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Book Clinic: Books to make your toes curl

Want to get in the mood for Halloween? Are the ghosts and ghouls queuing up outside your front door? This is the perfect time of year to keep your younger readers entertained with some witchy goings on or send a chill down an older child’s spine with a creepy tale or two… Read more
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In conversation: Henry Winkler

Our intrepid reporter Isabel Popple managed to grab a few minutes with Henry Winkler at his recent visit to our Truro Bookshop to talk about his campaign to change attitudes towards dyslexia. Read more
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Book Clinic: Goodnight Books

Trying to get young children into bed and sound asleep is not always the easiest task of the day, whether it’s “Just five more minutes, pleeease,” nighttime worries, or little ones that just don’t seem able to nod off. But do not fear: here are some of Isabel Popple's favourite goodnight, getting-ready-for-bed and afraid-of-the-dark books to help the process along. Read more
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In conversation: Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick is a British master - the author of over thirty novels, he has been shortlisted multiple times for the Carnegie Medal and earlier this year won the Printz Award for Midwinterblood. His writing is magical - often in every sense of the word – atmospheric, thoughtful, and with characters that leap of the page, and his latest book, She Is Not Invisible, follows teenager Laureth on a search through the New York streets for her missing father, with just his cryptic notebook – and her seven year old brother - to guide her. And when I meet the author in person, he is tall, quietly spoken, and as engaging and astute as his writing. Read more
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The YA Buzz

Want to know some of things that were discussed at YALC and what is at the heart of YA? Here’s Isabel Popple's personal pick of some of the most crucial comments made across last weekend's events. Read more
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In conversation: James Dawson – Queen of Teen

James Dawson is the new Queen of Teen - crowned just last Friday! What does his new royal status mean to him, how does he plan to wield his bookish power, and what does he think about UK YA? Our own Isabel Popple caught up with him at the UK's first Young Adult Literature Convention to find out. Read more
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Book Clinic: Getting crafty

The spring - and Easter - is all about new growth, new beginnings, new creations, as the first daffodils and green buds emerge from the winter soil. What better time could there be then, for children (and adults!) to get crafty and make some special new creations of their own? Finding inspiration and knowing where to begin is often the trickiest part, though, so here are some of Isabel Popple's favourite crafty books for children, which are packed with tips and ideas, from finger painting and tissue paper flowers to building your own paper town. Read more
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Book Clinic: Missing Harry Potter?

What with the revelation this weekend from J.K. Rowling that perhaps Harry ended up with the wrong person at the end of the series, we're overcome with nostalgia for all things Potter. But with our Harry Potter books already falling to pieces from repeated reading, what are we to do? Luckily Isabel Popple is here with her pick of her favourite magical adventure series to try to fill the Harry shaped hole in all our lives...

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Book Clinic: To infinity, and beyond!

With the return of Stargazing Live this week, will you and your youngsters be inspired to step outside and partake in a little star-watching? If you need a little help, here are some of our favourite books for children about the night sky to get you started. Read more
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Book Clinic: A child’s Christmas in books

Are the sleigh bells ringing in your town? With less than three weeks to go until Christmas (yikes!) there’s no time like the present for dabbling in some Christmassy books. Isabel Popple shares some favourites, old and new, for young children (and mum and dad) to indulge their Christmas spirit… Read more