Category Archives: Bad Blood

Bologna 2010

Last week I was in Italy for the Bologna book fair. This is the biggest trade fair for the childrens books industry and a great opportunity for me to meet my overseas publishers. I went with my mother, Mary Hoffman, who was wearing two hats for the fair (no, not literally). She was visiting her […]

Abingdon book signing 13 March 2010

We had the first Children’s Author Roadshow event in Abingdon on the 13th of March at The Bookstore in Abingdon. Our group of authors were: Leslie Wilson, Joanna Kenrick, Mary Hoffman, Kath Langrish, Rhiannon Lassiter, Dennis Hamley and Mary Hooper.

Bad Blood published in Czech Republic and Japan

Bad Blood is to be published in the Czech Republic (by Mlada Fronta) and in Japan (by Shogakukan). Both editions have new covers – as different from each other as they are from the UK edition.   

Bad Blood the short film

Yesterday I made my first video. I’ve had all sorts of software to help me do this for years and years but I’ve only just managed to make something with it. The Bad Blood short film is only 33 seconds long but I made it all myself. The voice effect is me reading the Bad […]

Second Polish interview

Here’s a link to the interview I did with Polish website Carpe Noctem. There’s also to be a competition to win some of my books in Polish coming up soon. And here’s the text for English readers: Even though “Bad Blood” is your latest book, it was the first one that has been published in […]

Interviews with Polish websites

A couple of weeks ago I did an essay piece and an interview with Polish website Crime in the Library. Essay is here Interview is here I’ve since also been interviewed by another Polish website called Carpe Noctem. I’ll publish the details when I have them. It’s great that Bad Blood (Wykreślone imię in Polish) […]

Bad Blood published in Poland

Bad Blood was published in Poland by W.A.B. Publishers. The title is Wykreślone imię (Crossed Out Name). The publication date is 23 September 2009.

Bad Blood in Japanese translation

Bad Blood is currently being translated into Japanese for publication by Shogakukan and I’ve been corresponding with my Japanese translator Ms Yumiko Inui about the text. I’ve worked with a number of translators and it’s always been interesting to see what points are raised. One translator (Swedish, I think) spotted that the chapter titles of […]

Bad Blood shortlisted for Birmingham KS3 Chills Books Award

In its fifth year, the KS3 Books Award is organised by Birmingham Schools Library Service. All secondary schools plus five special schools across the city have received parcels of the 14 titles and librarians and teachers have spent the past two months encouraging reading groups to take part. A final winner will be named in […]

Grauniad Competition

Thanks to a tip from my friend Farah, I got hold of today’s Guardian to find an article about this year’s competition. Young critics (aged from 8 to 16) have been “shadowing” the award and the article is about their impressions of the books. “Bad Blood is a chilling read, not to be read after […]