Welcome!

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This is a corner of a wooden hut in our garden, which is where I write. Welcome!

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My latest book is called Jack Fortune and the Search for the Hidden Valley. (Read more about it here.) I spotted it a few weeks ago on this table in my local Waterstones, and had to restrain myself from doing a little happy dance – it’s very special when something you’ve spent months or even years on, all by yourself in your study or wooden hut, takes on its own life as a printed book!

 

And now something else exciting has happened – I heard the other day that Jack Fortune has been chosen as one of the books for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, run by the Reading Agency – there it is, on the fourth row down!

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This is particularly good news, because I’m a big fan of the Reading Challenge. Here I am last year, encouraging children at our local primary school to take part in it.

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The idea is to encourage children to read books over the long summer holiday. There are bookmarks, medals, puzzles, certificates – all kinds of goodies! You just have to go to your local library to sign up. Each year, there’s a theme. In 2017 it was Animal Agents; in 2018, it will be Mischief Makers. And Jack Fortune is certainly very good at making mischief!