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Exam advice for pupils (and parents!)

Last year I did a series of posts giving exam advice. This year, I have a book coming out with Leckie and Leckie which covers this – but...

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Study Skills – and being filmed at Castlebrae

As I mentioned recently, I’m co-writing a book on study skills for Leckie and Leckie in Scotland, and in England with Collins. They approached me to write it and...

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The annual Larbert High School literacy day just got LOUDER!

Last week was my third annual Larbert High School literacy day. My ears have just about stopped ringing from the sheer noise of young people screaming for BOOKS....

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Writer? Reader? Ebook discount offer – HURRY!

Today I’m at Salford University. The wonderful Melvin Burgess and I are doing a keynote speeches at Pushing Boundaries – Flying Higher, an exciting conference on YA writing. Since this allows...

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#UKYA Egg Hunt – an eggsciting STACK of books to win!

Welcome to the eggscellently eggsciting UKYA Easter Egg Hunt! This post is part of a series of posts by over thirty YA authors who write and live in...

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Teenagers, Brains & Stress

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Young Adult Novels

Drop into this section to learn more about my award-winning novels for young people. All my books are different, so I hope there’s one (or more…) that you might enjoy.

Patron of Reading

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