September 2005 Archives

NASEN/TES Awards Shortlist

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Guardian Winner

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This year's prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize has been won by Kate Thompson for The New Policeman (Bodley Head), a modern fairy tale set on the west coast of Ireland.

Kate Thompson lives in Ireland and is the daughter of the historian EP Thompson and the educationist Dorothy Thompson. She will be interviewed in the Guardian Review tomorrow, when the paper will also publish a special Children's Books supplement in association with the Book Trust.

The winner was chosen from a shortlist comprising: Julie Hearn for The Merrybegot (Oxford); Alex Shearer for The Hunted (Macmillan) and Tim Wynne-Jones for The Boy in the Burning House (Usborne).

The Guardian's Children's Fiction Prize was founded in 1967. Past winners include Philip Pullman, Anne Fine, Leon Garfield, Ted Hughes, Nina Bawden, Jacqueline Wilson and Mark Haddon. The prize is unique in that it is judged by other writers. The winner of the prize receives a cheque for �1,500.

Cresswell Guardian Obit.

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Guardian Unlimited | Obituaries | Helen Cresswell

Guardian obituary for Helen Cresswell

Zellweger To Star As Beatrix

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Movie News for Miss Potter

Renee Zellweger is set to star as Beatrix Potter in the biopic Miss Potter... ... Ewan McGregor is in talks to play her publisher/love interest, Norman. Chris Noonan, who hasn't been at the helm of a film since 1995's Babe, will direct from a screenplay by Richard Maltby Jr.

Lotte Klaver #17

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Lotte's sketchbook

Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is featuring 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.

Alice MS Online

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Today - 999 Today : Alice goes online

The original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, one of the world�s most popular and well known children's books, will be available to Internet users for the first time....

Cresswell Obit.

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Telegraph | News | Helen Cresswell

Daily Telegraph's Helen Cresswell obituary

Time Sharon Flake Profile

| No Comments Tales from The Hood -- Oct. 03, 2005 -- Page 1

"This is not a place I visit," says Flake. "This is a place where I live." Her novels, which explore the lives of African-American teenagers, are known for their honest depiction of gritty urban life and racism, as well as the universal themes of teen insecurity and angst. "I don't write about easy stuff," admits Flake, 49. "I take a no-holds-barred approach."

Helen Cresswell BBC Obit.

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Helen Cresswell

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[Helen} Cresswell, who died at her home in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, yesterday, wrote more than 100 children's books and was best-known for Lizzie Dripping, the story of a girl befriended by a witch, which was made into a BBC TV series in the 1970s... ...

Flush Review

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Mark Haddon, Poet

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Finding the vital spark

Long profile (by Nicholas Wroe in yesterday's Guardian) of Mark Haddon on the occasion of publication of The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, a collection of poems

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

Operation Red Jericho by Joshua Mowll

This is not just an adventure story; it is a designer object. Written by a graphic artist, it includes detailed fold-out plans and cross-sections of ships and weaponry. It pretends to be a notebook and associated papers inherited by the author from his late aunt, giving an account of her adventures with her rebellious brother in their youth in the Far East in the 1920s, after their parents have gone missing. NICOLETTE JONES

Lotte Klaver #16

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Lotte's sketchbook

Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is featuring 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.

Almost As Funny As

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Books - reviews and literary news from The Times and The Sunday Times

Amanda Craig reviews Percy Jackson And The Olympians by Rick Riordan:

"almost as funny as Paul Shipton�s The Pig Scrolls"

N.B. We've got a free copy of Rick Riordan's novel plus (!!!) a pair of brand new Converse All Star trainers to give away to the lucky winner of a cmpetition that will be running on ACHUKA next week...

A True Master

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Review: Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Philip Ardagh considers Frank Cottrell Boyce's second novel for children, Framed, marks him out as a 'true master':

There's a nice twist in a subplot at the end and it's all very satisfying, but it's the characters that make you read this book. I don't know how hard Frank Cottrell Boyce finds it to write, but he makes it seem easy, which is the mark of a true master.

