A double shortlisting!

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I am thrilled to bits to see that Torn Apart has been shortlisted for the incredible Historical Association’s Young Quills Award! This means the world to me as the partition of India rarely features in young historical fiction so I’m so thankful to see Torn Apart feature on this incredible platform. You can have a look at the full shortlist …

Happy World Book Day!

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Happy World Book Day to you all! However you are spending the day, whether it is in costume, reading books, writing stories or listening to a tale – I hope you have the most brilliant day. Thank you to everyone who has shared their brilliant costumes with me. It’s incredibly special to seeing your books being enjoyed so please do …

See you in 2022!

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It’s been a bumper crop this year! I’m so thankful to be supported by the best publishing teams but also by the BEST readers. That’s you! A huge THANK YOU to all the brilliant booksellers, bloggers, librarians, school staff, fellow authors and illustrators and AWESOME readers, like you, who continue to support my books – big Christmas hugs to you …

Happy Diwali!

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It’s Diwali! Thank you so much to everyone who joined Scholastic School Live and took part in the ‘All About Diwali’ event. I had such a great time sharing Diwali stories and activities with you and I know my dog, Archie, did too! Please do get in touch and share your Diwali makes and bakes with me. I’d love to …

Talking about Series Fiction

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Today, Maisie Chan, Tọlá Okogwu and I were invited to talk about our experience writing Series Fiction. Jasmine Richards hosted the panel and it was so great to share our mutual love for writing for younger readers and find out what got us writing for the age group. Tọlá shared her feelings of the pressure to be ‘perfect’ as a …

All About Diwali arrives!

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Happy Publication Day to All About Diwali by me and Aditi Kakade Beaufrand! This book is stunning! Illustrated throughtout by the immensely talented Aditi, the book is packed full of facts, recipes and activities to get you in the mood for Diwali later this year.

It’s a double publication day!

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Today, not one but TWO of my books are out in the world! First up is my debut historical middle-grade fiction, Torn Apart: The Partition of India, 1947, where two boys are forced into an impossible situation against the backdrop of the partition of India in 1947. Next up is the fifth book is the gorgeous Ballet Bunnies series, illustrated …

#ProperBook with WonderFest and CBI

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Today, Sheena and I spoke with Patricia Forde about the making of Bad Panda as part of the #ProperBook panel – ‘Is It Me You’re Looking For? How to Write a Cracking Children’s Book and Attract a Publisher or Agent: How a Book is Created from Start to Finish’ with Children’s Books Ireland and WonderFest Ireland. We spoke about my …

The Accidental Show with James Campbell

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Today, I was one of the guests on The Accidental Show with James Campbell. It was a stellar lineup with Tiernan Douieb, who is a comedy genius and Tom and Ellie Norris, who are classical violinists. James and I talked about what it’s like to be a writer and which of our books are our favourites. I even got to …