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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

I entirely love New Year as it gives me a chance to forget all the stuff I didn’t do last year and say I’m going to do it all again this year! Wiping the slate clean and all that stuff.

This year I’m resolving to write two new books – one fiction and one non-fiction – I just need to timetable it in and do it, right? Well, that’s the theory! Luckily, I have a few good friends who always support me and spur me on.

I’m also starting to teach Creative Writing to adults in January. I’m looking forward to a new challenge and meeting people who want to take their writing to the next level. I’m a bit nervous but really hope I can help people to make the positive changes they want to make too.

One person who has always supported me and my writing is a book blogger called Jim, who blogs at YAYeaYeah here http://www.yayeahyeah.com?Book bloggers are generally great people who really, really ‘get’ books and love spreading the word about good ones. So, I was honoured that Emily Sparkes and the Disco Disaster’ and ‘Emily Sparkes and the Backstage Blunder’ are included in YAYeahYeah’s list of favourite books of 2016 as ‘Hidden Gems of the Year’!

There are loads of other great books on the list too.

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What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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Get Involved in the Laugh Out Loud Awards!

 

lollies Really exciting news this week – ‘Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco’ has been shortlisted in the first ever ‘Laugh Out Loud Awards’ (nicknamed the ‘Lollies’)!

This is a new award celebrating everything funny in children’s books. A panel, chaired by none other than the great Mr Michael Rosen, has chosen a selection of the funniest books published last year and now they need schools to vote for their favourites. Your school can get involved, too! All you have to do is read the books and vote – easy. You don’t even have to read them all – although the more you read the funnier life gets! If you’d like to persuade your school to get involved in the ‘Lollies’ there’s a link here to a letter for you to take to your teacher. Lollies Letter

Or if you are a teacher (in which case – get back to work, those books won’t mark themselves!) there’s a link for you here. scholastic.co.uk/lollies

So get reading and get laughing!

P.S.

If you vote for mine I’ll give you a front row seat when I build my first Inter-stellar Galaxy Travellator.

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I haven’t actually started building yet…

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It’s Good to be Back!

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Hello!

Sorry for the long absence. We’ve had lots of technical difficulties with the site and with some horrible viruses, which we didn’t want to pass on, so we decided to take it down for a while. Luckily, I have some super people at my publishers who know exactly what to do when this sort of thing happens, so now we are all systems go again! Well, almost all systems… we are still having a few problems with the contact form but these should be fixed shortly, so if you don’t hear back from me straight away please be patient.

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Shelf above my desk.

Still, I couldn’t wait any longer to tell you that my new book, ‘Emily Sparkes and the Disco Disaster’ is out now. It’s a lovely bright green so you’ll be able to spot it on the bookshelves from halfway across the room! I love how they all look side by side on my shelves. In the new book Emily’s dad causes her some ultra-embarrassment (as dads often do), and there’s also a role for Lord Alan Sugar, or should I say, Mrs Lovetofts! I hope you enjoy it. A lovely person reviewed it on Amazon and said it was their favourite so far, that made me very happy!
Now that we’re all up and running again I will be posting much more often so check back in a few days and see what’s new.
Happy reading!
Ruth x