By eairving, Jun 28 2017 10:10PM

It's just over a week now until my new book, The Matilda Effect, is published and I cannot WAIT for it to be out in the world. I've already started on the publicity campaign to get the word about the book out there. Here's me at a school visit last week in Richmond, talking to pupils about the idea behind the story.

12 year old Matilda loves science and inventing. Her heroes are Marie Curie, Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison, and one day she wants to be a famous inventor herself. So when she doesn’t win the school science fair, she’s devastated – especially as the judges didn’t believe she'd come up with her entry on her own. Because she's a girl.

When Matilda shares her woes with her Grandma Joss, she's astonished to learn her grandma was once a scientist herself – an astrophysicist, who discovered her very own planet. Trouble is, Grandma Joss was also overlooked – her boss, Professor Smocks, stole her discovery for himself. And he's about to be presented with a Nobel Prize.

Matilda concocts a plan. They'll crash the award ceremony and tell everyone the truth! So begins a race against time - and against Matilda's strict mum and dad! - on a journey through Paris, Hamburg and Stockholm, and on which they encounter a famous film star, a circus, and a wanted diamond thief...

Sounds good, huh? Even if I do say so myself!! It's probably my most favourite of the books I've written. (And I'm not just saying that!)

Watch this space for more info on visits and exciting things ahead...

By eairving, Mar 6 2017 03:32PM

Now that the dust (jacket) has settled and I've had plenty of rest over the weekend, I thought I'd write up my World Book Day experiences. I had a fantastic time visiting St Paul's with St Michael's Primary school on 27th February, Mossbourne Parkside Academy on 28th February and for World Book Day itself, Bessemer Grange Primary School! I must say - I received such a warm welcome from all three schools. (Special thanks to the kitchen staff of St Paul's... for providing me with warm cookies for my journey home.) And all three days went brilliantly. What a talented and enthusiastic bunch of little writers! We had a fab time creating interesting characters, giving them one wish and thinking about who or what is going to stop them from achieving their goal. My favourite interesting characters were a fish who, everytime he eats fish food, flies; a Ninja baby and a burping toilet called Dave.

Here are a couple of photos of me in my World Book Day photo - Mary Poppins!!

Until next time,

Ellie x

By eairving, Mar 26 2016 08:27AM

On Tuesday 22nd March 2016, I was lucky enough to attend the Stockton Children's Book of the Year award, as The Mute Button had been shortlisted for it. I spent the day visiting three schools, talking to the pupils about how I became a writer (step forward Jessica Fletcher), where my ideas come from and what the inspiration for The Mute Button was. I must say, all of the pupils that I met were incredibly engaged and enthusiastic, asking fantastic questions and sharing their love of reading. It was so lovely to see the enthusiasm by teachers and librarians alike, who have worked so hard in organising the award and promoting the books and authors shortlisted.

My fellow authors (Emma Carroll, Bea Davenport, Tom Moorhouse and Gabrielle Kent) and I each spoke at the ceremony about how impressed we were with Stockton and the pupils that we met and then nervously awaited to hear the results of who had won.

Drumroll, please.....

I am thrilled to announce that The Mute Button was chosen as The Book of the Year! It was an absolute shock, given the calibre of books on the shortlist. But an incredibly special award to receive, as it was voted for by the pupils themselves.

You can find out more about it from the article below. But suffice to say, I had a thoroughly lovely day, and came home with happy memories and a shiny plaque with my name engraved on it.

And you can't really get much better than that.

*I had a jacket potato. No chickens were involved.

By eairving, May 28 2014 07:49PM

Continuing with the Author tour in the run-up to so many fantastic MG & YA books being published on Thursday 5th June, I was paired with Jenny from Wondrous Reads, who asked me a series of questions about my writing process for THE MUTE BUTTON. And here it is:

Now for birthday cake! And wine. Lots of wine.

By eairving, May 28 2014 07:44PM

Because so many fantastic authors have books published on the same day, the fabulous blogger Jim, of website YAYeahYeah, has created the 'Countdown to 5th June' initiative. It's a series of interviews and guest blog posts with the authors in the run up to next Thursday, when so many wonderful books will be released into the world - THE MUTE BUTTON included!

On Thursday 22nd May, I was paired up with Jessica of Nayuleska's blog, where I wrote a guest post about the research process I undertook during the writing of THE MUTE BUTTON. Here's a spoiler - it involved eating a lot of cheese.

The full interview can be found here:

And Here's The Blog!

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