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  • Barry recommends... The Look

    Fri, 02 Mar 2012 09:23

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    Hooray for Heroines!

    I love sparky heroines, and determined young women who find their own way (often after a headlong dash in the other direction!). It's been my privilege to know the equally impressive creators of such remarkable creatures - Nina Bawden, Anne Fine, Jacqueline Wilson from these shores, and the brilliant Beverly Cleary in the USA. Sometimes they have been rather scary themselves, determined to use their wit and wisdom to make a point to this steady old editor chap! So I'm hugely proud to be able to introduce a new favourite to all their fans. Sophia Bennett has already shown with her bestselling THREADS series that fashion and compassion make a telling and emotional mix. Now her latest novel, THE LOOK, tells the heart-wrenching story of the contrasting fates of two sisters, set in the glamorous world of modelling. Real girl power and really good writing! Ideal for heroines (and some heroes) of 11+.

    'Have just read THE LOOK ... one word, BRILLIANT. A difficult topic, sensitively handled.' CATHY CASSIDY

    Watch Sophia reading from The Look:

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  • Barry recommends

    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 08:52

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    Surely no one is more qualified to help than Book Wizard, Barry Cunningham - the original publisher of Harry Potter. He has worked with some of the greatest names in children's books past and present - from J.K. Rowling to Roald Dahl and Cornelia Funke. And now, as the highly successful publisher of Chicken House, he is busy finding outstanding new fiction:

    I'm a huge fan of Dr Who and once worked with a poet who was an original Dalek and the voice of Davros! Anyone who adores that kind of open-minded storytelling that grips like a pincer, while surprising you with a wide-eyed jump of spectacular invention is going to appreciate Dr Who writer Daniel Bythe's new novel, Shadow Runners. Set in a deceptively normal seaside town, it soon ducks and dives around paranormal goings on - before revealing a very surprising twist indeed! It's perfect for all young TV and film fans who adore the unexpected, love cool dialogue and, above all, enjoy guessing who is - and who isn't - the force of evil!

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