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March 26, 2010

H.A. Rey

Monkey Business in a World of Evil by Edward Rothstein in the New York Times, March 25, 2010. An exhibit covering Curious George and his creators, the Reys.

March 25, 2010

Edgar Allan Poe

Two centuries have not aged Poe's writing by Andrew Taylor, The Guardian, Monday 19 January 2009.

Eulogy for a master by Hilary Spurling, The Observer, Sunday 27 January 2008

Writer Edgar Allan Poe gets proper funeral - 160 years on by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian, Thursday 8 October 2009

Oscar Wilde

The 10 most popular misconceptions about Oscar Wilde The Guadian, Wednesday August 29 2007.

March 23, 2010

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson: I'm afraid of replying to children's letters by Charlotte Williamson in the Daily Telegraph, 27 Sep 2009. The article touches on all sorts of pertinent issues.
It's not like her to put a professional foot wrong. The much-loved Wilson has, after all, sold more than 25 million books, was until recently the most borrowed author in British libraries, and is a Dame (the first children's author to be so honoured). But last year she dared to suggest that too much freedom and "being invited to engage with ideas that they simply don't have the maturity to deal with" meant that childhood today was over by the age of 11.
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One aspect of modern childhood she finds particularly perplexing is the way children have so much freedom in many ways – and in others, none at all. "In most loving families, if a child has a point, they're allowed to make it; they're allowed to argue with their parents. Whereas, in my generation, you'd get a clap on your head if you dared argue with your dad.

"On the other hand, they aren't allowed to play out in the streets any more. They don't play imaginary games. When I was at school, everyone in the playground up to a certain age played imaginary games. They were quite prosaic – cowboys and indians, or the Famous Five. Now, apart from very little kids with teddies being offered biscuits, they don't play imaginatively with each other. Adults are a part of children's lives all the time now. It can be good to protect and encourage children, but it stops children learning to get along with other children."

March 22, 2010

Richmal Crompton

Not Just William post from Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover blog. April 23rd, 2007.

Richmal Crompton - Not just Just William another post from Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover blog, November 18th, 2009.

January 25, 2010

G.K. Chesterton

Allan Massie in the November 1, 2008 edition of The Spectator has an article, The Everlasting Man, on the continuing interest in and relevance of G.K. Chesterton.

November 24, 2009

Terry Pratchett

An interview in the October 31, 2009 edition of New Scientist with popular sicence fiction writer Terry Pratchett.

September 27, 2009

Jan Brett

From a New York Times article,

September 10, 2009

Walter Lord Booklist and Bibliography

This book list is divided into two sections:
(1) Books for Young Adults
(2) Walter Lord Bibliography

The list begins below with Young Adult, but you can use the following link to skip directly to the Walter Lord Bibliography sections.
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Young Adult

A Night To Remember by Walter Lord Highly Recommended
Day of Infamy by Walter Lord Recommended
A Time to Stand by Walter Lord Recommended
The Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord and read by Jeff Cummings (AUDIO BOOK) Recommended


Walter Lord Bibliography
The Fremantle Diary by Walter Lord 1954
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord 1955
Day of Infamy by Walter Lord 1957
The Good Years by Walter Lord 1960
A Time to Stand by Walter Lord 1961
Peary to the Pole by Walter Lord 1963
The Past That Would Not Die by Walter Lord 1965
Incredible Victory by Walter Lord 1967
The Dawn's Early Light by Walter Lord 1972
Lonely Vigil by Walter Lord 1977
The Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord 1982
The Night Lives On by Walter Lord 1986
The Fremantle Diary by Walter Lord 2001

July 29, 2009

Joan Aiken Booklist and Bibliography

This book list is divided into three sections:
(1) Books for Independent Readers
(2) Books for Young Adults
(3) Joan Aiken Bibliography

The list begins below with Independent Readers, but you can use the following link to skip directly to the Young Adult or the Joan Aiken Bibliography sections.
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Go to books for Young Adults
Go to the Joan Aiken Bibliography

Independent Reader

Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Edward Gorey Highly Recommended
Nightbirds on Nantucket by Joan Aiken Recommended
The Cuckoo Tree by Joan Aiken Recommended
Arabel's Raven by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake Recommended
Go Saddle the Sea by Joan Aiken Recommended
Arabel and Mortimer by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake Recommended
The Stolen Lake by Joan Aiken Recommended
Bridle the Wind by Joan Aiken Recommended
Teeth of the Gale by Joan Aiken Recommended
The Witch of Clatteringshaws by Joan Aiken Recommended
The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken Recommended
Midnight Is a Place by Joan Aiken Suggested


Young Adult

Mansfield Park Revisited by Joan Aiken Suggested
Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken Suggested
Eliza’s Daughter by Joan Aiken Suggested
The Watsons and Emma Watson by Jane Austen & Joan Aiken Suggested