In the same Guardian Review section Diane Samuels reviews The Witch's Boy
by Michael Gruber

The writing can sometimes be a little overblown, but it also captures the tone of traditional fairytale narration, while touching it with a contemporary voice. This is a rich and imaginative book which undertakes in literary terms what the author describes as the work of his grey-eyed woman - to adjust "the pattern of things so that life flowed smoothly through time, the sun becoming the sunflower seed and the sunflower seed becoming the mouse ... round and round, ever changing, the patterns crisp and balanced as they danced to the unknowable tune".

Lotte Klaver #15

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Lotte's sketchbook

Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is featuring 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.

Move To Ban Bad Book

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MSN-Mainichi Daily News: International News

As children's books go, this one is a bit of a departure: depictions of children running across a busy road with their eyes shut and a boy setting fire to his head. "The Bad Book," by Andy Griffiths, has also captured the attention of South Australian lawmaker Vickie Chapman, who wants it withdrawn from primary school libraries in the state. "This book is completely unacceptable . . . and I urge all teachers and principals to ensure their school does not own a copy," Chapman said Thursday. "It also could encourage children to participate in some life-threatening behavior."... ...

Eleanor Farjeon Award

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2005 Eleanor Farjeon Award

The 2005 Eleanor Farjeon Award Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 28th September at the Hall of India, The Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, St James' Street, London (nearest tube: Green Park) 6.30-8.30 p.m. (speeches at 7.30 p.m.).

The nominees for this prestigious award are Sharon Berry, Malorie Blackman, Dick Bruna and Kimberley Reynolds.

The winner will be announced on the night.

Tickets for this event can be purchased on the door. Cheques should be made payable to Children's Book Circle.

Members: �10 per person
Non-Members: �15 per person

Refreshments will be served.

The 2005 award is generously sponsored by the Eleanor Farjeon estate

New Illustrators For Dahl

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Independent Online Edition > News : app1

[Quentin] Blake has asked 26 other artists, including Gerald Scarfe, Posy Simmonds and The Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler, to contribute to a new Dahl book. It illustrates songs and verse from across Dahl's catalogue as well as previously unpublished pieces found in the archives of the new Roald Dahl museum at his old home in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.

A piece from Monday's INDEPENDENT about the forthcoming Songs And Verse by Roald Dahl.

New Dahl

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BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts | Dahl's world drawn by new artists

Artist Quentin Blake, who famously illustrated Roald Dahl's stories, has collaborated with 26 other artists on a new Dahl book...

Songs And Verse by Roald Dahl; Quentin Blake &various illustrators

Lotte Klaver #14

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Lotte's sketchbook

Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is featuring 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.

Blueberry Barf-Off

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Stine gets good grades for gross-out

Interview with R L Stine who talks about his forthcoming new series:

The books feature Bernie Bridges and other students at an elite boarding school with disgustingly high standards for gross behavior.

In the first book, "The Big Blueberry Barf-Off," Bernie convinces the cafeteria lady that a Milky Way bar is a vegetable, talks the coach into making an official sport out of giving wedgies and tries to convince spoiled rich kid Sherman Oaks to give him his watch, which not only tells time but also plays DVDs and pops corn.

Lotte Klaver #13

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Lotte's sketchbook

Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is featuring 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.

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

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Scheffler�s creatures and characters, with their expressions of bemused enjoyment, can�t keep their round eyes and big noses out of stories, making this a satisfyingly self-referential volume about reading and the pleasure of reading. NICOLETTE JONES

Early Induction

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The Observer | Review | Trickier Ricky

Stephanie Merritt review of picture books in The Observer includes this observation of Where's My Cow? by Terry Pratchett (not published till Oct 1st):

It's a strange concept: the simplicity of the story suggests it's aimed at very young children, yet the illustrations are quite frightening and you need to know the context of the characters to elaborate on them. Perhaps it is intended for Pratchett fans to induct their young into the ways of Discworld at the earliest possible stage...

Unreadably Fogeyish

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Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Teen fiction: Sep 18

Kate Kellaway, in The Observer, is not impressed by American critic, Dale Peck's first children's novel, Drift House:

...this month, American novelist Dale Peck, best known as the critic who out-Burchills Burchill for savagery, publishes Drift House (Bloomsbury ?12.99) an almost unreadably fogeyish, camp version of CS Lewis. Drift House is exactly as it sounds, a house that floats into the sea....

