The Somersaults and Dreams series

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Somersaults and Dreams follows young gymnast Ellie Trengilly, her friends – and rivals – in their adventures at the prestigious Gymnastics Academy in London.

There's fun-loving Nancy and her twin brother Tam, crazy Katya Popolov, the Russian circus girl and 'Queen of the Beam' Scarlett - not forgetting the crazy but awesome coaches! Follow their ups - and downs as they work towards British Champs, National Squad, European Champs … maybe even the Olympics?

The Somersaults and Dreams series is a rollercoaster ride of friendship, rivalries, setbacks and triumphs, with echoes of classic stories like Ballet Shoes. Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson.

Somersaults and Dreams - Making the GradeMaking the Grade

Ellie has a dream … to go to the Olympics and make her family proud. When she's offered a place at the prestigious Gymnastics Academy in London, it looks like she has a chance to make that dream come true. But there are obstacles to overcome, new friends to make, and rivalries to face.

Will she make it, against all the odds?

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Somersaults and Dreams - Rising Star Book coverRising Star

Ellie is back at the Academy and determined that nothing is going to stop her qualifying for British Championships this time. New girl Katya Popolov has come straight from the Russian circus and is finding the discipline of gymnastics hard to stick to! Meanwhile Nancy has a secret worry of her own. Can Ellie and her friends cut it in the tough world of elite gymnastics? Who will step into the spotlight and who will flip out?

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Somersaults and Dreams - rough design for Going for goldGoing for Gold

Now a member of the Junior National Squad, Ellie has her sights set on European Championships. But the new head coach seems to have it in for her, and when injury strikes and Ellie's sent back to Cornwall to recuperate, it looks like the dream could be over for good. But Ellie's not giving in that easily …

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Book cover design by Andrea Kearney illustrated by Jongmee -

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  • Book 3 – Going for Gold out on January 28th 2016.

    Going for Gold cover

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  • British Championships – Echo Arena, Liverpool 8-10 April. Come and see me at the BG stall as Britain's gymnastics battle it out for a place in Rio!

  • Coming to a Book Festival near you! I'll be doing events at various book festivals in 2016. Look out for more news here!

  • The results are in: Winner announced in the Design a Leotard Competition, please click here to find out more.

  • Rising Star hits the shelves.

    The second book in the Somersaults and Dreams series available from July 30th 2015. Buy here now.