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song of the dolphin boy

Finn has always been different, and in the tiny Scottish village of Stromhead his loneliness sticks out like a sore thumb. Then, one day, he dives into the sea and finds that he can swim with the dolphins. Suddenly the water feels like home.

But his new dolphin friends are in danger of being injured by plastic and other rubbish that floats out into the sea, so, desperate to save them, Finn goes to the Lighthouse Crew for help. They're the same children who have always left him out. Will they accept him now?

welcome to nowhere

Omar and his family have no choice but to flee from their home in Syria when the bombs start falling. Omar doesn't care about politics. He wants to become a businessman when he grows up, but his older brother, Musa, is mixed up with some activists. Soon the whole family is in serious trouble and they're forced to leave their homeland altogether.

But where do you go when you can't go home?

Welcome to Nowhere is supporting refugees in Jordan through the Mandala Trust. 




another title with a great new cover

Jake's Tower  joins my other titles reissued in new covers. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Visit their book pages to find out more.

  Ethiopian children listening to a storyteller.  Illustration   by Eric Robson

Ethiopian children listening to a storyteller.  Illustration by Eric Robson

the ethiopian story collecting project

The Ethiopian Story Collecting Project has an exciting new development. The Ducere Foundation is publishing two books of the stories I collected and retold, for use by Ethiopian schoolchildren. Read more about the project on the Ethiopian Story Collecting Page.

Our two websites, are still attracting thousands of visitors not only in Ethiopia but around the world.

You can read my account of my travels throughout Ethiopia to collect stories in The Lure of the Honey Bird, published by Birlinn Polygon.

When I say to a parent, ‘Read to a child,’ I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.