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ME AND MISTER P: Winner of Surrey Libraries Children's Book Awards 2018. Nominated for the 2108 CILIP Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the UKLA,  and Leeds SLS 2018 Children's Book awards. RUBY'S STAR nominated for 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal.

"A hugely appealing story about a polar bear who unexpectedly comes to stay. A fresh and funny story of family and friendship"  The Bookseller"

"Mister P joins Paddington in being one of the world's most entertaining and heart-warming literary bears." The Bookbag


Brilliantly illustrated by Daniel Rieley.

Thank you for arriving at my website. Welcome! I write books for children and young adults. This is where you can get to know a little about me, the books I write and the things I care about. 


If you have questions for me or would like to organise a visit to your school or group then please don't hesitate to contact me. Mister P particularly likes primary school visits with the chance for children to join in an interactive event to discover heaps of polar bear facts and find out all about Me and Mister P. 

"The whole morning was a huge success, due in no small part to Maria’s ability to relate to all the children and apppeal in different ways to a range of abilities within the groups". 

"Maria was engaging, friendly, enthusiastic and inspiring. The children loved hearing extracts, getting involved with the props and asking questions about life as an author. They were all entranced by the story." 

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