Wed, 10/09/2008 - 06:04
Terry Pratchett is to make an appearance in the virtual world Second Life. Pratchett will feature in a sim version of a South Pacific tropical island, modelled on the island Nation which features in Pratchett's new novel, NATION.
The island will be created complete with scenes and locations from the book. Pratchett will...
Tue, 09/09/2008 - 07:49
The shortlist for the first ever Roald Dahl Funny Prize has been announced by the reading charity Booktrust.
The prize honours books that are both suitable for children and humourous.
The judging panel was chaired by the Children's Laureate Michael Rosen with the rest of the panel comprising of the author Sophie Dahl, the...
Mon, 08/09/2008 - 10:55
Sales of the "Golden Compass" film tie-in books and growth of its school book club business helped Scholastic UK to a 15% rise in sales in the year to 31st May 2008. Turnover rose from £32.3m in 2007 to £37.1m this year with operating profits of £0.39m, up from a loss of £0.36m the previous year.
Mon, 08/09/2008 - 06:30
Frank Cottrell Boyce, Jenny Downham, Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd are on the shortlist for the Guardian children's fiction prize. Publisher David Fickling has two books on the shortlist, while Walker and Macmillan have one each.
The winner will be announced on 24th September.
Fri, 05/09/2008 - 06:24
Britain's biggest exam board has been accused of censorship after it removed a poem containing references to knife crime from the GCSE syllabus, reports the Guardian.
Officials at the AQA board said their request that schools destroy the anthology containing the Carol Ann Duffy poem "Education for Leisure" had been...
Thu, 04/09/2008 - 14:02
Children's writer Alan Gibbons is launching an authors' campaign against library cuts and closures, with 300 writers and professionals pledging their support. Central to the campaign is a planned regional network of children's authors, teachers and librarians to raise the public profile of local cutbacks and closures.
Tue, 02/09/2008 - 08:01
Scriptwriter and actor Jo Unwin will join Conville and Walsh next week (8th September) to found a dedicated children’s list.
Unwin, who is married to comedian Chris Morris, has written for TV series such as "Byker Grove" and “My Parents Are Aliens”, and is also literary consultant for Aardman Features, the...
Mon, 01/09/2008 - 13:18
Anthony Horowitz, Sally Gardner, and Kate Thompson are among the authors shortlisted for the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize. The three authors are joined by Tanya Landman, Anthony McGowan, and Patrick Ness on the six-strong list. Independent children's publisher Walker has three books on the selection, with the Bodley Head, Definitions and...
Mon, 01/09/2008 - 06:38
Bestselling US children's writer Stephenie Meyer has announced that she is scrapping the fifth and final episode in the Twilight series after an unfinished draft was leaked on the internet. In an updated posted on her website, Meyer said that she could not continue with the final book after the leak. "I feel too sad about what...
Fri, 29/08/2008 - 06:28
Random House Children's Books has defended its decision to include a clause about acceptable author behaviour as standard in its contracts. The clause has been branded "paranoid and threatening" by children's writer Siân Pattenden, and has attracted criticism from agents.
The clause states that if the author acts...