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We’re consolidating our two blogs into one! This kids blog is no longer going to be updated and will be removed in a couple of weeks. The archive has been moved to our other blog you can find here! Never fear, we’ll still be blogging about heaps of children’s books, just at a different address so come have a look.

The Paper Dolls

Julia Donaldson has branched out from her tried and tested collaborations with Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo, Superworm) with her new book, The Paper Dolls. This whimsical story about the power of imagination and the wonder children find in the simplest things is illustrated by the talented Rebecca Cobb. This is simply a lovely story accompanied by lovely illustrations of Ticky and Tacky, and Jackie the Backie, and Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow. A great story of kids, especially girls, aged 3-6. You might have paper dolls lying around the house but stimulating your kids imagination might be worth it.

Guest blogger; Fairfieldbooks welcomes Deborah Abela on her Blog Tour

Getting Serious about her Latest Series

The Ghost Club

By Deborah Abela

Children’s Author

My love affair with series began with our family’s weeknightly ritual of watching The Goodies. Each day the band of three scruffy Englishmen would safe the world from an epidemic of black puddings, giant cats or underfed British Beefeaters.

It was all very serious business….not the world-saving but the watching. No one could interrupt us…not the phone, other kids wanting to play, not dinner.

I knew my first novel, Max Remy Superspy, In Search of the Time and Space Machine, was going to be part of a series too, if I was lucky. I sent it to the publisher with a letter of future adventures, characters and storylines and they signed up the first two. Over ten novels, my feisty female hero gets dunked in vats of green jelly, crash-lands in the middle of the Amazon Jungle in an invisible jet and becomes trapped in a room full of leeches….the usual spy stuff.

I was then lucky enough to work with soccer champion Johnny Warren on a series of books called Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend). But not all story ideas are for series. My following two books, The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen and Grimsdon, were both stand alones, but after that, I knew my next idea was for another series.

Ghost Club came about because of the real Ghost Club in the UK, which was started 150 years ago by Charles Dickens and a few passionate ghost believers. It was rich ground for a series. There would be a wide variety of ghost equipment, different clubs around the world, a host of characters who belong to the club and others who come into contact with many and varied ghosts from all sorts of fascinating periods of history. It was a very exciting prospect.

 

 

After two single novels, however, I almost needed to teach myself how to write a series again. Each book still needs to grab the readers’ attention and keep them turning to the last page but the story is not done by that page and in some ways is just the beginning. I needed to plan and create longer character arcs, not only in how they develop as individuals but in how their relationships with other characters changes. I needed to create story opportunities for later, weaving small threads of ideas that could lead to other storylines in later novels.

Ghost Club Part 1: The New Kid see the two youngest ghost catchers, Angeline and Edgar, take the newest member, Dylan, on his first catch to a haunted castle. They love it but he is terrified due to something that happened two years previously. Ghost Club Part 2: The Haunted School is set in the abandoned boarding college of their school where they’re staying as part of a year 6 sleepover, only to find there is a young student from 100 years ago who has returned. Ghost Club Part 3: A Transylvanian Tale sees the catchers go to Romania for the annual Ghost Club Convention. There they will meet the world famous catcher, Ripley Granger and, of course, the most famous Transylvanian of them all, Dracula.

In each novel, they have their own self-contained story, but the characters are also getting to know each other, have their own fears, foibles and things to learn. Of course, like Dickens, I am fascinated by ghosts but in these novels I wanted to write about fear, about how we deal with it and if what we’re scared of is really that fearful after all but all while adding lots of mystery, adventure and fun.


We’d like to thank Deborah Abela for including us in her blog tour, a lovely idea we hope to see happening more often!

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A beautiful lesson in perspective to make younger kids think a little bit more about the world around them. I See… and I Taste… are two in a series that address the senses that we take for granted in a light-hearted way. A little bit educational, a little bit fun, and very cute! These are definitely worth a look and would make a lovely gift. Hardback, $18.


Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor by Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey is the author of the Alice-Miranda series of books, which are great favourites here at Fairfield Books. She has now released the first book in a new series for younger readers, centred on a sweet little girl called Clementine Rose and her pet teacup pig, Lavender. Clementine Rose was delivered to her mother, Lady Clarissa, with a batch of dinner rolls when she was a baby, and has lived with her in leaky, dilapidated Penberthy House ever since. In Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor, Clementine must solve the mystery of why creepy Aunt Violet has come to stay with a curious black bag. There will be more adventures to come in this charming new series, perfect for readers 6-10. $12.95

National Bookshop Day Saturday August 11th.

On Saturday August 11th we will be celebrating National Bookshop Day.  We have a programme of authors helping us to do it, so you can take the opportunity to meet some local writers.  There is a mixture of adult and children’s authors coming throughout the day, and their times are listed at the bottom here. As well as having them here, Geoffrey McSkimming and his partner will be performing a magic show to help launch his new book, Phyllis Wong and the Forgotten Secrets of Mr Kyoto.  

We will have cupcakes, quizzes and raffles going on during the day as well.

It will be a fun day of celebrating bookshops in the community and we need your help to do it.

The author schedule is below.

Tony Wilson 10-10.45

Jen Storer 10.30-11.30

Michael Pryor 11-12

Deborah Robertson 12-1

Fran Cusworth 12.30-1.20

Geoffrey McSkimming 1-2

Kylie Ladd 1-2

Zana Fraillon 1.30-2.30

If you loved The Hunger Games then ‘LEGEND’ is for you!!!

Legend by Marie Lu, PB $19.95

This is an absolutely gripping first novel from Marie Lu that will have you on the edge of your seatl!

Set in the not too distant future, America has split into the Republic and the Colonies and they are in a constant battle for control.

Caught in the middle are two teenagers from completely different sides of the track. Day is  a wanted fugitive from the slums and June  is from a wealthy family and one of the Republic’s best soldiers.

Told from alternating points of view, Legend is a fantastic and exciting story that offers suspense, romance and action. By the end of the book you will be absolutely connected to the characters and eagerly awaiting the sequel!