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I am shortlisted in the YA (15+) category for the Premio Andersen,

considered to be the most important prize for the recognition of young people’s literature in Italy.

‘Kook’ in the Italian version, published by Giunti, is know as Cercando L’onda, which translates as ‘Searching for the wave.’ It’s a lovely title and a mesmerizing cover, which, incidentally was also used on the US version of Kook.

The prize is announced on 28th May.

Further to that, I am flying to Rimini, Italy in June, as guest of the Mare di Libri festival (Sea of Books): . I’m really looking forward to meeting Italian readers and experiencing beautiful Rimini.


Kook – Chapter One

You can listen to the first chapter here:

If you have a Kindle you can read the first couple of chapters here:

Buy Kook here: