Meet the Dream Team

The Dream Team are Cathy's top Superfans who won the chance to be members of this special group by winning competitions (and because they love Cathy and her books of course)! Here is a bit more about them...

ALESSANDRA

AlessandraWhat is your favourite CC book and why?
My favourite Cathy Cassidy book is now Cherry Crush, because everything isn't perfect, and Cherry certainly isn't.

What was the best idea you’ve ever had to spread the word about Cathy Cassidy’s books?
To sell CC cakes and hand out leaflets with extracts at the same time

Alessandra's review of Cherry Crush:
Cherry is a girl living in Glasgow with her Dad and Rover (a fish!) until her Dad decides to move down to England with his new girlfriend, Charlotte. Everything would be perfect...but Charlotte already has 4 daughters...one of whom doesn't want to get friendly. Honey Tanberry has it all. Looks, good grades, a boyfriend to die for, everything a girl could need eh? She doesn't seem to think so and continually tries to ruin life for Cherry...her boyfriend Shay isn't helping matters either. Why does he keep turning up, just when Cherry doesn't want him?

AMBER

AmberWhat was the best idea you ever had to spread the word about CC’s books?
Making up a Cathy Cassidy Club

What was your favourite part of the Dream Team party?
The pictures - I have them pinned up on my wall!

Amber's review of Letters to Cathy:
Letters to Cathy is a really wonderful way of calming yourself down and finding out that there is hope out there when you think all is lost. The way that Cathy has reviewed the situation is really wonderful and builds up your confidence lots

BETH

BethWhat was the best idea you’ve ever had to spread the word about Cathy Cassidy’s books?
I think that giving out copies of Love, Peace and Chocolate to my friends was a good idea, because now they all love Cathy Cassidy :)

What is your favourite part of Cathy Cassidy’s website and why?
I like the super fans secret page, it’s so cool!

CHLOE

ChloeWhat three words would you use to describe yourself?
Crazy, caring and funny.

What's your favourite Cathy Cassidy book and why?
My favourite Cathy Cassidy book has to be all of them as they are all FABULOUS!!!

Chloe's review of Angel Cake:
I thought Angel Cake was a magnificent book. Everyone thinks Dan is a bad-boy but deep down he's charming and sweet - that's just what Anya needs in a difficult situation. I love the fact that it is like the saying - never judge a book by its cover. Overall I would give the book a 10/10. It's a real romantic story!

SOMERSET

SomersetWhat is your favourite Cathy Cassidy book and why?
Cherry Crush because it is so good (I know boring reason!)

Who is your favourite sister from The Chocolate Box Girls series and why?
Summer because she is fantastic!

What did you do for National Best Friends' Day on July 4?
For NBFD I hosted a picnic in the woods. I made angel cakes, had a treasure hunt with Cathy Cassidy goodies for prizes, a design an angel cake competition and we all wrote our wishes on dream flags and tied them on a tree!

Somerset's review of Cherry Crush:
I loved Cherry Crush and it is now my favorite Cathy Cassidy book! The characters were so believable (I just wanted to slap Honey!) and my favorite character was Summer, I like stories about step-families because I am in a similar situation myself and this was an especially good one. I loved the Chocolate festival and I now really want a box of chocs from The Chocolate Box!

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ZOE B

Zoe BWhat is your favourite Cathy Cassidy book and why?
Ginger Snaps is my No.1 favourite. Although I do love Cherry Crush and adore the cover – Beautiful!

What was the best idea you ever had to spread the word about Cathy Cassidy’s books?
Bake cupcakes with Cathy’s web address on them. Not only would it spread the word but also be incredibly yummy!

If you could ask Cathy Cassidy one question right now what would it be?
What made you think up Curry Truffles in Cherry Crush? Hopefully it wasn’t from experience – Urgh!

