It’s a fang-tastic day for Scream Street in the USA! Book 10 – Rampage of the Goblins, and book 11 – Hunger of the Yeti are both published today!
Tommy in grave peril (geddit?!)
All 15-year-old Poppy wants is to be allowed to dye her hair jet black, and for everyone to call her Raven.
And to discover whether her missing twin brother is alive or dead so that she and her parents can finally move on with their lives.
Can Poppy find Stephen, and a place to belong, at the same time?
Ever wondered what I would look like as a cartoon character in The Beano?
Of course you have! Well, thanks to the incredible Steve Beckett, here is that very image!
Steve drew this for the ‘About The Author‘ page in our forthcoming series about the world’s coolest superhero, Snow-Man. Big thanks to Danny Pearson at Badger Learning for letting me share it with you early!
I’m so very unhappy to announce that this morning we lost my dad, and the greatest man I’ve ever known – Brian Donbavand – following a long battle with cancer. He fought to the very end, and I will miss him every single day.
No matter what I wanted to do with my life and my career, my Dad was always behind me, 100%.
He came to see every school and amateur dramatic performance I was in.
He took the family on holiday to Pontins on the Isle of Wight, where I was a Bluecoat.
He helped build props for my kids magic show when I worked as a clown called Wobblebottom.
He listened to every single demo tape I made when I was trying to get into local radio.
He enjoyed cruises on the MV Kareliya, where I was the children’s entertainer.
He sat in the audience – again and again and again – for Buddy, when I played the Clearlake MC.
He came to see shows such as Hey Diddle Diddle, The Forgotten Nursery and Goldilocks and the Three Bears which I had written and was appearing in when I worked in children’s theatre.
He drove up to the book launch for Scream Street.
He collected every book I’d written.
He pushed me to ‘get my bounce back‘ when I was down.
He loved seeing clips of the forthcoming Scream Street TV series, while knowing he wouldn’t be here to see it launch this October.
He was the best Dad I could ever have had, and the best Granddad possible for my boys.
He was my Dad.
I want to ring him, text him, say hello. I want to pop in, chat, sit in companionable silence. But I can’t do that, ever again.
My Dad, like me, wasn’t a religious man. But he was the most caring, kind, funny, amazing man I have ever known. I have a hundred stories to tell about him, but they can wait until I can tell them and laugh – rather than cry.
He was married to my Mum – Elizabeth Mary Donbavand – for 38 years, until she died ten years ago, also from cancer. He was devastated at my Mum’s death.
But, he battled on and, in time, he met Barbara, who was to become his new partner and a much loved member of our family. They shared many wonderful years together.
In his final moments, he was surrounded by those who love him most – myself, my brother Bryan, my sister Sue, and his partner Barbara. We are all proud to have been part of this incredible man’s life.
Goodnight Dad. I love you, and I always will. x
Cole Day lives in the village of Shiverton with his sister, Winter, and pet dog, Jeff. His Dad works at a nuclear power plant, and his Mum is a TV weather reporter.
Not very exciting, until… One day – COSSSSHHH! – a stray snowball hit Cole on the back of his head…
But, it wasn’t just any snowball… It was a RADIOACTIVE snowball!
And it turned Cole into SNOW-MAN – the world’s coolest superhero!
Now – whenever Cole munches on a raw carrot, his body transforms into the white, fluffy hero! Dressed in a top hat and scarf, it’s down to SNOW-MAN and his team – THIN ICE and FROSTBITE (his younger sister and pet pooch) – to defeat the world’s nastiest villains.
Bad guys, you’d better freeze! SNOW-MAN is slip-sliding your way…