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Lucy Strange: From Stage to Page

Our Children's Book of the Month for October is The Secret of Nightingale Wood, Lucy Strange's eerily luminous debut that evokes memories of classics such as I Capture The Castle or The Children of Green Knowe. Set in England just after World War One, it tells the story of Henrietta, a solitary girl trying to recover from the devastating loss of her brother. Drawing deep on her love for storybook tales and her belief in her brother's spirit, Henry is taken deep into the woods beyond her home to meet with the only figure who just may be able to save her entire family. Here, the author explores how her training as an actor enriched the writing of the book.

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Into The Wild

Our Children's Book of the Month for September is The Wolf Wilder, Katherine Rundell's follow-up to her much-loved The Rooftoppers. Set in a snow-white St Petersberg, The Wolf Wilder is a fairy-tale-infused adventure with very sharp teeth. Here, the author gives us a glimpse into the personal inspiration behind the tale

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The Truth About Fiction

Our Waterstones Loves title for July was Wolf Hollow, a haunting and wise coming-of-age tale written in a beautiful yet simple style. Set in 1943 in rural Pennsylvania, its young protagonist Annabelle must learn some hard truths when her cruel cousin Betty comes to stay, one of which is that sometimes lies are just far more effective than honesty. With its moral themes, plucky lead and timeless appeal, the book has echoes of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Here, its author Lauren Wolk walks us through her deep Pennsylvanian roots

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