June 2012 Archives

Hampshire Book Award 2012 Result

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Hampshire Book Award Won By Canadian

Canadian author Kenneth Oppel has won the 2012 Hampshire Book Award with his book, Half Brother.

Stephen Davies came third with Oulaw and LA Weatherly's Angel second..

Guardian Review

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Guardian Review

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, reviewed by Josh Lacey

Dead End in Norvelt is a defiantly political novel that delivers some simple moral messages: question the stories that you're told at school or in the media; "if you don't know your history you won't know the difference between truth and wishful thinking"; and, most importantly, don't forget the narratives of American life that have been neglected or deliberately buried by the dominant culture. JOSH LACEY

On The Closing Of The Village Voice Bookshop, Paris

Details on the reasons why this English-language bookshop is having to close, with quotes from the owner Odile Hellier.

More Edge Chronicles To Come

reported in The Bookseller yesterday:

Random House Children's Books has acquired three new titles in The Edge Chronicles by authors Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. Fiction publisher Annie Eaton and editorial director Kelly Hurst bought world rights through Philippa Milnes-Smith at LAW in the titles, for publication in 2014. Straight-to-digital stories will also be created for release during the year, and RHCP will reissue The Edge Chronicles backlist in 2013 with new covers and as e-books.


Run by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland, the Scottish Children's Book Awards are Scotland's largest children's book awards, recognising excellence in Scottish writing and illustration for children across three age categories: Bookbug Readers (3-7 years), Younger Readers (8-11 years) and Older Readers (12-16 years).
The total prize fund is £12,000, with the shortlisted authors and illustrators receiving £500 per book, and the three overall winners receiving £3,000 per book.
The winner of each category is decided by Scottish children themselves, who will be reading the shortlisted books and voting for their favourite over the next seven months. The winners will be announced at a special award ceremony on World Book Day (7th March 2013) at the Caird Hall in Dundee.

Bookbug Readers (0-7 years)

- Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by David Roberts (Macmillan)

-The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell (Andersen Press)

-Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan)

Younger Readers (8-11 years)

-Out of the Depths by Cathy MacPhail (Bloomsbury)

-Soldier's Game by James Killgore (Floris Books)

-The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts by Jonathan Meres (Orchard)

Older Readers (12-16 years)

-The 13th Horseman by Barry Hutchison (Harper Collins)

-Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Electric Monkey)

-The Prince Who Walked With Lions by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan)

Free Download Offers TODAY

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Two fabulous ACHUKAbooks titles are available for FREE on the Kindle Store today.

The first is our latest title, REARRANGED, by Ruth Saberton and Sofia Latif, a fast-moving and entertaining romantic comedy about a young woman who has twelve months to do what she can to avoid an arranged marriage - a highly topical read.

For the amazon.com page click here

The second is the debut short story collection WATCHING HORSEPATS FEED THE ROSES by Caroline England, published earlier this year and already picking up some highly favourable reviews. We are so impressed with these stories that ACHUKAbooks will be publishing a full-length novel by Caroline England, probably early in the autumn. She really is a writer to watch, and here is your perfect opportunity to see if you agree with our estimation.

For the amazon.com page click here

We would really like to know what you think of these two titles, so if you could post an Amazon review when you have finished reading that would be great.

Guardian Review

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Guardian Review

Wonder by RJ Palacio, reviewed by Simon Mason

Palacio has a great ear for dialogue, a sharp eye for detail and an instinctive sense of comedy. All this makes her an expert chronicler of ordinariness - and this, paradoxically, is what makes her story of an extraordinary boy so wonderful.

