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News 2013

9/12/2013 Lockwood & Co: THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE in Guardian's top books of 2013

Jonathan Stroud's THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE is in Guardian Book's top picks of 2013, compiled by Julia Eccleshare & Michelle Pauli. Clike here for the full list.

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January - April 2013

2012

3/12/2013 Interview with Jonathan Stroud in the Independent online

Jonathan Stroud was interviewed by Rebecca Davies for the Independent's Children's Book Blog. He talks about the inspiration behind Lockwood & Co and how he created his own modern London. Click here for the full interview.
26/11/2013 Podcast reading of Jonathan Stroud's Halloween Lockwood story Dagger in the Desk on Guardian Books

Click here to listen to Jonathan Stroud reading Dagger in the Desk, the Halloween Lockwood & Co story he wrote especially for the Guardian Books website. He wrote the story during the week leading up to Halloween, with the readers contibuting to the plot and title, and now he's recorded a reading of the story in full!
8/11/2013 Emma Chichester Clark joins Michael Morpurgo at Festival of Children's Literature in Birmingham

Tomorrow, Saturday 9th November sees Emma Chichester Clark and Michael Morpurgo take to the stage at The Box in Birmingham to speak about their individual work, and of course joint publications such as the new PINOCCHIO. More information here.
31/10/2013 Congratulations to Niki Daly who is nominated for the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Niki Daly has been nominated for the prestigious award for his work as an Illustrator, Oral Story Teller and Promoter of Reading. The winner will be announced on 25th March, with a live broadcast to the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

A full list of nominees can be found at their website, with more information on the award: http://www.alma.se/en/
31/10/2013 Final Part of Jonathan Stroud's Online Lockwood Halloween Special is available today.

Today Jonathan completed his interactive Lockwood story, which has been published in instalments on the Guardian Children's Books website for the past six days. Readers have been controlling team Lockwood & Co's fate by voting on how the next day's episode will begin. The final part 6 can be found here, along with a link to the earlier parts.
31/10/2013 Four of our clients are featured in the Guardian's Top 10 Ghost Stories for Children

Theresa Breslin's WHISPERS IN THE GRAVEYARD, Robert Westall's THE SCARECROWS, Diana Wynne Jones' TIME OF THE GHOST and THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE by Jonathan Stroud all feature in the list, which is compiled by Sandra Greaves.

The full list and a few words on each title can be found here.
7/10/2013 Special LOCKWOOD & CO Halloween story with Guardian Children's Books.

This week readers have the opportunity to vote in suggestions for a spooky interactive Lockwood & Co story written by Jonathan especially for Halloween. The story will be published in instalments over 6 days on the Guardian website, with the last on 31st October.

Visit the Guardian's Children's Books page here to vote for your favourite location and email suggestions to childrens.books@theguardian.com. The deadline for suggestions is midnight Monday 14th October.
5/9/2013 Launch night party for Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co.

Last night saw the launch of Jonathan's new Lockwood & Co series, as the UK publication of Book I: THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE was celebrated with a suitably spooky party.

Guests drank Bloody Marys in a haunted London pub and tucked into a special Lockwood cake.
26/7/2013 THE HOP, written by Sharelle Byars Moranville and illustrated by Niki Daly wins the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature in Youth Fiction category.

The book has been awarded the prize by the Sustainable Literature Committee, which is based in Santa Monica, California, with an event to be held on 12th September. Click here for more information on the committee and its awards.
18/7/2013 Dianne Hofmeyr's THE MAGIC BOJABI TREE named in Independent's Top Reads

This Sunday 21st July, THE MAGIC BOJABI TREE by Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrated by Piet Grobler will be featured on the Independent on Sunday's Top Ten reads for children aged 6 - 10 years. The book is out now, published by Frances Lincoln.
4/7/2013 Sarah Garland in Independent Children's Book Blog

Check out a great interview with Sarah Garland in the Ask the Author section of Rebecca Davies' new Children's Book Blog for the Independent online.

The interview can be found here.
21/6/2013 ISLANDS OF CHALDEA, a new Diana Wynne Jones book, completed by Sister Ursula Jones to be published next Spring

We're delighted to announce that there will be a new Diana Wynne Jones book published in Spring next year, called ISLANDS OF CHALDEA!

The book, left unfinished by Diana, has been completed by her sister Ursula Jones, who is a successful children's author and actress in her own right.

ISLANDS OF CHALDEA will be published by Greenwillow in the US, and HarperCollins Children's Books in the UK.

The exclusive Publishers Weekly article can be found here.
17/6/2013 Philippa Pearce's THE WAY TO SATTIN SHORE an Independent 'Recommended Read'

Philippa Pearce's THE WAY TO SATTIN SHORE is featured as a Recommended Read on the Independent newspaper's new Children's Book Blog, written by Rebecca Davies.

The blog can be found here.
20/5/2013 Sarah Garland to appear at the Cirencester Literary Festival

This year will see the first ever Cirencester Children's Literary Festival take place at Octavia's Bookshop's and The Cirencester Bingham Library from 12 - 17th August. Sarah will be at the festival on Friday 16th August to give a talk and get involved with various activities in the LIbrary, and she'll also be signing copies of her books.
17/5/2013 Theresa Breslin nominated as Great Scot by Education Scotland

Congratluations to Theresa Breslin who has been identified as a Great Scot by Education Scotland's Literacy Team. The project has seen each curricular choose a Scot who is relevant to the area and who has been inspirational in their career.
13/5/2013 Sarah Garland wins Little Rebels Award for AZZI IN BETWEEN!

Sarah Garland's book on a refugee girl coming to England won the award given by the Radical Booksellers Alliance. The winner was announced on Saturday, 11th May at the London Radical Bookfair, where Sarah accepted her award and spoke about what inspired her to write AZZI IN BETWEEN. The Little Rebels Award was created in 2012 to recognise radical publishing for children in the UK.