GRAND FINAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S LIT QUIZ!

And the winners are…Australia!

It was such an amazing grand final this year – such incredible teams fighting to the wire at St Kentigerns College in Auckland. I met with the teams from around the world to do a writing workshop the day before – they were amazing! So much fun! And the celebration dinner with a Lord of the Rings theme was a chance to meet again and sign books. One of my all-time favourite events!

AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL

Thanks to everyone in New Zealand who came along on May 16th!

So much fun to talk to everyone and thanks for staying back to get your books signed. It was a long journey to the Aotea Centre for the kids from year 7&8 at Katikati College!

The Thunderbolt Pony is Out NOW!

When a devastating earthquake hits Evie’s hometown of Parnassus on New Zealand’s South Island, she and the rest of the town are forced to evacuate. Evie’s injured mum is one of the first to be rescued by helicopter and Evie will be next. But when realises that she will be forced to leave her beloved pony, Gus, her dog, Jock, and her cat Moxy behind, she is determined to find another way. Before the rescue helicopter returns, Evie flees with Gus, Jock and Moxy in a race against time across difficult terrain to reach the port of Kaikoura, where she has heard that people will be evacuated by ship in three days’ time. Surely there will be space for her, Gus, Jock and Moxy there?

But the journey is harder than Evie could ever have imagined and the earthquakes are still coming…