The 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour has reached its final stop after an incredible year of touring some of the most exciting names in children’s literature all over Scotland and the UK. This November we are taking inspirational author Phil Earle back on the road to visit schools in Moray, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perth & Kinross!
Phil’s first job was as a care worker in a children’s home, an experience that influenced the ideas behind his critically acclaimed books Being Billy and Saving Daisy. He then trained as a drama therapist and worked in a therapeutic community in south London, caring for traumatized and abused adolescents. This influenced Phil’s love for working with reluctant readers and children with additional support needs, which will be the focus for this final tour of the year.
To celebrate Phil’s tour, and the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour, we are giving away a free signed copy of his brilliant ‘super readable’ Barrington Stoke book, Mind The Gap. This is an emotional, heart-wrenching tale about loss, hope and friendship, inspired by the true story of a widow campaigning for her husband’s voice to continue to be used at Embankment tube station.
To be in with a chance of winning a free copy of Mind The Gap, simply answer this question. Which of the following is a famous tube station on the London Underground?
1. Queen’s Cross
2. Jack’s Cross
3. King’s Cross
The closing date is Wednesday 7 November at 5pm. To enter please add your answer as a comment below along with your name, who you would like the book to be dedicated to and email address. View full terms and conditions here.
About Phil Earle
Phil Earle was born and raised in the great city of Hull. His first job was as a care worker in a children’s home, which inspired him to train as a drama therapist. After a couple of years in the care sector, before becoming a bookseller and discovered a world of books for children and young people. He now spends his time writing children’s books drawing influence from his past experiences and observing the stories that unfold all around us.
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!
On The Bookshelf
Mind The Gap
Part of Barrington Stoke’s super-readable, dyslexia friendly series, based on a true-story this is a heart wrenching, hopeful story of two best friends dealing with loss and grief. When Mikey’s dad died, something in Mikey died too. He says the worst of it is that he can’t even remember his dad’s voice any more. Mikey’s best mate can’t bear it any more, and so he sets out to give Mikey the memories – and his dad’s voice – back.
The Bubblewrap Boy
Charlie is teased at school and harassed at home by his over protective Mum. Charlie spots a kid skateboarding and decides he wants to give it a try. However, things are never that simple…The Bubble Wrap Boy is a book that will make you laugh, whether it’s Charlie’s mother making him wear goggles to decorate the Christmas Tree, or the constant reference to his being short, this is a funny book that is also touching and sincere. Through Charlie’s journey, the author shows us how important it is to find your own way in the world, no matter what others may think