October 2006 Archives

Theodore Taylor Obit.

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Theodore Taylor, 85; Author of 'The Cay' - washingtonpost.com

Theodore Taylor - Washington Post Obituary

Theodore Taylor Obituary

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Theodore Taylor, 85, Children's Novelist - October 30, 2006 - The New York Sun

Theodore Taylor, who died Thursday at 85, was a prolific author of children's books, including "The Cay," a dramatic tale of interracial understanding that became required reading in schools in dozens of states...

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

Ghosts! The Ultimate Guide For Ghost Hunters by Richard Brassey, previously also an ACHUKA Choice title:

enough spookiness here to stir children�s imaginations, but none of the images will haunt them... NICOLETTE JONES

Deep Drifts

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Review: Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler | Review | Guardian Unlimited Books

Mal Peet "sometimes found himself struggling through deep drifts of prose" but in the end foud Tim Bowler's Frozen Fire a satisfyingly rewarding read:

Like all good books, it manages in the end to be both satisfying and richly ambiguous. Read it alone, at night. Wrap up well, and don't forget to strap on your mental snow-shoes.

As you would expect from so good a novelist, this is a superior book review. I recommend you follow the link to he full review.

Rights Of The Reader

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1. The right not to read | Review | Guardian Unlimited Books

Josh Lacey signs up to Daniel Pennac's wise and liberating 10-point manifesto, The Rights of the Reader ...

Teenage Prize Reviews

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Discover this year's best books for teenagers - Books - Times Online

The Booktrust Teenage Prize rewards the best in teen fiction. Here the four young judges give their verdicts on the shortlisted books...

Observer Reviews

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The Observer | Review | Welcome to the post-apocalypse

"The best recent novels for older children run the gamut from wild fantasy to gritty realism, with several doing their best to amalgamate both..." said Geraldine Beddell, reviewing older fiction in The Observer

StEphanie Merritt on picture books

Kate Kellaway on Michael Morpurgo's new novel, "his best book in years".

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

The Getaway by Ed Vere

Vere uses dialogue from the cinema (�You know how to whistle . . .�) and drawings superimposed on atmospheric photographic backgrounds that suggest the mean streets of Chicago. He offers a lot of knowing entertainment to adults while drawing young readers in to a chase and a guessing game, with tracks to follow across the page, a fold-out surprise, a dark denouement and a hopeful coda. The endpapers are for the adults to laugh at after lights out, with their spoof newspaper pieces about the theft of The Maltese Stilton, and parodic film credits. Verbally playful and visually stimulating... NICOLETTE JONES

Fresh Though Not Original

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | To Hell and back

Philip Ardagh reviews The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven

The juggling act between humour and horror is a tricky one: take your eye off the ball for too long, and all credibility can end up on the floor. Sam Enthoven gets away with it. What he may lack in originality of plot, he makes up for in sheer freshness and enthusiasm.

Horrid Henry AUthor Profiled

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Henry isn't really so horrid after all - Books - Times Online

Simon has exactly the squiggly brown hair, bright dark eyes and infectious laugh that you might expect of the creator of one of the great subversive figures of childhood. But her home in North London, by contrast with the alternative world of rude rebellion she has penned, is a model of modernist order, with a placid little Tibetan spaniel, a gentle intellectual husband and a delightful teenage son...

Stine Movies

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Stine Movies

Universal Studios is bolstering its presence in the increasingly lucrative direct-to-video arena with a new line of original movies based on the novels of children's author R.L. Stine.

The initial release in the new "R.L. Stine Presents" series, the family thriller "Don't Think About It," begins principal photography Wednesday and is set to come out in time for Halloween 2007. It stars Emily Osment (Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana").


Reading Survey

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Scotsman article

MORE than a third of Scottish parents never read to their children, while a third of those that do admit to skipping pages to save time, a new study reveals.

However, the survey by the publisher Pearson shows that 35 per cent of Scots parents read to their children every day - the second-highest total in the UK...

Canadian Award Winner

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CNW Telbec

TD Bank Financial Group (TDBFG) and the Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) are proud to announce that the book David et le salon fun�raire is the proud winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Author Fran�ois Gravel and illustrator Pierre Pratt will share a $20,000 prize. The publisher, les �ditions Dominique et compagnie, will also receive $2,500 for promotional activities... In addition to the $20,000 awarded to the grand prize winner, a further $10,000 was shared between the three remaining finalists (Les Impatiences de Ping, Le Pays sans musique, Les petites b�tises de Passepoil) who were present at the ceremony to accept their prize.

