After visiting a school recently, I was given a large bundle of wonderful thank you letters. Here are a few of them:
I’ve been whizzing around the country over the past few weeks, visiting schools, leading creative writing sessions and talking about my books.
I had a great World Book Day at Fairholme School in Hounslow – here are some fantastic photos. If you click through to the last one in the collection, you can see a picture of me opening Fairholme’s great new library. I actually got to cut the ribbon!
I went to Brixington School in Exmouth, and here is a nice piece from their local paper.
And here’s a photo from a day that I spent at Harris Academy in Peckham.
Thank you to these three, and all the other schools who have hosted me. I’ve been from Nottingham to Yeovil, Folkestone to Croydon, and I always come home buzzing from the enthusiasm of the kids and teachers. An ordinary day at my desk, sitting on my own, telling stories, feels very quiet and mundane…
There was a lovely review of The Island of Thieves in The Times last week, written by Amanda Craig.
Josh Lacey made a name for himself with his charmingly Tintinesque adventures about a boy and his dauntless dog, Grk. In The Island of Thieves, Tom Trelawney is foisted on his irresponsible Uncle Harvey while his exhausted parents go abroard for a week.
Uncle and nephew share the same nose – not least for mischief. Harvey, an inept conman, just hapens to have stumbled on a tantalising diary about treasure buried by Sir Francis Drake in Peru, so the pair head to South America. Harvey, however, owes a criminal a lot ofmoney and is told he must repay him with the treasure, or die. Luckily the vital clue is being used in a remote Peruvian toilet…
Funny and action packed, this well-paced, smartly written crime caper is just the thing for boys of 8+. Uncle Harvey is a wonderful comic creation; more, please.
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