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Tennis themed reads

   Wimbledon is now in full swing and what better time to encourage youngsters to take up this popular sport. For readers of my sporting duo Ron and Ren in Two for Tennis here are my top picks for tennis themed reads. Frances Lincoln Books publish the Little People Big Dream series for four to… Continue Reading

World Book Day thanks

World Book Day is the perfect day to say thanks to all my young readers who have bought my books over the past year or borrowed them from the library. There must be many young football fans out there as according to Public Lending Right which records library lending my early reader Mole in Goal… Continue Reading

Win Books

CHANCE TO WIN BOOKS Check out my guest blog with the fabulous Storytime Magazine on how I hope children will be encouraged to learn about history and win some of my latest titles. Continue Reading

King Tutankhamun’s Anniversary

November marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb – the inspiration for my latest early reader Pharaoh’s Treasure. Howard Carter’s Egyptian search is a tale of courage, setbacks and intrigue. The discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb sparked global interest in the 1920s and still fascinates today. The discovery of the ‘boy… Continue Reading

Latest titles

My three latest titles have just been delivered. – Sprog the time hopping frog, Pharaoh’s Treasure and The Greenwood Adventurers. These have super illustrations and Michelle Simpson appears to have made Pharaoh’s Treasure positively glow with colour!   Continue Reading

Top wolf books for World Environment Day

Wolves are fascinating creatures and if you enjoyed reading about Randall in The Howling Stones and are hungry for more wolf books in time for World Environment Day on June 5 then take a look at these other great books featuring wolves. The Forest Wolves is Alex Milway’s second book in his Big Sky Mountain… Continue Reading

Howling Stones book review

I read this short chapter book to see if it might be suitable for some 7 and 8 year old children I know. The theme of the story is very topical especially as natural habitats are being lost and biodiversity declining with the loss of some species. The story is fast paced with interesting language… Continue Reading

World Book Day

Happy World Book Day! Today seems the perfect time to say a big thank you to all my readers and those who have supported me in my writing. There are obviously lots of budding footballers out there as according to my latest Public Lending Right figures which keeps track of books borrowed in libraries, Mole… Continue Reading

Chick-a-boo launch

It was great to receive my first copies of Chick-a-boo, my latest yellow early reader about a cheeky runaway chick. It is published by Maverick Books and is delightfully illustrated by Natasha Rimmington. For details see Amanda-Brandon/9781848868137        Continue Reading

Roman Tales – The Chariot Race

If you are studying the Roman period in primary school then check out my story The Chariot Race in the colourful and lively Storytime – a plastic free monthly magazine with great stories and activities for youngsters, plus there are downloadable teaching resources and books to win. The story appears in issue 83 and features a… Continue Reading