Saturday 30 July 2016


My writer pal Siobhan Curham has a new book out I think you might like... I asked her to write a little about it!

Siobhan says:
If I had to give young adults just one piece of advice, it would be this: Don't forget to dream. The teenage years can be tough and it's all too easy to abandon dreams in the face of relentless pressure from school, society etc. But I believe that at times like this, #lifegoals can become life rafts, carrying you into a happier future.

When I was a teenager and got to university, I had a massive crisis of confidence. Coming from a poor background on a council estate, I told myself I didn't belong in that middle class world and didn't have what it takes to be a published author. I dropped out of uni, dropped my dreams of writing and ended up wasting several years of my life in jobs I hated. When you're going through dark times, having a dream can be a light at the end of the tunnel, something to focus on, the promise of a brighter tomorrow. Once I'd overcome my own crisis of confidence and started pursuing my goal of becoming a writer again, I ended up transforming my life beyond my wildest dreams and now I love helping others to do the same.

My new novel, THE MOONLIGHT DREAMERS, tells the story of four very different girls who, inspired by Oscar Wilde, come together to form a secret society to help each other dare to dream. Although it's a work of fiction, I did draw a lot on my personal experience. If you need a little help in daring to dream you could try a fun exercise that the girls in the novel do and create a dream board. This can be a physical noticeboard or an online board at Pinterest. Simply find pictures that in some way symbolise your dream life and add them to the board - this can be really uplifting and seeing your board is a regular reminder of how you want your life to be. Once you're clear on those dreams, ask yourself what small step could I take this week/ month/ year towards achieving my goal? Taking small steps towards your dream will uplift and empower you and before you know it, your life will be transformed for the better.

THE MOONLIGHT DREAMERS is published by Walker Books and is available from Amazon and all good bookshops now. You can find out mote about the book and Siobhan's mini masterclasses on daring to dream at

Cathy says:
I read this book on holiday recently and really enjoyed it... check it out! Have YOU read a great book this summer? COMMENT BELOW to tell us more!


  1. Sounds so cool I have heard of this book, I am definitely going to read it! I've read lots of good books so far this summer, More of Me, Night Owls, My Life Next Door, I am re reading Summer's Dream today since it's summer!!! :)

  2. hello cathy, I wish that you will read my message. I'm Ghalia a 12 years old Tunisian girl. I hope that you will never stop writing because you are so talentend and I really like your books mostly "the chocolate box girls" saga . That's why I wanted to ask you; What about a short movie or a cartoon that tells about it. I think that's a really good idea like the comic strips of cherry crush, marshmallow skye and summer's dream that are hits. At the occasion I hope that other comic strips of your writings are coming soon.
    I wish you all the success.
    PS: Sorry I didn't find where to write you.

  3. Looks like a great read. I will read it when I can! I have read heaps of books lately ( because I am always reading). I have read The Sky is Everywhere for the second time, and countless others. Reading is so enjoyable!

  4. A very inspiring way to fulfil dreams, the dreamboard is! Normally, I judge a book by its title and most books don't really have the kind of title which makes we want to read it (unlike the ones of CC books) but The Moonlight Dreamers really makes me want to read this book because it gets me feeling a dreamy bliss feeling (quite wordy, right?) and I also love things to do with dreams! I also would like to try out the dreamboard idea too!

  5. Also, that book cover is absolutely beautiful!



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