Author(s): Annabel Pitcher
'I know what planet I am, thank you very much and I am sick of trying to bump myself up the solar system when my true position is obvious, just ask the dinner lady with the crinkly face who spotted it a mile off. At primary school when people tried to find friends, I tried to find space that my imagination could fill with whatever it wanted - nearly always butterflies, because to me they were perfection, like real-life fairies, with prettier wings.'Tessie-T has never really felt she fitted in and after what she read that night on her father's blog she knows for certain that she never will. How she deals with her discovery makes an entirely riveting, heart-breaking story told through Tess's eyes as she tries to find her place in the world.
Annabel graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and an ambition to be a children's author. She had a variety of jobs before deciding to travel the world and focus on writing. Annabel now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and young son. Silence is Goldfish is Annabel Pitcher's third novel. Her first book, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, won the Branford Boase and a Betty Trask Award in 2012 and Ketchup Clouds won the 2014 Waterstones Children's Prize. Annabel's work has been shortlisted for numerous prestigious awards including the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Galaxy British Book Award and the Red House Children's Book Award and longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal.