These two wonderful reviews of Call Me Lion come from Primary 5/6 class at Liff Primary School in Angus, Dundee.
Nobody feels upbeat and positive all the time and I was a bit flat, but then Lion picked me up again, like he always does when I received this wonderful message from their teacher:
I've just finished your book 'Call Me Lion' with my class. It has been such a wonderful journey. We have explored friendships, relationships, hidden disabilities, prejudice and so much more... It should be on every schools must read list.
I'm so grateful that Ms Ancell took the time to reach out to me and send me these messages. Liff Primary School is on holiday now for a couple of weeks (Scottish timetable works differently to England) but there's a thank you postcard on its way regardless.
Do contact authors if you've enjoyed their books, we love it and it makes out job feel really appreciated.
You don't need to be quiet any more. I'm still writing but I want you to come to me with reviews, news and requests for school visits. I'm all ears!
I've got my head down at the moment redrafting the book I've been working on for some time so if you don't hear from me don't worry. Things are bubbling away.
I had a fantastic surprise this weekend as Call Me Lion was reviewed in The Guardian by Imogen Russell Williams. This is a really BIG DEAL. Very few newspapers now feature book reviews and even less children's book reviews which means a large national paper like this can make a real difference in terms of a book's notoriety.
I'm thrilled that Call Me Lion was not only mentioned but received such high praise. In The Guardian's August list of 'Best New Children's Books' Call Me Lion was featured alongside a very prgistidegous list of authors, including fellow SCBWI members, Patrice Lawrence and Joe Coelho (who, if you don't know, is the current Children's Laureate).
It's thrilling news and could mean a real difference in both sales and reach to readers. As you already know Call Me Lion is all about creating positive ripples. It's a book that can only do good things in this world we all share.
My grin could not be wider.
I'm off to Cornwall on a 'learn to surf holiday' with my family so won't be around for a while BUT following the success of the Summer of Fun library visits in South Wales I am planning on returning for 3 dates in October (10,11,12) for school visits. If you're a primary school in the Caephilly region and would like me to visit then check out my author page for more information and get in touch as I'd love to hear from you.
I will be back dog walking, writing and organising local afternoon school visits from 1st September, in the meantime, look out for Call Me Lion in a bookshop near you and if you've read it and would like to share your review please do so on Goodreads and/or Amazon. Remember you can always send your book reviews to me via my contact me page too.
Thanks always for your support!
Blaenavon Library was nestled in the very impressive Heritage Centre and the views from the cafe were beautiful. The room was laid out beautifully, but due to staffing issues I ended up moving the talk to the play scheme across the road! Huge thanks to Bettina and my helper sisters, Nancy and Grace!
I loved my visit to South Wales so much that I am planning a return. The week commencing 3 October I will be be touring schools in the Caerphilly region. If you would like me to visit your school then please contact me. You can find more information and download a pack about the Welsh visits by visiting my author page.
Thank you to The Reading Agency for organising the Summer of Fun library visits and watch out South Wales because I'll be back!
The epic tour of book shops in Scotland made the papers! You can read the article here:
Camilla makes the papers
The Scottish Book Shop Tour to promote Call Me Lion in Scotland is now officially over.
I could fill a book with everything that Sarah Broadley and I have done over the last week and it has been impossible to pick out the highlights because there have been so many.
I'm still in Edinburgh in the beautiful sunshine. Everyone here is complaining about the heat, but to me it feels wonderful and nothing even close to the scary Climate Change temperatures of the south.
I'll be attending the Edinburgh Book Festival official opening tonight and heading home tomorrow. It will be nice to be anonymous again and let other authors do the work tonight I've been photographed more over the last week than I have in my entire life!
Number of delicious mint choc chip ice creams eaten on Portobello Beach with my fab friend Sarah: ONE!
Yes, it is completely TRUE!
Call Me Lion received enough nominations to go through the first round of the very first Write Blend Awards.
I'm absolutely thrilled that I get to use such an amazing sticker and to know that Lion is already making waves in the book world.
If you're on Twitter you can help by voting for Call Me Lion. Sadly, I am up against fellow debut authors so if I don't get through to the next round I'll at least be happy for my friends!
To vote: Go to Twitter, search for @WriteBlendbooks and in their pinned tweet Call Me Lion is in the 2nd round of MG titles. Or you can try this link: Vote For Call Me Lion
Thank you so much!
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