Posted by Rachel Hamilton, author of The Case of the Exploding Loo and The Case of the Exploding Brains. People often ask how you can teach children to be more creative. I may have accidentally discovered the answer . . . ‘by being a slightly useless parent’. It all began with a craft project. Most of my parenting … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: January 2015
The Abandoned Book
Walking along the footpath on my way home last week, I was very shocked to see an abandoned book. It was lying there on the grass, its pages soggy and torn. I dislike people leaving litter anyway – some people near where I live drop crisp packets and drink cans. But a BOOK! How can … Continue reading
Love Hurts – new book out!
Woop woop! There’s a new anthology out TODAY that we just know GHBers are going to LOVE. Check out LOVE HURTS by OODLES of brilliant authors including Malorie Blackman, Laura Dockrill and Philip Pullman. Now, we should say straight away that some of the stories in this are excerpts from full-length novels. But what a … Continue reading
My dog Angus is getting older and I’ve taken him to the vet for tests, because he doesn’t seem quite himself. Sometimes he just looks at me imploringly and I wish that he could explain what the problem is. But he can’t. We don’t speak the same language. As humans we have more ways of … Continue reading
Hello! I come with gifts!
Hello to everyone here! I’m Catherine Johnson, some of you might know my historical novels, like Sawbones and Nest of Vipers, or my contemporary stories like Brave New Girl. Or you might not know me at all. I have one of those very boring very ordinary names, and actually if you google me you’ll find … Continue reading
Bonus Time for Authors
As you’ve probably guessed by now, most of us don’t write books for the money. It’s an appallingly paid profession, and large numbers of authors have another job to supplement their income. Relatively few can afford to do it full time. But at this time of year, every author – and by that I … Continue reading
Get involved on the Guardian Children’s Book Site!
Fancy hearing publishing news before everyone else? Fancy receiving free books to review and seeing your reviews on the site of a national newspaper? Then click here to find out how you could get involved on the Guardian Children’s Book Site! Continue reading
January – the two-faced month!
You probably already know that this month is named after Janus, the god often shown with two faces. I think it is a brilliant idea because I do spend this month looking both forward and back. Forward – I fill in the calendar and generally plan my year; back – because I often catch myself … Continue reading
Chickens and Eggs – ways to become a published children’s writer
On Friday night I went to a party. It was very glamorous, partly because it was held down the road from Claridges (just call me Lady Rose), and partly because it was filled with children’s writers, and when children’s writers party, we like to DRESS UP. Long dresses, high heels (some of which were removed … Continue reading
Come and meet 35 amazing authors!!
What are you doing on Saturday 28th Feb? Well, CANCEL IT! Because you are NOT going to want to miss this! Come along to Birmingham Waterstones at 2pm and swim in the GORGEOUSNESS of this awesome line-up! All these fab authors write for teenagers, and they are dying to meet their readers – so don’t … Continue reading