Meet the Author at the Imperial War Museum

This time last week I was at the Imperial War Museum, London, for a Meet the Author book signing.


I wore my favourite yellow signing shoes...


...and had a super day. I got to meet lots of children, teachers, librarians and lovely members of the public, all excited about history and books. Plus, I sat at this fabulous desk next to this fantastic vintage typewriter.


We almost sold out of copies so before I left I signed the last few. If you're quick, you can find them in the museum bookshop on the ground floor.


If you missed me this time, you'll be able to catch me again in August (date tbc). See you then!

FAQ about Eloise Undercover

Want to know more about Eloise Undercover? Read on...


Eloise Undercover is an adventure set during WW2 for 8 to 12 year olds. Here's a bit of blurb:

France, 1944. 12-year-old Eloise’s father has not come home in over a week, and she is getting worried that something might be badly wrong. When the Germans occupy Eloise’s town, and the Nazi Kommandant moves into Maison de la Noyer, things start falling apart. Through a chance meeting, Eloise volunteers to join the Resistance. Suspense, secrecy and danger follow her as, inspired by her favourite detective fiction books, she tries to find her father. A hidden passage behind a tapestry, a deportation list and a race against time... Will Eloise find her father? And what other secrets will she reveal?

Will I like it?

Well it depends what you like (and we've never met so I can't be 100% sure), but if you'd like to try a bit, click here to read a short extract.

What do other people think about it?

Here are some recent reviews:

"Superb adventure set in Nazi-occupied France, with elements of Anne Frank's diary and echoes of Carve Her Name With Pride. Sarah's characters are top notch and the tension is palpable as the Nazis overrun Eloise's town. Absolutely riveting." - Books Monthly

"An unputdownable story full of twists and turns and as many surprises and heart stopping moments for the reader as for Eloise herself." - Primary Times

"Full of emotion all the way through, the darkness of some parts is tempered by hope and courage. The excitement is maintained throughout, and the vivid descriptions and obvious knowledge of the setting grab the attention." - Parents in Touch

"I was utterly gripped by this story to the very last page." - Reading Zone

Ok. So where can I buy it?

Everywhere! My favourite bookshops are Stanfords in Bristol and Clapham Books in London, but ELOISE UNDERCOVER is available online too from Hive, Waterstones, Foyles and Amazon etc. AND it's available to borrow in libraries. For FREE! I love libraries.

What else?

Ooh the audiobook is out now!

Eloise Undercover - Bibliography

This bibliography first appeared on a guest blog I wrote for supper blogger Michelle Toy. I've since had lots of requests for it to appear on my website so if you're after book recommendations or a further reading list, you've come to the right place.

You’ll note some are reference books and others are YA, middle-grade or younger.  They’re not in any particular order. I recommend them all.

Sisterland by Linda Newbery

Sophie Scholl and the White Rose by Annette Dumbach & Jud Newborn

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Last Train From Kummersdorf by Leslie Wilson

Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden

The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis

The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall

Land Girl Manual, 1941 by W.E. Shewell Cooper

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Heroines of SOE (Britain’s Secret Women in France – F Section)

by Squadron Leader Beryl E. Escott

The Snow Goose by John Gallico

What do you think? Have I missed an important read? What books set during WW2 would you recommend?

Papplewick School Author Visit

On Thursday, 9th November, a year to the day since I last visited, I ventured to Papplewick School, Ascot to chat about WW2, espionage and all things Eloise Undercover. It was lovely to see myself on the Library author wall...

...and to see Eloise Undercover in such great company.

There are so many reasons I love visiting Papplewick School - super Librarian, Marlene Dennis, the wonderful staff, and pupils who ask the best questions - but they also invite me to supper and pudding always involves chocolate, so they may just be my favourite school to visit!

I talked a bit about what I was like at school, why I wrote a book set during WW2, read a bit of Eloise Undercover and hosted a spy quiz! Afterwards I signed lots of books and got to chat with the pupils, all super keen readers. What a treat!

Big thanks to the staff of Papplewick School for having me and extra special thanks to Librarian Extraordinaire, Marlene Dennis. See you next year!

Eloise Undercover - Bristol Launch Party

Last Thursday we had a launch party for Eloise Undercover at Stanfords, Bristol.

There was bunting!

My Mum made these rather yummy brownies...

...and I helped with these extra triple chocolate ones. Can you tell?!

It was so lovely to see Eloise Undercover as one of the Staff Recommendations!

Here's the obligatory happy author with book photo:

Oh and before the night was over I signed a few copies of Eloise Undercover and Through the Mirror Door. Catch them before they go!

Big thanks to Jacqui and Thomas of Stanfords, Bristol and to everyone who came by to celebrate and say hello.

Eloise Undercover - Signed Copies!

Last week I popped into the Catnip offices to sign some copies of Eloise Undercover.


Valentina had prepared a 'signing' breakfast, which was a lovely surprise.


Here I am signing away... (and thinking ten more copies and that chocolate croissant is mine!)

Want to win a signed copy? Pop over to Twitter to find out more!

Eloise Undercover - Launch Party

On Thursday, 7th September, Eloise Undercover was officially launched!

It was incredible seeing both books on the bookshelf. Have I really written two books?!

There was a poster...

...and a delicious book cake made by my wonderful agent, Bryony.

Talking of cake, here's proof that I've finally learned to cut a cake with an audience...

...and here I am signing books (I can definitely do that.)

