News posts for 2012

The Copper Tree

New Book! Published 3rd April 2012 (release date brought forward due to advance orders).

When Olivia's teacher, Miss Evans, dies, the children at her school are encouraged to think of everything that reminds them of her.

Written with touching sensitivity and sprinkled with light hearted moments, 'The Copper Tree' is about love and legacy and will help children understand that while sadness is an inevitable part of grief, death is not necessarily the end... for what is left behind can be everlasting.

A great book for young children facing bereavement.

- Waterstones

The Copper Tree book tour at the WI

Hilary Robinson and Mandy Stanley were invited to the WI meeting in Lumbly to talk about The Copper Tree.

The Copper Tree featured in YOU Magazine

You Magazine from the Daily Mail featured The Copper Tree as their Book of the Week.

Thailand bought foreign rights

Foreign rights for The Copper Tree have been sold to Nanmee Books in Thailand by Morag O’Brien at Ed Victor Ltd.

BBC Look North (Yorkshire)

Hilary was interviewed about The Copper Tree on Look North, the BBC regional news programme for Yorkshire.

Sunday Times Festival of Education

Hilary will be taking part in The Sunday Times Festival of Education Conference at Wellington College on the 24th of June. She will be representing The Children's University.

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South Korea buys foreign rights

Weeks after the sale of foreign rights to Nanmee books in Thailand, rights for The Copper Tree have also now been sold to Wisdom Garden, South Korea by Morag O’Brien at Ed Victor.

Manx Literary Festival

Hilary will be taking part in the Manx Literary Festival, Isle of Man. The festival takes place between 27th and 30th of September 2012 and brings together the fine literary talent from around the British Isles.

Christmas Surprise: Out October 3!

Christmas Surprise is the second book in the Copper Tree Class series and celebrates the relationships between the young and the old. When the children help the elderly people at their local care home get ready for Christmas they have fun thinking of ways to make the residents' Christmas special.

The children delight in finding out about their lives and also those of the three pets, Bobby and Bess, two retired huskies and Bonnie, a retired guide dog and, as always at Christmas, there are a lot of surprises.

A winter walk

Hilary Robinson walking in a snowy landscape.
Hilary Robinson walking in a snowy landscape.

Visit to Anagh Coar School

Hilary visited the Anagh Coar School on the Isle of Man while she was there for the Manx Literature Festival.

All pictures courtesy of Anagh Coar School, Isle of Man.

Holly and The Copper Tree

Pictured is Holly, the daughter of Hilary’s friend Natalie Twigg, in Washington, USA, with a copy of The Copper Tree.

Holly, daughter of Natalie Twigg, with The Copper Tree in Washington, USA.
Holly, daughter of Natalie Twigg, with The Copper Tree in Washington, USA.

The Copper Tree class post card

Helping Children to Help Themselves.
Helping Children to Help Themselves.

Children's University annual conference

Hilary will be joined by international representatives of The Children's University at the Annual Conference at Shrigley Hall Hotel, Macclesfield on the 8th and 9th December. The Children's University aims to promote social mobility by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences for children outside normal school hours.

Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes

First came Hilary's phenomenal bestselling Mixed Up Fairy Tales with sales of over 100,000 copies to date, and now comes Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes!

Illustrated by Liz Pichon, the creator of the bestselling fiction series, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates this ingenious split-page book lets you create your own hilarious versions of many much-loved rhymes.

Published by Hodder Children's Book, January 2013.