What I'm reading now . . .


One of the best parts of being a children's writer is that it gives me the perfect excuse (if any were needed!) to read  children's books - it's part of my actual job. I like to read a mix of the new books everyone is talking about, all the brilliant books by my lovely author friends, and other older books that may have been a bit forgotten (often ones that I've picked up on a charity shop haul!).

I tend to lose track so I'll add to this list of books as soon as I read them, each with a one-line review (I'll also list the books I recommend to my Book Pen Pals schools or Patron of Reading school).

Do let me know if there are any great books out there you think I should add to my to-read pile (which is already Officially Out of Control!)

November 2018


A fascinating collection of short stories from some of the best YA writers around - something in here for everyone (for older teen readers)


Running, family, memories and doing the right thing - a lot packed into a short book and perfect for Remembrance


Short and sweet stories - an old-fashioned feel to this collection (in a good way). It reminded me of story anthologies I loved as a child

A warm and relatable story about coping with change, fitting in and making friends - looks at creativity and intellectual property too!


An intriguing story of family secrets and the value of friendship, told with a fascinating use of language (may not be suitable for some younger readers)


A deeply moving story of love, resilience and the power of imagination, infused with warmth and humour



October 2018


 A beautifully told story of kindness and friendship and trying to make a difference
 Funny, fierce, frantic mystery-busting fun - a fantastic read.

The heart-breaking true story of a young refugee's perilous journey from Afghanistan
(some difficult content may not be suitable for younger children)
 A warm and gentle tale of friendship across generations, with a sprinkle of magic

An exciting magical adventure, original and richly-imagined

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This month's Book Pen Pal recommendations.


Two girls from very different backgrounds finding their way and becoming friends.
The amazing true story of adventurer, Matthew Henson, first to reach the North Pole.