Lucy wins the BRANFORD BOASE award

Lucy is thrilled to announce that her debut novel, Stolen, has WON the 2010 Branford Boase award!! This is a really special award that celebrates the best debut novel for young people published in the UK over the last year! It’s a real honour to be chosen for this, and Lucy is very grateful.

For more info and photos, see the Branford Boase award website.

Branford Boase

July 16, 2010 in Awards and Nominations by


Ty gets shortlisted for best Villain!

Teen Read Awards

We are thrilled to anounce that Ty MacFarlane, anti-hero of STOLEN, has been nominated for BEST VILLAIN for the Indigo Teen Read Awards!

This is a fantastic new award that has been organised by Indigo Booksellers in Canada and , the best bit of all … this award is decided by YOU! That’s right, you can vote for Ty to win the best villain award right here on the Indigo website –

There are also heaps of other fun categories you can vote for in these awards, including best hottie and best liplock!

Sooooo, get voting and get your voice heard! There are prizes and giveaways too for casting your vote – every day you vote, you can win a new prize! Ty would be most enormously grateful to receive your votes! He’s never won anything in his life before, so he’d be thrilled to win this! Please vote for him here!

July 6, 2010 in Awards and Nominations, Stolen by

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HULL Children's Book Award

Lucy is delighted to have won, and accepted, the Hull Children’s Book Award (Key Stage 3) for her debut novel, Stolen.

Lucy travelled up to Hull for a special award ceremony which was attended by teens from the local schools, as well as the rather fabulous local librarians.

The Hull Children’s Book Award is a special award because the overall winner is decided purely by the teen vote! Lucy was presented with a beautiful picture by a local artist to mark the occasion.

July 5, 2010 in Awards and Nominations, Stolen by

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Lucy's recent trip to the USA

Lucy has been busy over the past few weeks, first traveling to Bedfordshire to attend the Bedfordshire book festival, then Berkhamstead for a lovely school visit, and then to Hull for the Children’s Book Award. During this, Lucy has also found time to fit in a visit to the USA! She was out there with her publisher, Barry Cunningham, to promote her debut novel, Stolen (which has just been released in the US).

While visiting, Lucy did interviews for Indigo, RT Magazine and the Scholastic On Our Minds site. She also spoke at the American Librarian’s Association conference, and met many amazing librarians. It was a wonderful trip, full of great excitement and admiration for the novel. Particularly exciting was being able to meet the team at Scholastic U.S who publish Stolen there. What a wonderful and enthusiastic team!

Barry Cunningham + Lucy Christopher in Washington D.C

From Chicken House to White House. Lucy and her publisher, Barry Cunningham, on their recent tour of Washington D.C.

Lucy Christopher at the American Librarian's Conference

Lucy signing at the American Librarian’s Conference, where she read from Stolen.

July 4, 2010 in Book Tours, Lucy Speaks by

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Visit to the USA

Lucy is over the moon about visiting the USA soon. She will first be travelling to New York to meet her fantastically wonderful Scholastic team, and then heading off to Washington D.C to be a part of this year’s American Librarian’s Association Conference. How exciting is that?! Apart from a visit to Disneyland and Hawaii when she was very small, Lucy has never been to the states!

She hopes she gets to meet some American fans while she’s out there too…

June 14, 2010 in Book Tours, Lucy Speaks by

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STOLEN on the short list for the Branford Boase Award

The Branford Boase Award was set up to reward the most promising new writers and their editors, as well as to reward excellence in writing and in publishing. The Award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist.

STOLEN joins six other fantastic novels on this impressive short list for this fantastic award.

Not least, STOLEN is sharing the short list with “stable mate” Rachel Ward, another Chicken House chicken and author of the fabulous Numbers. STOLEN’s editor Imogen Cooper is also the editor of Numbers, so a double celebration for this very talented lady too!

What a thrill to be on this very exciting list!

Check out this talented list for this year’s Branford Boase Award here

May 18, 2010 in Awards and Nominations, Stolen by

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Book Trailer for STOLEN…

Check out this fantastic book trailer made for the American edition of STOLEN:


May 16, 2010 in Stolen, Videos by

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Lucy talks about her books on YouTube

See Lucy speaking about her books in Australia recently:


May 10, 2010 in Lucy Speaks, Videos by

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Lucy heads Down Under

Lucy will be visiting Australia from the 5th – 25th April to coincide with the Australian launch of her second novel, Flyaway, and to celebrate the recent CBCA shortlisting for Stolen.

She will be visiting and talking to various schools and bookshops while she is out there, and also holding an official launch party for Flyaway. For more details, see the diary page on this website.

If anyone would like to get in touch with Lucy while she is in Australia, or if you are a shop that wants her to sign stock, then please contact her via her email address – – or via her Australian publishers (publicist Sarah Hatton at Scholastic Australia on 02 9413 8378). Please note that Lucy will only be visiting Melbourne and Sydney as part of this trip.

April 7, 2010 in Awards and Nominations, Book Tours by

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Australian Launch Party for Flyaway (all welcome!)

Everyone is warmly invited to attend the Australian launch party for Lucy’s second novel, Flyaway. More details can be found on the events section of Lucy’s Facebook Fanpage (where you can RSVP, too).  But just quickly, the Flyaway Launch Party will be held on 15th April from 5.30pm in Enchanted by Books in Williamstown (177 Ferguson Street, near Williamstown North train station).

Lucy will be talking about the book and her inspirations for it, as well as reading from the novel. She will be on hand to answer questions and sign copies of both Flyaway and Stolen. Please come on down for a fun, relaxed evening of talking, mingling and nibbling.

It would be great to see as many of you there as possible to help launch this book into the Southern Hemisphere! Free smiles for all who attend! If possible, please RSVP you attendance either on Lucy’s Facebook Fanpage or by calling the shop on 03 9397 1154 (this is just to help us confirm numbers for food).

April 6, 2010 in Book Tours, Flyaway by

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