Category Archives: Children’s Books

Review: The Ship of Shadows

The Ship of Shadows – Maria Kuzniar There’s a lot of originality and fun in this book and I like that it’s girls and women on a magical ship. We find out about that they’re seeking a magic map. It’s … Continue reading

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Review: The Wizards of Once

The Wizards of Once – Cressida Cowell Wonderful galloping tale of Magic, good and evil. Many influences feed into this, from Roald Dahl to Arthurian legend to fairy tales to Shakespeare, and the result, fired by Cressida Cowell’s imagination, is … Continue reading

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Inspirational art

What a pleasure it was to run into a neighbour whose nine-year-old daughter read my children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones. I already knew she liked it and had used it for her school work. It turns out she … Continue reading

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Signed copies – now available!

My debut children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones, is now available on Amazon at a slightly reduced price, after coronavirus-related distribution challenges affected availability. You can also buy the book directly from me, at a lower price, by emailing me … Continue reading

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Review: Murder Most Unladylike

Murder Most Unladylike: A Wells & Wong Mystery – Robin Stevens Thoroughly enjoyed this witty, light-but-not-lightweight middle-grade murder mystery set in a 1930s girl’s boarding school in England. Right from the start the first-person telling through the eyes of Hazel … Continue reading

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Review: The Vanishing Trick

The Vanishing Trick – Jenni Spangler A great story with an appealing magic core and a strong premise that I can see easily becoming a film, and probably doing very well with its target of middle-grade (8 and up) readers. … Continue reading

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Kirkus Reviews: The Keeper of the Stones

“Both gripping and lyrical—a fine time-travel tale.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review) If you’re a writer, you know that 99 percent of the time you’re cursed by doubt, wondering whether you can actually write. So when, at about 10 pm UK … Continue reading

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Review: Monstrous Devices

Review: Monstrous Devices – Damien Love When Alex’s grandfather sends him an old robot out of the blue, the mysterious writing of his English essay while he’s asleep is just the start. Whisked off to Paris and Prague by his … Continue reading

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Calling authors with new books

Launching your new book is a huge challenge at the best of times, never mind now. If you’re an author who’s just had or are about to have a book published, I’d like to invite you to consider an interview … Continue reading

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“Suspense, an occasional laugh, and many surprises”

My publisher, Hayloft, is expecting the copies of my debut children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones, from the printer on 23 March. There will be fewer than 500 copies available. Advance orders are going well and anyone who pre-orders a … Continue reading

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