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Magical Margaret Mahy

By Betty Gilderdale
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  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Isbn : 1742539033
  • Pages : 120
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 164
  • File Pdf: magical-margaret-mahy.pdf

Book Summary:

Throughout her childhood she was making up stories. Before she could write she drew them. By the time she was seven she knew she wanted to write books. Margaret Mahy was a wizard of words and a spinner of magical stories. She was New Zealand's best known author for children, wrote more than 200 books and often appeared in a purple wig or a penguin suit while she delighted audiences with vivacious readings of her stories. But who was Margaret Mahy? What was she like as a child? How did she become a writer? Where did her weird and wonderful ideas come from? Turn these pages and step into a world of the magical Margaret Mahy.

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  • File Pdf: the-christmas-tree-tangle.pdf

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  • File Pdf: constructing-adolescence-in-fantastic-realism.pdf

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  • File Pdf: radical-children-s-literature.pdf

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  • File Pdf: fantasy-and-myth-in-the-anthropocene.pdf

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By Anna Lawrence Pietroni
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  • Publisher : Random House
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  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
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  • File Pdf: ru.pdf

Book Summary:

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  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University of Ottawa Press
  • Isbn : 0776617451
  • Pages : 170
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 263
  • File Pdf: worlds-of-wonder.pdf

Book Summary:

No longer dismissed as "escapist" reading, critics have finally discovered a brave new world of science fiction and fantasy literature. This book is a long-overdue tribute to this previously ignored genre, placing these works within a general context of Canadian literature and culture.

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  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Isbn : 1741768772
  • Pages : 228
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 307
  • File Pdf: the-loblolly-boy.pdf

Book Summary:

When he turned around I could see the spread of the feathery green wings that sprouted from his shoulders, beautiful waving wings. I felt as if I were suddenly on a different planet. Part of me wanted to drop to my knees. 'Who are you?' I gasped. The loblolly boy has the gift of flight. He is invisible to most people, apart from the Sensitives; is much coveted by the sinister Collectors; and he has the power to Exchange - to swap identities with others. But the children who choose to Exchange - often to escape very miserable lives - soon realise that to become one of these magical, Peter Pan-like creatures brings complications and dangers they never anticipated. 'The children in The Loblolly Boy find themselves caught up in a remarkable chain of events. Through an encounter with the fantastic loblolly boy they can become fantastic themselves. This is a rich fantasy - alive with original twists, surprises and mysteries which I dare not reveal. Children's literature is about to be enriched with a new classic.' Margaret Mahy

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 0429867506
  • Pages : 334
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 799
  • File Pdf: children-s-book-prizes.pdf

Book Summary:

First published in 1998, this book is the first comprehensive survey of the awards made to children’s books in the English-speaking world. The Volume covers nearly forty different prizes including well-known and established ones such as the Newbury Award, prizes instigated by the commercial sector such as the Smarties Prize, as well as nationally sponsored awards and prizes for illustrators. Detailed lists are provided of the winning titles and, where appropriate, the runners-up in each year that the award has been given. Ruth Allen also presents some fascinating and often entertaining insights into the motivations behind awards and how they are views by authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians, booksellers and potential purchasers. The various criteria applied by judges of these awards are also examined, with an assessment of whether they have always achieved the ‘right’ result. This Volume is both a useful guide for adults wishing to buy good books for children and an important tool for those researching the history of the children’s book industry.

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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
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  • File Pdf: getting-the-buggers-to-read-2nd-edition.pdf

Book Summary:

This is a fully up-dated guide for teachers and trainees, containing a new chapter on getting boys into books, plus an extended directory and plenty suggestions for further reading. Although reading is essential for every subject, very little attention has been paid to how it is taught, especially in secondary schools. This practical guide shows teachers how they can improve their students' reading skills using a variety of strategies, including setting up reading clubs, celebrating world book day and creating a reader-friendly school. Brimming with top tips and innovative advice, this book will prove invaluable to teachers everywhere.

Teddy One-Eye

By Gavin Bishop
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Isbn : 1775537285
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 256
  • File Pdf: teddy-one-eye.pdf

Book Summary:

Scary, funny, heart-warming and magical, this story of love and loss by one of our best-loved writers and illustrators for children is written with great fondness for the delights of childhood. Teddy One-eye has a rough and tumble life. He is dragged around, chewed on, loses an eye and is often left outside at night. But his many patches show how much he is loved. Teddy One-Eye's special powers lead him to some curious situations and exciting adventures . . .

