Archive for September, 2011


To celebrate the publication of Maureen Johnson’s new YA thriller The Name of the Star, HarperCollins Children’s Books is offering 10 lucky readers the opportunity to accompany Maureen Johnson on a private Jack the Ripper walk in London on Thursday, 13th October 2011.


The walk begins at 5:00 PM and will carry-on for two hours into the night! Visit the haunting sites of Jack the Ripper and hear first-hand from Maureen how they inspired her new book The Name of the Star.


To enter, simply email nameofthestar@harpercollins.co.uk for a chance to attend the event with a friend.


Disclaimer: Entrants must be 13 or over. Please ensure that you are available to attend the event on Thursday, 13th October from 5.00pm to 7.00pm before entering. Winners will be informed on Friday, 7th October, and will be provided with further instructions then.

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ANGEL book cover

The angels are back…and they want revenge. But in the second installment of the fantastic Angel trilogy by L.A. Weatherly, Willow and Alex have got help.

To celebrate the publication of Angel Fire on 1st October, I am taking part in the Angel Fire Blog Tour. Starting tomorrow the blog will cover evwerything from Q&A with the lovely Lee to finding out about the mysterious Seb (trust me, you really want to know more about him).

The blog tour stops at mine on Tuesda. You will have to wait for the review…the book is over 700 pages long. But for now here is the blog schedule. Enjoy and do let me know what you think.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-up Book [Book]

This is one fantastical, whissplescrumptuous book! Pop-up books are hugely popular this Christmas, and setting the standard is this masterpiece.

Re-telling the wonderful Roald Dahl story through word and Quentin Blake’s illustrations is magical enough, but adding the element of pop up creates something quite spectacular. This really is a beautiful book. At work I’ve got the pop-up pages opened up and displayed for all to see. My favourite pop-up is a snowy scene in which everyone arrives with their family at the gated of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. It’s the closest I will ever get to the factory.

A beautiful gift-book and you know…Christmas is coming! The best bit? The cover…it’s like unwrapping a giant chocolate bar.


Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

£14.99, HB


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Finally! I can put words to the pictures. Ever since the Hay Festival back in May when Oliver gave us a sneak peek at his new book, anticipation has been building and I’m pleased to announce the book itself is not a let down.

Full of trademark Jeffers wit and childlike nostalgic writing and thought; this book is fun, carefree and a cautionary tale of what not to do when your kite gets stuck in a tree. Just think of it as organised chaos!

When Floyd gets his beloved kite stuck in a tree, he gets it stuck in his mind that the only way to get it down is to throw things as it. Funnily enough, these things all get stuck too. From firemen, to huge ships; this book will have you laughing throughout. The ending, naturally is hilarious.

This tale differs from Jeffers’ previous stories. Less heartbreak, more fun. But what remains is a beautiful book with beautiful drawings showcasing Jeffers’ inspirational talent and wit.


Oliver Jeffers,

£10.99, HB,



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