Zoe B's review of Cherry Crush:
Cherry feels she is a misfit. She has no friends and lives with her dad and her fish Rover in a flat in Glasgow. Her mum died when she was only four, leaving Cherry with very few memories of her. The only way she seems to cope with life is by telling ‘imaginative stories’ which is basically lying – Which is never a good idea. Then Cherry’s life changes, forever. Her dad falls in love and they both move to Somerset where a brand new mum and four new sisters await. But then she meets Shay Fletcher, who Cherry instantly falls for. But Shay is Honey’s boyfriend, the eldest of her sisters. If she made the wrong move, it could destroy everything. But does that mean she’ll stay away? This is a brilliant book. There is no other way to say how much I enjoyed it. Cathy writes, the way every writer should, about something they love – For Cathy, that has to be chocolate! The story line got you pined ’till the end. The most amazing descriptions, that made your mouth water – apart from the curry truffles... A must read, one of Cathy’s best!

ZOE S

Zoe SWhat was your New Year’s resolution for 2012?
My new year’s resolution is to try and be less clumsy and to be more eco friendly.

What is your favourite CC book and why?
My favourite CC book is Driftwood because I think it has a really deep message and also shows that some people have stories to tell and need help without always asking for it. This book shows the true power of friendship.

What was your favourite part of the Dream Team party?
My favourite part of the Dream Team party was getting to know the other Dream Teamers and meeting Cathy.

Zoe S's review of Cherry Crush:
I thought Cherry Crush was an amazing book. The plot and characters were so believable that every page had me hooked. Life for Cherry isn't easy. She lives in Scotland with her Dad and has no friends at school. In an attempt to fit in, Cherry lies about her life- but it all backfires when the truth is revealed. One day, her Dad meets up with an old art school friend and they fall in love. Cherry's Dad has dreams of running a chocolate business instead of working at McBean's Chocolate Factory and he and his new partner, Charlotte are going to make those dreams a reality. Cherry and her Dad move to Somerset to live with Charlotte and her four daughters, Honey, Skye, Summer and Coco. But, when Cherry falls for Honey's boyfriend, Shay, and her Dad proposes to Charlotte, there's trouble. Will Cherry's new life come crashing down? Will Cherry's wishes come true? Will life for Cherry be sweet or sour? Cherry Crush is a brilliant book full of drama, love, friendship and chocolate. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read. 10/10.

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EMILY

EmilyWhat is your favourite part of Cathy's website?
My fave part of the website is the comp part because I have had so much fun writing stories to enter into competitions there!

If you had one wish in the whole world, what would it be?
That everyone could live together happily with no wars or fights and everyone just living peacefully and all at peace with themselves and each other. (I am a dreamer, I know)

What is your favourite Cathy Cassidy book and why?
My favourite Cathy Cassidy book is Ginger Snaps because I love the way it is put together! I can relate to Ginger in so many different ways, she's like my twin! I have read the book four times; I could really understand the ways Ginger felt and all her emotions every time I read it.

JANE

JaneHow did you react when you found out you'd won the Dream Team competition?
I screamed, ran down the hall in my pyjamas . . . and tripped in my fluffy slippers!

Who is your favourite sister from The Chocolate Box Girls series and why?
Skye because of her happy-go-lucky personality and her epic dress-sense.

If you had one wish in the whole world, what would it be?
Like Jess and Kady: Love, Peace and Chocolate!

LEILA

LeilaHow did you react when you found out you'd won the Dream Team 2011 competition?
Well first I screamed and then I started to hop around and I ran in to tell my mummy and Nanny and I was shaking. It was so awesome. I called everyone I know and I was hopping around my living room singing. People outside were all looking at me dancing so I just did a few hops for them! Oh and I screamed some more! I was so shocked in an awesome way. I still can't get over it.

What was the best idea you ever had to spread the word about Cathy Cassidy's books?
Well I like the idea I got that there could be a kind of day in a local library and all the kids could sit and Cathy would be on Skype and the kids could ask Cathy questions and learn about her books. So, that means if Cathy is busy she can still chat with her fans.

