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.

World Book Day

Last week, I talked about my new book to an audience of schoolchildren – the first time that I had spoken about Hope Jones Saves the World.

I visited two schools in Bolton with the brilliant Rebecca Patterson, author of one of my favourite picture books (My Big Shouting Day). We share a publisher – Andersen Press – who had arranged for us to do this event together, celebrating World Book Day.

Andersen had released my new book early in Lancashire; it was great to see Hope Jones Saves the World in the hands of readers. The rest of the country will be able to read it in May.

More Grk books?

A few days ago I got an email from a reader named Nico:

Hi Josh I really like your Grk series and I would be really EXCITED about more!

I wrote back to him, but my reply bounced. If you’re Nico, please do write to me again, but give me your correct email address this time.

I’ll answer Nico’s question here anyway. As you’ll know if you have read the Grk books, each of them is set in a different country. I had a dream that Grk might travel to every country in the world, although that would mean writing 196 books. And perhaps he would travel to the moon too, like his fictional ancestor Snowy, bringing the total up to 197.

But at the moment, my time is taken up with the Dragonsitter instead, so I don’t know when, or if, I will ever return to the further adventures of Tim, Grk, Max and Natascha.