Joan Aiken Bibliography
All You've Ever Wanted and Other Stories by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Pat Marriott 1953
More than You Bargained For, and Other Stories by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Pat Marriott 1955
The Kingdom and the Cave by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Dick Hart 1960
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken 1962
Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Robin Jacques 1964
The Silence of Herondale by Joan Aiken 1964
The Fortune Hunters by Joan Aiken 1965
Beware of the Bouquet by Joan Aiken 1966
Night Birds on Nantucket by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Robin Jacques 1966
Dark Interval by Joan Aiken 1967
The Ribs of Death by Joan Aiken 1967
A Necklace of Raindrops, and Other Stories by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski 1968
Armitage, Armitage, Fly Away Home by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Betty Fraser 1968
The Whispering Mountain by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Frank Bozzo 1968
A Small Pinch of Weather, and Other Stories by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Pat Marriott 1969
Night Fall by Joan Aiken 1969
The Windscreen Weepers, and Other Tales of Horror and Suspense, and Fantasy by Joan Aiken 1969
Smoke from Cromwell's Time and Other Stories by Joan Aiken 1970
The Butterfly Picnic by Joan Aiken 1970
The Embroidered Sunset by Joan Aiken 1970
All and More by Joan Aiken 1971
The Cuckoo Tree by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Susan Obrant 1971
The Kingdom under the Sea, and Other Stories by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski 1971
A Harp of Fishbones and Other Stories by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Pat Marriott 1972
Died on a Rainy Sunday by Joan Aiken 1972
Winterthing: A Child's Play by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Arvis Stewart 1972
The Escaped Black Mamba by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake 1973
The Mooncusser's Daughter by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Arvis Stewart 1973
All but a Few by Joan Aiken 1974
Midnight Is a Place by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Pat Marriott 1974
Not What You Expected: A Collection of Short Stories by Joan Aiken 1974
Tales of Arabel's Raven by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake 1974
The Bread Bin by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake 1974
Voices in an Empty House by Joan Aiken 1975
A Bundle of Nerves: Stories of Horror, Suspense and Fantasy by Joan Aiken 1976
Castle Barebane by Joan Aiken 1976
Mortimer's Tie by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake 1976
Sophie de Segur, The Angel Inn by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Pat Marriott 1976
The Skin Spinners: Poems by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Ken Rinciari 1976
Go Saddle the Sea by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Pat Marriott 1977
Last Movement by Joan Aiken 1977
The Faithless Lollybird and Other Stories by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Pat Marriott 1977
The Far Forests: Tales of Romance, Fantasy, and Suspese by Joan Aiken 1977
The Five-Minute Marriage by Joan Aiken 1977
Mice and Mendelson by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Babette Cole 1978
Street by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Arvis Stewart 1978
Tale of a One-Way Street and Other Stories by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski 1978
The Smile of the Stranger by Joan Aiken 1978
A Touch of Chill by Joan Aiken 1979
Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake 1979
The Spiral Stair by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake 1979
The Lightning Tree by Joan Aiken 1980
The Shadow Guests by Joan Aiken 1980
Arabel and Mortimer by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake 1981
The Stolen Lake by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Pat Marriott 1981
A Whisper in the Night by Joan Aiken 1982
Moon Hill by Joan Aiken 1982
Mortimer's Portrait on Glass by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake 1982
The Mystery of Mr. Jones's Disappearing Taxi by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake 1982
The Way to Write for Children by Joan Aiken 1982
The Young Lady from Paris by Joan Aiken 1982
Bridle the Wind by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Pat Marriott 1983
Foul Matter by Joan Aiken 1983
Mortimer's Cross by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake 1983
The Kitchen Warriors by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Jo Worth 1983
Fog Hounds, Wind Cat, Sea Mice (stories) by Joan Aiken 1984
Mansfield Park Revisited by Joan Aiken 1984
Up the Chimney Down, and Other Stories by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Pat Marriott 1984
Mortimer Says Nothing (stories) by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake 1985
The Last Slice of Rainbow by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Margaret Walty 1985
Dido and Pa by Joan Aiken 1986
Past Eight O'Clock (stories) by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski 1986
A Goose on Your Grave by Joan Aiken 1987
Deception by Joan Aiken 1987
The Moon's Revenge by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Lee Alan 1987
The Erl King's Daughter by Joan Aiken 1988
The Teeth of the Gale by Joan Aiken 1988
Voices by Joan Aiken 1988
A Foot in the Grave by Joan Aiken 1989
Blackground by Joan Aiken 1989
Give Yourself a Fright by Joan Aiken 1989
A Fit of Shivers by Joan Aiken 1990
Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken 1990
The Haunting of Lamb House by Joan Aiken 1991
The Shoemaker's Boy by Joan Aiken 1991
Is by Joan Aiken 1992
Morningquest by Joan Aiken 1992
Hatching Trouble by Joan Aiken 1993
The Midnight Moropous by Joan Aiken 1993
Eliza's Daughter by Joan Aiken 1994
Mortimer's Mine by Joan Aiken 1994
Mortimer's Pocket by Joan Aiken 1994
The Winter Sleepwalker by Joan Aiken 1994
A Creepy Company by Joan Aiken 1995
A Handful of Gold by Joan Aiken 1995
Cold Shoulder Road by Joan Aiken 1995
Mayhem in Rumbury by Joan Aiken 1995
Emma Watson by Joan Aiken 1996
The Cockatrice Boys by Joan Aiken 1996
The Jewel Seed by Joan Aiken 1997
Moon Cake by Joan Aiken 1998
The Youngest Miss Ward by Joan Aiken 1998
Limbo Lodge by Joan Aiken 1999
In Thunder's Pocket by Joan Aiken 2000
Lady Catherine's Necklace by Joan Aiken 2000
Shadows and Moonshine by Joan Aiken 2001
Song of Mat and Ben by Joan Aiken 2001
Bone and Dream by Joan Aiken 2002
Ghostly Beasts by Joan Aiken 2002
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Belinda Downes 2002
Midwinter Nightingale by Joan Aiken 2003
Snow Horse, and Other Stories by Joan Aiken 2004
The Witch of Clatteringshaws by Joan Aiken 2005
The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken 2008
The Dark Streets of Kimballs Green. by Joan Aiken NA

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