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Great School Libraries

I am very excited to see the Great School Libraries initiative up and running today - congratulations to all those people who have worked so hard behind the scenes. Let's all get behind their campaign, because every child deserves a great school library.  

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Starting School Books

It's coming up to that time of year again and I've been looking at books about starting secondary school. There are lots of picture books for kids joining nursery or reception, but fewer about going up to Year Seven. Here is my initial list but it's a work in progress so please get in touch with any more to add ideas. 

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A Day At The Desk

Today I am delighted to welcome fiction translator Adriana Capadose to the Day at the Desk feature. Adriana translates fiction from French to English, and has kindly taken time to answer questions from year 8 & 9 children at St Joseph's High School in Slough.   

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Any questions?

This is the last call for questions for my forthcoming interview with a translator of adult and children's fiction.  This will form part of my  'Day At The Desk' of series and, being mono-lingual myself I am super excited about finding out more about this very important and intriguing part of the publishing process.  Questions by email, twitter, FB or via the website - it doesn't matter, just get in touch.   

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Writing Competition!

Open to all under 19 year olds. 

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Calling All School Children!

Kids - I need your help! I want loads of brilliant questions from 4 - 14 year olds that I can put to professionals across the publishing industry. I'll compile their answers into a series of features on the site that will hopefully help us to really understand how a book goes from the first word on a scrap of paper to a shelf in your local library. 

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A Word With Claire Barker

I am over the moon to welcome Claire Barker to the site today. Claire lives on a small farm in North Devon (very much my part of the world but a little further down the country!) and I have read that her brain is like a barrel of excited monkeys!  Isn't that a fabulous expression?   

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A Word With Lisa Thompson

I am delighted to welcome the bestselling author of The Goldfish Boy whose second fantastic novel The Light Jar launched to huge critical acclaim in January. Lisa kindly agreed to join me on the blog to answer some of your questions and I am delighted to feature reviews on both of her novels on The Bookshelf.  

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A Word With Kate Scott

A huge welcome and a round of applause for the very talented, and extremely patient (I've been a bit inefficient about this post - sorry Kate) KATE SCOTT who is celebrating the launch of her brilliant new book JUST JACK,  

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A Word With Ann Evans

I am thrilled to welcome a very special author to the blog today.  I met Ann Evans at a recent author event where she was presenting an 'children's writer' award she had judged.  I plucked up my courage to hi-jack her in the tea queue and hey presto  

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A Day At The Desk

I am particularly thrilled to welcome my friend the poet and author Claire Dyer to today's 'Day At The Desk' feature.  After a busy month with the triumphant launch of her latest novel The Last Day, Claire has generously agreed to answer questions from a local school about how she juggles writing poetry and prose, teaching and numerous other creative commitments.  Welcome Claire.  

Watch this space for a list of great children's book reviewers - I can't connect all the links at the moment but I'm working on it!

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Rosie Loves Jack

Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they're split up, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home.  

 

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Journey To The River Sea

Go away, I'm reading! 

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RSPB - Nature's Voice

I'm a bit of an odd bird.   

"The moon illuminated the yew tree's ghoulish profiles turning them into grim reapers that watched over us as we rowed."

~The Witches' Punchbowl