There is didacticism - perhaps inevitable - popping up in the quotations that open the sections and in the "precepts" of Mr Browne, the popular English teacher ("Your deeds are your monuments"), but it is done with a light touch. Wonder certainly delivers what it promises - an emotional roller-coaster ride in which tears, laughter and triumphant fist-pumping are mandatory. But it is better than that. In its assured simplicity and boldness (reminiscent - it seemed to me - of To Kill a Mockingbird), it also has the power to move hearts and change minds. SIMON MASON

East Sussex Children's Book Award 2012

The winner of the 2012 book award (announced on Wednesday) was 'Magicalamity' by Kate Saunders.

Top 10 Bedtime Stories As Chosen By Jasper Fforde

The golden age of bedtime stories ranges from almost nought to about eight, when the act of reading is moved from parent to child. I've found the most productive time for reading aloud is about the six-year-old mark, where children can figure out more complex plots, and we've made the move to chapter books with multiple characters and plots that while not overtly complex, certainly carry subtle and important ideas. This is my random top ten, in rough age order.... JASPER FfORDE

The French Still Love Their Bookshops

from The New York Times:

The French, as usual, insist on being different. As independent bookstores crash and burn in the United States and Britain, the book market in France is doing just fine. France boasts 2,500 bookstores, and for every neighborhood bookstore that closes, another seems to open. From 2003 to 2011 book sales in France increased by 6.5 percent.

Browsers at a monthly exchange in Paris where a group of retirees display books, and customers may take as many books as they want if they agree never to sell or destroy them.
E-books account for only 1.8 percent of the general consumer publishing market here, compared with 6.4 percent in the United States. The French have a centuries-old reverence for the printed page.

Tablet apps for kids make what once were books into something interactive, mind-bending--and not necessarily better...

Missed this itneresting Slate piece earlier in the month...

The iPad version is animated and interactive. Grover keeps begging us not to turn the page in his real whiny-gravelly voice. To help Elmo get to the end, you've got to swipe away the paper clips, glue, and alphabet blocks that Grover puts up to block each page. At first, this is delightful; when I offered the app to my 19-month-old son Khalil, he was instantly smitten. But as I watched him play with Another Monster, I began to wonder what was really going on. When a young reader engages with the Another Monster app, what is he doing? Is he reading a book? Playing a video game? Watching TV? It's hard to say. Grover and Elmo are animated television characters appearing on an iPad screen, thanks to an app that works like a game but calls itself a book. Indeed, the entire narrative is about the physicality of books; Another Monster only makes sense if young readers imagine that they're looking at a static, print-bound item that's somehow embedded within a digital experience. That's what I mean about mind-bending. With its various forms of nested media, Another Monster is like Borges for the under-5 set. Advertisement The Another Monster app is an extreme example of what I've found to be a common problem with children's books made for the iPad. They offer too many different kinds of experiences, becoming muddled in the process--and, more importantly, missing the point of children's books, which is to get kids excited about reading.

10 Important Life lessons From Children's Books

A slide presentation from The Atlantic...

International Short Story Day

On the shortest night of the year, June 20th 2012, writers, readers and publishers are again joining forces to celebrate the short story on International Short Story Day...

Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses by Caroline England
The first ACHUKAbooks title for adult readers was a collection of short fiction by a new author. These cameos of quirks and cruelty will delight all those who find the short story form appealing. And for fiction so quintessentially English in atmosphere, the author's name is decidedly apt.
ACHUKAbooks will be publishing a novel by Caroline England later in 2012.

Book-Loving Mother Chastened

Rowan Pelling, writing in the Telgraph:

Customers strolling through my local Waterstones on Sunday were privy to a scene that could have come straight from the parenting sitcom Outnumbered. There was the middle-class mummy, down on her knees, beseeching her small son to "just try the first three pages" of Peter Pan, while he clutched Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets to his bosom. "It's my book token and I can spend it how I want," he said. "But it's full of cartoons," wailed his mama, "and you've been reading proper books. Why don't you stretch yourself?" Her boy burst into tears: "I want Captain Underpants." And the Tiger Mum backed down before some frowning browser called the social services. That ghastly mother was me, and it was only by a miracle of restraint - and the presence of CCTV - that I didn't whack my sprog over the head with a handy hardback copy of The Jungle Book. I still harbour the delusion that I can impose my literary tastes on my offspring, although all the evidence suggests otherwise...

