reading helpers.

Looking back I see I have been terrible at taking photographs over the months, but luckily lots of lovely teachers have taken pictures, so here are a few…

SKYCIRCUS BOOKTOUR.

SCBWICON 18

Last weekend I was at the SCWBI conference – SCBWI stands for the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators. It is a fantastic weekend for author and illustrators to hone their craft. I got to see a lot of my favourite writing people and Scbwi members, and I also got to be part of their fancy dress party and mass-book launch party with Skycircus. And I got to see my crit group buddy and ace author, Lorraine Gregory win the prestigious Crystal Kite Award for her fab debut novel ‘Mould and the Poison Plot’ It was such a brilliant weekend and I intend to write some more about it later, but in the meantime, here are a few pics…

In the SCBWI mass book launch
With my SCBWI crit group: Tania, Gail, Meira and CRYSTAL KITE WINNER Lorraine Gregory! No Miriam 🙁
SCWBI Party 2018
Lorraine wins the Crystal Kite
With Gail and Meira from my SCBWI crit group.

Introducing Skycircus

It is nearly a month since Skycircus first came out and I have been busily travelling all around the country to tell children about the book on a booktour. But I have just this week had a few calm days at home, so I found the time to make a short video to tell you all a little about the books. And here it is (*warning it does contain a few spoilers about the opening act of the book, so if you hate to know ANYTHING!! about something before you read it, you may not want to watch!)…

In which I explain a little of the plot of #SKYCIRCUS the newest book in the #CogheartAdventures series. Find out what happens to Robert and Lily and Malkin in this spectacular showstopper…

And if you enjoyed that brief introduction to the book, then allow me to read you the prologue…