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Top Ten Books About Wolves

From the Big Bad Wolf of fairy tales, to Jack London’s wilderness stories and Michelle Paver’s Ancient Darkness – read my picks for The Guardian and see if you agree. And here is an article for Booktrust all about the

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Wolfie Events

My first Wolfie event took place at the fabulous Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, when I introduced Lucie and Wolfie to an audience of 150 school children. Read more here My most recent school events have been at Wakefield

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Oh No! Watch Out!

Somebody has been eating my books. Knocking over my laptop. Chewing my manuscripts. Chewing my computer cable. Tripping me up when I set out on school visits. Barking when I am supposed to be writing. Who is this dangerous creature?

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A few updates

Here is the cover for How (Not) to Make Bad Children Good. Ever since Martha bit Father Christmas when she was only six months old, she has been the despair of everyone that knows her. Then Guardian Agent Fred arrives

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Media Star

Since the release of How (Not) To Make Bad Children Good I have been pursued night and day by the paparazzi. Well, err, not really. But here is a video interview from the Wigtown Festival. and here is a radio

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Out and About

Lately I have been having lots of fun meeting readers and telling them all about the new books. Highlights have been Wigtown Festival, Saltaire and lots of school visits. And if you want to know more about my first Waterstone’s

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Emma Online

Recent blog posts include: Dogs and Children – the best children’s books Swallow and Amazons and the importance of childhood freedom A light-hearted piece on the challenges of school visits! Why there should be more science and scientists in children’s

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Foundling Project

The Foundling Museum was the first ever home for abandoned children, where poor parents could leave the babies they were not able to raise themselves.  It is full of stories, many of them heart-breaking.  It is also a beautiful and

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The Next Big Thing!

Thank you to authors Joan Lennon, creator of the Slightly Jones detective series, set in Victorian England , and Hazel Allen, creator of the Bree McCready adventure stories, set in modern day Scotland, for tagging me for The Next Big

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Wigtown Festival 2010

A lot of places feel much the same these days – the same shops, the same cafés – but Wigtown is still very much its own place. Arriving in driving rain, I wasn’t sure if this was a good thing.

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