August means one thing to me, and that’s the Edinburgh Book Festival. I’m so pleased to be doing two events this year. On Thursday 22nd August I’ll be in the Imagination Lab, with my new book Grobblechops, and my teddy. I’ll be telling the story to people aged 3-6, and parents too of course!
On Friday 23rd August I’ll be back in the Imagination Lab to talk about my new novel, A House Without Walls. Twelve-year-old Safiya and her family have been driven out of Syria by civil war. Safiya knows how lucky she is – lucky to be living near family and not in a refugee camp,lucky to be alive. But it's hard to feel grateful when her house is a tent and she has to look after her father and brother, rather than go back to school.
As they struggle to rebuild their lives, Safiya realizes that her family has always been incomplete and with her own future in the balance, it's time to uncover the secrets that war has kept buried.