When I was at school in Derbyshire, 'showing off' was probably the very worst thing you could do - possibly apart from being 'mardy'. (Which means being a wimp, a crybaby.)
I still feel hesitant about showing off, but I'm going to do it anyway. After all, if I can't show off on my own blog, where on earth can I?
So here are two bits of news about my new children's book, Jack Fortune and the Search for the Hidden Valley. The first is that it's been chosen to be part of The Summer Reading Challenge 2018. Organised by The Reading Agency and administered in libraries, this seeks to keep children reading over the summer holidays. Each year they have a different theme, and this year's is Mischiefmakers - and Jack is certainly a maker of mischief! Here he is, together with all the other books chosen this year - he's on the second row from the bottom, fifth from the left.
And the second is that Jack has been included in a round-up of the best books of 2017 by Books for Topics, an organisation that recommends books for use in primary schools. I'm thrilled to see him in both of these!