The RED Book Award

Just heard that Welcome to Nowhere has won the RED Book Award! This is such brilliant news, and thank you to everyone in Falkirk who made it happen. RED stands for Read, Enjoy, Debate. What a great name for a prize! All prizes are hard work for the organisers and brilliant for authors, but this one is a bit special because groups in Kenya, the Netherlands and South Africa have taken part in the shadowing.

    I'm really sorry I couldn't make the ceremony yesterday, but I've just read the lovely account by Ann Giles (The Bookwitch). It sounds as if it was a lot of fun.




    Launch of Song of the Dolphin Boy

    Thanks to everyone in Waterstones in Edinburgh and Inverness, and Professor Paul Thomspon at the Lighthouse Field Station in Cromarty for a great few days of launch events. Song of the Dolphin Boy has set sail on the ocean wave, and here's hoping that Finn and his friends in the Lighthouse Crew get a fair wind in their sails!


     Here I am with my brand new book at the wonderful Cromarty Lighthouse.

    Here I am with my brand new book at the wonderful Cromarty Lighthouse.

    Book Award news for Welcome to Nowhere

    I'm very excited that Welcome to Nowhere has been longlisted for the 2018 UKLA Award. The other books on both lists are brilliant, so I'm not holding my breath.

    Thank you, too, to the Trinity Schools Book Award for shortlisting my book, and congratulations to Sarah Govett for her win with The Territory. Great to be on the shortlist, too, for the Southwark Award. Congratulations to Lisa Thompson for her win with Goldfish Boy. Sorry I haven't read them yet, but I'm going to!

    It's brilliant, too, to be on the Leeds Book Award shortlist as well as the Hull Children's Book Keystage 3 Award.

    Happy reading to all the judges!

    The Jones Family

    Here is Daniel Jones with his brothers, Dylan and Dominic. (Daniel's the one in the middle, with Dylan on the left and Dominic on the right.) They want to make a difference!  After Daniel read Welcome to Nowhere he decided to raise some money for Syrian refugees. He and his brothers each gave £20 out of their own pocket money and Daniel organised a table top sale too. The Jones family sent an impressive total of £80 to the Mandala Trust to help refugees in Jordan. The money they sent was spent on providing some winter clothing (good quality second hand) for the schoolchildren in the picture below who go to to the Azraq school for refugees in Northern Jordan. They sent this photo of themselves with a thank you card to show how pleased they are.

    You can find out more about the Mandala Trust and our refugee projects on the Welcome to Nowhere page. Please go to the Welcome to Nowhere and the Hope School page for more news from Jordan.

    Emmanuel School and the TSBA Award

    Such a shame that the TSBA Award Ceremony had to be cancelled because of the snow. It was a real disappointment, as students and staff had worked so hard, organising the event, reading the books, and creating lovely work around them.

    Emmanual School in Clapham have sent me these photos of a poster Mathilda in Year 8 made for Welcome to Nowhere, and some magnificent models by Tom of scenes from the book. Thank you so much, all of you.