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Puffin Post Demise

The Guardian reports the (likely final) demise of Puffin Post:

Puffin Post, the much-loved children's books magazine which has been running for more than 40 years, has breathed its last.

Launched in 1967 by Kaye Webb, the legendary editor of Puffin Books, the magazine has boasted contributions from some of the most acclaimed names in children's literature, from Alan Garner and Roald Dahl to Joan Aiken, Leon Garfield and Spike Milligan. A mix of stories, jokes, interviews, competitions and quizzes, the magazine was also packed with reader contributions, and by the end of its first year Puffin Post had 16,000 members. At its height, this reached more than 200,000 readers, who would greet each other with the secret code: "Sniffup", which required the response: "Spotera" ("Puffins are tops", backwards).

Puffin Post was discontinued in 1982, but relaunched in 2009 through The Book People as a bi-monthly magazine including contributions from Charlie Higson, Cathy Cassidy and Michael Morpurgo, along with free books and - of course - collectable enamel membership badges. But a spokesperson for the magazine said today that "after careful thought and consideration, we will be returning the Puffin brand to its original home at Penguin Books and, as part of this decision, Puffin Post will not be continuing in the new year". The November issue, he said, had been the last.

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