Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens

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The last blog post of our Top Ten shortlisted titles in the Children’s Book Awards is by Robin Stevens, shortlisted for her title Mistletoe and Murder in the Books for Older Readers category. I have been asked some amazing questions during school visits (including: What is your favourite sort of cake? Why do you have a bearded […]

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One by Sarah Crossan

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The second of our shortlisted titles in the CBA Books for Older Readers category, here Sarah Crossan discusses researching her shortlisted title, One. Some writers get giddy at the idea of a bit of research. They dive into it, borrowing stacks of library books and trawling the Internet for slices of documentaries or newspaper opinion pieces related to […]

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Car-Jacked by Ali Sparkes

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The first of our shortlisted titles in the CBA Books for Older Readers category, here Ali Sparkes has some multiple choice questions about Car-Jacked… You’ve just been abducted by a bank robber, after he nicked your parents’ car – and you were in it. Now it’s crashed in the wilderness. He tells you to go; get back to your […]

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An Open Letter to the 2018 FCBG Conference Organisers

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Dear members of Hertfordshire Children’s Book Group, As promised, we’ll send you the signage for next year’s conference and are happy to share tips for making the weekend run smoothly – although we know that you’ve done this before and will therefore already have a very good idea of what’s involved! As you know, Ros […]

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FCBG Conference 2017

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Last weekend, April 7th to 9th, the FCBG celebrated children’s literature and reading for pleasure with the annual FCBG Conference. The theme for 2017 was Write Around the World, and was hosted by Reading Book Group at The Oratory School. The programme was packed with exciting authors and illustrators, debuts and established, and a host of publishing insiders […]

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Finding the Voice by Rachael Lucas

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This week, The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas was published. Not only a great story in itself, the book highlights what it’s like to be an autistic teenager. Here, Rachael explains how she found Grace’s voice. When my seventeen year old daughter Verity was very young, I suspected – having done some research – that […]

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The Jam Doughnut that Ruined My Life by Mark Lowery

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The last of our shortlisted titles in the CBA Books for Younger Readers category, here Mark Lowery tells us about The Jam Doughnut that Ruined My Life. People often ask me why I wrote a book about a doughnut that ruins someone’s life. In fact, you’d be amazed at how cross people get about it. Almost […]

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Michael and Clare Morpurgo to become patrons of Seven Stories

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle upon Tyne, is delighted to announce that, from the 1st April 2017, Michael and Clare Morpurgo will become patrons of the museum, joining David Almond, Lord Beecham of Benwell and Newcastle, David Lloyd, Philip Pullman CBE, Michael Rosen, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Elizabeth Hammill OBE and […]

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An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo explores ‘The Moment that could have Saved the World from War’ in his guest post for the FCBG, as part of the Children’s Book Award. An Eagle in the Snow has been shortlisted in the Books for Younger Readers category. I really had not intended to write another book set in the First […]

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The Accidental Pirates (Voyage to the Magical North) by Claire Fayers

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Claire Fayers talks about birds, books and belonging in her guest blogpost, having been shortlisted in our Books for Younger Readers category in the Children’s Book Award for her book, The Accidental Pirates (Voyage to the Magical North).  When I was in college, the hall where I lived had a duck pond outside and among […]

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