Beauty Sleep, For Readers

Beauty Sleep Preview

Usborne are sharing exciting extracts of their new books for 2019 – including Beauty Sleep.  If you’d like to have a sneaky peak, all you have to do is sign up for their newsletter here.

And all I have to do is chew my nails in a panic that people will like my new baby. EEEK!!!

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Secret Content – Hidden Auras!

I’ve just been to the fabulous SCBWI annual conference and I learned a thing! Well, I learned lots of things but here’s a really fun thing you can join in with.

You will need:

A smart phone.

The HP Reveal app.

A copy of More of Me.

How to find the hidden content:

Download the app, discover and follow me: KathrynEvansAuthor

Scan the cover with the app to find the hidden content – let me know what you find!

I’m on Twitter @KathrynEvansInk Instagram, Facebook @KathrynEvansAuthor and Snapchat: KathrynEvansInk (no wonder I’m so far behind with my work…)

 

PS, If you can’t find a copy of More of Me, you can find some of the content by scanning the cover below…

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Beauty Sleep Cover Reveal!

 

My new book, Beauty Sleep, will be out in April 2019 and I’m beyond excited to show you the cover, designed by Usborne’s amazing Will Steele.

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Will Steele’s absolutely stunning cover for Beauty Sleep.

Laura is frozen for over forty years.  When she wakes up, she has  new friends to make,  a new language to learn, new people to trust. How do you start again in a world you barely recognise but where everybody recognises you?

 

There’s a really cool video but i can’t work out how to share it here – please go see it here…

Dark secrets lurk in the future of the girl from the past…

For Readers

Librarians Save Lives

I had a wonderful evening last week, that both filled me with joy and left me sad and frustrated.  Continue reading “Librarians Save Lives”

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And the winner is…Bold, Brilliant and Bonkers.

By Kathryn Evans

Bold, brilliant and bonkers? Me? Well, maybe, but I think Addy Farmer was talking about my book in this fabulous video of the SCBWI Crystal Kite for Uk and Ireland:

And proving that she was probably right about me, this is what I was wearing when I received the award…


I know, I know but it was fancy dress?! ( Gold star if you know who I was???)

Huge congratulations to the other shortlisted authors, Patrice Lawrence, Eugene Lambert, Ally Sherrick, Peter Bunzl and Sue Wallman – I read and loved all your  books. If it was a Strictly vote I’d have run up quite a phone bill and possibly done myself out of a SHINY THING.

Happy sigh….

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Authors Misbehaving
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Redbridge Book Award

More of Me has  been shortlisted for a few regional awards which is absolutely lovely. Even lovelier is that you get invited to award ceremonies that are heaps of fun. This week I was in Redbridge  with Teri Terry, Anne Cassidy, Christopher Edge and Peter Bunzl.

We were spoiled rotten with an amazing lunch – I ate all the cake before it could be photographed but you know, if you will serve macaron that perfectly match my hair, I am going to eat them.

There was a quiz in which I answered all the questions about More of Me without any help from Peter Bunzl. I’m such a fibber! How do you forget things from your own book!!?  Mind you, I wasn’t alone, cough, cough… Needless to say, the author table did not win the quiz.

We did all enjoy answering  the very interesting, beautifully phrased questions, such as:

Do you magpie away ideas?

Yes! We all do. We pick up all the shiny ideas and squirrel them away .

As if we weren’t spoiled enough, we were given flowers and certificates.

Kathryn Evans And Teri Terry

It was huge fun and then someone gave Christopher Edge an award and it went completely to his head….

 

 

 

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The Shiniest More of Me of all – Einzig!

Look at this German edition of More of Me – it is SO SHINY! I adore it.

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More of Me Lands Stateside!

Earlier this week I received a parcel…

Available from 13th June you can order it here, from actual Barnes and Noble in actual America!!!

Excited? Me? Errrrm…

 

YES!

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The SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2017

By Kathryn Evans

Sometimes, when you start on a journey, there are certain dreams that seem ridiculously  beyond your reach but you dream them anyway because they just  keep you going.  And sometimes, ridiculously, no matter how far beyond your reach they seem,  those dreams can come true.

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The Society of Children’s Book writers and Illustrators is an organisation I’ve belonged to for years.  Through SCBWI workshops and critique groups I’ve learned my craft, and as a volunteer I’ve grown a hugely supportive network of friends and colleagues.

SCBWI members are a mix of published and unpublished writers all on a journey to produce the best work they can and I think that shows in the standard of entries for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award.  It’s  a peer-given award to traditionally published writers and illustrators ,  recognising great books from 15 regions around the world.

Here are the  shortlisted titles  for the UK and Ireland in 2017 – I’ve read and loved them all – anyone of them would be a worthy winner.  In fact, if you’ve gaps in your To Be Read pile, take them as recommendations.

patrice - CopyPatrice Lawrence – Orange Boy

A gritty urban thriller with a powerful family drama at its heart – Winner of the Waterstones Prize for Older Children, Shortlisted for The Costa Prize.

 

 

Peter Bunzle – Cogheart cogheart

A steampunk tale of ambition, pursuit and revenge – The Guardian.  Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award.

 

eugene - CopyEugene Lambert

‘A thrilling YA sci-fi adventure reminiscent of Hunger Games and Star Wars … a fantastic page-turner with great characters in Kyle and Sky’  Booktrust

 

Ally Sherrick blackpowder

A gutsy  adventure-packed tale of the Guy Fawkes story told from 12 year old Tom’s point of view as he struggles to save his father in a world that’s against him.

 

 

lyingSue Wallman

In intense psychological thriller selected for the Zoella book Club and  a really brilliant page turner.

 

 

 

And  in case there is still space on your bookshelf, here are some previous winners…

2016

Teri Terrmindgamesy – Mind Games

A complex and futuristic thriller that, even at a hefty 433 pages, will leave you wanting more…another stunning example of Teri Terry doing what she does best (The School Librarian)

Teri has won so many awards I can’t even list them all.

 

2015

ratClaire Furniss – The Year of The Rat

Beautifully written and emotionally charged debut about love, loss and families. Would appeal to fans of Annabel Pitcher. (The Bookseller)
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase, Longlisted for the Cilip Carnegie Medal

 

 

And  the 2017 winner…

Me.

Well… More of Me by Kathryn Evans

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Dreams really can come true if you just don’t give up.

More of Me by Kathryn Evans, winner of the 2017  Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award for UK and Ireland.

Pinch Me.

 

For Readers

Ideas for “Subtle” World Book Day Costumes

By Kathryn Evans

Okay, I confess, I may be get a little over excited about World Book Day  – I love dressing up! Continue reading “Ideas for “Subtle” World Book Day Costumes”