However, of the 'boxloads' of teenage and children's books she read this summer, she found two that were outstanding:

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean - "dazzling, pitiless"

and Ingo by Helen Dunmore, a story that "adheres in the mind"

Mini Roundup

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The Observer | Review | Children's books: Sep 18

A mini roundup of new older fiction from The Observer...

Arnold Lobel Is Julia's Hero

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Books - reviews and literary news from The Times and The Sunday Times

Julia Donaldson explains why Arnold Lobel is her hero:

I have a lot of affection for a series of children�s books called The Frog and the Toad books by Arnold Lobel. There are four books about this comic amphibian duo, and each book contains five short and simply-written stories, which are intended for beginner readers but are also perfect for parents to read aloud at bedtime...

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book
the latest title by Julia DOnaldson & Axel Shceffler

Guardian Shortlist

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Special Reports | There's magic in the air

The Guardian has announced the shortlist for its annual Children's Fiction Prize:

The Merrybegot by Julie Hearn

The Boy In The Burning House by Tim Wynne-Jones

The Hunted by Alex Shearer

The New Policeman by Kate Thompson

This year's judges are Jan Mark, Meg Rosoff and Chris Riddell. The winner of the prize will be announced on October 1 2005.

Lotte Klaver #12

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Lotte's sketchbook

Lotte is back and here is her latest sketch.

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is featuring 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.

Barry Cunningham Feature

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Highly Recommended feature article about Barry Cunningham and how he 'met Harry'.

Curious George

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Miffy Birthday Exhibition

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The bunny that bounces back - The Herald

A review of the Happy Birthday Miffy exhibition:

Happy Birthday Miffy, is at Motherwell Heritage Centre, from tomorrow until October 3. Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Thursday until 7pm, Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free.

Le Guin Interview

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Author Q & A with Ursula Le Guin - Literary Fiction

Ursual Le Guin answers questions for BellaOnline...

Crimewatch Slot For Oddies Snatch

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The case of the stolen socks, as reported in The Scotsman (below) and elsewhere, was also featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme last night.

THIEVES have hot-footed it with 50,000 odd socks, police said yesterday. A Suffolk Police spokesman said that 25,000 pairs of non-matching socks in 50 boxes, including many designed as a policeman and a robber, were taken from an Ipswich lorry park during a raid. The socks had been destined for Woolworth stores throughout the country. They were due to be part of a promotion this Christmas for the children's book series, The Oddies, which is based on the question: "Where do all the missing odd socks go?"

New Site

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Kim Lewis Home

This is a recently developed website giving information about the picture book author and illustrator, Kim Lewis:


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Cross-Currents, published this month by IBBY Ireland, is an innovative guide to the role that books can play in promoting respect for human and cultural diversity. Specifically focused on Ireland, its articles and reviews provide lively, thoughtful and accessible information about books and book-related projects of interest to
everyone concerned with helping young people to navigate the changing
waters of our increasingly diverse society.

�15 euro zone /�10 sterling area
96 pp, full colour, A4

� Reviews of almost 180 books, from toddlers through to teenagers
� Picture books, fiction for all ages, dual-language books, poetry, folktales,
mythology and non-fiction
� Articles by respected commentators on children's books and
about development and intercultural education
� Listings of relevant resource organisation
and publisher details

Random House Acquisition

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Random House Children�s Books recently announced that they have acquired the Jack Stalwart series by Elizabeth Singer Hunt, previously self-published by Chubby Cheeks Publications Limited.

Featuring nine-year-old Secret Agent Jack Stalwart, who travels the globe fighting crime, the books were inspired by the author's own love of adventure and travel. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Hunt moved to the UK to study for an MA in Southeast Asian Studies and now lives outside of London with her husband and two children.

Random House Children�s Books will be publishing the first four Jack Stalwart books in May 2006, with new titles to follow. The whole series will be updated with brand-new covers and integrated artwork throughout.

This Time Last Week

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Latest Edge title

This time last week Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell were celebrating 1 million sales of The Edge Chronicles at a party held at the Royal Society of Arts.

