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15 September 2021

More than a Story – What good Fiction does for Children

I’ve just finished reading an action-packed children’s story about time travel, history, mystery and friendship (Vesuvius by J. D. Fennell) and, after I’d added it to my shelf of ‘enjoyed’ children’s books, I permitted myself a […]
27 July 2021

Bury your Head in a Book this Summer…

If you’re used to reading action-packed thrillers, why not give a fantasy story a go? If you’re into detective stories, what about an adventure story for a change? Challenge yourself to read something new and you […]
27 July 2021

Wave Riders by Lauren St John

Dramatic adventure at sea is followed by a moving story of twins searching for answers about their past and dealing with the demands of their new family. Action, mystery and a focus on friendship and the […]
21 June 2021

A World of Writing Opportunities

Rhu Primary School showcases its space writing skills One of the positive effects of virtual author visits into schools, is being able to ‘go’ anywhere at any time. There’s no getting caught in traffic, no thoughts […]
21 June 2021

Uma and the Answer to Absolutely Everything

If you love drunk alpacas, a mystery or are ready for a character called Alan Alan Carrington and his unusual eyebrows, you have to read this. Sam Copeland managed to make me laugh, cry and read […]
24 May 2021

Space Stories – Virtual Book Signing and Giveaway May 2021

For the month of May, I’ll be signing every copy of May’s Moon purchased from the Space Store, Didcot. If you haven’t yet got yours, you can order online or visit the store and collect your […]
25 March 2021

Classroom Space Quiz for KS2

If space is your topic, why not try this quiz with your class? It’s free to download and comes with a set of answers. What does your class know about space? How about using this quiz […]
26 February 2021

World Book Day Wonders – Children’s Books

If you’re used to reading action-packed thrillers, why not give a fantasy story a go? If you’re into detective stories, what about an adventure story for a change? Challenge yourself to read something new and you […]
26 February 2021

Private Peaceful

(Historical, War, Action) This is an amazing story of the First World War, told in the voice of Tommo, a young soldier. The story captures 24hrs in his life at the front, whilst looking back over […]
26 February 2021

Rooftoppers

(Adventure) This is a charming, quirky and clever story, which girls, boys and adults will love. Set in England and Paris this adventure is soft, thoughtful and magical. Highly recommend it.
26 February 2021

Journey to the River Sea

(The Natural World & Adventure) This is a wonderful story about friendship and Maia’s developing relationship with the natural world around her. Although set in 1910, it has a both a modern and classic feel. A […]
31 January 2021
Image of Satellite orbiting the Earth

Super Satellites And What They Mean For Us

What is a Satellite? A satellite is a planet, moon or machine that orbits a planet or star. Planets and moons are called natural satellites and machines referred to as artificial satellites. Natural Satellites Our own […]
17 December 2020

A World of Writing Opportunities

Rhu Primary School showcases its space writing skills One of the positive effects of virtual author visits into schools, is being able to ‘go’ anywhere at any time. There’s no getting caught in traffic, no thoughts […]
10 December 2020

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

  (Historical fiction) This is heartbreaking story from the perspective of nine year old Bruno. We see some of the happenings of the Holocaust from his a naive, inaccurate view. It’s a story about children’s friendship, […]
30 November 2020

Authors into Schools – Cost v Benefit

How do I decide which authors to invite into our school to support our class learning, topics and curriculum? Where can I get the best recommendations for author visits? Will an author session be beneficial just […]
2 October 2020

World Space Week 2020 and the 1st Child Astronaut?

How will you be celebrating World Space Week? Will you be watching out for the International Space Station as it arcs across our skies this week? Will you be snuggling up in front of your favourite […]
29 September 2020
Children's Adventure Stories

Bring back Adventure Stories for Children

Why Adventure Stories are still so important for our Children… Stories about magical trees, islands, making camp fires and sleeping under the night sky were a large part of my life for years; some secretly enjoyed […]
7 August 2020

22 Questions about my Writing

The things Teachers and Children want to know… When I visit schools, I get asked many questions about my writing, how I started, what inspires me and the sorts of books I like. Below are some […]
24 July 2020
NASA cartoon image of the Mars Perseverance rover

Perseverance Rover searches for life 33 million miles away on Mars

Perseverance Rover searches for life on Mars NASA hopes to get one step closer to answering the question about life on Mars when they launch the new car-sized Perseverance rover on its 33 million mile journey […]
15 June 2020
Dragon, wings out, flying in space

Dragons in Space make History

Fire in the Sky Were you lucky enough to see two amazing sights in the UK skies on the night of the 30th May 2020?   Seeing the super bright light of the International Space Station […]