This will be published on 4th October by David Fickling Books. More about it soon, and how it came to be written - but for now, it follows K M Peyton's wonderful FLAMBARDS quartet and is set at Flambards in the present. The lovely cover art is by Katie Harnett.
GIRLS FOR THE VOTE is out now! Usborne are reissuing the series of six books - two each by Adele Geras, Ann Turnbull and myself. With the new series title 6 CHELSEA WALK, the books have been given this lovely cover art by Tiziana Longo. The other titles will appear shortly.
Each story features a girl of twelve or thirteen who lived at 6 Chelsea Walk. Here, in 1914, Polly is intrigued by two suffragettes who move into the flat above. Her strict father disapproves of the Votes for Women campaigners and their 'antics', and forbids Polly to have anything to do with the two young women - but Polly has other ideas.
CONGRATULATIONS to Pam Smy, whose brilliant THORNHILL
is shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Pam has both written and illustrated this exceptional book (see my review on the Blog) and I'd have been very disappointed if it hadn't been chosen for the shortlist.
The winner will be announced in June. Fingers crossed for Pam! See more about the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals here.
PURPLE, WHITE AND GREEN!
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave women (some women) the vote for the first time. I have two novels for young readers: GIRLS FOR THE VOTE (first published as POLLY'S MARCH) and UNTIL WE WIN, a short, dyslexia-friendly story for teenagers, published by Barrington Stoke.
News: UNTIL WE WIN is shortlisted for the Young Quills prize, awarded by the Historical Association. See more here.
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