Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read about my writing and #galaxygirl, the first in a series of books starring Esme Tickle.
I love writing humorous children's stories. Stories with a heart, ones which I hope you will enjoy reading, but will also teach you something about life.
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'A 'must read' for anyone thinking of running away to live in outer space. Or, in fact, anyone planning to stay on Earth.'
You hate school. Your family is beyond annoying. Your only friend comes from a different planet, and she’s about to leave.
What’s a girl to do?
Fed up with life on Earth, Esme stows away on the spaceship taking Stella back to Kratos, and instant fame. So begins Esme’s adventure into a world beyond the stars. A world of strange creatures, thrilling journeys and heroic rescues
Oh, and school. Lots of school.
Along the way she discovers that friends may be greener on the other side, but they still can’t be trusted.
Millions and billions of light years away from Earth, she sets in motion a plan to escape. Unfortunately for her, they aren’t about to let their prize exhibit leave anytime soon…
Themes within #galaxygirl:
The central theme is the importance of family, no matter what its shape or size. The book also features a number of secondary themes: animal rights, the power of protest to change things and global warming.
What people are saying...
'#galaxygirl is funny, but beneath the humour there are some important themes which really made me think. They're not rammed down your throat though, and you don't close the book thinking 'there's a story with a message.' You do close it wanting to hug your family and be grateful for them though.'
Emily, age 9
'There were aspects that reminded me of Roald Dahl... There are tentative steps into global warming and saving animals from extinction - I thought these had been incorporated into the story well.'
Yvonne, Me and My Books
'I cannot tell you how much I loved #galaxygirl. It really is the most incredible book... The writing style is wonderful... I lost count of the number of times it had me laughing.'
Jenni, Odd Socks and Lollipops
'Esme Tickle's story might be incredible, but her problems will be relatable to many of the young people who read this hugely enjoyable book.'
Karen, Hair Past a Freckle
'With tons of imagination, spacey excitement and more down-to-Earth problems, this is a unique read on the journey of learning about oneself and those around you.'
Bookworm For Kids
'Esme is hilarious and her voice through the novel is unique and loveable. She reminds me of a more modern Adrian Mole if he were to go into space.'
Laura, Novel Kicks
'The alien world which Esme is thrown into is so entertaining.'
Asha, A Cat, a Book and a Cup of Tea
'This book, although aimed at the younger reader, is one that I can highly recommend everyone reads at some point in their lives - adult or child. It really is the sort of book to curl up with on the sofa...'
Mixing Reality With Fiction
'This book would be a great addition to a classroom or kid's bookshelf. It’s also a great way to open talks with a child when they are starting to feel like Esme. I am glad to hear that this is going to be a series. I can’t wait to see what adventures Esme can get into next.'
JBronder Book Reviews
'If you are looking for a book to snuggle up and read to your child at night this is no doubt one to look out for. I also hope that it finds its way into some schools and is read out at the end of the day for storytimes, as I know the kids will love it! As much as my two do!'
Claire, A Story About a Girl
I've been a secondary school teacher, waitress, saleswoman, wages clerk, youth worker and youth and children's programme manager for a holiday park.
I've scuba dived the Barrier Reef, lived in the Namibian bush,
worked for a charity in Thailand and paddled in the sea at Bournemouth.
Books have always been an obsession - my mum tells me I came
out of the womb clutching one! Despite messing about with stories,
I never quite got around to writing proper authory-type stuff. Life happened. Lots of it.
Having single-parented my three daughters, I've been ferociously playing catch up with this writing lark. In 2017 I completed a
Masters in Writing for Children at the University of Winchester.
I have a well-developed funny bone, which has been put to good
use in #galaxygirl, my debut middle-grade book.
#galaxygirl launch date:
November 29th 2018
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