Worth reading the whole (short) piece...

Mental by Sherry Ashworth, reviewed on indie e-book review...


All three characters are equally well developed which is extraordinary. Jamie could so easily have been nothing but a foil, yet he has as valuable a role to play - it reminds me of the line from About a Boy where the boy realises that two people aren't enough in life - 'you need backup.' Each of the characters provides a 'backup' to the others at points in their joint journey.

Throughout the novel, realities change for all of our teens. Luke gains insight, Kate grows up and Jamie gains depth of emotional engagement. The novel shows some unpleasant (yet familiar) realities as well as some more unfamiliar (and perhaps scarier) ones but offers the characters (and readers) the chance to face up to and cope with all that is thrown at them, in the process enabling the development of understanding and awareness that the 'norm' is not a reality. It doesn't shy away from the difficult stuff but it offers a way of dealing with many of the issues that young adults face about issues which are so difficult to talk about inter generationally. I think this is a valuable book for the teen market, but also for adults, who it may give an insight into the nature and issues of young adults in our contemporary society. CALLY PHILLIPS

CLPE Poetry Award 2012

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The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) last week announced the shortlist for the 2012 CLPE Poetry Award.

Established in 2003, the annual Poetry Award encourages and celebrates outstanding new children's poetry.

The shortlist is as follows:

John Agard: Goldilocks on CCTV, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura, Frances Lincoln, £12.99

Brian Moses: Holding the Hands of Angels, Salt Publishing, £6.99

Rachel Rooney: The Language of Cat, illustrated by Ellie Jenkins, Frances Lincoln, £5.99

Fred Sedgwick: Here Comes the Poetry Man, Salt Publishing, £6.99

The judges for the Award this year are:

Philip Gross, winner of the 2011 CLPE Poetry Award for Off Road to Everywhere

Morag Styles, Professor of Children's Poetry, University of Cambridge

Fiona Waters, Editorial Director of Troubadour, The Travelling Book Company and winner of the 2008 CLPE Poetry Award for Why does my Mum always iron a crease in my jeans?

The judging panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare.

The winner of the 2012 CLPE Poetry Award will be announced at a ceremony at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education on Tuesday, July 24 2012.

The Sun Comes Out on Moon Lane

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The Sun Comes Out On Moon Lane

An independent bookshop festival running 2-7 July

Tales on Moon Lane is a multi-award winning independent children's book shop in South London, led by owner, author and impressario Tamara Macfarlane.

Polka Theatre Winter Programme

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Polka Theatre's autumn and winter season brings a fresh programme of work to the south London venue dedicated to audiences ages 0 - 13 years.

Starting in September, Polka will open the season looking back to the 2011 riots that swept across the UK with their new production, Sticks & Stones. Upcoming British playwright Ali Taylor has written the play using stories, opinions and words collected from children in cities that were affected by the disturbances. This explosive and thought-provoking production invites young people to discuss what they thought about the riots and what it means to be growing up in the UK today.

As usual, Polka provides welcome relief during the festive season by bringing a classic story for all ages to the stage. This year, Toby Hulse's adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows will delight ages 5 - 11 and their families. This well-known riverside tale featuring Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad combines music, songs and the usual Polka magic.

Early years audiences will be charmed by the award-winning production Too Many Penguins? which was recently voted best show for children and young people at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). Promising early years audiences a fun theatrical experience with lots of penguins, this is the perfect winter production for 1 - 4 year olds.

