Archives for children’s fiction

Not such a bleak ending, says Kevin Brooks

Author Kevin Brooks, winner of the 2014 Carnegie Award for Children’s Fiction, appealed for publishers not to put too much emphasis on happy endings and in doing so stirred up huge controversy. According to The Times newspaper, Brooks said in his acceptance speech: “This school of thought – that no matter how dark or difficult a novel is, it should contain at least an element of hope – is still fairly widespread and ingrained in the world of ‘young adult’ books… I just don’t agree with it.” Teenagers, he added, “understand things” and should not be “cosseted with artificial hope”. Brooks, whose winning book The Bunker Diary is published by Puffin [part of Penguin] is said by The Times to have had countless discussions with his editor at Puffin as he fought to retain his dark ending. To me there are a number of issues. One is about modern society being over-protective of young adults. Second, it is about publishers not trusting authors. I haven’t read the book. Perhaps part of the issue is that the Carnegie Prize for Fiction is for children’s books and YA fiction is just that, for young adults. Perhaps YA is too grown-up for the
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Categories: Book Love and On Writing.

An old book: Treasure Island

This copy of TREASURE ISLAND was my father’s. It is from Collins’ ‘Laurel & Gold’ series, measures 16x11cm so fits easily into a pocket, and is bound in a pale green linen. In 1933 my father was nine. It is inscribed in pencil with his name and the date which makes it a second edition; the first was printed May 1931, the second January 1932.  I especially like the poem ‘To the Hesitating Purchaser.’ Perhaps today’s books should feature a similar ode. ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson [Alma Classics] And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: TREASURE ISLAND by RL Stevenson http://wp.me/p5gEM4-k9 #oldbooks via @SandraDanby
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Categories: Book Love.

Great opening paragraph 17… ‘The Hobbit’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.” ‘The Hobbit’ by JRR Tolkien  Amazon Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:- ‘A Bouquet of Barbed Wire’ by Andrea Newman ‘The Guest Cat’ by Takashi Hiraide ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ by SJ Watson And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: A #FirstPara which makes me want to read more: THE HOBBIT by JRR Tolkien #amwriting http://wp.me/p5gEM4-gZ via @SandraDanby
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Categories: Book Love.