We organised a school event with the lovely Jan Fearnley recently and she was kind enough to sign some copies of her books for us. So right now we have limited numbers of signed editions of this and the equally funny sequel Mr. Wolf’s Enormous Turnip.
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
A black dog appears outside the Hope family’s home. As each member of the household sees it and hides, the dog grows bigger and bigger. Only Small, the youngest Hope, has the courage to face the Black Dog. When it chases her through the forest she shows no fear, so it grows smaller and smaller. Finally, back to the size of a normal hound, the Black Dog is welcomed into the Hope household as their newest addition.
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, to recognise distinguished illustration in a book for children.
Winner of The CILIP Carnegie Medal
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
A very worthy winner: for more information see our review pages.
We are very sad about the death of one of our best loved authors. Iain Banks was a wonderful writer who crossed over the usual boundaries between fiction and science fiction with passion and originality. We all have our personal favourites, Espedair Street, The Crow Road and Consider Phlebas are outstanding for us, but The Wasp Factory will always be a modern classic and all of his Culture novels will be honoured in the science-fiction community for eons.
The new children’s Laureate is the excellent Malorie Blackman who has promised to represent teenagers as much as other age groups in her tenure. Hurray for Malorie!
Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013
May We be Forgiven
A. M. Homes
Hilary Mantel loses out to a very worthy winner : American author A. M. Homes with ‘May We Be Forgiven’ – a comic satire with a very dark edge.