Visiting Adventure shows, workshops and after-school clubs will feature throughout the season. This includes Mike Kenny's Red Riding Hood for ages 4 - 7 years and Yellow Earth's celebration of Chinese New Year, Why the Lion Danced for ages 6 - 11. Free events also mark an exciting season at Polka as the theatre celebrates creativity and participation with Big Draw activities throughout October, an exhibition created by students from Wimbledon College of Art and inspired by The Wind in the Willows, as well as their usual season of free storytelling events. Polka is also delighted to hold a free craft fair on the first Sunday of each month opening up their building to locals, families and fans of all things handmade.

Rearranged Now Published

REARRANGED, a fast-paced romantic comedy about a young woman's attempt to avoid an arranged marriage, co-written by Ruth Saberton and Sofia Latif, is OUT NOW and available for 48hrs at an initial 77p/99c price.

Gaurdian Review

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Guardian Review

Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers, reviewed by Patrick Ness

"Is this a book for teenagers?" Ness asks at the conclusion of his review... And then says:

Why on earth not? It features two fully realised, complicated teenagers at its centre, viewed with a clear-eyed compassion by an observer who could have tipped towards the alien but remains fully human. It is perfect for that cloudy expanse between older teenager and younger adult, a novel that doesn't pretend to advise, but merely sees its characters for who they really are. No one appreciates that more than a teenager does. PATRICK NESS

Greenaway Press Release

Link to the CILIP press release announcing that the Greenaway Medal for illustration had been awared to Jim Kay:

In an historic announcement which marked a unique moment in the 56 year history of the UK's oldest and most prestigious award for children's book illustration, the 2012 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was today awarded to Jim Kay for "A Monster Calls" (Walker Books).

For the first time ever, the same book has also won the CILIP Carnegie Medal's sister award to the Kate Greenaway Medal, with author Patrick Ness scooping the outstanding writing award for "A Monster Calls".

History Is Made

In an historic announcement which marked a unique moment in the 75 year history of the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book award, the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal was earlier this week awarded to Patrick Ness for his novel, "A Monster Calls" (Walker Books).

Not only was this the second consecutive Carnegie Medal for Patrick Ness (a feat only achieved once before, in 1979 & 1980 by Peter Dickinson); but for the first time ever, the same book has also won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - sister award to the Carnegie Medal - with Jim Kay taking the prize for his haunting illustrations for "A Monster Calls".

Patrick Ness - Carnegie Acceptance Speech

It will have been noticeable that the blog has been silenced for a few days. This was due to a combination of OFSTED and concern for my mother, who is in hospital.

I haven't had a moment to read Patrick Ness's Carnegie acceptance speech (an edited version of which was published by The Guardian) until this morning.

It was a great speech.

German Rights Sold

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Andersen Press has announced that DRAGONSITTER, Josh Lacey's first venture into chapter books, has sold at auction in a two book deal to Sauerlaender, Germany.

'A witty and perfectly formed little book that deserves to be read and reread: it packs an extraordinary amount of fun and adventure into its 64 pages and will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.' Books For Keeps

Rearranged - PREVIEW

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Rearranged - PREVIEW

Publishing in full this coming weekend...
It's topical, it's infectious, it's funny, it's moving...

Get a taste of it, by reading the first chapter here...

You'll be able to buy the full Kindle novel this Saturday. The opening weekend price will be for 2 days only, so don't miss out.

Make School Libraries Obligatory?

from a report in The Indpeendent

The Society of Authors, which represents over 9,000 writers, is campaigning with other organisations for school libraries to be a legal requirement.

A recent open letter from the Society to schools minister Nick Gibb   asserted, among other things, that 'Primary and secondary schools should be required by law to have a school library and a trained librarian.'

Michael Morpurgo: Contradiction? That's the story of my life

Daily Mail feature, by Daniel Hahn, on the new biography by Maggie Fergusson

Hay Festival Catchup

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Hay festival Catchup

If, like me, you've not been able to keep up with goings-on at the Hay Festival this year, this cumulative Telegraph blog is as good a place as any to catch up..

