This post was originally kindly published on my good friend Cathy Cassidy’s blog, Dreamcatcher.
A couple of years ago I was doing some talks in schools and was asked two brilliant questions that really made me think. The first one was ‘Why do authors always write about unhappy families?’ The other was ‘Why do you always write books about boys?’
THE NORRIS GIRLS is about three sisters whose dad is away in a dangerous country; their mum says life has to go on normally and encourages them to follow their dreams. One wants to be in the school play, one wants to be selected as an athlete for her county team and the third wants to ride ponies and dreams of having one of her own. I did lots of research, going to school plays and athletics meetings and pony clubs, but I was still worried – could I really write from a girl’s point of view? When I finished the book, I decided to ask two brilliant children’s authors – Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson – to read the book and let me know what they thought. It was nerve wracking waiting to hear back, but both loved it, so I was really happy.
I hope you will like the book too! If you’d like to win a copy of THE NORRIS GIRLS, all you have to do is write to the email address below and tell me why you would like to read the book. I will choose the five best reasons and the lucky winners will each receive a copy signed by me.
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Entries close on June 30th!
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I really did love this book… perfect for my younger readers aged 9-14, it’s a fab, feel-good story with plenty of drama and heart. I’m thrilled that Nigel is putting some copies of the book up for grabs… this is a comp well worth trying out for!