The Tale of Rodney Ram is shortlisted for the Golden Dragon Book Awards 2016!

May 30, 2015 at 10:19 am | Posted in Book Awards | 1 Comment
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Harry, Sarah and The Tale of Rodney Ram

Harry Harrison and I are jumping for joy – and so is Rodney Ram! The Tale of Rodney Ram has just been nominated for the Golden Dragon Book Awards 2016, alongside five other very impressive contenders in the Younger Readers (8 to 11) category!!

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The nominations are made by school librarians…but the voting is done by the kids! Voting doesn’t open till March next year, but in the meantime if you love our woolly hero and his shaggy story you might like to give him a review on Goodreads so other readers can find out what you think!

The World Change Challenge begins in Hong Kong!

May 30, 2015 at 9:52 am | Posted in Bookshop event, Hong Kong Schools, Room to Read | 1 Comment
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Room to Read team with CEO and founder John Wood (centre), Jennie Orchard (4th from L), Jodie Mullen (8th from L) and Hong Kong authors Nury Vittachi (1st on L), Sarah Brennan (6th from L) and Bhakti Mathur (7th from L).

On Wednesday evening Room to Read’s World Change Challenge kicked off here in Hong Kong! John Wood, CEO and founder of Room to Read, Jennie Orchard (Co-ordinator of  its Writer Ambassador Program) and Hong Kong writer ambassadors Bhakti Mathur, Nury Vittachi and I, spoke to a lovely crowd of teachers, librarians and supporters at Growhouse in Central about the fabulous, fun World Change Challenge for school students! The challenge was started by Aussie kids and teens author Tristan Bancks,  and you can read more about it here:

So click the link to discover all the great ideas and fun you can have to help EVERY kid your age get an education and a lifelong love of reading. And if you want to help, you can start talking to YOUR school right now about getting involved!

Happy Birthday Greetings from Harry Harrison on Buddha’s Birthday!

May 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Harry's Buddha's Birthday greetings

Here’s the fabulous Harry Harrison’s Birthday Greeting to Buddha today – enjoy!!

Clever Competition No. 25 starts TODAY!

May 25, 2015 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

cover image without textPrecious and Bright IdeaFrog

What better way to celebrate a Chinese holiday…not to mention a day off school if you’re lucky enough to live in Hong Kong…than to dream up a fabulous story set in China! So it’s high time we had another international writing competition, and this time you’re going to have to get your imagination hats on, because I want a story of great originality and fun, set in China, involving three very different Chinese characters: a ram, a Chinese princess and a frog!  It can be a mystery, an adventure, or even a romance! And because I know you love a good challenge, there are a few other ingredients you must include! Go to my Clever Competitions page (above) right away to see all the rules and conditions. (I’ve also set out exactly what I’ll be looking for when I judge the competition, so make sure you pay careful attention before planning your first draft!) I’m giving you lots of time for this one, including the summer holidays in case you’d like a fun challenge to fill those holiday hours! The competition deadline is Sunday 6th September.

Happy Birthday Buddha!

May 25, 2015 at 11:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Jade Buddha reclining

(The Reclining Buddha, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai)

In the West it might be a Bank Holiday today…but here in Hong Kong, we are celebrating Buddha’s Birthday! Legend has it that when Buddha was born, nine dragons sprayed him with water to bathe him. So today, in temples across Hong Kong, people gather to bathe statues of Buddha in bowls of water! The biggest ceremony is of course held at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, near the world’s biggest statue of Buddha!

Fabulous Fun at the ELCHK Lutheran Academy Book Fair!

May 21, 2015 at 8:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today my lovely office manager Mita and I spent the day at the ELCHK Lutheran Academy Book Fair where we met lots and lots of lovely fans, and sold lots and lots of lovely books! Here I am with two very special fans:


Introducing Hayes Ng, from Year 5BH, who was selling his own fantastic comic books, which he made by himself – they were great fun! Hayes has written at least 5 books, and is a very talented young writer!


And here is my BIGGEST fan at the Fair, Eunice Tang, who bought every single one of my books! She’s a great reader, and I’m sure will become a great writer too!

A Big Hello to Rodney Ram’s Littlest Fan!

May 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Joshua and Rodney Ram

A big hello to little Joshua, the son of one of my lovely printers at Macmillan Production (Asia) Limited, who just LOVES Rodney Ram! In fact, his Dad tells me that he loves my book so much, he’s even chewed some of the pages! Now that’s what I call a real fan!

Thank you to the fabulous staff and students of ELCHK Lutheran Academy!

May 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

A big thank you to Dr Solomon Basimalla for inviting me to speak today at ELCHK Lutheran Academy in Yuen Long. It was great to meet the whole school! The Year 1s to Year 3s met my cheeky Pin Yin Panda; the Year 4s to Year 6s met Rodney Ram; the Year 7s to 9s heard all about why Books are a Brain’s Best Friend, and last but not least, the Year 10s to Year 11s learned how to Publish a Book from Brilliant Idea to Final Product! It was a BIG day! I can’t wait to see you all at the Book Fair on Thursday! And I’m giving a very special discount on my books, so you can buy lots and pots, and I can sign them all for you – yippee!



Thanks for the fabulous blogpost, Debbie Alvarez a.k.a the Stylin’ Librarian!

May 18, 2015 at 11:05 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A huge thank YOU to Debbie Alvarez, primary librarian at Bradbury School here in Hong Kong, but also the fabulous Stylin’ Librarian of blogosphere fame, for her latest author blogpost, all about me and my books! Here it is for you all to read right away!

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