In bookstores today…hooray!

The US cover

And I’m celebrating! I am so delighted that Americans will now be able to read my debut novel, published by Candlewick Press. To find out more about this Middle Grade level book for ages 9-12, click here!


The Blackhope Enigma has been chosen as a Fall 2011 Junior Library Guild selection and has received a wonderful review from Kirkus Reviews, which included it in its ‘New and Notable’ section for this month.

It was long-listed for the Branford Boase Award and has been short-listed for numerous book awards in the UK, including the Leeds Book Awards, the Waverton Good Reads Award and the West Sussex Book Awards. Reviews have been fantastic on both sides of the Atlantic. Here are some links to recent reviews by book bloggers.

The Scotsman newspaper said The Blackhope Enigma “is sure to appeal to the X-box generation withs its fast-paced plot, constantly twisting and turning, and its strong, well-drawn characters.”

I have had great feedback from children in the UK about how much they enjoyed The Blackhope Enigma. This review came from EC in Lancashire, and sums up what quite a few children have said:

“This book was absolutely amazing. It had a really good start and the ending was just perfect. It left you on a bit of a cliff-hanger and was really gripping. The characters were very interesting and I couldn’t put this down. The artist Fausto Corvo sounded as if he was a real artist and not just a fictional character.”

I could not be happier at having written a first book that young people are enjoying so much – and I’m looking forward to hearing what young Americans think, too!