NADA

NadaWhat is your favourite Cathy Cassidy book and why?
My favourite Cathy Cassidy book is Cherry Crush because the story is about Cherry trying to fit in with a new family and about finding happiness. Who wouldn't love a book about chocolate?! Whenever I read it I feel like I'm there with the characters and I think the story itself is quite quirky and cool.

What was the best idea you ever had to spread the word about Cathy Cassidy's books?
I think my best idea was to set up a Facebook page about Cathy and her books and also to make posters and stick them around my school that had information about Cathy's books on them.

What is your favourite part of Cathy's website and why?
My favourite part would be the writing competitions because I feel it is a way that I can express myself and show my talent.

NORA

NoraHow are you going to make 2012 the year you show your friends how much they mean to you?
I'm going to invite them round to make friendship bracelets and give them to each other and often tell all of them how much they mean to me.

What is your favourite part of Cathy's website and why?
Mine is the "You" section because it's the place where fans can put in their own pictures and thoughts.

What is your favourite Cathy Cassidy book and why?
My favourite book is Lucky Star because it's amazingly written and there are loads of surprises, the first one being that it was written from a boy's perspective which was strange but ended up being great. I honestly couldn't put it down. I'd be reading it first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

ALICE B

Alice BHow did you react when you found out you'd won the Dream Team competition?
Well I first read the email on my phone and I read it and thought this can't be real, but then ran to my mum screeching "DREAM TEEEAAAM!"

What is your favourite part of Cathy's website and why?
Definitely the super secret fan page - I love the mini comps she runs there! So much fun!

ALICE S

Alice SWhat is your favourite CC book and why?
Definitely Angel Cake, because it's really enlightening to hear Anya's point of view, and you can really understand how it'd feel, in a brand new country, with a confusing bad-boy who seems to have stolen your heart.

Who is your favourite sister from The Chocolate Box Girls series and why?
Honey, because I know that I would react in an identical way to her if I got a stepdad and a stepsister. I really felt angry at Shay and Cherry when they upset her – and she's not bad inside, just angry – and anyone would be, if someone took their boyfriend.

What was the best idea you ever had to spread the word about Cathy Cassidy's books?
To print out extracts from Cathy Cassidy's books, and hide them in places where people would find them. For instance, hide a laminated extract from Angel Cake and hide it in a cupcake or a cake, or hide an extract from Driftwood in a bottle and send it out into the sea.

What is your favourite part of Cathy Cassidy's website and why?
The blog, of course! I love reading all about what Cathy's up to – and getting the latest news about books, events and so on! I also love the groovy page because – well, it's groovy!


DREAM TEAM EVENTS

In September 2011 Cathy met up with her new Irish Dream Team members at the Mountains to Sea Festival in Ireland. They chatted for nearly two hours and got lots of lovely ideas on how to spread the word about the CC books. Here are some photos...

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All the Dream Team members were interested in talking about the transition to secondary school/high school and how it affects friendship and feelings. Jane talked about playing 'five things' when introducing herself to someone new at school: asking them to say five interesting things about themselves; and Nora talked about how her school was tackling bullying in Limerick with various campaigns.

The Dream Team was also very keen on adding more videos on the fan page and perhaps setting up a competition to act out a scene from one of the CC books or talk about a book. Cathy thought this was a great idea so watch this space as it could be happening soon! Finally, the Dream Team suggested a cooking and recipe book as they all love Cathy's recipes and make them regularly. It was a brilliant meeting with lots of great ideas. Thank you Irish Dream Team!


Dream Team Party!

In September 2010 the Dream Team had a special party at Puffin Towers so they could meet me and each other.

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The Dream Team are my top superfans who let other readers know about my books - It was brilliant seeing them! There was food, music, goodie bags and a special CC quiz. Of course all the Dream Team got top marks in that!

There on the day were Beth, Zoe S, Somerset, Amber and Chloe. I’m looking forward to meeting up with Zoe B, Charlotte, Alessandra and Lisa soon!