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

Book Clinic – Dystopia

In the light of Malorie Blackman's appointment this week as the new Waterstones Children's Laureate, Isabel Popple takes a look at the best dystopian teen fiction around... Read more
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The Book Clinic: Where next after Walliams?

Isabel Popple, lead bookseller at our Truro bookshop, answers your book-based questions to help you in your search for the perfect read. This week she's looking at what books young David Walliams fans can move onto once they've consumed all of his... Read more

“Don’t forget to be awesome”: On tour with John Green

The Fault In Our StarsNext week the Polish National Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage of Cadogan Hall, a 900-seat Concert Hall in Chelsea, London. Last Saturday that same stage was trodden by American Young Adult author John Green, and the hall was full. Every ticket had been sold. Twice. Steven Cooper from our Events team, with contributions from booksellers Isabel Popple and Charlie Hay, explains why this was not your ordinary book tour... Read more