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A good book, a pot of tea and some dark chocolate. Heaven! Thank you for joining my world of magical mysteries and exciting adventures. Bring your own refreshments and I’ll provide the rest.

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WIN! WIN! WIN!

I'm excited to bring you two competitions courtesy of Lexi Rees, author of Eternal Seas reviewed this week on the Bookshelf.  Lexi is offering Amazon vouchers and the exciting opportunity to see your illustrations published in her next book. Both competitions are easy to enter.  

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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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A word with ...

What a treat to have the wonderful Eloise Williams, author of the fabulously spooky new novel Seaglass and before that Gaslight, one of my favourite books last year. Check out The Bookshelf for reviews of both books and listen carefully to Eloise's wise words below, she is a hugely gifted author and her advice to young writers is second to none, and explains a lot about why her own writing is so beautiful.   

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A Word With ...

I am over the moon to welcome Mel Darbon to the site this morning. Mel is the super talented author of August's Book Of The Month, Rosie Loves Jack. You have probably heard about Mel's wonderful debut but if you've somehow missed the hullabaloo surrounding its publication, check out my review on The Bookshelf. It's currently my #1 contender for Book Of The Year  

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A Word With ...

A huge welcome to today's guest, Laura Sheldon, a school teacher by day and an author by night. We're grateful that she had time to squeeze in our questions before marking!  

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A Word With ...

I am delighted to welcome author Lindsay Littleson as my guest today. If, like me, you enjoyed The Awkward Autumn of Lily McClean check out the prequel, The Mixed Up Summer of Lily McClean, and look out for Lindsay's new book,  Guardians of the Wild Unicorns which will be published later this year.   

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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?   

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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The Wolves of WIlloughby Chase

Review to follow shortly 

 

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The Storm Keepers Island

Go away I'm reading! 

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Mud Maid

I just loved this tweet and wanted to share it beyond the Twittersphere!  

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

~The Witches' Punchbowl