Exciting news: Rise Up wins the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award 2020!
World Book Day News
On World Book Day, 5 March 2020, it was announced that Rise Up had won the Blue Peter award for ‘Best Book with Facts’. I was invited to visit the Blue Peter studio in Salford and appear live on the show to receive a lovely trophy, which I will treasure forever. (See my blog for more about my BBC visit.)
The Blue Peter Award has been running for 20 years now and I’m so excited to be a winner, especially as Rise Up has been chosen by young viewers from schools around the UK. To know that children have loved reading a book that I’ve written is a fantastic feeling and makes me feel incredibly lucky to be able to do this job.
Rise Up is all about ordinary kids who’ve done something extraordinary in their lives. If someone ordinary like me can win this amazing award, it just goes to show that anyone can!
About Rise Up
29 stories of young people who have overcome huge challenges in their lives and achieved amazing things - from incredible journeys and survival against the odds to overcoming bullying and depression.
With lots of advice and ideas about how to do extraordinary
things in your own life.
Each exciting story is combined with visually stunning
illustrations by Amy Blackwell.
“An inspirational book telling the tales of 29 amazing children. Children who have triumphed, overcome and persevered. Children who would put most grown ups to shame!”
"Rise Up is an enthralling springboard for ambitious children, a confidence-booster for more
nervous youngsters, and a powerful reminder that no matter who you are, you can rise to the
The Lancashire Post
"Stands out for readability and range. Punchy biographies are interspersed with how-to-tips, from knot-tying to leadership skills, encouraging young readers to have a go themselves"
Imogen Russell Williams - The Guardian