The English winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, also
accompanied by a $20,000 prize, will be awarded on October 19, 2006 along with
a $10,000 award to be shared among the remaining finalists.

Gravel is the author of ten novels for adults and more than twenty children's books. He was awarded the Mr. Christie's Book Award for Zamboni in 1990, and for David et le fant�me in 2000.
Pierre Pratt is a hree-time recipient of the Governor General's Award of
Canada in the children's literature category in 1990, 1994 and 1998.

US Goes For 3rd Season Of Lola

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World Screen - Home

Disney Channel in the U.S. has ordered a third season of the preschool series Charlie and Lola for its Playhouse Disney programming block. .... Based on the award-winning children's book series by Lauren Child, Charlie and Lola is produced by Tiger Aspect and distributed by BBC Worldwide.

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

Larklight by Philip Reeves

Reeves�s remarkable new novel imagines that the Victorians travelled to the moon. Aimed at younger readers than the author�s Moving Cities sequence, this space adventure is more Jules Verne than Arthur C Clarke. ..NICOLETTE JONES

Deakin Newsletter, October

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Deakin Newsletter October 2006

Andrea Deakin's monthly online newsletter.
Highly Recommended as usual. Includes several reviews of UK titles, a brief obituaryl fo Colin Thiele with a weblink to more information about him.

Glorious Mishmash

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | There and back again

Kathryn Hughes enjoys Lyn Gardner's glorious mish-mash of just about every quest story and fairytale you can think of, Into the Woods ...

Too Sane

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Peter Pan�s sequel doesn�t quite get to fly - Books - Times Online

Amanda Craig finds much to admire in Geraldine McCaughrean's Peter Pan In Scarlet -
"begins superbly, picking up on the end of the original with Wendy now a mother and the Lost Boys turned into Old Boys..."
"The story rattles along at breakneck speed, with so much in every chapter that there isn�t time for a child of 8 or more to get bored..."
"has captured both the exquisitely silly Edwardian flavour of Barrie�s language and even improved on his narrative style with descriptive touches such as rain coming down 'in exclamation marks'..."


W. H. Auden pointed out how odd all great children�s authors are, and this is certainly true of Barrie, who suffered from psychogenetic dwarfism. Perhaps one of the reasons why McCaughrean�s admirably inventive but ultimately doomed novel doesn�t in the end work is that she is too sane and too knowing.

Fiction Or Advertisement?

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TheStar.com - Is it literature or an ad?

A tube of lipstick is causing an uproar in the world of young adult fiction � specifically a tube of Cover Girl Lipslicks in "Daring" red...

Moe On The End

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The Five Hundred

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Anita Silvey provides a reading guide for teens | ScrippsNews

Silvey has served as editor of "The Horn Book," the Bible of children's literature, and she also was publisher of children's books at Houghton Mifflin. So she was familiar with many YA books, including such "grit lit" classics as "The Outsiders" and "Go Ask Alice."
Because she wanted to create a "very contemporary guide," however, Silvey also set out to read many YA books published since 2000. In total, she read or re-read 5,000 books. For simplicity's sake, Silvey decided to focus on what she considers the 500 best books for teens, but included many other books at the end of her book in a section titled "Beyond the 500: Additional Titles of Interest."

Marsh Award

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The shortlist for The Marsh Award for Children�s Literature in Translation:

The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer
translated from Dutch by John Nieuwenhuizen
(Young PicadorPan Macmillan 2006) First published in Holland in 2005

A Bridge to the Stars by Henning Mankell
translated from Swedish by Laurie Thompson
(Andersen Press 2005) First published in Sweden in 1990

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
translated from German by Anthea Bell
(The Chicken House 2004) First published in Germany in 2000

The Flowing Queen by Kai Meyer
translated from German by Anthea Bell
(Egmont 2005) First published in Germany in 2001

Just Like Tomorrow by Faiza Gu�ne
translated from French by Sarah Adams
(Random House 2006) First published in France in 2004

Mimus by Lilli Thal
translated from German by John Brownjohn
(Allen & Unwin 2005)First published in Germany in 2003

Judging Panel:
� Patricia Crampton � winner of the Marsh Award for Children�s Literature in Translation 1999
� Wendy Cooling � Educational Consultant, author and critic.
� Elizabeth Hammill � Co-Founder and Collections Director of Seven Stories, The Centre for Children�s Books and critic.
� Caroline Horn, Children�s Books Editor of The Bookseller & Director Reading Zone

The award is administered by the National Centre for Research in Children�s Literature at Roehampton University, sponsored by the Marsh Christian Trust and subsidised by The Arts Council of England.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at The Arts Club on 23rd January 2007. Wendy Cooling will present the award and a prize of �1000 to the translator of the winning book.

