The Pearl Thief

Here are a few things I've got scheduled for this summer! Thursday 22 June 2017, 10 am - 3 pm : I'll be participating in Timehop: Wordpool's Young Adult Fiction Festival . Blackpool, England. Friday 28 - Sunday 30 July 2017 : I'm a guest at YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) , the UK's YA Lit...Read more
There are some interesting posts and reviews up this week on The Pearl Thief , in celebration of its release. Some of them are written by readers I know well, some by well-respected reviewers, and some by me as a guest blogger. It wasn't planned as a blog tour, but I'm consolidating the links here...Read more
I'm doing a speedy and sweeping race across the USA to coincide with Disney Hyperion's release of The Pearl Thief on 2 May 2017. Here are the scheduled events so far: Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 7 p.m.: Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008. Details here. This is The Pearl...Read more
Because The Pearl Thief made its debut in the middle of exams last May, we’d postponed doing a school tour in the UK until September, and I’ve just returned from a sweeping visit of Northeast England and the Midlands – three days, three cities, six schools, and around about 1500 teen readers. Most...Read more
I am incredibly lucky to have Disney Hyperion as a publisher. Someone once described them as giving you the attention and care of a small publisher – backed up by the juggernaut that is Disney Publishing Worldwide. (I use this as an excuse for my love of Disney animated films and The Lion King...Read more
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A stunning new story of pearls, love and murder – a mystery with all the suspense of an Agatha Christie and the intrigue of Downton Abbey. Not quite sixteen-year-old Julie Beaufort-Stuart is returning to her family's Perthshire ancestral home in Scotland for one last summer. It is not an idyllic...Read more
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