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Guest post: Author Karen McCombie’s search for ‘The Girl Who Wasn’t There’

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“Growing up, the view from our flat was pretty astonishing. Through my 15th storey bedroom window I could see the grey granite buildings of Aberdeen city centre. Straight ahead was the wide, pewter band of the North Sea, dotted with oil rigs, supply boats and the occasional ferry headed for the Shetlands. I’d get lost […]

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If your kids like reviewing the books they read…

…they might enjoy a new blog www.mangobubblesbooks.wordpress.com recently started by 9 year old who’d love to hear from other children who love writing about the books they’ve read. You and your children can find out how to submit reviews to Mango Bubbles Books here: http://mangobubblesbooks.wordpress.com/want-to-write-a-review/ @MangoBBZ

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The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture

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Booking is now open for The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture, celebrating excellence in writing for children. The 2014 lecture will be given by Frank Cottrell Boyce -”Rowing on the River of Time” at 5.00 pm on 11th of September at Homerton College Cambridge. For more details and to book see http://www.pearcelecture.com.

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Something for the holidays? Enter the Guardian’s young critics competition 2014

Review one of the Guardian children’s fiction prize 2014 longlisted books and be in with a chance of winning the complete set and more! The Guardian is inviting all children and young people aged 17 and under to review one of one of the books in the Guardian children’s fiction prize 2014 longlist: The Diaries […]

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Guest Post: Top Tips from Rohan Gavin on Writing Mystery / Detective Fiction

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Later this week sees the publication of Knightley & Son: K-9 by Rohan Gavin, a doggy detective adventure will collar your funny bone and get your crime-solving noses on the scent. Rohan Gavin comes from a very creative family, is married to the singer Dido and is the son of award-winning children’s author Jamila Gavin. […]

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The inaugural Siobhan Dowd Trust lecture at Edinburgh International Festival

On Saturday August 16th, award winning children’s author Patrick Ness will speak at the inaugural Siobhan Dowd Trust lecture at Edinburgh International Festival. The theme of his talk will be “How Books Can Change Children’s Lives”. This is a theme that runs through Patrick’s books, most apparent in ‘A Monster Calls’ where a young boy […]

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How your book group can get involved in voting for the SLA Information Book Award

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The SLA Information Book Award is one of several book awards in the UK which celebrate non-fiction books for children and young people. In a brilliant development, this year FCBG book groups can get involved in the voting process – providing an opportunity to create an exciting and different sort of group event. The books […]

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Guest Post: Introducing the TOP-SECRET FINAL INSTALMENT of the bestselling Chocolate Box Girls series by Cathy Cassidy

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Cathy Cassidy wrote her first picture book for her little brother when she was eight or nine and has been writing fabulous stories ever since. Her books have sold over one million copies in the UK alone. She is the bestselling author of ‘Dizzy’, ‘Driftwood’, ‘Indigo Blue’, ‘Scarlett’, ‘Sundae Girl’, ‘Lucky Star’, ‘Gingersnaps’ and ‘Angel […]

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Who will win this year’s Wicked Young Writers’ Award?

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WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to announce that 100 entries, selected from more than 5,200 submissions, have been shortlisted for the 2014 Wicked Young Writers’ Award. The Award was established in 2010 as a way of linking the themes and messages of […]

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The Children’s Bookshow 2014

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The Children’s Bookshow, a national tour of the best children’s writers and illustrators from around the world, travels this year across the country to 15 cities ranging from London to Newcastle, Plymouth to Leicester. Made up of 12 wonderful writers and illustrators in 16 performances across England together with 55 free workshops in schools it’s […]

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