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Writing tips from The Desmond Elliott Prize

17 July 2014 / Tips / 0 comments

The Desmond Elliott Prize, now in its seventh year, is awarded to a first novel written in English and published in the UK. It was created in memory of the charismatic publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, who died in August 2003. He stipulated that his estate should be invested in a charitable trust that would fund a literary award… more

12 ideas for Creative Reviews for teen books

12 June 2014 / Running a reading group / Tips / 0 comments

We're always hearing about the amazing things that Reading Activists are doing with books. Book recipes, book posters, Skype interviews - check out some top ways of turning your book into a creative review. 1. Illustrate your review Liven up your words with some illustrations and colour. This review of Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman was created by Jess Parkinson from… more

The Moonfield reviews

5 February 2014 / Reading group reviews / Tips / 20 comments

Harper Collins gave away 20 reading group sets of The Moon Field by Judith Allnatt to reading groups. About the book The Moon Field is a moving and unforgettable novel of bravery and battle, love and loss that will captivate fans of Louisa Young and Sebastian Faulks. It is 1914. George Farrell cycles through the tranquil Cumberland fells to deliver a letter,… more