Digital Superfairies

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Digital Superfairies

Janey Louise Jones has gone digital with her latests Superfairies titles, publishing them directly to the Magic Town website.

In this interview for MadeForMums, she answers questions about the suitability of the digital format for young readers.

Kobo Pulblishing Platform

It has always been in the ACHUKAbooks business plan to diversify to other publishing platforms in our second year, so this is good news for the future...

Forced Marriages To Become Illegal

...Forcing someone to marry is to become a criminal offence in England and Wales, leaving parents who coerce their children into a marriage facing the prospect of prison, David Cameron has confirmed.

On the day when the Government flags its intentions of bringing forward legislation to criminalise forced marriages, I'm delighted to announce that the next ACHUKAbooks title, which will be available very shortly, is Rearranged by Ruth Saberton and Sofia Latif.

For one Bradford girl facing marriage to a man in Pakistan she has never met, persuading her parents to postpone the arranged wedding is her only option. "I know my dad is stubborn and won't take too kindly to his very single daughter postponing marriage yet again and moving to London, but that's what I am going to do."

What ensues is a romcom rollercoaster aimed at teens and twenties, in which a serious theme is made the subject of an infectious - but at the same time thought-provoking - entertainment.

Reviewers, journalists and feature writers who would like a proof copy should send an email to kindleATachuka.co.uk

Faber Forty-Fives

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Faber Forty-Fives

Faber launch a six-title, ebook-only series called Faber Forty-Fives. Priced at £1.99, each of the six books is an edited extract from a larger, existing work on Faber's Pop list:

  • Rob Chapman, Syd Barrett and British Psychedelia from Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head
  • Rob Young, Fairport Convention and Electric Folk from Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music
  • Michael Bracewell, Roxy Music and Art-Rock Glamour from Roxy: The Band That Invented an Era
  • Nick Kent, The New Music Journalism from Apathy for the Devil
  • Jon Savage, Sex Pistols and Punk from England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock
  • Simon Reynolds, UK Post-Punk from Rip It Up and Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-1984
  • Dave Watkins, Faber's Head of Editorial Text Management, writes a good blog entry explaining the enterprise.

Chance to Chat

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IBBY Congress - London 2012

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IBBY Congress & new Notelets

Following on from 2011's popular IBBY Christmas Card, a new IBBY notelet:

The illustration is specially designed and donated to support the international IBBY Congress which takes place in London from August 23-26. Anthony Browne will be taking part in the Congress along with Patsy Aldana, Aidan Chambers, Julia Donaldson, Bart Moeyaert, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen, and Shaun Tan. More details are available on the website www.ibbycongress2012.org.uk.

The illustration on the front of the card features Anthony Browne's well-known Willy character flying over the world surrounded by open books. The inside of the card is blank to write your own message.

Cards are available in packs of 10 at £6 (including postage and packing).

Please make cheques payable to IBBY UK and send to: John Dunne,
2 Goodison Close, Fair Oak, Hampshire SO50 7LE

Malorie Blackman Podcast & Twitter Interview

Malorie Blackman reads her story for teenagers The Receiving End, taken from Next, a new anthology of short stories about the afterlife, edited by Keith Gray.

Malorie Blackman (@malorieblackman), alongside Jonathan (@JonathanAStroud) and Philip Ardagh (@PhilipArdagh), will be taking part in a Twitter interview at 4pm on Thursday 7 June. Ask a question and follow the interview using the hashtag #nextgdn.

Puffin Announces Most Ambitious PR Campaign To Date

... for a book that will largely sell itself

The seventh book by Jeff Kinney in the bestselling Wimpy Kid series will be called Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, and will have a chocolate brown cover.
The title will be published on 14th November, with Puffin reporting UK sales of the series so far as close to four million copies.
Puffin said it will invest in "its most ambitious, far-reaching marketing and PR campaign to date", with the author to tour the UK at the end of November. It is also anticipating "its largest ever first print run" for the title.

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