Walker Books has made a six-figure pre-empt for Irish women's fiction author Sarah Webb's three-book series for young teenagers, Amy Green, Teen Agony Queen. The first title, Boy Trouble, is due in early 2009. The deal was struck by Gill Evans with agent Ali Gunn.
February 2008 Archives
Roisin Heycock has been appointed editorial director of the Quercus Children's Division with immediate effect. She was formerly acting head. Heycock takes over from Suzy Jenvey, who joined the literary agency Peters Fraser & Dunlop as an agent and the head of its children's books division in November last year. The children's list is being launched in March with Hazel's Phantasmagoria by Leander Deeny and Alan Healy's Tommy Storm.
Apart from being fine entertainment, these stories reveal a culture that it is a crime to destroy. Other volumes in this likable series, retold by different authors, offer Palestinian, Jewish and Polish tales. NICOLETTE JONES
a rattling good story ADELE GERAS
This is a book that lives through its narrator and shows the lives of people probably unfamiliar to most British readers: those living a harsh 19th-century existence in an alien culture which is happy to welcome a newcomer to its fold, in return for a certain Scandinavian conformity. I was left with a real sense of having been there myself, and can offer no higher praise than that. PHILIP ARDAGH
Louisa and Isabel Adomakoh Young, the mother-daughter writing team who created the highly successful Lionboy trilogy, launched their new title at Maggs Bros antique booksellers - Mr Maggs, the bookseller, being a character in the new novel.
Tara Publishing has announced that their handmade book The Night Life of Trees has been awarded the 2008 BolognaRagazzi Award for New Horizons. The Ragazzi Award is among the most prestigious international awards conferred each year in the world of children�s book publishing.
This is the first time a book from India has been bestowed this honour. The Ragazzi award is tied to the Bologna Book Fair, which is the largest children�s book fair in the world.
The award will be presented at a special ceremony on March 31st, 2008.
Booktrust finds Best Children�s Book of All Time
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is the Best Children�s Book of all Time, according to a new survey.
The poll of 4,000 people was conducted by independent charity Booktrust, to support its government backed initiative Bookstart, which provides children with free books up and down the UK.
The best loved author in the poll is Roald Dahl � who has SIX books listed in the top 50 best.
Enid Blyton has five books in the top 50, whilst Julia Donaldson has four.
For all details of the survey results, log onto www.booktrust.org.uk
TOP 50 BEST CHILDREN�S BOOKS
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
Famous Five, Enid Blyton
Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
The BFG, Roald Dahl
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
The Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson
The Tales of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Matilda, Roald Dahl
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Cat in the Hat, Dr Suess
The Twits, Roald Dahl
Mr Men, Roger Hargreaves
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
The Malory Towers Series, Enid Blyton
Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
The Railway Children, E. Nesbit
Hans Christian Fairy Tales, H.C. Andersen
The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
The Witches, Roald Dahl
Stig of the Dump, Clive King
The Wishing Chair, Enid Blyton
Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jan Brett
James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
Aesop�s Fables, Jerry Pinkney
The Borrowers, Mary Norton
Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
Meg and Mog, Jan Pienkowski
Mrs Pepperpot, Alf Proyson
We�re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen
The Gruffalo�s Child, Julia Donaldson
Room on a Broom, Julia Donaldson
The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy
Miffy, Dick Bruna
The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown
The Snail and the Whale, Julia Donaldson
Ten Little Ladybirds, Melanie Gerth
Six Dinners Sid, Inga Moore
The St. Clares Series, Enid Blyton
Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey
The fabulous book review magazine, Teen Titles (produced by Edinburgh City Council), which recently published a bumper 40th (Ruby) edition, now has a web presence...
Abbot Dagger's Academy And The Quest For The Holy Grail by Sam Llewellyn
This is a smart, funny book for smart, funny readers. NICOLETTE JONES
ACHUKA congratulates Adele Minchin for winning the LBF Publcity Award for a children's book based on the campaign for Slam by Nick Hornby.
ACHUKA knows first-hand how vital a good publicist can be in a book's success and the award couldn't have gone to a more deserving recipient.
Scottish Book Trust Children�s Festival
Scottish Book Trust, Scotland�s leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing, is launching a new Children�s Festival to take place from March 1st to 7th, 2008, featuring Scottish children�s authors and illustrators taking part in 19 school events and 4 public family events, a series of author residencies in five Edinburgh primary schools and a special exhibition of illustrations.
In celebration of World Book Day � Thursday 6 March - Natalie Russell, Mairi Hedderwick, Catherine Rayner, John Fardell and 2007 Royal Mail Award Winner Alex Nye will take part in school events in a variety of venues including Edinburgh Zoo, National Museum of Scotland, Muirhouse Library and the Netherbow Theatre.
The four public events will take place in Edinburgh on Saturday 1st and Tuesday 4th March and will include sessions with Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, young Glasgow illustrator Ross Collins, and a free Bookstart Rhymetime session for babies and toddlers:
Tiddler and Co with Julia Donaldson (Age: 4-10 years)
Saturday 1st March at 2.30 pm - Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre
An hour of singing and fun with the author of The Gruffalo and many other popular children�s books. After the event, Julia will be signing copies of her books!
Ross Collins (Age: 7-10 years)
Saturday 1st March at 1.00 pm - Sandeman House, Scottish Book Trust
Ross Collins will tell all about Germs and will draw any monsters his audience can come up with and give brilliant tips of how to create their own.
Judy Paterson and Sally J Collins (Age: 7-10 years)
Saturday 1st March at 1.00 pm - Storytelling Court, Scottish Storytelling Centre
An interactive workshop with author Judy Paterson and Illustrator Sally J Collins, where children can learn how to turn a story into a picture book
An exhibition of Sally Collins and Judy Paterson�s work will be on display at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from 23rd February to 5th April 2008.
Bookstart Rhymetime(Age: 0-3 years)
Tuesday 4th March at 10.30 am - Storytelling Court, Scottish Storytelling Centre
A lively session of rhymes and songs for babies and parents.
Box Office: 0131 556 9579 � Tickets: �5 (Family Ticket: 4 tickets for �15)
Bookstart Rhymetime is free but ticketed
Broken Glass by Sally Grindley
This novel makes you feel as though you have been somewhere far from home and lived a strange and different existence NICOLETTE JONES
Last week's Book of the Week was
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
The work of an outstanding writer, it is preoccupied with the preciousness of life and the finality of death NICOLETTE JONES
The winner, to be judged by bestselling author Malorie Blackman, Times reviewer Amanda Craig, Fiona Allen from Waterstone's, young people's librarian Karen Robinson and Chicken House MD Barry Cunningham, will be announced on March 24
Reavers by Emily Diamand
A post apocalyptical fantasy set in a partially flooded Britain.
The Crowfield Feather by Pat Walsh
Mythological fantasy set in the fourteenth century
Knowing Leila by Frances Field
Story of teenage friendship, tricky family relationships and moral dilemmas
Aliens FC by Sam Morrison and Danny Stack
Comic novel about a brother and sister kidnapped by aliens
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Break by Gennifer Choldenko
This book certainly offers more to bite into than a box of doughnuts but it isn't quite a full three-course meal - more like pizza, salad and dessert. Yet it's an enjoyable read. And it's a great touch, indicative of Choldenko's quirky style, that you have no idea what the title means until the very last page. DIANE SAMUELS
... for the Irish Children's Book of the Year Award
details of how to apply in the link
In her Guardian review, Mary Hoffman is captivated by Mary Finn's story of a girl's quest through 18th-century India, Anila's Journey
Dragon Moon by Carole Wilkinson