Teaching Resources

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) and my publishers have made some wonderful teaching resources for the Hope Jones series.

You can find them on the Hope Jones website:


“These notes have been written by the teachers at the CLPE to provide schools with ideas to develop comprehension and cross-curricular activities around this text. They build on our work supporting teachers to use quality texts throughout the reading curriculum. They encourage a deep reading of and reflection on the text, which may happen over a series of reading sessions, rather than in just one sitting. We hope you find them useful.”

Little Rebels

I’m delighted that Hope Jones Saves the World has been shortlisted for the Little Rebels Award.

This is a wonderful prize, and every year, the shortlists are full of fabulous books. I’m so pleased that Hope Jones is among them.

“The Little Rebels Award celebrates children’s fiction which challenges stereotypes, promotes social justice and advocates for a more peaceful and fairer world.”

More details about the award on the website:


Dear Hope Jones…

If you’ve read either of the Hope Jones books, you’ll know that Hope publishes her own email address on her blog, and invites readers to get in touch with her.

She has had some wonderful messages – including a fabulous email from a reader called Rosa.

Rosa also sent a brilliant speech which she had written.

I was so impressed that I asked Rosa if I could publish her speech here, and I was delighted when she said yes.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading what Rosa has written – and perhaps you’ll be inspired to write a speech of your own.

What book now?

Alice Harman, author of many books for children, has started a monthly newsletter called What Book Now? – as the title suggests, the newsletter is full of suggestions for good books to read.

I was very pleased that she chose to pick Hope Jones Saves the World for the first issue:

If you want to get a monthly email from What Book Now? – and I recommend you do – you can sign up here:


Hope Jones in the lockdown

My new book was published last week: Hope Jones Saves the World is available in bookshops everywhere, and I will be travelling up and down the country, visiting schools, speaking at festivals, talking about climate change and plastic pollution…

That was the plan, anyway, but of course the reality is very different: bookshops and schools are closed, festivals have been cancelled, and I’m hunched over a page of sums or searching for grammatical mistakes in a text, home-schooling my own children.

Somehow, among all the lessons that I’ve been giving them, my daughters have found time to make a book trailer for Hope Jones.

The second Hope Jones book will be published in 2021. Let’s hope the world is back to normal by then – or some new version of normal, anyway.