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Phil Ealre

The fantastic Phil Earle will be visiting schools in Falkirk, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire this November with the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.

Not afraid to tackle difficult and thought-provoking subject matter, Phil is one of the most exciting and engaging writers for young adults. His award winning novels are gritty, powerful and impossible to put down! Throughout the week Phil will meet over 1500 S1-S3 pupils from 12 different schools, sharing why he writes, what inspires him and how the stories we are surrounded by every day can inspire their own creative writing.

We will keep you updated throughout the tour with stories, pictures and videos from the road. In the meantime you can find out more about Phil in our Author Facts, browse the Book Recommendations, and enter our Competition for a chance to win a signed and dedicated copy of The Bubble Wrap Boy!

Author Factfile

Phil’s first job was as a care worker in a residential kids home.

Phil wrote Heroic and Saving Daisy whilst travelling to work on the X68 bus!

As well as being an author, Phil is Sales and Marketing Director at David Fickling Books, a husband and a dad of three!

Competition Time!

For a chance to win a signed and dedicated copy of Bubble Wrap Boy just answer this simple question.

Where did Phil write Heroic and Saving Daisy?

a)    In a shed at the bottom of his garden

b)    On holiday in Bermuda

c)    Travelling to work on the X68 bus

d)    In a hut on a remote Scottish island

The closing date is Wednesday 5 November. To enter please add your answer as a comment below along with your name and email. Read the full terms and conditions here.

On the Bookshelf

The Bubble Wrap Boy - Phil Earle

The Bubble Wrap Boy

Charlie Han is an outsider, the tiny kid from the Chinese Chippy whose only friend at school is the boy less popular than he is. But when he discovers his secret talent – skateboarding – all he has to do is practise and he’s on a one way street to success, away from his overprotective mum and distant dad. He’s not the only one in the family who’s been hiding a secret though…

Keep up to date

You can keep up to date with Phil’s tour on Facebook and Twitter. And you can find out more about the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour here.

Scottish Book Trust

The above was provided by Emma Lamont. Emma is the Schools Events Coordinator at Scottish Book Trust.

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