I stand by my much-repeated prophecy that in years to come it will be this pair's books and not Harry Potter that will have stood the test of time, so it was a great disappointment to me that the celebration clashed with a rather important family occasion.

Review Competition

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Scattered Authors Society Competition 2005


The society's three "Author's Choice 2005" posters, each featuring eight titles, are on display in many libraries and schools. Between them, they cover titles for more mature teen readers, good reads for the keen 9-13 year olds, as well as titles for primary age children...

Details about entering are on the webpage...

The Nameless Novel

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EGMONT Press Release:

Brett Helquist, illustrator of the worldwide phenomenon A Series of Unfortunate Events is visiting London this weekend to launch a high profile consumer competition inviting fans of the series to guess the title of the twelfth volume in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Brett's visit marks the countdown to the eagerly awaited publication of Book the Twelfth, publishing in 4 weeks time.

The book is so shrouded in secrecy that even the publishers don't know what to expect. Books have been embargoed until 3pm on the 18th October but already excitement is building as bookshops throughout the country gear up for massive sales on launch day.

All will be revealed on the 18th October when the representative of Lemony Snicket, Mr Daniel Handler, will appear on the Today show in the US to announce the name of the the new novel. As soon as the secret has been disclosed, books will go on sale in both the US and the UK. This is the first time EVER that a book has been published with NO advance details - NO name and NO jacket.

The competition is a challenge to fans to spoil the surprise by guessing the name of the novel via a new website Egmont Press is distributing postcards in bookshops nationwide as well as sending emails, badgering friends and pleading for the public�s assistance in unearthing details about Mr. Snicket�s forthcoming novel.

Pullman Advises Tories

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Guardian Unlimited | Guardian daily comment | I look forward to the dukedom this manifesto advice will bring

Philip Pullman appoints himself as honorary adviser to the Conservative Party:

I've noticed that the Conservative party has been rather at a loss recently. It doesn't know what it stands for or what it ought to be proposing to do in government. So in a friendly spirit of helpfulness, I thought I'd point out some policies that resonate with old-fashioned ideas of the sort that a truly conservative party might well feel at home with. By good luck, these policies are without a current champion, and any party taking them up would find a natural body of support ready and waiting... ...

Imaginaria No. 163

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Imaginaria - Revista de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil

Imaginaria No 163

If you haven't visited this Arbentine children's literature site before, do so without delay.


Video Game Novels

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Wired News: The Video-Game Novel Also Rises

Clive Thompson writes about the growing genre of video game novelisations:

In the last few years, publishers have taken a cue from the booming world of fan fiction and have begun commissioning novels based on famous games. It's now such a successful cottage industry that when you wander into any Barnes & Noble, there are shelves groaning under the weight of books written from Resident Evil, Halo, Tomb Raider and MechWarrior... ...

Kate Talks About Mercy

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MPR: Author Kate DiCamillo's new heroine is a pig named Mercy

Greta Cunningham interviews Kate DiCamillo on Minnesota Public Radio about her new book Mercy Watson To The Rescue, a book for all toast-lovers
(follow the audiolink at top of right-hand panel)

Highly Recommended audio interview

Girl Sleuth

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New York City - Part 2 / Features Print Edition

from a review of Girl Sleuth by Melanie Rehak:

Melanie Rehak's "Girl Sleuth" takes a long look at women's positions in 20th century American public life through the biographies of three women, two real and one imaginary. The most famous is the fictional Nancy Drew, the teenage heroine of dozens of mysteries for children from 1930 to today. Nancy sleuthed her way with pluck, politesse and persistence through the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, the war between the sexes and the age of irony, as economic and social upheavals hurried her sister Americans back and forth from home to workplace. The other two protagonists of "Girl Sleuth" are Nancy's main creators: Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a housewife-turned-CEO, and journalist Mildred Wirt Benson, who between them wrote all but three of the Nancy Drew books under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene...

See also this article from the Boston Globe...

