Sarah is writing a comedy adventure series for 8+ children called Buckle and Squash, about two sisters, one tiny giant, and a depressed goat, who go on adventures together in a fairytale world. Buckle and Squash and The Monstrous Moat Dragon was published by Macmillan in July 2014. The sequel, Buckle and Squash in the Land of the Giants, was published in 2015.
Sarah also works as a screenwriter and is developing several projects for film and TV, including Bad Therapist, a comedy drama for Channel 4, which she is co-writing with Susan Calman.
Her short stories have published in various magazines and heard on Radio 4. She is also working on a novel for adults about a superlatively crazy religious cult.
Sarah lives in North London, with her husband Jonathan Weil. She owns more pencils than is strictly necessary and can often be found drawing the goats in her local park. Her favourite cheese is “all of them”.
Buckle and Squash and The Monstrous Moat Dragon
Here begins a tale of two sisters – Eliza, who dreams of becoming a swashbuckling hero, and Lavender, whose greatest wish is to be a pampered princess. When Lavender gets kidnapped in the Forest of Toothy, Vicious and Flatulent Dragons, the sisters must face a host of deadly enemies. Hairy-faced villains. Ominous turnips. A witch called Boris. And a moat-dragon who is just a little bit peckish for a tasty child-sized snack.
Will Eliza and Lavender ever escape? Why is their goat, Gertrude, so depressed? Whose side is Bonnet, the smallest giant in the world really on? And what day is it today?
This book will answer some, but not all, of these questions . . .
WINNER OF THE 2014 SAINSBURY’S CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD
Buckle and Squash in the Land of the Giants
Here begins a tale of Eliza, who wants to become a swashbuckling hero, and Lavender, who dreams of being a fairy-tale princess. When Lavender casts a spell to make herself tiny, becoming a giant’s birthday present was never part of her plan. Unfortunately, this giant loves dolls’ houses and isn’t letting her new toys out of her sight.
Can Eliza and Lavender come up with a cunning plan to escape? Where have all the gentle giants gone? Is the Holy Snail really magical? How many socks can their goat, Gertrude, actually eat? And what’s for dinner? This book might answer these questions, but then again it might not . . .
The course was helpful in getting my head around a new way of presenting my writing.- Sarah Courtauld