Top Five: Stephen King BooksMy love affair with Stephen King started on my 11th birthday when I received a copy of The Dead Zone. Up until then I’d just read children's books, so this was both a revelation and an education. There were no happy endings in this story, that was for sure. By the time I finished it, I was hooked and quickly looked for more of his books. Even now, more than three decades later, I’m still first in the queue whenever something new is released. I won’t claim to have read everything that King has written – because of the amount of words he churns out every year, I doubt many people have. I have read most of his work, though. What gets me most is the sheer diversity. Whatever the story is, whether it’s a horror tale about a clown in the sewer system, or a crazed fan with some interesting motivational techniques, or a short novella about a prison break, he grabs hold of you from the first word and doesn’t let go until the final full stop. Quite simply, the guy is a genius. There are a lot of great storyteller out there, but there will only ever be one King.
Representing Disability in YA
Someone told me recently that my genre is "Disabilities/Disadvantaged YA" and I had to bite my tongue to keep from arguing.
Girl Spies Do it Differently
"You know, you really should announce your weapons after you fire them, Mr. Gru. For example… Lipstick taser!"
Editor's Choices: August Non-Fiction
The Bookseller's non-fiction editor, Caroline Sanderson, chooses her favourite non-fiction titles publishing in August.
Top Five: Great EscapesChildren's lives are dictated by rules and restrictions - some they begrudgingly accept, some they resent, some they don't even understand. Between school and home, there's rarely a moment when their behaviour and choices aren't policed by adults in some way. If given the chance they even make up their own rules, demanding punishment for those that don't follow the laws of the playground. Children hate rules, but they need them. When given actual freedom, they often feel overwhelmed and frightened. Books and films are one of the only safe places where they can experience the idea of freedom, and experiment with dangerous ideas and consequences. In my latest book, The Tornado Chasers, a gang of mismatched children set out to escape their safety-obsessed village, run through bear-infested countryside, and head straight for a raging tornado. In this spirit of daring escapism, I look at five great literary leaps into freedom - glorious, terrifying freedom! – and, of course, the safe return to normality.
The Military Inspiration Behind White Crocodile
Author K.T. Medina tells us about how her military background inspired her novel, White Crocodile.