Tag Archives: YA

Why YA = Story Dynamite

So I was talking with a group of writers and I commented that a historical piece someone else is working on would make a really good subject for a YA novel. From right beside me, I heard one of the … Continue reading

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F**k, fudge, frick, fug, flip, fiddlesticks…

Swearing’s an issue for Young Adult writers. Put it in and your books may not be acceptable to the gatekeepers – the publishers and librarian and parents who seek to make sure our children’s minds remain unsullied by the seamier … Continue reading

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Dancing on my mind

My head is full of dancing. It’s not a thing I do much, not a thing I’ve ever done much, but in this festive season we’ve just emerged from dancing kept pas-de-bas-ing into my mind. First, there was Strictly Come … Continue reading

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PRESS ONE FOR SANTA part 5

By Gill-Marie Stewart If you haven’t read the first four episodes of this story, use the blog history on the right to get up to date or scroll back through using the arrow above. “You’re hours late!” Mr Pirrie barked. … Continue reading

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PRESS ONE FOR SANTA part 4

By Katy Haye If you haven’t read the first three episodes of this story, use the blog history on the right to get up to date or scroll back through using the arrow above. The doors slammed and we set … Continue reading

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PRESS ONE FOR SANTA part 1

By Moira McPartlin It was early, and the wet, drab streets were almost empty. No doubt the masses were energy-saving for the last-minute venture into hell. Why bother when you can shop online? I gagged again as I stepped over … Continue reading

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Does Lynne Reid Banks have a point?

Little bit of a fracas last week in the world of children’s publishing as Lynne Reid Banks, author of books for children and adults, voiced her disapproval of the Guardian Children’s Book Prize being awarded to A Song for Ella … Continue reading

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