Phew! The deadline is extended in my Clever Competition!

March 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm | Posted in Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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I know you’ve all been super busy this term, with a million things to do at school and for homework…because you’ve been telling me! So by special request, I’ve decided to extend the deadline for my Mischievous Monkey Story Competition till 12 midnight, Sunday 10th April, so you can write your story during the Easter holidays ! So now you’ve got a bit more time…and I’m looking forward to some fantastic entries! Click on my Clever Competition tab (above) right away for all the information!

A mischievous Monkey Monday at Glenealy School!

March 22, 2016 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese New Year, School visits | Leave a comment
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That mischievous Monkey of mine cut a dash through Glenealy School yesterday in three funny and fabulous story reading sessions with the Grade 3s to Grade 6s, and then Pin Yin Panda decided to join the fun with the Grade 1s and 2s! We all had a lot of fun! Warm thanks to the lovely Trish Oliver, librarian, enthusiast and friend, for a memorable day!

My third and final day at SJS!

March 15, 2016 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, School visits, workshops | Leave a comment
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Today I was so happy to visit my friends at Shatin Junior School again for my How to Write a Riveting Story Workshop with the wonderful Year 4s! But I’m also very sad to be finishing my three day visit too! You can cheer me up again by entering my Clever Competition (see tab above), and if the Year 4s use that Story Planning Sheet to plan their stories, I’m sure they’re going to be fantastic! And thanks for the lovely book orders! You’ll have them all by next week!


A fun event for the YRI Lit Fest on Sunday!

March 14, 2016 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Bookshop event, Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Literary Festivals | Leave a comment
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On Sunday morning I had a fabulous time introducing my mischievous Ming Kee Monkey to a lovely bunch of kiddies and their parents at Growhouse in Duddell Street, Central, for the Hong Kong Young Readers International Literary Festival! Many thanks to my hosts Phillipa Milne at the Lit Fest, and Matt Steele of Growhouse!

A great day with my friends at DBIS!

March 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese New Year, School visits, workshops | Leave a comment
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A big HELLOOOO to my old friends, the kids and teachers of Discovery Bay International School, where I spent a very happy day on Friday! The Year 5s and 6s unscrambled limericks, identified haikus, invented acrostics and rhymed tricky words in my Introduction to Poetry workshop; the Year 1s and 2s learnt all about what it’s like to be an author, and the Year 3s and 4s heard my Tale of Ming Kee Monkey! It was great to be with you all again! Warm thanks to Naomi Gist, DBIS Library Co-ordinator, my fantastic host for the day!

A fun interview with Noreen Mir at RTHK3!

March 12, 2016 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Books about Chinese Zodiac, children's literacy, Chinese New Year, Press | Leave a comment
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On Thursday I had a fabulous interview with Noreen Mir at RTHK3 in Kowloon Tong. If you want to hear us talk about The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey, the fantastic history behind it, as well as all my other books about the Chinese Zodiac AND how to become great readers and writers in the digital age, here is the link!

Ming Kee appears at the HK Young Readers Lit Fest THIS SUNDAY!

March 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm | Posted in Bookshop event, Literary Festivals | Leave a comment
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Ming Kee Monkey and I are appearing at the Hong Kong International Young Readers Literary Festival this weekend on Sunday, 13th March from 10am to 11am at GROWHOUSE,G/F Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street / 22 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong! If you want to meet my monkey and hear her tale of mischief, mayhem and the getting of wisdom, then make sure to book at ! We look forward to meeting you there! Here below is Harry Harrison’s fantastic poster for the Festival!


A Misty Day at The Peak School!

March 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Books about Chinese Zodiac, School visits, Story Readings | Leave a comment
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What a magical day it was today at The Peak School – I swear that Chester Choi was flapping around us near his magic cave, high up that misty mountain today! I had four fabulous sessions with the Year 3s and Year 4s, who all heard my Ming Kee Monkey’s tale, while learning all about Xuanzang, the great Buddhist traveller, and the wonderful Emperor Taizong of Tang…not to mention the rare animals of Yunnan’s jungles! Many thanks to my friend, teacher librarian Liz Mills-Campbell and lovely library technician Susan, for hosting me today. I can’t wait to get all your entries in my Clever Competition (see button above)! And a big hello to a very cute student in Year 3, below, who came to Book Week this week as Pin Yin Panda and even built a model of Pin Yin’s home in the Wolong forest in Sichuan! Here we are with the model, and my cheeky Pandora panda, having a play date with Pin Yin Panda!


The Deadly Deadlines are chasing YOU!

March 8, 2016 at 4:11 pm | Posted in Book Awards, Books about Chinese Zodiac, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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YIKES! The deadlines are coming, thick and fast! There are just:

3 MORE DAYS to vote for The Tale of Rodney Ram in the Younger Readers category in the Golden Dragon Book Awards 2016! So if you are a school student, teacher or parent living in Hong Kong, and you haven’t cast your vote yet, here is your final reminder! Please go to right away to cast your vote! If you’re not sure if your school is affiliated with the Awards, speak to your teacher or librarian at school right away and ask them to contact the organisers urgently!

16 MORE DAYS to enter my Mischievous Monkey Story Competition! If you are a primary school student anywhere in the world, you are eligible to enter, and entry is FREE of charge! Please go to on the Clever Competitions Page for all the details!

So you’d better get a move on, or those deadlines are going to eat you up for dinner!

And finally, if you want to see what Rodney Ram, Ming Kee Monkey and I have been up to for the last 6 months in schools in Australia, Singapore, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, including some great new Youtube videos, press, photos and school testimonials, go to my website at for my latest mega-update!

Another day of publishing workshops at Shatin Junior School!

March 8, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Posted in School visits, workshops | Leave a comment
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Many thanks to the Fabulous Five Year 5 teachers at Shatin Junior for having me again today, to talk to their business-minded students about the ins and outs of publishing your own book, from Brilliant Idea to Final Product! I look forward to seeing all your creations on the bookshelves of bookstores in Hong Kong in the years to come! See you all again next Tuesday!

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