BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Being Normal

Posted on 04/08/16 in Katy's Corner

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting …

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YALC 2016

Posted on 01/08/16 in Katy's Corner

Who else was lucky enough to attend YALC this year?   I had the best time at YALC 2016 and feel incredibly honoured to have been invited to speak on a panel alongside the amazing Jenny McLachlan, Holly Smale and Nat Luurstema in honour of the great Louise Rennison. We discussed the importance of comedy and how sometimes it can be overlooked in favour of …

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Just why you are an It Girl

Posted on 23/05/16 in Katy's Corner

(even if you think you’re not)  ‘It isn’t beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It’s just “it”.’ — Rudyard Kipling I want to talk about the term “it girl”. There isn’t an official definition out there — Rudyard Kipling wrote the above in 1904 and nowadays “it girl” is associated with wealth or expensive partying. Forget about all that for a moment. Here’s …

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BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands

Posted on 18/04/16 in Katy's Corner

Rebel of the Sands Alwyn Hamilton “Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.” Dustwalk is Amani’s home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need. Then a foreigner …

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The 2016 school tour begins…

Posted on 13/04/16 in Katy's Corner

What an exciting month! Tomorrow I am starting my school tour, which will be running over a couple of weeks, visiting several schools in Ipswich, Norwich and London and I am SO EXCITED! I’ll be talking to classes about what it’s like to be an author, my experience of writing The It Girl series AND we’ll be doing a pretty cool task involving something Anna …

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine

Posted on 01/04/16 in Katy's Corner

The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth Katherine Woodfine THE HONOUR OF YOUR COMPANY IS REQUESTED AT LORD BEAUCASTLE’S FANCY DRESS BALL Wonder at the puzzling disappearance of the Jewelled Moth! Marvel as our heroines, Sophie and Lil, don cunning disguises, mingle in high society and munch many cucumber sandwiches to solve this curious case! Applaud their bravery as they follow a trail of terrible secrets that …

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