Wednesday, June 28, 2006



Wolf Brother, Michelle Paver
Checkmate, Malorie Blackman
Roxy's Baby, Catherine MacPhail
Raven's Gate, Anthony Horowitz
Epic, Conor Kostick
The Spook's Curse, Joseph Delaney
Lord Loss, Darren Shan
Tessa in Love, Kate le Vann
Ark Angel, Anthony Horowitz

Alas no information in the press release about the date when the winner is announced...

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Many will remember with great pleasure the series of useful little books published by Dinosaur Publications, many of them written by Althea herself.

She has now turned her considerable talents as an artist in a new direction - fused glass. An exhibition of her glorious dishes and hangings will take place during the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival from 17 June - 16 July at New Oxford House, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AH. Opening hours 10.30-5.00 daily opening from midday to 5pm on Sundays. It is conveniently sited opposite a pub, next to a wine bar and within a short stride of a coffee bar! The full programme can be seen at


The ceremony moved to Hay for the first time and caused at least one commentator to mutter about the costs of getting there compared to going to London. As always it depends on your starting point. Not everyone lives within easy reach of London and I'm sure there is a strong argument for the Award to take place in different parts of the country. Whether Hay is the right place remains a moot point.

The overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award was Rick Riordan with "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief published, as were all the other winners, by Puffin. Books for Younger Children category was won by "Pigs might Fly!" by Jonathan Emmett and Steve Cox and the Book for Younger Readers was won by "Spy Dog" by Andrew Cope.

The prize was founded in 1980 by Carousel editor and contributor Pat Thomson who is a well-known author in her own right. It is run by the Federation of Children's Book Groups and involves children right across the country in the judging process.