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Schoolgirl... Publishing sensation... 50,000 copies in six weeks (er, wouldn't this make it figure in the bestseller charts, if true?)

Emma Marie, 13, says (of her own book, mark you) in The Times ?It?s a perfect read for the computer generation. Lots of kids out there like playing computer games and this is taking it to a whole new level. The characters go into the world and experience it for real.?

Mmm, original idea, that.

The Times piece continues... "Although Dragon Tamers has a recommended retail price of ?9.95, a copy has featured on eBay for ?35, her publishers discovered."

Blimey, those book-dealing speculators know no bounds. ?35!

Charles Faulkner, for Aultbea Publishing, says: ?I would describe her as a genius . . . You would not know this novel had been written by a 13-year-old. She can take a situation and make it come to life. Even adults have found it interesting. It?s difficult to put down.?

Even adults find it "interesting". It must be some book, then.

The Times adds, "He anticipates sales topping six figures in the book?s first year."

Either numbers are not Times arts reporter Dalya's strongest suit (was it really five and not fifty thousand in the opening para.), or the publisher actually means seven figures.

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