I’d love to hear your thoughts on ‘Boy in the Tower.’ If you’d like to, you can add a comment to this page and tell me what you think!


  1. Polly. I recently finished Boy In The Tower. Very touching, unusual story and Ade is a very likeable character. Well done.

  2. I am a secondary School Librarian and I have just finished Boy in the Tower. I absolutely loved it and I think it would make a great class reader for Year 7/8. It was so moving and fast paced and I believed in and empathised with all the characters.

  3. I am 11 and have just finished reading Boy in the Tower. I really enjoyed it. Have you written anything else? Thankyou.

  4. My 9 year old daughter read the Boy in the Tower. Then my wife did and finally I did. I could hardly put it down, it’s brilliant! How old is Ade?

    1. Thank you so very much! It’s so great to hear that the whole family enjoyed it! Ade is 9 in my head. How old did you think he was?

      1. My daughter thought he was a bit younger than her, so maybe 7 or 8? I guess that’s what I had in my head too.

  5. Hi Polly, I’m just reading Boy in the Tower and it’s awesome!! Can’t wait for the next book. Wilf.

  6. Hi your book was so cool and I think that it should win the book award this year. I am 11 and I really enjoyed it. The idea of it was amazing.

  7. Hi, my son has just finished reading your book for a literacy lunch he is attending with his primary school tomorrow at the Halifax Central Library…I hope he gets the chance to tell you ‘it’s the best book he has ever read’ if you are attending. Do you have a release date for your next book?

    1. Hi there! I have just woken up to the sound of the bell dongs in Halifax and am getting ready for the literary lunch in a few hours’ time! I am so pleased that your son enjoyed the book and hope I get to meet him later on. No release date yet but should to be able to confirm soonish! Thanks for getting in touch.

  8. Polly, it was really great meeting you yesterday. And WELL DONE on winning the glittering prize for best book! I knew you would (it was the best, I think…though I did enjoy the others too – but it was so original – and just thinking about it brings back the unsettling, intriguing atmosphere that I felt when I first started reading it). Hope your journey home was ok and good luck with all the writing.

  9. Hi Polly I just finished boy in the tower and it’s the best book ever!!! I can’t wait for your next book! From Fred

  10. Dear Polly, I read your book and really enjoyed it. I really liked Ade and also Dory and Obi who are such a selfless and kind characters. What a moving and touching story!
    Thanks for your beautiful imagination and great thoughts.

    Maybe it sounds kind of strange but I like to know the pronunciation of your last name. I am not from England and I like to know how to pronounce the name of authors I read their books.

    1. Thanks Sara! Really great to hear from you.

      I get all sorts of pronunciations of my last name and so I appreciate you asking. I am half-chinese (my father was born in Guyana) and so my surname is a bit of a mashup! It’s two words: ‘ho’ (rhyming with so) and then ‘yen’ (rhyming with hen).x

  11. Hi Polly,

    I have just finished your book and love it very much, thank you very much.
    As I am Vietnamese and guessed you are half Vietnamese (as HO is very common family name in Vietnam and YEN is a very common girl name too, also we say HO YEN not YEN HO – surname first), but seen your reply above already, you are half Chinese not Vietnamese!
    I wonder you have many questions like that from Vietnamese people???

    Can’t wait to read your next books,

    Ngan Nguyen Pilkington,

    1. Hello there!
      Thanks so much for your writing! I have not actually had any Vietnamese people asking me about my name but I am fascinated by what you tell me! In my family we were always told our surname was a bit of a ‘mistake’ because the words had gotten mixed up.
      Vietnam is top of my wish list of places to go! I hope one day I will get there …
      Thanks again,
      Polly x

  12. Hi Polly, me and my ten year old son read your book, he said it is the best book he has ever read! I cried so much towards the end. Please please write lots more we loved reading your story so much. In fact my son saw that someone else at school had chosen to read your book, it was sitting on their desk, he really wants to go and chat to them about it, but says he doesn’t want to give anything away….. so great to see him so animated about a book

      1. hi Polly i’m wills Emma’s son I just wanted to say in person how every sentence of your book is a cliff hangar and I will always look up to you. And we should really to keep in touch . it would really help me to get inspired thank you hope to talk to you soon! goodbye

  13. Hello Polly, my 10 year old asked me to google you because he would love to read another of your books. You have a great syle for kids that like something a bit different. I’m reading it now and can see why he finished it so quickly! Thanks for an awesome book!

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Thanks so much for getting in touch … I’m so glad your 10 year old enjoyed ‘Boy in the Tower’! My next book will be out next July, I hope he enjoys that too!
      Thanks again,

  14. Hi Polly,
    I am 11 and I found your book online and I am using your book for my English project.
    I have only read a bit of it and going to ask it for my birthday which is really near yours! the 19th of march.

  15. hi Polly,
    I found your book online and I think it is amazing!
    I have only read a bit of it online and hopefully my parents will get it for my birthday which is really near yours, 19th of march!

  16. Hi polly,
    For world book day next week , I’m dressing up as a Blucher plant and wondered if you could write me a description of the plants so that I can dress appropriately. E.g colours , bud , shape . Thanks , rebecca

  17. Hi Polly! We are reading The Boy in the Tower in Y5, Icknield Primary (Luton) and absolutely love the story. If we have some questions, can we tweet them to you?
    From 5F and Mrs Forte

  18. Hi Polly,
    I am writing a review for your book Boy in the Tower and I love it. Thank you so much for writing such a creative book! I was wondering if you intended for your book to make a cultural difference

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