Monthly Archives: February 2013

Author of the week: Eva Ibbotson

Reading Eva Ibbotson is like being taken for a spin in a fabulous car, along a beautiful coast road, by a really good driver. (An experience that doesn’t come my way often enough, I might add.) It’s luxurious and exhilarating in equal measure: consummate craftsmanship, breathtaking views, senses tingling and never an awkward jolt – […]

“I used to love this when I was your age” – what makes a children’s classic?

Ten years ago, the BBC ran a high-profile poll to find the nation’s favourite book (Lord of the Rings, closely followed by Pride and Prejudice – probably not much change at the top, then). One of the striking things about the final list of 100 was the number of children’s books that featured, especially in […]

Author of the week: Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is another hugely successful children’s author who hated school – understandably so, as he was both horribly bullied and horribly bored. It’s hard to credit these days what manner of bleak, unregarded, mindlessly sadistic institutions could pass as schools within even the last fifty years, and how many parents were intimidated into handing […]

Author of the week: Morris Gleitzman

This week’s post raised a terrible question. Which is more suitable for a 7-11 readership: a terrific story in which 21st-century human trafficking plays a small but crucial part, another terrific story in which 18th-century child-killing does likewise, or a heartbreaking quartet in which the Holocaust is the central theme? I’d say put off, but […]