The Screaming Staircase is the first in a new series – Lockwood & Co – by Jonathan Stroud, publishing at the end of this month…
Lindsey Dawson speaks to book blogger, reviewer and award judge Graeme Beattie on Lets Talk at Face Television.
via ▶ Lets Talk – Lindsey & Graeme Beattie 14Aug – YouTube.
English author and poet Edith Nesbit would have been 155 today and she has been honoured with a Google doodle.
She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children but her most famous work was the The Railway Children.
SF Said hopes the time is right for space science to once again become a popular theme in children’s fiction.
When I was a child, spaceflight was a thrilling reality. The Apollo and Soyuz missions promised to extend our reach to the stars. Space exploration fuelled an explosion of stories during the postwar years in comics such as Dan Dare and Tintin’s Destination Moon, and in TV programmes and films such as Doctor Who, Star Trek and Star Wars. Yet even back then, space novels written specifically for young readers were hard to find.
They disappeared completely with the decline of space exploration in the 1980s and 1990s. But the new century has seen a re-ignition of interest in space. Star Wars is even bigger now than it was in the 1970s… …
Yet children’s fiction has somehow remained adrift from these developments. Where are all the epic new space stories for young readers? Occasionally, there’s a novel in which space is an ingredient. Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic is one example, as is Sally Gardner’s Carnegie Medal-winning Maggot Moon. But full-blown epic space stories have yet to enjoy anything like the visibility in children’s books that they enjoy elsewhere.
The prevailing wisdom in children’s publishing is that space is a hard sell. Everyone is a little scared of it. No one knows why. I’ve discussed this with authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians; we all acknowledge that it’s an anomaly.
Happily, there are signs that the tide is turning. Puffin has been commissioning Doctor Who ebooks from some of our best children’s writers, including Eoin Colfer (who also wrote a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy sequel), and the new children’s laureate, Malorie Blackman. Increasingly over the last year, I’ve heard it whispered that “space is the next big thing in children’s books”.
I hope that’s true, because I’ve spent the last seven years writing Phoenix, a space epic for readers of nine and up, set in a galaxy where humans and aliens are at war.
The Boston Book Festival (Oct 17-19) lineup includes Salmon Rushie and, as the children’s keynote speaker, Tomie dePaola:
The children’s keynote speaker will be Tomie dePaola, the famous picture book author and illustrator of “Strega Nona” and more than 200 children’s books. And there will be activities for kids, including scavenger hunts, workshops, and craft projects. Curious George might be seen wandering around too.
Other children’s book authors will include Wendy Mass (“A Mango-Shaped Space”) and Bob Shea (“New Socks” and “Big Plans”), whose stories, artwork, and characters have appeared on Nick Jr.
Just announced on the Nosy Crow blog
THE GRUNTS IN TROUBLE IS FREE FOR IBOOKS!
The Grunts in Trouble, the first hilarious book in The Grunts series by Philip Ardagh and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is currently free for iBooks!
As part of the ‘First in a Series’ campaign, you can download the book for free for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch for the next week. Here’s a link to the book on the iBooks Store – the promotion will run until August 20.
And there’s also a free Grunts app available for iOS – The Grunts: Beard of Bees. Build the biggest beard of bees as you can before your time runs out, but beware of birds and butterfiles – they’ll make your bees fly away! Here’s a link to the game on the App Store.
This video [in the full post] is five years old. But it’s an impressive continuous-movingshot monologue by Joe Craig, author of the Jimmy Coates action series, once described as The Bourne Identity for kids.
The latest title is Blackout, which has a fine book trailer of its own.
The idea she had back in 2011 has grown into a 480-page novel, The Bone Season, for which Bloomsbury paid in excess of £100,000.
So far rights to the novel, published in Britain on 20 August, have been sold in 20 countries – and this is just the first in a seven-book series, which should keep her busy until she is well into her thirties.
What’s more, the film rights to The Bone Season have been bought by the actor Andy Serkis’s company, The Imaginarium.
Green is in the running [with The Fault In Our Stars] against compatriot Rebecca Stead with Liar & Spy, her third novel. Stead, who won the prestigious Newbery award with her second novel, When You Reach Me, has tackled the coming-of-age of a lonely schoolboy who starts solving mysteries when he moves to a new neighbourhood.
In the British camp is the much-loved and much-garlanded author David Almond, author of the Carnegie-winner Skellig, with The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Set in a fairground, it’s a funny, freewheeling fishy fable about a boy’s journey to fulfil his destiny.
Also on the shortlist is Katherine Rundell with Rooftoppers, her second novel. Inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls College, Oxford, it features a girl who runs away to Paris with her guardian to try to find her mother and meets a community of children who live on rooftops.
The shortlist, which was chosen by two previous winners, Hillary [sic] McKay and Andy Mulligan, and the 2010 Costa-winner Jason Wallace, was announced by last year’s winner, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, at a party at the Edinburgh international book festival. The winner will be announced in October.
Just received an invitation to the launch of this new Templar/Candlewick imprint.
There will be hula hoop classes and live drawing. Going to RSVP YES 🙂