I recently attended a Penguin’s Children’s book event where they shared their plans for 2014 and I got very excited – did you know Eric Carle’s The Hungry Caterpillar celebrates 45 years this year? The twins LOVED this book and we still have our board book version kicking around on the book shelf and frequently read with love and laughter.
I learnt that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be celebrating 50 years this year. Roald Dahl’s books played a huge part in my childhood but also in my first born Thomas’s. He didn’t like school one iota BUT he loved to read and by introducing him to Dahl’s books Tommy became an avid reader, it was such a pleasure watching him devour the entire Dahl collection. I think Charlie is possibly my favourite Dahl book or maybe it was the BFG?
Half Bad by Sally Green
Penguin Children’s books have so much going on that I had to cherry pick and today I’m focusing on one book in particular Half Bad by Sally Green, because I think you’ll be hearing an awful lot about it very soon. Like the next Harry Potter phenomenon so to speak because without actually being printed yet it’s sold in 42 different languages and has film rights secured too by Fox 2000, see what I’m saying?
Not only that but the most amazing fact for me is it’s her debut novel!
What’s it about? Well I think, you’re going to like this – it’s about one boy’s struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. He is Half Bad in as much he is child of a white witch and a black one, the trouble is nobody likes half bads and so until the age of 14 he is kept in a cage, as it says on the back cover ‘Wanted by no one, hunted by everyone.’
You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday. Easy.
Think Twilight or the vampire craze that has gripped teendom and that is what you’re in for with Half Bad.
The book is aimed at a 12+ audience (that is so me) and in paperback costs £7.99. I can’t put it down!
Come back next week for more ideas from Penguin’s Children’s books
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