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.

Letters from Pip

I was very pleased to receive some letters recently, written by children from Southway Junior School in Burgess Hill.

Their teachers, Kelly and Melissa, have been reading Bearkeeper with Year 5, using the text as a way to discuss Shakespeare and daily life in Elizabethan London. 

Kelly and Melissa suggested they write letters from Pip’s perspective, describing his adventures in London.

Here are two of the letters, written by Taliyah and Scarlett.

A Dog Called Grk

I am very pleased that my first book, A Dog Called Grk, is being reissued with a new cover.

The new cover has been drawn by Garry Parsons, the illustrator of the Dragonsitter books (and many other excellent books too, as you’ll discover if you have a look at his website).

A Dog Called Grk is the story of Timothy Malt, an ordinary boy, who is walking down the street on his way home from school when he finds a lost dog….


The ninth Dragonsitter

The Dragonsitter’s Surprise will be published in the UK in April 2018.

Slightly to my astonishment, this will be the ninth instalment in the series. When I first wrote a small book about Eddie, Emily, and a badly-behaved dragon, I wasn’t expecting to carry on their adventures at all, let alone discover so much about their lives. But I’m very pleased that I have – and I’m delighted that readers have been enjoying them too.

As always, this book has been brilliantly illustrated by Garry Parsons.

Now I’d better go and do some work. It’s time to write the tenth in the series.