Codebusters continues…

I had a great time out at the Summer Reading Challenge launch, where heaps of you came along to join up to the library reading scheme and say hi!

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Me selling my wares, in between showers.

And Codebusters, my new book, was featured today on the Bloomsbury Kids newsletter. I’m in good company: JK Rowling and Greg James are on there too! Take a look.

Cheers m’dears!

Summer Reading Challenge LAUNCHES!

Tomorrow I will be at the grand Summer Reading Challenge launch in Barnstaple, down on the Castle Green, just outside the library. There will be stalls, coffee, food trucks, bouncy castles, Exmoor ponies, animals, authors… and ME! I’ll be the freakishly tall bearded one in the garish yellow t-shirt hawking my new copies of Codebusters.

See you there!

CodebustersDan x

Book Birthday!


I’m so glad that I am able to finally say that my new book, Codebusters, is now OUT!

Codebusters bookLook out for more promo stuff around the web, and I’ll be posting links right here at

International School Library Month

Teachers! Librarians! Lend me your ears!

You of course know about International School Library Month, right? It’s each October and it gives you a chance to let everyone know how proud you are of your school’s repository of pleasure, leisure and infotainment:

Let’s get together! Myself and a bunch of children’s authors will be taking to the streets and visiting lots of school libraries to celebrate knowledge and fun. If you want me to visit your school and expound the delights of fiction and fact, contact me via my website:

Codebusters: Countdown to publication!

I have a new book coming out!

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Things are not going well for Jackson ‘Jax’ Hibert. He wanted to fit in at his new school but now everyone knows he’s a math’s whizz. Even worse, he’s been asked to join a secret (and totally uncool) group of code breakers: the Codebusters. Their mission is to solve mysteries and fight crime. So far, they’ve found a missing hamster…

But now, someone has stolen the school’s math prize from the trophy cabinet, and the only clue is a mysterious code. This looks like a case for the Codebusters!

AND! To celebrate the release I’ve been busy making some videos. They are called Cool Codes for Kids and explain all about the codes I’ve used in Codebusters and The Lottie Lipton Adventures. Great for kids to enjoy on their own or in a class.

PLUS! Codebusters Freebies! That’s more stuff to do in the form of how-to links and activity sheets.

Phew. Codebusters is out on the 14th July.

Off I go to Tivvy…

I’ll be at the Tiverton Literary Festival tomorrow from 2-3pm in the Library. I’ll be introducing my Lottie Lipton books and guiding you through the world of codes and codebreaking! See you then! CLICK HERE for tickets.

Lottie Lipton is now in the British Museum Shop!

Heading to the British Museum? Grab a copy of my Lottie Lipton Adventures while you are there! Perfect for souvenirs, as Lottie lives in the museum itself and gets into lots of scrapes with the exhibits. The books are educational too, containing facts, puzzles and codes. Collect all six!

Lottie goes to Poland!

I’m delighted to announce that two books in the Lottie Lipton Adventures are now available in Polish! If you’re in Poland or have Polish children in your school, Lottie books would be a great way to get children reading and excited about re-reading in English! Check out the publisher website here.

Curse of the Cairo Cat Polish VersionSecrets of the Stone Polish Version

New Codebusters Cover

Looks like it is official! Amazon have uploaded a cover to their page for my latest book, Codebusters, available July 13th 2017! Check it out here.

Codebusters Cover

Codebusters Cover – Available 13/7/17!

Creative Writing Courses in Devon

Greetings and Salutations!

I bring great news from those within the confines of England’s greatest county, the shire of Devon. I will be running some creative writing courses in my home town in partnership with the Crediton Community Bookshop. Download the flyer here.

The courses are three weeks long each and run just after the Easter holidays on Tuesday nights at the bookshop. There will be tea and coffee provided, just bring along a pen, paper and a brain.

Creative Writing course details Get in contact and book your place. Places are limited.