Archive for June, 2009

Join Australia’s best children’s writers at the Byron Bay Writers Festival (NSW) on Saturday 8 August from 9.00am – 2.30pm.

In the kids’ marquee, kids aged 6 to 16 will find authors, book signings, storytelling and fun activities!

For more information about events and purchasing tickets, visit the Byron Bay Writers Festival website. (The festival runs from 7 – 9 August 2009.)

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The first time Minton the salamander saw Hector, he was shooting out of a volcano! The Hottest Boy Who Ever Lived: coverHector is the hottest boy who ever lived.

Inside he burned like a bonfire.
When he sighed, the grass turned brown.

He lives near a volcano, with Minton for a pet. He eats mangoes and pineapples and there’s nobody to tell him when to go to bed! But he is very lonely.

One day there is a terrible storm and Hector and Minton are swept out to sea, still clinging to a tree. They drift until they arrive in a country of Vikings and freezing weather. The Vikings are afraid of Hector’s unusual heat (and red hair!), and start to blame him for the bad luck they have. Hector has to find a way to reach out to them so he can make a new home for himself.

The Hottest Boy Who Ever Lived is illustrated by Kim Gamble (Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble work together on the Tashi books). The illustrations really help you to imagine how Hector feels as you read the story of his journey. (My favourite illustration is one of Hector holding a child who fell into the ice – you can see that he really cares, and just looking at it makes you feel warm!)

This is a good winter read!

The Hottest Boy Who Ever Lived, by Anna Fienberg, illustrated by Kim Gamble, Allen & Unwin, 2009 (first published 1993)

Our review copy was sent to us by Allen & Unwin

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Will suit older readers (upper primary).The Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie

Jenna attends an audition to star as a princess in a movie (without her mother’s permission), and is amazed to be chosen for the role over her friends. Even more amazingly, Jenna’s normally strict mother gives permission for her to fly to Scandia for the movie shoot, where Jenna discovers her own resemblance to the Princess of Scandia, Malena. And Malena has gone missing …

This is an exciting mystery – you might find yourself staying up late to finish reading it! The story had unexpected twists  and is told from several different perspectives. Nothing will be the same for Jenna by the end of the book. If you like a story with royalty, a kidnapping, a chase, mistaken identities, and an everyday girl (turned heroine), then you’ll love The Princess Plot!

The Princess Plot, by Kirsten Boie, Chicken House, May 2009

Our review copy was sent to us by Chicken House

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Winter writing competition: entries close 3 JULY 2009

Win a $20 book voucher! Write a short story up to 350 words (shorter is fine). Your story must include this line: ‘The paper aeroplane was gone!’

*UPDATE: in the winter issue of the magazine, the rules state that entries must be handwritten. It has since been decided that WE WILL ALSO ACCEPT TYPED ENTRIES.

Please remember to include a competition entry form for each entry. This may be printed from the website, photocopied, or contact us to have one emailed or posted to you.

For more information (and to print a competition entry form), visit the Alphabet Soup website: www.alphabetsoup.net.au.

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For kids in Western Australia -  Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is doing ‘The Man from Snowy River’ in the July school holidays. They are also running puppet-making workshops!

For more information, visit their website: www.sppt.asn.au.

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