Monthly Archives: October 2012

Author of the week: Susan Cooper

“The sound of the drums was like the beating of a great, slow heart. Muffled drums they were, with black cloth over them. Everything was muffled that day, even the grey, clouded sky. All of England was mourning the death of one man…” How far back do you have to go to find one person […]

Author of the week: Eoin Colfer

Eoin (pronounced Owen) Colfer used to be a primary school teacher, and is now a magician: the sort of magician who can make boys read books about fairies. Any boy (under the age of, say, 25) probably knows more than I can begin to tell you about Artemis Fowl, the teenage criminal mastermind, and his interactions […]

Author of the week: Frank Cottrell Boyce

C for Cottrell or B for Boyce? Good question (especially if you’re looking in the library), and after years of admiring such shelving difficulties as Lynne Reid Banks, Kevin Crossley Holland, Ursula Le Guin and Diana Wynne Jones, all I can say is: try both. (Although for now and in this case, I’ll go with […]

Life after Beast Quest

I know, of course I know, that there are more than three kinds of people. For the purposes of this post, though, let’s assume there’s a six- to eight-year-old boy in your life. In which case, you’ll likely find yourself in one of three camps: 1)      Beast Quest? What’s Beast Quest? To which you might […]