Spiritcarvers

By Antonella Sarti
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Isbn : 9789042007130
  • Pages : 246
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 440
  • File Pdf: spiritcarvers.pdf

Book Summary:

In a land caught between the sea and cloud, where the natural landscape still refuses civilization, there are those; the composers of words, tellers of tales, that help shape the minds of the people that live on its shores. They are spiritcarvers. New Zealand writing today is engaging in an intent struggle to subvert multiple shapes into voices. These interviews, as a record of biographical orature, are shaped into presenting the figure of the storyteller through memory and language; explorations of how we imagine and create ourselves with and into words. Here we encounter the dichotomy of fiction and non-fiction, myth and consensual reality, imagination and truth: do we live within our own selected fictions? Identity is shaped by the authors' sense of displacement as well as of belonging - meeting otherness with dispossession, discovering connection through isolation. Among the focal points of the interviews are the role of women's writing, Maori writing, interrelations among different cultures, and the influence of literary and oral tradition within New Zealand.

Wings of Icarus: A Bloomsbury Reader

By Jenny Oldfield
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1472989724
  • Pages : 48
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 893
  • File Pdf: wings-of-icarus.pdf

Book Summary:

A gripping retelling of the classic Greek myth by bestselling author Jenny Oldfield. Daedalus can see how much his impulsive, restless son Icarus longs to escape their island prison. When his cunning plan to get them across the sea fails, Daedalus comes up with an even more dangerous invention: wings to take them to the skies. This accessible retelling of the renowned Greek myth has appealing black-and-white illustrations by Bee Willey and is perfect for children who are developing as readers. The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence covering a wide range of genres and topics. With charming illustrations, ideas for discussion points and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com. 'Patrice Lawrence, Tony Bradman, Margaret Mahy [...] any list that brings together such a quality line up of authors is going to be welcomed.' - Books for Keeps on the series Book Band: Brown Ideal for ages 7+

The Routledge Companion to Children's Literature

By David Rudd
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1134028245
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 961
  • File Pdf: the-routledge-companion-to-children-s-literature.pdf

Book Summary:

The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature is a vibrant and authoritative exploration of children’s literature in all its manifestations. It features a series of essays written by expert contributors who provide an illuminating examination of why children’s literature is the way it is. Topics covered include: the history and development of children's literature various theoretical approaches used to explore the texts, including narratological methods questions of gender and sexuality along with issues of race and ethnicity realism and fantasy as two prevailing modes of story-telling picture books, comics and graphic novels as well as ‘young adult’ fiction and the ‘crossover’ novel media adaptations and neglected areas of children’s literature. The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature contains suggestions for further reading throughout plus a helpful timeline and a substantial glossary of key terms and names, both established and more cutting-edge. This is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to an increasingly complex and popular discipline.

Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English

By Eugene Benson,L.W. Conolly
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1134468474
  • Pages : 1676
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 118
  • File Pdf: encyclopedia-of-post-colonial-literatures-in-english.pdf

Book Summary:

Post-Colonial Literatures in English, together with English Literature and American Literature, form one of the three major groupings of literature in English, and, as such, are widely studied around the world. Their significance derives from the richness and variety of experience which they reflect. In three volumes, this Encyclopedia documents the history and development of this body of work and includes original research relating to the literatures of some 50 countries and territories. In more than 1,600 entries written by more than 600 internationally recognized scholars, it explores the effect of the colonial and post-colonial experience on literatures in English worldwide.

Deep Water

By Lu Hersey
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Isbn : 191434507X
  • Pages :
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 385
  • File Pdf: deep-water.pdf

Book Summary:

When her mum vanishes, Danni moves to a tiny Cornish fishing village with Dad – where the locals treat her like a monster. As the village's dark, disturbing past bubbles to the surface, Danni discovers that she's not who – or what – she thought she was. And the only way to save her family from a bitter curse is to embrace her incredible new gift. Originally published by Usborne, Deep Water was the winner of the Mslexia Novel Prize in 2015.

A Family of Readers

By Martha V. Parravano,Roger Sutton
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Candlewick Press
  • Isbn : 0763662178
  • Pages : 368
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 162
  • File Pdf: a-family-of-readers.pdf

Book Summary:

Two of the most trusted reviewers in the field join with top authors, illustrators, and critics in a definitive guide to choosing books for children—and nurturing their love of reading. A FAMILY OF READERS is the definitive resource for parents interested in enriching the reading lives of their children. It’s divided into four sections: 1. Reading to Them: Choosing and sharing board books and picture books with babies and very young children. 2. Reading with Them: Launching the new reader with easy readers and chapter books. 3. Reading on Their Own: Exploring what children read—and how they read—by genre and gender. 4. Leaving Them Alone: Respecting the reading privacy of the young adult. Roger Sutton knows how and why children read. He must, as the editor in chief of THE HORN BOOK, which since 1924 has been America’s best source for reviews of books for young readers. But for many parents, selecting books for their children can make them feel lost. Now, in this essential resource, Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano, executive editor at the magazine, offer thoughtful essays that consider how books are read to (and then by) young people. They invite such leading authors and artists as Maurice Sendak, Katherine Paterson, Margaret Mahy, and Jon Scieszka, as well as a selection of top critics, to add their voices about the genres they know best. The result is an indispensable readers’ companion to everything from wordless board books to the most complex and daring young adult novels.