I nearly choked on my porridge this morning when I saw the announcement from Waterstones. Mortlock is shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2011!
I'm so thrilled about this. It's brilliant. I've had incredible support from local independent bookshops but I have to say that the staff at my local Waterstones store have been passionate champions for Mortlock too.
And to be placed in a list with such accomplished writers. I've met Irfan Master whose book A Beautiful Lie came out this month and I know Candy Gourlay through SCBWI and Tall Story was one of my favourite books last year. It'll be a stiff competition.
But it's wonderful to be on the shortlist and I get to go to London and hopefully I'll meet Anthony Browne! All very exciting!