November 2019Thank you to all the lovely schools who are reading The Phoenix Code as part of their Y5 topic on Ancient Egypt and Pharaohs. Shout-outs especially to Shakespeare Primary School in Leeds, Park Hall Junior School in Walsall and Barncroft Primary School in Walthmastow. If you are another school reading The Phoenix Code do let me know and I can send you some bonus materials!
Read all about the research I did for the Secrets of the Tombs series in the Research Secrets feature in December's Writers' Forum magazine
A Thread Running Through
I was honored to work with Y7,8 and 9 students at Litcham School in Norfolk on a fantastic anthology of students' writing and artwork, all inspired by The Phoenix Code. Well done to everyone who took part; you have produced a book to be really proud of, and thank you to librarian extraordinaire, Cathy Berry, for making it happen.
If you are reading The Phoenix Code as a class reader - perhaps to tie in with your Ancient Egypt topic, you might be interested in the new Guided Reading pack from Cornerstones.
The Serpent King is a Young Writers recommended read for October 2016
You can see the full list here.
The Serpent King Launch Tour
Thank you to all the fantastic schools and libraries that hosted me on my mini book tour. It was a pleasure to meet you all and I hope that you enjoy reading The Serpent King.
Ropley Primary School and Whitchurch Primary School in Hampshire, Fleet Library, and Curzon CofE Combined School in Buckinghamshire.
|At Whitchurch Primary - designing a snakes and ladders game for Cleo and Ryan's next adventure|
Exciting New! Secrets of the Tombs is included in this Top Ten list of Thrilling Locations in Children's Books, compiled by author, Sara Grant on The Guardian Children's Books web page. Sara is a brilliant author whose new book, Chasing Danger will be a perfect read for anyone who enjoys fast-paced adventure and mystery. I can't tell you how exciting it is to be in such illustrious company on this list - including the The Secret Garden!
Patron of Reading
I'm delighted to have been asked to become Patron of Reading for two fabulous primary schools; North Kidlington Primary in Oxford, and Kensingon Community Primary in Liverpool. I'm really looking forward to working with both schools to promote a love of reading.
MG Strikes Back
I was delighted to be interviewed by fellow author, Andy Shepherd for the fantastic book blog, Middle Grade Strikes back. You can read the interview here.
The Serpent King Cover Reveal
Pyramids, jaguars, fierce serpents, fiery sunshine . . .
Cleo and Ryan are off on their next adventure . . . stopping off at the Maya cities of Calakmul and Chichen Itza in Mexico.
Coming in July, 2016.
The Dragon Path launches
The Phoenix Code Art Competition Winner
I'm delighted to announce the winner of the World Book Day art competition to draw a picture inspired by the ancient Egyptian setting of The Phoenix Code. The winner is ten-year old Serge Wynne from Hampshire. Serge's prize is a bundle of books from Orion Children's Books and he will also feature as a named character in Book 3 of the Secrets of the Tombs series. Congratulations to Serge and to everyone else who entered the competition.
|presenting the prize to Serge Wynne|
|we make the headlines in the Alton Heral|
Oxfordshire Book Awards
I'm thrilled that The Phoenix Code has been included on the longlist for the Oxfordshire Book Awards (Primary School Category). Nominations and judging are all carried out by children through their schools and libraries, so thank you to all the lovely readers who helped The Phoenix Code get onto the list - and it's in great company too! If you want to see the full lists you can find them here.
Blackwells Books of the Year
It was a lovely surprise to see the poster in the window of Heffers bookshop in Cambridge and spot The Phoenix Code among their Children's Paperbacks of 2014. Thank you!
|The eagle-eyed might spot it - second from right on bottom row|
What a lovely write-up by two Y7 students in the newspaper of Comberton Village College, Cambridgeshire of my school visit there. Thank you to Rosanna and Mary. It's my third visit to this great school and I enjoy it more every time! Year 8 were lucky enough to have a visit from Chris D'Lacey in the same week.
I was very honoured to be asked to write a "How I Teach" piece for the Times Educational Supplement - even though it made me feel something of an imposter as I am not a teacher. I wrote about scarab beetles and hidden messages.You can see an on-line version of the piece (without pictures) here.
The Booktrust Bookbuzz includes the The Phoenix Code in its list of recommended read for Autumn Term
The Phoenix Code is Number One in a young reader's Top Ten of mystery books. Thank you to Jed Owens for giving me the pole position in his chart on his great book review blog. You can see Jed's complete Top Ten here - you might spot some Adventure Island books in there too!
1.The Mystery of the Phoenix Code, by Helen Moss.This is, without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite mystery book ever, with one of the most unguessable plots ever. As soon as I bought it I read it three times in a row I liked it so much!
The Phoenix Code is included in the World Book Day July round-up.
There's a great competition on the The World Book Day website where you can win one of ten free copies . . . and read an extract of the book too.
Helen Moss is a guest on the Sue Dougan show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, along with Francesco Genovese of the fabulous Aromi Caffe.
The Phoenix Code is a BookTrust "books we like" book for July 2014.
The Phoenix Code is included in the cool Books of the Month KS2 pack by Just Imagine.
Established by former teacher, university lecturer and writer, Nikki Gamble, Just Imagine works extensively with schools in the UK and internationally to develop outstanding reading and writing schools, where stories and quality literature are placed firmly at the heart of learning.