words and whimsy

Month: November, 2013

The Keeper Shortlisted for an Irish Book Award

Bord Gais Book Awards logo

Great news – The Keeper has been shortlisted as one of the four children’s books of the year in the senior category. It appears alongside writers whom I admire very much, making this especially thrilling news – the other finalists are ‘Stay Where you are and Then Leave’ by John Boyne, ‘Eva & the Hidden Diary’ by Judi Curtain and ‘Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men’ by Derek Landy.

You can see the shortlist  (and vote for your favourite!) here:


The Keeper Reading at Irish Arts Center

I’m very excited to read from The Keeper this Sunday, November 10th at The Irish Arts Center in New York from 11.30 a.m.-1 p.m. There’ll be magic books galore – not just reading from them, but making them, with the brilliant teaching artist Brigette Moreno there to help kids make their very own magic book. The event cost $5 and art supplies are provided. More info is here: