May 2006 Archives

4th Time Bisto Winner

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CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award

Unprecedented fourth win for Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson has won the CBI Bisto Book of the Year '05/'06 for her book The New Policeman. The results of the sixteenth CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award were announced today at a ceremony in the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre in Dublin.

Kate was presented with the CBI Bisto Book of the Year Perpetual Trophy and a cheque for E6,000 by Minister for Education & Science, Mary Hanafin, TD and Chairperson of the Judging Panel, Declan Kiberd.

This year's Eil�s Dillon Award went to Deirdre Madden, author of Snakes' Elbows, published by Orchard Books. Deirdre was presented with a specially commissioned glass sculpture and a cheque for E3,000.

Three Honour Awards (E2,000 & framed certificate) were also presented to:
Oliver Jeffers for Lost and Found, Kevin Kiely for A Horse Called El Dorado and Eileen O�Hely and Nicky Phelan, author and illustrator of Penny the Pencil.

Kate is the first author in the history of the Awards to win the overall Bisto Book of the Year award four times. Both nationally and internationally acclaimed, The New Policeman has already scooped the Whitbread Children's Book Award and the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction, as well as the Dublin Airport Authority children's book prize.

In recognition of her immense achievement in the CBI Bisto Book of the Year awards over the years, sponsors RHM Ireland Limited and CBI have decided to retire the Bisto Perpetual Trophy to Kate. RHM Ireland will commission a new trophy for next year's CBI Bisto Book of the Year.

Also shortlisted for this year's awards were Eoin Colfer for Artemis Fowl:
The Opal Deception
; Gillian Lobel and Adrienne Geoghegan, author & illustrator of Fancy That!; Oisin McGann for Under Fragile Stone; Dairine Ni Dhonnchu and Maria Murray, author & illustrator of Briona ag Briongloideach; and John Quinn for Bill & Fred?.

Rave For Composers

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The Observer | Review | Take a bow, Mr Isserlis

Kate Kellaway gives a new book about the lives of composers a rave review...

"From the moment I started this book, I was entertained and laughing aloud... ..."

Why Handel Waggled His Wig by Stephen Isserlis

Sara's Face

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The Observer | Review | He's in your face

Stephanie Merrit on the latest novel by Melvin Burgess, Sara's Face:

Despite its implausibility, the narrative gallop towards the grisly denouement will have readers sitting up half the night to finish it....

Reviews of other Young Adult novels in the same piece.

Dark Materials Back To UK

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Telegraph | News | Pullman film lured back to Britain by Brown's tax break

The long-awaited film adaptation of Philip Pullman's best-selling trilogy of novels, His Dark Materials, has been lured from Prague to be shot at Shepperton studios, in the wake of Gordon Brown's new tax credits for high-budget blockbusters...

ST Children's Book Of The Week

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Children's book of the week - Sunday Times - Times Online

Sunday Times Children's Book Of The Week

The Road Of Bones by Anne Fine

This book is subtle, stimulating and morally complex, but it is also evocative and convincing: we feel keenly the chill of both soulless hegemony and its frozen wastes. NICOLETTE JONES

I trust Nicolette Jones judgement more than I do Amanda Craig's [see below].

I've opened up a discussion topic on this, over at ACHUKACHAT.

Good Dirty Fun

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Children's fiction: May 27

Josh Lacey reviewed some recent boys' fiction in The Guardian, including McNab and Rigby'sAvenger:

It's all good dirty fun, assisted by lots of jargon, acronyms, gadgets and authentic-seeming procedures. Only one thing is really disappointing: the constant sadism of the plot and the carnage inflicted on the characters, particularly the grotesque piece of violence that ends the book...

Will Repel And Confuse

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You�re never too young for politics - Books - Times Online

Amanda Craig on Anne Fine's latest novel, The Road Of Bones:

Fine, the former Children�s Laureate, has addressed many contemporary problems, from divorce to bullying, with a robust and engaging wit. This is a departure from form, an angry, biting book about the horrors of the former Soviet Union that will repel and confuse many children. Lacking sufficient plot or moral intelligence, Yuri becomes increasingly heartless, believing like those before him that the end will justify the means. Not, alas, in this case....

It's not clear from that penultiumate sentence whether Craig thinks the book or the character lacks plot or moral intelligence. Probably both.

Craig is a great enthusiast for children's books, but I do not trust her taste and judgement, nor do I care for her sweeping generalisations, such as (from earlier in the review, when she is discussing Voices by Ursula Le Guin) "It is not sex but death that is the preoccupation of all great children�s fiction, and authors ignore this at their peril."

ACHUKACHAT

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The ACHUKACHAT forum will be a bit quirky for a day or two while the suggested simplicifications take effect. Once complete, new members will have to make a request to register.

Starbucks Audio Exclusives

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Starbucks to sell Random House kids' audio books - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle):

Starbucks will sell "The Velveteen Rabbit" and "The Night Before Christmas" audio books, which are narrated by actress Meryl Streep. "The Velveteen Rabbit," written by Margery Williams, will go on sale at Starbucks on Aug. 29, and "The Night Before Christmas," by Clement C. Moore, will go on sale Nov. 7. The books will be available only at Starbucks stores for four months before being available at traditional retail outlets, Starbucks said... ...

briefbleu

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briefbleu
briefbleu,
originally uploaded by achuka.


Away from base - daily blog updates will resume at weekend.

Chicken Spaghetti

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Chicken Spaghetti

Highly Recommended blog!

Edge Of The Forest

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The Edge of the Forest:: May 2006 :: Main

The Edge of the Forest - a children's literature online monthly

Estrella #5

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Estrella's magical, mixed-media, dreamy images 'lead you back to the world of old story books read in childhood'. Click on the image and you will be taken to her Flickr stream. If you have a Flickr account yourself and wish to contact Estrella to discuss her work, you can use Flickr mail. Otherwise, get in touch with me.

Lotte Klaver #64

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Lotte's sketchbook

One of Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is continuing to feature her work because we are convinced she has a bright future as an illustrator generally, and as an illustrator of children's books in particular.

Tir Na N-Og Winner

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Jenny Sullivan � Tirion�s Secret Journal (Gomer/Pont Books)

The winner in the category best English-language book with an authentic Welsh background is JENNY SULLIVAN, for Tirion�s Secret Journal (Gomer/Pont), a novel for 9�11 year-old children, set in
Llancaiach Fawr Manor in the seventeenth century. This is the first time for Jenny Sullivan, who now lives in Brittany, has won the Tir na n-Og Award.

Explicit Landscape

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Sex-lit swap for author - National - theage.com.au

According to a report in The Age:

MELBOURNE children's writer Sonya Hartnett has been revealed as the author of an explicit erotic novel, published under a pseudonym, that is tipped to become the sex-lit hit of the year...

The book, Landscape with Animals, is published by Penguin Australia.

ST Book Of The Week

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Children's book of the week - Sunday Times - Times Online

Sunday Times Children's Book Of The Week

Grk And The Pelotti Gang by Joshua Doder

The book � Alex Rider for middle-school children � offers a smart, pacy, staccato style, empathetic characterisation of Tim (although the jacket makes him look too young), a likeable dog, enjoyably caricatured villains and a valuable warning about not wandering off in strange cities. NICOLETTE JONES

Just Like Tomorrow Reviewed

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Down, but not out, in Paris

Just Like Tomorrow by Faiza Guene reviewed in The Guardian:


Faiza Guene's sassy monologue of a book has been translated from French with streetwise relish by Sarah Adams, who provides a useful glossary of Arabic and slang terms for the uninitiated. After all, this isn't just about the adolescence of Doria, unwanted female. It is also an irreverent evocation of living in an immigrant north African community in Paris viewed from the perspective of a first-generation French girl....

Montmorency IV

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Good clean fun in the sewer - Books - Times Online

Amanda Craig reviews Montmorency's Revenge, the fourth Montmorency title...

I missed the humour and the Buchanesque disguises of the earlier books, but the short, fast-moving chapters never flag and the melancholy whiff of real grief deepens Updale�s considerable gift for character...

Over And Over

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West Hartford News - 'The Chocolate War' stirs controversy at King Philip

"The Chocolate War" is number one on the list of books Rick and Donna Stockwell, parents of a King Philip eighth-grader, don't want their son reading. They think the language, sexual content, and violence make the book PG-13. They want West Hartford schools to require a release form for books as they do for films....

Read the ACHUKA interview with Robert Cormier

NZ Book Of The Year

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Radio New Zealand - Joy Cowley wins NZ Book of the Year award

The children's author Joy Cowley has won the New Zealand Post Book of the Year award. Her novel Hunter also won the Junior Fiction category for the third time. The award and $10,000 prize was presented to Ms Cowley by Prime Minister Helen Clark at Parliament on Wednesday....

Narnia Delay

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Disney pushes back Prince Caspian to summer

The Walt Disney Co has postponed the release of "Prince Caspian" -- the sequel to its hit film "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" -- to summer of 2008 from the 2007 holiday season...

The delay is to give the director more time to work on special effects.

The Walt Disney Co has postponed the release of "Prince Caspian" -- the sequel to its hit film "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" -- to summer of 2008 from the 2007 holiday season

Horowitz

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Horowitz's Fiction: Stranger Than Truth

Anthony Horowitz feature / interview in the Washington Post

Diversity Matters

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Diversity Matters: growing markets in children's publishing

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster
24-25 June 2006
Saturday 24, 10.00am � 5.00 pm; Family event: 6.00-8.00 pm
Sunday 25, 10.00am � 1.30 pm

Keynote Speakers:
Malorie Blackman & Trevor Phillips, Chair CRE
Contributing authors include:
Beverley Naidoo, Mary Hoffman, Bali Rai, Ken Wilson-Max and poetry with John Agard

This major conference from Arts Council England, organised by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, provides a unique opportunity to raise the profile of the market for culturally diverse children�s books and to explore opportunities for development in this area.

Drawing together people from across the industry, conference delegates will include publishers, writers and illustrators as well as booksellers, librarians and teachers. It will also feature a public showcase event open to local families.

Workshops will focus on: development of the market; informing and stimulating growth; showcasing good practice

For more information, or to book a place, please visit the website: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/diversitymatters

Lotte Klaver #63

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Lotte's sketchbook

One of Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is continuing to feature her work because we are convinced she has a bright future as an illustrator generally, and as an illustrator of children's books in particular.

Read Alouds

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CBBC Newsround | UK | Jacqueline Wilson tells NR about her latest books

Jacqueline Wilson tells NR about her latest book:

Great Books To Read Aloud

Jacqueline Wilson tells NR about her latest books

eakin Newsletter

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Deakin Newsletter May 2006

Deakin Newsletter May 2006

Highly Recommended

Estrella #4

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Estrella's magical, mixed-media, dreamy images 'lead you back to the world of old story books read in childhood'. Click on the image and you will be taken to her Flickr stream. If you have a Flickr account yourself and wish to contact Estrella to discuss her work, you can use Flickr mail. Otherwise, get in touch with me.

ST Book Of The Week

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Children's book of the week - Sunday Times - Times Online

Sunday Times Children's Book Of The Week

LUGALBANDA: The Boy Who Got Caught Up In A Wa by Kathy Henderson ill. Jane Ray

Ray�s emotive and delicate illustrations, full of decorative pattern and gilded detail, borrow from ancient Sumerian artefacts, and the whole handsomely produced book is a valuable reminder that Iraqi civilisation is much older than ours. NICOLETTE JONES

Estrella #3

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Estrella's magical, mixed-media, dreamy images 'lead you back to the world of old story books read in childhood'. Click on the image and you will be taken to her Flickr stream. If you have a Flickr account yourself and wish to contact Estrella to discuss her work, you can use Flickr mail. Otherwise, get in touch with me.

Footie Fiction

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The World Cup at their feet - Books - Times Online

Amanda Craig reviews three football fiction titles....

Cornelia Funke

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Harry Potter�s German cousins - Books - Times Online

Amanda Craig profiles Cornelia Funke:

Funke�s intense seriousness, shot through with quicksilver humour (her name means �spark�), represents a distinctively German sensibility that has almost been forgotten on these shores....

Recommended

Brian Wildsmith

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Food for the soul

Joanna Carey continues her occasional series on children's illustrators with a look at the work of Brian Wildsmith.

Highly Recommended

Jake's Reviews

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achukareviews

Did you know that you can now filter ACHUKAREVIEWS by reviewer? Just click the reviewer icon at the side of the page.

We've used the page of our busiest reviewer, Jake Hope, as the example (above). His latest review is of Linda Newbery's new novel, but he's so fast there'll probably be a new review there by the time you visit!

Branford Boase Shortlist

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The shortlist for the Branford Boase (First Novel) Award was announced today:

Home by Nicola Davies, edited by Nicola Davies (Walker)
A Dog Called Grk by Joshua Doder, edited by Audrey Adams (Andersen Press)
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge, edited by Ruth Alltines (Macmillan)
The Burying Beetle by Ann Kelley, edited by Jennie Renton (Luath Press)
Century by Sarah Singleton, edited by Venetia Gosling (Simon & Schuster)
Hellbent by Anthony McGowan, edited by Alex Antscherl (Doubleday)
Barkbelly by Cat Weatherill, edited by Yvonne Hooker (Puffin)

Judges this year were Clive Barnes of Southampton Libraries, Geraldine Brennan of the TES, Sam Harrison of Waterstones and Meg Rosoff.

The Award winner will be announced on June 29th.

Shoo's Blog

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I've just discovered Shoo Rayner now has a blog. He started it because he was commissioned to write an article about blogging. Currently his blog is mainly recording progress on his self-build bottom-of-the-garden studio-shed, but I sense the blog bug has bitten deep and that even when this studio is complete Shoo will still be blogging.

Scan down a little way and yuo can enjoy Shoo letting off steam about phonemes and 'literacy'.

Shanville Monthly

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Shanville Monthly 70

The May edition of Darren Shan's monthly online newsletter. Here's an author who really knows how to nurture and look after his fanbase. Read all about the special Top Trumps cards promotion due to start soon in Waterstone's.

Teen Titles

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The latest issue of TEEN TITLES (Issue #35) - the lavishly-produced magazine about Young Adult books produced by the City of Edinburgh Council - is the bigges yet: a 48 page issue filled with the usual mix of reviews and interviews (Paul Bajoria, Catherine Forde, Catherine Webb, Mary Hooper) and author factfiles, all colourfully illustrated with large book jacket reproductions.
To enquire about subscribing to Teen Titles, phone 0131 469 3328 or contact Paul Beryman.

I admire the way there is no attempt to cosmeticise the often less-than-flattering adolescent reviews. Here's one boy's comment on the Carnegie-shortlisted Tamar by Mal Peet: "I seriously hated this book. There is absolutely nothing to grab you in the first ten pages. The plot is very difficult to follow. Dull."

Estrella #2

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Estrella's magical, mixed-media, dreamy images 'lead you back to the world of old story books read in childhood'. Click on the image and you will be taken to her Flickr stream. If you have a Flickr account yourself and wish to contact Estrella to discuss her work, you can use Flickr mail. Otherwise, get in touch with me.

Lotte Klaver #62

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Lotte's sketchbook

One of Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is continuing to feature her work because we are convinced she has a bright future as an illustrator generally, and as an illustrator of children's books in particular.

Schwartz Winners

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CBC Arts: 'Skybreaker,' 'Caramba' win children's book awards

Toronto writer Kenneth Oppel and Montreal writer and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay are winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards.

Estrella

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I'd like to bring the work of another illustrator to the attention of the ACHUKA audience. When I first saw Estrella's images I was convinced that she must have had some success with them in one or other commercial field, but apart from a small exhibition in her home town and the enthusiastic though confined fanbase she is building up on the Flickr website, the world is, apparently, unaware of her prodigious talent.
Whereas Lotte Klaver's work (which we shall of course continue to champion) strikes the viewer by virtue of its fluent draughtsmanship, Estrella's magical, mixed-media, dreamy images 'lead you back to the world of old story books read in childhood', to borrow the words of one Flickr fan.
Here are two examples of her work. Click on them and you will be taken to her Flickr stream. If you have a Flickr account yourself and wish to contact Estrella to discuss her work, you can use Flickr mail. Otherwise, get in touch with me.
Estrella is in her early thirties and lives in the UK.

Orphan Of The Sun Gallery

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Picture Gallery for Bloomsbury's Orphan Of The Sun launch - see below

Picture Gallery

ST Book Of The Week

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Children's book of the week - Sunday Times - Times Online

Sunday Times Childrn's Book Of The Week

How The Hangman Lost His Heart by K M Grant

This clever and entertaining historical black comedy is not for the squeamish. It opens with a precisely described beheading. Yet its wry tone disarms the horrors, turning it into a sophisticated fairy-tale. NICOLETTE JONES

Wonderful, Wonderful

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | The ties that bind

Diane Samuels reviews The Year the Gypsies Came by Linzi Glass


What a wonderful debut novel Linzi Glass has written. Carefully, eloquently, immediately she draws you into the lives of a family in trouble within a fragmented society...
This is a new book with an old and wise heart. It may very well have the makings of a classic.

All About Alfie

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It's all about Alfie - Books - Times Online

Once upon a time, a little boy got locked in his house � 25 years later, he�s still small, still getting into scrapes. His creator, Shirley Hughes, talks to Jane Wheatley...

Greenaway Shortlist

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Carnegie Shortlist

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Film Review

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USATODAY.com - 'Hoot' flies unevenly

USA Today review of the film HOOT, based upon the book by Carl Hiaasen;

"There is nothing objectionable in this family film, but it doesn't seem to appreciate the intelligence and savvy of its youthful audience."

Lotte Klaver #61

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Lotte's sketchbook

One of Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is continuing to feature her work because we are convinced she has a bright future as an illustrator generally, and as an illustrator of children's books in particular.

Orphan Of The Sun

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Author, Gill Harvey, at the launch event for her historical adventure novel, Orphan Of The Sun.

This was an atmospherically themed launch, held last night at Souk Medina, a Moroccan restaurant in Soho, with many of the guests, like the author, in Egyptian costume. The invitation promised 'drinks and delicacies' - the latter included a belly dancer. The ACHUKA camera took over 100 shots (not all of the said delicacy) and the best of the bunch will appear shortly.


Re. ACHUKACHAT. Needless to say I am keeping a close eye on the forum comments and on the vote.

Pop Fiction

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Anime on DVD

Manga Giant TOKYOPOP Enters Young Adult Fiction Market with October 2006 Launch of

POP FICTION

Use It Or Lose It

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ACHUKACHAT

ACHUKACHAT has 770 registered users but there have been very few posts to the forum in recent weeks. I've just spent 30 minutes weeding out spammers who register simply to include a website address in their user details. This is a job I have to do fairly frequently. And, frankly, I 'm beginning to ask myself, 'Why bother?'

Use it or lose it, as they (rather unattractively) say.

It's the end of a Bank Holiday weekend, so am not in attractive mood ;)

ST Book Of The Week

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Light Touching Dark Things

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Just the thing for dog day afternoons - Books - Times Online

Amanda Craig approves Joshua Doder's second Grk titel, Grk And The Pelotti Gang - as well she might, it's a great read.

Doder combines lightness of spirit with a sense of the dark things that adults to do each other....

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