National Book Awards [US]

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The finalists in the Young People�s Literature category of the US NAtional Book Awards are:

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson

Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

Sold by Patricia McCormick

The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

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Following his successful sell-out UK tour in April 2006, Eoin Colfer, will be making his West End debut with his one-man show at the Trafalgar Studio 1 from 21st - 29th October 2006. Eoin will be available to sign books in the foyer after each performance.

The End

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The State | 10/12/2006 | From beginning to �End�: A talk with Daniel Handler

All bad things come to an end � including the really, really unlucky run of accidents, crises and tragedies that have been befalling the three Baudelaire siblings in the wittily arch Lemony Snicket children's books. This Friday, on Friday the 13th, (of course), 2.5 million copies of �The End,� the 13th and final �Series of Unfortunate Events� book, will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. More than 50 million copies of the initial dozen have already been sold. In a recent conversation from his San Francisco home, Daniel Handler, Snicket's 36-year-old real-life alter-ego, talked of the tendency of many of his young readers to tell him about unfortunate events in their own lives and ruminated on the role his books played in helping children cope with Sept. 11...

Click link above for the interview

Lianza Awards

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Scoop: Winners announced - LIANZA Children�s Book Awards

The winners of the LIANZA Children�s Book Awards were announced on Monday night at an awards ceremony held at Wellington�s Michael Fowler Centre. The awards, encompassing New Zealand�s longest running book prize, celebrate excellence in children�s books... Elizabeth Knox is the winner of The Esther Glen Award for Dreamhunter. The Esther Glen Award recognises a work which is considered to be the most distinguished contribution to literature for children by an author who is a citizen or resident of New Zealand... Kevin Boon is the winner of The Elsie Locke Award (previously LIANZA Young People's Non-fiction Award) for his series Developments in New Zealand History. The Elsie Locke Award celebrates a distinguished contribution to non-fiction for young people.... ... Gavin Bishop is the winner of The Russell Clark Award for Kiwi Moon, which he both wrote and illustrated. The Russell Clark Award was first presented in 1975 and rewards the most distinguished pictures or illustrations for a children's book....

The judging panel for the LIANZA Children�s Book Awards 2006 was: Bob Docherty, (Panel Convenor) National Library, Christchurch; Katherine Chisholm, National Library, Palmerston North; and Annette Williams, Christchurch City Libraries...

Each of the LIANZA Children�s Book Award winners receives a medal and cheque for $1,000.

Queen O' The Scene

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United Press International?-?The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

Actress and musician Queen Latifah has written a book for children, "Queen of the Scene" about a spunky and ambitious young girl.

Not Meant To Be There

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The Observer | Review | The ascent of Pan

Kate Kellaway senses that Geraldine McCaughrean is somewhat of an imposter in Neverland:

McCaughrean has dreamt up a busy odyssey in which her best innovation, her masterstroke, is the Grief Reef, a landscape made up of broken prams and distraught mothers looking for the fallen children they lost long ago. But elsewhere, the sense is that she has too much to prove, that she is reluctant to slow down for a second lest she discover what I think in our hearts we already knew - that she was not supposed to be in Neverland at all....

Yet Better

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Independent Online Edition > Reviews

The Harsh Cry of the Heron by Lian Hearn reviewed in The Independent

It's rare, too, that such an extended narrative, especially one sustained over more than a single volume, plays out so gratifyingly. The Harsh Cry of the Heron builds to a climax that proves both fittingly cataclysmic and wholly satisfying in formal terms. Without any conspicuous cliffhanging it also leaves a way open to further instalments, though the author's next book, due in a year's time, is expected to relate the events leading up to the first book. The Otori sequence is already a considerable achievement. Cheeringly, it looks as though it will only get better.

Blog Blogged

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Oz and Ends

Blog Recommendation

Oz and Ends
Musings about some of my favorite fantasy literature for young readers.