Thanks to the wonderful Nikki, Ed and Roy of Clapham Books, everyone at Catnip & Bounce (especially Robert, George & Valentina), my family and friends, and all who made it such a lovely evening. Here's to the next one! (I'll just get on with writing it...)

Foyles Storybox - Cabot Circus, Bristol

Last Saturday I was at Foyles, Cabot Circus, to host a creative writing & drawing workshop.

I had my own table and everything!

After a short reading, which ended on a cliffhanger, we drew whatever it was we'd like to see 'through the mirror door.' There were some fantastic ideas, which we then developed into characters, complete with likes/dislikes, best-friends and super powers! This is Pants Bogey, an Ogre, by Amelie, aged 5:

and this is Mr. Panda (who lives in a mansion) by Sophie, aged 8:

A big thank you to Charlotte, Ulla and their team for making me feel so welcome. Oh and before I left, I signed some copies of Through the Mirror Door. Catch them before they go!

Oldbury-on-Severn Primary School Visit

A few weeks ago I visited Oldbury-on-Severn Primary School. To get there you have to walk up this really beautiful (and rather steep!) hill...

The school sits right at the top. It's such a beautiful building.

Once inside, I was delighted to meet the pupils who had a lot of questions for me.

I then read a little bit of #mirrordoor before we workshopped new ideas, designed our own book covers and talked about how pictures inspire stories.

After a fun Q&A I signed some books and was then presented with a lovely bunch of flowers. Look at this happy author face!

A big thank you to Debbie Dix, Headteacher and all the pupils of Oldbury-on-Severn CEVC Primary School. See you again soon!

St Stephen's School at Tate Library South

A little while ago I was lucky enough to meet the wonderful staff and pupils of St Stephen's School, Year 6. (A big thanks to Maria Kwofie at Tate South Library for organising it.) We chatted about #mirrordoor, I read a chapter from the book and then we got arty. Here are a few of the things Year 6 would like to see behind their own #mirrordoor:

During the Q&A the pupils asked me about writing stories. They're writing a chapter story in their class this term. Good luck Year 6! Oh and here are a few of the lovely things they had to say about my workshop:

Papplewick School Visit

Last Thursday, 10th November, I was lucky enough to be invited to Papplewick School, so I dusted off my special signing pens...

...and caught the 16:05 to Ascot.

My lovely friend Andrew met me at the station and drove me to the school. Oh and he'd also baked me a cupcake because this was my very first school visit! (The cupcake was utterly delicious by the way; Prosecco-flavoured and topped with popping candy).

On arrival at Papplewick we were met by the wonderful Marlene Dennis, Librarian extraordinaire, and Carol from Waterstones, Windsor, who was brilliant. After high tea and a chocolate fondant to die for (no pics because it didn't last long on my plate), I was brought to the brand new hall and introduced to the pupils. Here I am pretending I'm not nervous:

I talked about how I got started writing and my inspiration for Through the Mirror Door, alongside a few tales of getting into trouble for reading under my desk at school (and during maths classes!) then I read a chapter from the book. (Yes, those are my glitter Halloween cat shoes.)

After that we had a Q&A and then a book signing where I was lucky enough to meet some of Papplewick's lovely pupils, all keen readers who had plenty more questions for me!

Then it was time for the younger boys to come and say hello... in their pyjamas! Here we are making our best funny/scary faces for the camera:

I had a super time at Papplewick and can't wait to see everyone again next year. A very big thank you to Marlene Dennis, Carol, Joff Powis, Steve Elkington (for the excellent photographs) and all the pupils at Papplewick School. See you soon!

A Halloween Monster Hunt & Mirror Door Reading

This year I spent Halloween at the John Harvard Library in Southwark. They had plenty of spooky things planned, like a super Monster Hunt, plus me reading from my book, Through the Mirror Door.

I prepared by putting on my best sequinned Halloween Cat Monster Hunter shoes....

Then I got made an honorary Librarian for the evening! (Can you see how happy this made me?)

Once the Monster Hunt was over and the prizes handed out, I started my reading...

Check out the fantastically spooky backdrop!

A big thanks to Luke, Jorina and Emma from John Harvard, and all the lovely Monster Hunters who came along too.

Happy Halloween!

Visiting Bath and Bristol Bookshops...

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting some lovely bookshops in Bristol and Bath. First stop was Mr. B's in Bath. Tucked down quiet John Street, it's a veritable treasure trove with floor to ceiling bookshelves filled with books, books and more books. There are hot drinks on offer and a comfy chair or two to relax in, plus the staff are brilliant.

I was particularly thrilled to see #mirrordoor on 'Mr. B's perennial favourites and new books to be excited about' table, which is now my new favourite table of all time. Planning a visit? Find out more here. Oh and they have a few signed copies of my book too!

Next on my tour was Waterstone's Bath. They have lovely staff too plus an absolutely wonderful Children's Department. Just look at this:

Did you know it's the largest bookshop in the city? You do now... Oh and they're planning all sorts of fun events so check in with them here to find out more.

Last stop was the brilliant Stanfords in Bristol. I was thrilled to see #mirrordoor cosying up to a Moomin in the window and there was a lovely book display in the children's department too. The staff are fantastic here and give perfect recommendations, plus they have a few signed copies of #mirrordoor left! Find out more about Stanfords here.

I'll be back in the West Country next month visiting more bookshops and libraries. For more news, watch this space!