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.

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