Chinese Court Rules In Favour Of Warne

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Independent Online Edition > Asia : app2

Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddle-Duck have scored a rare victory over China's army of pirates and plagiarists. After a two-year odyssey through the Chinese legal system, a state-owned Chinese publishing house has been banned from using Beatrix Potter's own illustrations in an unauthorised Chinese-language version of her much-loved children's books. The landmark judgment in favour of Frederick Warne and Co, a subsidiary of Penguin Books, is subject to appeal, but it is one of the few occasions when a Chinese court has found in favour of a foreign company... ...

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

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett ills. Brett Helquist

Beautifully packaged, with noir-ish, atmospheric drawings by Brett Helquist (who also illustrates Lemony Snicket�s stories), the book is not so much about solving a puzzle by logic and reason, as about the patterns and coincidences that connect ideas and events that may or may not be meaningful.... NICOLETTE JONES

Peter Bailey Profile

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Hatching plots

VERY Highly Recommended

A profile, by Joanna Carey, of the illustrator Peter Bailey.

Another One From The Rose Bush

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Review: The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

McCaughrean writes every sort of book and she seems to produce them in the way a rose bush produces flowers: effortlessly and beautifully and over and over again. There's something in her work for everyone.

Adele Geras reviews The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

The Reality Of Wolves

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Books - reviews and literary news from The Times and The Sunday Times

All Paver�s characters are drawn with precision, but the affectionate puzzlement Wolf feels at the way Torak or �Tall Tailless� behaves is close to what we suspect goes on inside our own dog�s mind. Paver has studied real wolves and it shows..."

Amanda Craig reviews Michelle Paver's Spirit Walker, the sequel to Wolf Brother:



Cut-Down Moby

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Books - reviews and literary news from The Times and The Sunday Times

Geraldine McCaugrean writes about her children's adaptation of Moby Dick:

McCaughrean's latest novel, The Wite Darkness

Sales Transfer

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Publishing News - News Page

Hilary Murray Hill is to move from Usborne to become Sales & marketing Director at Scholastic later this month...

Author Of The Month

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Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Off the shelf

Dina Rabinovitch's Author Of The Month in The Guardian yesterday was Lian Hearn (Gillian Rubinstein)...

Brilliance of the Moon

Cat Collection

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Arne Nixon Center receives 'cats' donation

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children�s Literature at California State University, Fresno has accepted a donation of what is arguably the world�s largest collection of books on cats � some 6,000 volumes published from 1727 to 2001. By comparison, the next-largest collection is 3,500 volumes at Yale University...

S. E. Hinton Uncovered

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An Outsider, Out of the Shadows - New York Times

New York Times interview with S. E. Hinton:

Ms. Hinton has allowed her carefully preserved secrecy to be penetrated for the release of a recut version of Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 film of "The Outsiders" on DVD, on Sept. 20 by Warner Home Video. The film will have a limited theatrical run nationally and is opening in New York on Sept. 9.
It's as if Ms. Hinton's image, of a teenage girl who is somehow an authority on teenage life, has been caught in a time warp. But in reality, she's now a sturdy homemaker, either 54 or 56, though she won't give her exact age. She speaks in a gritty Oklahoman accent, and has lived almost all her life in Tulsa, where she is married to David Inhofe, a software engineer....


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Wichita Eagle | 09/05/2005 | 'Speak' stays close to young-adult novel

Made for 1 percent of the cost of HBO's $100 million "Rome" epic, a little movie televised simultaneously today on Showtime and Lifetime demonstrates that art trumps money every time. It is "Speak," adapted from Laurie Halse Anderson's novel about a high school freshman who turns nearly mute after she's raped at an end-of-summer party. Despite spare dialogue, it shimmers with emotion and finds moments of humor as well. And it features a young woman who could be a big-time movie star, if she wants the job...

CD & Children's Book

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CEN Lifestyle : Arts and Music : Album reviews

Cambridge Evening News:

...this bizarre vanity project from Rollo Armstrong, member of Faithless and brother of senselessly boring chill out queen Dido. It's not just a CD, it's also a children's book about a boy who runs away from home and meets some monsters, then runs up a hill and meets a clone of himself then� actually I'm just going to leave that one - suffice to say it is likely to leave the average child completely baffled and probably slightly distressed...

