Happy National Poetry Day

Thursday 28th September is National Poetry Day. Have you read the poem Henry writes in Horrid Henry’s Big Bad Book? It’s his favourite poem, and it’s called I’m Gonna Throw Up. Watch out! There will be readings and events all over the country to celebrate the day, and you can find out more about how to […]

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Francesca at Hay Festival – in pictures

Francesca had a brilliant time at Hay doing events about The Monstrous Child. She took part in a panel event with Laure Eve and Paedar O’Guilin and also attended the YA Book Prize announcement, for which The Monstrous Child was shortlisted. Congratulations to Patrice Lawrence who won the award with Orange Boy. Find out more […]

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Join Team Monstrous Child! #YA10

Francesca’s novel The Monstrous Child is shortlisted for the YA Book Prize which is absolutely fantastic news. Each week a different shortlisted story is being championed on twitter. Why not get involved and support The Monstrous Child from 8-9pm on Tuesday 9th May by joining #TeamSimon and using the hashtag #YA10. Follow @yabookprize on twitter […]

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The Monstrous Child shortlisted for YA Book Prize

Francesca’s first YA novel The Monstrous Child has been shortlisted for the prestigious YA Book Prize. The winner will be announced at a special event at Hay Festival on 1st June. Other books on the shortlist are: Malorie Blackman’s Chasing the Stars Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle The Call by Peadar O’Guilin The Graces by […]

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Francesca and Louis at home - about to appear on  Blue Peter

Storm Doris couldn’t stop Francesca!

On 23rd February Francesca was due to appear on Blue Peter to talk about World Book Day and her special £1 book, Horrid Henry Funny Fact Files. But Storm Doris had other ideas… The UK was ravaged by winds of up to 90mph which meant all trains in and out of London Euston were cancelled. […]

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Francesca the UK’s 4th most borrowed author in January

The PLR (Public Lending Right) figures have been released, and show that Horrid Henry and Francesca’s other stories are just as popular as ever. Francesca is one of 4 children’s authors whose books were borrowed over 1 million times last year. PLR means that every time a book is borrowed from a public library the […]

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