Thursday, 21 July 2016

34 Years Old

BUDDY has been in print now since 1982. To celebrate all those years Penguin have now made it part of their PENGUIN ORIGINALS  - a list of books that they consider are classic Young Adult titles. I'm really honoured that the book is among such exalted titles as The Red Pony and The Outsiders. I think the new cover looks splendid - classic and cool:

Wednesday, 29 June 2016


There was a wonderful production of the musical play of my book BEAVER TOWERS put on by the Junior School at Dulwich College in South East London. There were three performances and all the pupils in Year Six were involved. They acted wonderfully and sang their hearts out. It was visually stunning and very imaginatively staged. Here are some photos of the production:

Some of the huge cast can be seen here - there were 64 of them involved altogether.

This shows the imaginative and very funny staging of the old car, Doris being pushed by The Mechanics.

The evil Oyin meets her end at the hands of the Growlers.

Saturday, 17 January 2015


My latest book has just been published. It tells the story of two brothers and their rivalry which has tragic consequences

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Fantastic review just in for my book 'On The Edge' in School Librarian magazine: 
'Terrifying and overwhelmingly sad, this powerful book deserves to be widely read'.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


Had a great return visit to Cornelius Vermuyden School on Canvey Island. I spoke to all of their Year 8s and then presented copies of GHOST GAME to some pupils who had done good work during the term. Congratulations to them.

Monday, 7 April 2014


I am honoured to be one of the contributors to Tony Bradman's anthology of new stories about the 1914-18 War, called simply STORIES OF WW1 and published by Orchard Books. All the stories, by writers such as Malorie Blackman, Ian Beck, Geraldine McCaughren, Adele Geras and Linda Newberry, are brilliant and give a wide window onto the lives of people - soldiers and civilians - who went through that terrible time. My story, called WHAT'S IN A NAME, uses as a starting point something that happened to my family back then.

There has already been an excellent review of the book:

Friday, 28 February 2014


I was very pleased to learn that PARTNERS IN CRIME had won its category in the Coventry Inspiration Book Award.

My thanks to everyone who voted for it. And now I'm looking forward to the awards ceremony in June.