Festive read along with YOTO Carnegie Medal-winning author, Katya Balen

Festive read along with YOTO Carnegie Medal-winning author, Katya Balen

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About Katya Balen

Katya Balen’s debut children’s novel The Space We’re In was published in 2019 and was selected as the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week as well as being Highly Commended for the Branford Boase award.

Katya’s second novel, October, October, scored a double victory in 2022, winning both the YOTO Carnegie Medal and the Shadowers’ Choice Award. Just one week later, October, October was shortlisted for the James Cropper Wainwright Prize in the first ever Children’s Writing on Nature and Conservation category.

Since October, October‘s release, Katya has published

The Light in Everything, which was longlisted for the 2023 UKLA Book Awards. She has also written a novella, Birdsong, published by Barrington Stoke in July 2022.

When Katya is not writing she is taking her ridiculous dogs, Raffi and Mouse, for a walk.

Ruby’s Christmas Adventure is Katya’s magical 24-part holiday story for Pickatale, and we can’t wait for the festive magic!

What is Ruby's Christmas Adventure?

When Ruby Jones sneaks downstairs on Christmas Eve she startles a VERY special visitor.

So much so that he (I think you know who HE is) accidentally sprinkles her with magic soot as he zooms back up the chimney. Suddenly, Ruby finds herself shrinking down, down, down. She’s tiny!

This might be Ruby’s most magical Christmas ever, but how is she going to enjoy it with her family if she’s only two inches tall? Maybe the fairy high up on the top of the Christmas tree can help?

And so, along with a host of festive new friends, Ruby sets off on a very BIG Christmas adventure.

Rub't Christmas Adventure is exclusively published by Pickatale, and only available on the free Pickatale app.

About Pickatale

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Our expertly curated library empowers children to own their reading journey.

Pickatale has a library of children’s books including children’s classics, high profile brands like Disney and Oxford University Press, beloved characters from Spider-man to Sherlock Holmes and much more!

Also available are quizzes, narration experiences and read along fun.

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