I write fiction for young people of all ages, from Picture Books to Young Adult.
Mending the Moon
One fateful night, the moon shines so big and so bright that it is too heavy to hold itself up in the sky. When it tumbles down and breaks into many glimmering pieces, Luna and Poppa must mend it, but they'll need the help of all the animals that live on the mountain. Together, can they find all the shards, stick them together, and get the moon safely back into the sky?
In this enchanting tale with a timeless, folklore feel, a girl, her grandfather, and all the mountain creatures hold the power to set the world right and forever leave their mark on the moon.
Publication date: 1 Nov 2022 (US), 5 Dec (UK), 31 Jan 2023 (Aus/NZ)
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19 September 2023
After an especially sweltering day, the ocean sparkles and twinkles so invitingly that instead of slipping beneath the horizon, the sun plunges into the ocean itself.
When the sun sinks and loses its fire, Luna and Poppa's yearly vacation on Summer Island suddenly goes dark. Luna knows the sun needs their help–the sky looks all wrong, and it's neither day nor night! But it's a big job to do all on their own.
To bring back daylight, they must think of creative solutions, seeking help from the local dolphins, monkeys, birds, and more. With the power of teamwork and imagination, can they find a way to return the sun to its rightful place, and set it ablaze once more?
This imaginative tale will enchant readers as Luna, Poppa, and their new friends of the sea, beach, and air rise to the challenge of fixing the sky once more and–literally–save the day.
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Illustration © Sara Ugolotti
Roald Dahl was my great uncle and a huge presence, inspiration and figure of general awesomeness in my early life. He taught me how to swim and how to see magic in ordinary things. He also dedicated The Twits to me, which was one of the MOST exciting things to happen to a 7-year-old bookworm ever!
Me (centre) aged 6 when Uncle Roald came to my school to do a book signing.
Me aged 10
This is a recording of me (age 10) interviewing my great uncle. He suggested I might like to do this and play it for my friends at school. We pretended it was a proper formal interview for a newspaper, so he called me Miss Pearl and I called him Mr Dahl. If you listen carefully you can hear our dog barking in the background!
Find out more about my memories of my great uncle here.