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Thursday, 14 February 2019

International Book Giving Day - GIVEAWAY!

It may be Valentine's Day, but more importantly it's also

#InternationalBookGivingDay! 📚💕

To celebrate I'm doing a special giveaway - with a difference!

To enter, simply contact me at
to say which of my books pictured below
you'd like to give someone, and why!

Happy Book Giving Day!

Friday, 8 February 2019

Cambridge Central Library Mega Author Event - Sat 9th Feb!

If you live in the Cambridge area, do come along and join me and fifteen author local children's authors at this fab fun FREE event on Saturday 9th February! 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Mwa-ha-ha-happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

I have a confession - I'm a bit of a wimp. Scary stories give me nightmares, I can't even watch horror films, and in my whole life I had never carved a Halloween pumpkin!

But this year I have embraced Halloween.

I have gone pumpkin-picking...

I have carved a pumpkin (much harder than I thought!)

 I went on a spooky lantern-lit walk through the underground labyrinth that once imprisoned Dracula! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!

And I even have a spooky book coming out with Maverick Books - "Scary Scott"!

and a Halloween story for teen readers "Trick or Tweet" in the fab Stories From The Edge anthology

What's your favourite spooky story?

Whatever you're up to, I hope you have a very Happy Halloween!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Happy World Book Day! Footprints Quiz!

Happy World Book Day Everyone!

And what a SNOWY one it is! BRRR!!

For those of you stranded at home like me, I hope you're all getting stuck into good books - not stuck in the snow!

There are some very funny footprints in the snow in my garden - just like in my book FUNNY FOOTPRINTS!

"Who made the footprints 
in the snow?
Let's follow them
To see where they go!"

Can you guess what made the funny footprints?
What about the animals who made these funny footprints below...?



Maybe this handy sheet could help? (Answers at the bottom 😉)
Do you have any funny footprints in your garden or on your street? 

Can you identify them, using the sheet?

Could you MAKE any funny footprints yourself?

Could you make up your own STORY about finding funny footprints?

I hope you're having a fun World Book Day!


Katie x

(Answers: a) bird b) cat c) rabbit)

Friday, 1 December 2017

WIN A Signed Book For Christmas!

It's December already - where did the year go? It'll be Christmas before we know it!
If you're shopping for a book-lover and think they would like a signed and personally dedicated copy of any of my books (from young readers up to young adult), just email me at 
*CHRISTMAS BONUS* all purchases before Dec 24th will enter a prize draw to WIN a SIGNED copy of any of my books!
I will send anywhere in the world. (all books cost RRP + postage)
Merry Christmas!

For younger readers:
Click here for more information about these books
FAIRY TALE TWSTS! For readers aged 5+ illustrated by the amazing Matt Buckingham. Each rhyming story takes a familiar fairytale character and reveals their version of events - as you've never seen them before!  RRP £4.99 published by Orchard Books

MUMNESIA!: Lucy's mum is so out of date she's practically mouldy! She's super-strict, overprotective and won't let Lucy go to the school ball! Lucy can't believe she was EVER a teenager . . . until the morning her mum wakes up with no memory of the last thirty years - and thinks she's a twelve year old time-travelling from the 1980s!  All Lucy wants is for her mum to go back to being her old self - but how?" 
RRP £6.99 published by Macmillan Children's Books

THE NEVER-ENDING BIRTHDAY Twins Max and Anni have had the worst birthday ever. Max has missed a vital goal in the football Cup Final and Anni has fallen out with her best friend. Feeling thoroughly miserable, Max and Anni sneak downstairs at midnight and light the candles on their untouched birthday cake and, as they blow them out, they wish to redo the day!
When they wake up, their wish has come true! And this time Max and Anni aren't going to mess things up. But little do they realize that they are going to have to relive their birthday again . . . and again . . . and again. 
RRP £6.99 published by Macmillan Children's Books

Young Adult Novels 
Click here for more information about this book
When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself.
Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all...
Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to LA.
But all does not go to plan, and as Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own - one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all... "
RRP £6.99 published by Simon & Schuster UK; Delacorte Press (US); Doubleday (Canada) 

Click here for more information about this book
Lou Shepherd takes the opportunity of starting at university to reinvent herself – completely. She dyes her hair and changes her name in an attempt to hide her past – but then she meets a guy who's doing exactly the same thing, for very different reasons. Why does Christian clam up every time Lou asks about his past? Why doesn’t he have any family photos, and why does he dye his blond hair black?
Lou finds herself falling for Christian, so when his house goes up in flames, his tires are slashed, and he flees for his life, she insists on going with him. But as Christian’s secret is finally unveiled in front of the whole world, it seems everything he’s ever told Lou is a lie. Can what the media are saying about him really be true? Should Lou trust him? Or is she in grave danger? And was their chance encounter really an accident at all…?
As lie follows lie, nothing is as it seems, and soon Lou finds herself ensnared in a web of deceit, her loyalties torn, her emotions in tatters as she faces a heart-wrenching dilemma: should she shatter the lives of those she holds dearest, or betray the guy who, against all odds, she's fallen in love with?
RRP £6.99 published by Simon & Schuster UK; Delacorte Press (US); Doubleday (Canada) 

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Never-Ending Birthday Blogtour!

To celebrate the publication of THE NEVER-ENDING BIRTHDAY I'm off on tour!
A blogtour, that is! Do come along and join me as I visit these lovely bloggers - and there'll be a chance to win sparkly copies of the book too!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Competition! New Book! Authors Assemble!

Hello! It's July! I LOVE July - the sun comes out, the weather starts to warm up, and you've still got the whole summer to look forward to - plus my new book's just come out! The first copies just arrived - and it's like it was MY birthday! They're SO SPARKLY!!

Cover by the fab Lilly Lazuli!

THE NEVER-ENDING BIRTHDAY is published by Macmillan Children's Books and it's the story of twins Max and Anni who have the WORST thirteenth birthday ever! Max misses a vital goal in the Cup Final, fails a test & smashes a neighbour's window, while Anni's birthday party spins wildly out of control and her best friend dumps her, and both twins are grounded FOREVER
    Feeling thoroughly miserable, Max and Anni sneak downstairs at midnight and light their birthday candles and, as they blow them out, they make a wish . . . to redo the day!
When they wake up, their wish has come true! But little do they realize that they are going to have to relive their birthday again . . . and again . . . and again!

To WIN your very own SPARKLY copy simply email me at or tweet me at @katiedaleuk telling me which day of your life you'd like to repeat - and why!

I'm also very very VERY excited to be part of the
How cool is that? It sounds like we're superheroes. right? Hm, which Avenger would I be...? I was actually in the movie Captain America, and loved Agent Carter - does she count? 😉 Anyway, back to the tour! Along with the lovely Tom Percival (Little Legends series) and Scott Allen (Llama United) I'll be touring schools all over the country meeting over 2000 kids! If you're one of them, do come and say hi!

In other news, I did my first ever radio interview last week - EEK! It'll be broadcast next month so I'll tell you more about it then 😊

And I've been busy writing too - I've got not one, not two, but SEVEN Early Reader books in the pipeline!

Have a lovely July everyone!

Katie x

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