Come and hear me talk about my book at the Bath Children's Literature Festival with CBeebies' Jess French !
It's on Sunday October 5th, and it's going to be fantastic - Buy your tickets here !
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My book is now published in South Korea ! Read more here.

About me

Jake


My name is Jake, I am twelve years old, and I am a bone collector, naturalist, explorer and author.

I live in a beautiful part of Scotland with my mum, my dad, my baby brothers Sam and Harry and my two pussy cats.

I love walking, exploring, watching wildlife and collecting bones. So far I have thousands of bones in my collection, almost all of which I have found myself, within a few miles of my village. I have over 100 skulls on display in my bedroom and I'm even a little bit famous.

How I began bone collecting

I've been collecting bones since I was six, and I started this website in July 2009 when I was seven. (You can read more about why I began blogging here.) Every week I write something new here. Mostly it's about bones that I've found, but sometimes it's about animals and birds that I see on my walks.

The first bones I collected were rabbit bones, from a hill in Perthshire overlooking my after-school club.

I got so good at collecting rabbit bones, that me and my dad went exploring further, and we found lots of bones from different animals.

The animal bones I have found include roe deer, red deer, sheep, foxes, buzzards, swans, ducks, geese, owls and even cats !

Other people have been very kind and have sent me other animal skulls like pig, seal, puffins, badgers seabirds and even monkeys, a leopard and a golden eagle !

The skull I would most like would be a giraffe or a lion skull. But there don't seem to many of those around where I live. (or maybe there are...)

Or a human skull ! That would be cool. Dad says I might get one of those, if Grandma's cough doesn't clear up soon. (*)

(*) In case it is not clear to you, this bit is a joke.


How to contact me

I really enjoy hearing from people who read my blog. I read and answer all my own emails, but sometimes it takes a few days to reply if I am busy. My email address is jakesbones@gmail.com. I get about 750 emails a year, so sometimes it takes me a few days to respond.

If - and only if - you are a journalist and it is urgent, then dad is the best person. His email address is nick@nml.uk.com and his mobile number is 07774 438935. If it's not urgent, or you're not a journalist, then email me instead.

If you are a journalist who has a press enquiry about my book, then the best person to contact is Karen Baker, Senior Publicity Manager at Octopus Publishing 0207 632 5488 or karen.baker@octopusbooks.co.uk

The first time I was a little bit famous


It all began when there was a piece about my collection in the Mail on Sunday in July 2010.


The next day two other newspapers, the Dundee Courier and the Sun ran a story as well:



Then I was filmed for the 6.30pm news on Scottish television:


And then I was on Radio Scotland:


all within a week ! It was amazing and I wrote about it here.

The second time I was a little bit famous

The second time I was a little bit famous was invited to a VIP tour at Perth Museum and Art Gallery which I wrote about here.
Afterwards there was an article about it in the Perthshire Advertiser:

The third time I was a little bit famous

The third time might be the best of them all. I was on BBC Autumnwatch Live ! The presenter Chris Packham came to my house with a film crew and they filmed me with my bones. It was on BBC on 25th November 2011 and I wrote about it here.
There was a piece about it in the Perthshire Advertiser on the same day:

The fourth time I was a little bit famous

That wasn't really about bones at all. That was when I found an old world war II bomb when I was out bone collecting. This was the article from The Sun:
And this was the article from the Daily Mail:
And this was from the Perthshire Advertiser:

The fifth time I was a little bit famous

In August 2012 the Times ran a piece in it's Weekend supplement about child bloggers and I was one of five children featured:
I did an interview with the journalist over the phone, and a photographer came to take the photographs. Here's a timelapse video of the whole photoshoot from start to finish:
Here's how the article looked:
The sixth time I was a little bit famous
The sixth time I was in the newspapers was when I announced that there was a Jake's Bones book coming out. I had known about it for six months, but it had been kept a secret ! This was the Scottish Sun (it's online too):
These from the Sunday Mail (who stole an incredibly old picture of me from my blog instead of using one of the good ones they would have had to pay for, boo !) and Scotland on Sunday. Online versions are here and here.
This one is from the Perthshire Advertiser (also online):
The Kids Blog Club and Parentdish website wrote really nice pieces too !
Here's my Blogger profile, here's my Google+ profile and you can email me or ask a question on my blog's Facebook fan page.



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