The book

The CD

Fairy Dust

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Telegraph | Money | Disney says it does believe in fairies

Today marks the simultaneous launch of Fairy Dust and The Quest for the Egg in 45 countries. Its print run of one million is on a scale rarely seen with children's books - the first Harry Potter volume had a print run of just 50,000 - and the associated $1m marketing campaign is larger than anything Disney has attempted before...

NZ Publishing Difficulties

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New Zealand Herald - Book publishers warn viability at risk - Sunday 04, September 2005 19:56.00 PM - Arts & Literature

Some children's book publishers told the MED they were reluctant to publish New Zealand produced picture books because of the proliferation of cheap overseas alternatives...

Tizard's paper conceded children's publishing was "one possible exception" where parallel importing had been detrimental. "However, the extent of the impact in this area is unclear."

Pullman's 3 Great Texts

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Telegraph | News | Author attacks school league tables for killing off curiosity and joy

I was lucky enough to grow up at a time and go to church at a time when the King James Bible, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and Hymns Ancient and Modern were the three great texts.

Shan �1 Title

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Shanville Monthly 62

Darren Shan reveals in his September Shanville Monthly that he will be included in the 2006 �1 World Book Day promotion:

Good news for fans in the UK and Ireland who can't get enough of my books -- next year, as well as the two "Demonata" books which I'll be publishing in May and December, I'm also releasing a short novel for World Book Day!!!! The book is called "Koyasan", and will be going on sale in February/March 2006, for the pricely sum of just �1!!!

As always, there is much else of interest in Shan's online newsletter.

Open Source Radio

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Open Source ? Blog Archive ? Memorializing Whitman

Off the topic of children's books for one moment, this photo of me was used with the caption 'Whitman look-alike' on the Open Source radio website, to accompany a feature about the poet.

If you click on the link, as well as accessing the Whitman page, you'll be able to get to a highly-recommended broadcast titled 'The End Of New Orleans'.

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

Nicolette Jones, reviewing Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce (author of Millions), is pleased to find that the author is not a 'one-book wonder'.

What makes this book so enjoyable is that the writing is full of jokes and touching moments, and the dialogue is as lively and arresting as a film script. And yet the book offers more than could be shown on screen, such as Boyce�s startling use of metaphor. Driving up a mountain through cloud and coming out into the sunshine, for instance, is described as �like opening a cupboard and finding a beach�. NICOLETTE JONES


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Arthur Slade has just uploaded his 4th podcast on the theme of writing YA fiction. He launched the series (which has so far covered issues such as re-writing) with Episode 1 on August 13th.

Each podcast lasts for between 3 and 6 minutes. The latest is on 'reading your work aloud to catch mistakes'.

Highly recommended

Grace In Water

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Books - reviews and literary news from The Times and The Sunday Times

Amanda Craig reviews Ingo by Helen Dunmore:

Although the first part of this trilogy needs to speed up to hold the attention of children, the lyrical writing and Dunmore�s intense sympathy for all she describes make this a perfect book with which to wind up the summer holidays, or to recollect them.

Lotte Klaver #11

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Lotte's sketchbook

This is the most recent sketch by Lotte, who is currently on holiday amd will not be adding to her sketchbook until the middle of the month.

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is featuring 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.

Highly Challenged

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Challenges to library books on the rise - BOOKS -

The American Library Association has declared the number of library books 'challenged' last year. The figure jumped to 547, compared to 458 in 2003, with the library association estimating four to five unreported cases for each one documented.

According to the ALA, a challenge is �a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.�

Robert Cormier�s classic The Chocolate War topped the 2004 list of challenged books, cited for sexual content, violence and language. It was followed by Walter Myers� Fallen Angels, a young adult novel set in Harlem and Vietnam and criticized for racism, language and violence.

Eco Award For Bertagna

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Scot wins top Eco award for children's book - Evening Times

Scot wins top Eco award for children's book A WRITER from Glasgow has been highly commended for a novel which introduces children to the importance of the environment. Author Julie Bertagna won �500 in the first Eco Prize for book Exodus. The judges said: "The book illustrates the personal and social as well as environmental catastrophes threatened by global warming and sea level rise."

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