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Holiday movies = book ideas! by Karen McCombie

So the holidays aren’t too far away, and it’s the perfect time for serious sofa-surfing and movie watching. Everyone will find a favourite film – or five – turning up on the TV listings somewhere, I’m sure.

When I was at school, TV options were so much less (just the four channels) but I always looked forward to the inevitable holiday viewing… the Beatles films, very funny movies by the Marx Brothers (ancient even when I was young, but totally brilliant), and one or other of the St Trinian’s series of films (the original black&white ones). Oh, how I LOVED St Trinian’s! Not so much for the glamorous older girls but for the feral younger kids, and the bonkers teachers.

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And so when I came to dream up a new series recently, somehow St Trinian’s wiggled its way into my head. Mind you, as I’m a bit of a hello-trees-hello-sky kind of person, the boarding school became quite hippie-fied, and includes not just girls, but a goat and a random boy too.

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I was so pleased when Stripes, the publisher of ‘ST GRIZZLE’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, GOATS AND RANDOM BOYS’, asked Becka Moor* to illustrate. I’d adored the Ronald Searle illustrations for the old St Trinian’s (below, left), so I hoped Stripes would go for someone who could do a modern take on that, and Becka definitely did!

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So look out for ‘ST GRIZZLE’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, GOATS AND RANDOM BOYS’ when it hits the bookshops next month, and check in to the end-of-month giveaways here at Girls Heart Books in January if you fancy a chance to win a free copy!

Karen McCombie :c)

*It was also pretty cool that Becka had been a big fan of my ‘Ally’s World’ series when it first came out… *blush*

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