I noticed that this blog recently linked to an ACHOCKABLOG entry about Matthew Skelton. It really is an excellent wideranging blog written by the editor of 'Oriana', a magazine of the International Wizard of Oz Club), and I shall be adding it to the ACHOCKABLOGGER blogroll (see right-hand column) directly.

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

Peter Pan In Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean

Making copious use of arresting metaphor (�They ran until their lungs hung inside them like dead bats in a cave�), [McCaughrean] is funny, creative, clever, nostalgic and sound about mothers. A delight. NICOLETTE JONES

No Whiff Of Pastiche

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Return to Neverland

Philip Ardagh lapped up the Peter Pan sequel in a single sitting:

Without there being even the faintest whiff of pastiche, McCaughrean has created a sequel so similar in tone and flavour to the original that they make a perfect matching pair. This is an extraordinary achievement.

N.B. At the time of posting the Guardian online review is showing the US not the UK jacket.

No Trick Required

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Bedtime with broomsticks - Books - Times Online

Amanda Craig picks out the latest Winne the Witch title and ACHUKA's current CHOICE selection, Ghosts by Richard Brassey, to demonstrate that there's "no trick to finding a treat this Hallowe�en."

Pan In Scarlet Gallery

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Peter Pan Launch

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Peter Pan Launch
Peter Pan Launch,
originally uploaded by achuka.
Geraldine McCaughrean was given a red-carpet, movie-style launch for her Peter Pan sequel, PETER PAN IN SCARLET tonight, at the Orangery, Kensington Palace. She is pictured here during a dramatised reading of an extract from the novel. The speeches included a powerful tribute to the care provided by Great Ormond Street Hospital from a young ex-patient from Glasgow.

More photos to follow.

Nestl� Children's Book Prize Shortlist 2006

9-11 age category

The Diamond of Drury Lane: Julia Golding (Egmont Press)
The Tide Knot: Helen Dunmore (HarperCollins Children's Books)
The Pig Who Saved the World: Paul Shipton (Puffin)

6-8 age category

Hugo Pepper: Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell (Doubleday)
Mouse Noses on Toast: Daren King - illustrated by David Roberts (Faber and Faber)
The Adventures of The Dish and The Spoon: Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)

5 & under age category

Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear: Mick Inkpen (Hodder Children's Books)
The Emperor of Absurdia: Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children's Books)
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown: Cressida Cowell & Neal Layton (Orchard Books)

Catalyst Winner

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Alan Gibbons has won the third North Lanarkshire Catalyst Book Award with his novel Hold On.

Other shortlisted authors were

� Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess
� Zara by Mary Hooper
� The Bailey Game by Celia Rees

New Panel To Select Next Laureate

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Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, is to chair a new selection panel for the appointment of the Children�s Laureate. The new panel of experts, representing different fields in the wide world of children�s literature was announced by Alison Morrison, Deputy Chair of the Booktrust Board, at the launch of National Children�s Book Week, at London�s Unicorn Theatre, on Monday 2nd October. The panel includes:

� Marion Brocklehurst � independent bookseller, Norfolk Children�s Book Centre
� Lindsey Fraser � literary agent, critic and member of the Children�s Laureate Steering Committee
� John O�Farrell � author and journalist
� Phyllis Ramage � children�s librarian, London Borough of Harrow
� Dr David Rudd � University of Bolton, academic specialising in children�s literature
� Representative from the sponsors, Waterstone�s

The panel will meet in March 2007 to select the fifth Children�s Laureate, who will replace Jacqueline Wilson when she completes her two-year term of office in June 2007. Previous Children�s Laureates include Quentin Blake, Anne Fine and Michael Morpurgo. The judges will consider nominations for the Children's Laureate 2007-2009 from a range of organisations representing librarians, critics, writers and booksellers, including the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). They will also consider authors and illustrators nominated by children. The Children�s Laureateship is administered by Booktrust and sponsored by Waterstone�s.

National Children's Book Week

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October 2 - 8

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Harshest Readers

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Scotsman.com Living - Have you got a wizard idea?

William Nicholson quoted in an article about writing fro children:

It's very patronising to children to assume their fiction is easy to write. They are actually the most ruthless critics. They won't tell you it's rubbish or write to complain, they will just put the book down and stop reading. It doesn't get harsher than that.

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

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

This novel may not be Pratchett's most philosophically complex, nor the one with the cleverest plot, but its skilful whimsy is given substance by its timeless theme of seasonal change, and as the Feegles say: �Ye cannae fight a story as old as that�. NICOLETTE JONES

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