Whale Boy winner!

Congratulations to Kara Luke, who knew that someone who studies animals and their behaviour is called a zoologist. Kara has won a copy of WHALE BOY by Nicola Davies! Your book should be on its way very soon – we hope you enjoy it! :-)

My new friend.

I spent lots of time in my garden this summer, and after a while I noticed that the same little robin was appearing regularly. As the weeks passed by, she became braver and braver, and soon we were the best of friends. By July, she was happily taking food from my hand, and the light…

Frankfurt Kitchen

If you are not already in there, go to your kitchen and answer the following questions: Does it have a cooker? Are there fitted cupboards? Is there lighting from an external window? Is there an extractor fan? Is there a rubbish bin attached to a cupboard door? Have you heard of Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky? She was…

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GUEST BLOG from Esme Kerr

Esme Kerr is here this week to tell us about her new book, The Glass Bird Girl. Esme went to TEN schools before going on to study History at Oxford and Cambridge. When Esme’s not writing she has three children, two dogs, three cats and four fish to keep her busy. Welcome to GHB, Esme. I…

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Feed the words

This is gonna be short. if you want to write you need to feed your words. not with pies or crisps or sweets or cake. But with every bit of who and what you are. think of the worst thing anyone has ever done to you, how it felt, what it did to you, what…

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Animal characters

I’ve recently finished a story written from the first person viewpoint of an animal. It was a new skill, writing from inside an animal’s mind, and I enjoyed it hugely. It made me think about the books that I’ve loved reading that have an animal as one of the main characters. There are classics like…

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Meet Holly Black and Cassandra Clare!

Holly Black and Cassandra Clare are coming to the UK! SQUEEE! The two fab authors have teamed up to write a brand-new series together, THE MAGISTERIUM – and the first book THE IRON TRIAL is on sale in September, and we can’t WAIT! Think you know magic? Think again. The Magisterium awaits . . . Most…