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I have lots of exciting publishing news for you!
First, my new young adult novel The Company of Ghosts will be published on 3rd October 2013. It tells the story of 16-year old Ellie, who is stranded on a remote Scottish island. Gradually she senses that she is not alone there – but are the whisperings and shadows real, or are they imaginings wrought by her terrifying loneliness? Desperate to keep herself sane, Ellie paints feverishly, trying to capture what she is experiencing, but she is also haunted by memories of what has been going on in her home life, and by the growing realisation that she is beginning to fall in love.
The Company of Ghosts is available in paperback and as an ebook. For more information go to The Company of Ghosts page.
The first review of it can be seen here on The Bookbag.
The Company of Ghosts is dedicated to my good friend Dolores, who really doesn’t believe in ghosts at all!
The Company of Ghosts is the sixth of my novels to be published by Andersen Press. Maybe the one that it is closest to it in location and mood is Daughter of the Sea, which is also set on a Scottish island. Daughter of the Sea is about a girl selkie, Gioga, who lives inland but is haunted by the sea. Where does she belong?
Also newly published (on the same day as The Company of Ghosts) – The Starburster Stories. (Random House). These stories originally came in three separate volumes, The Starburster, The Humming Machine and The Windspinner, and are now available as a single beautiful bumper book. They tell the story of Tam and his amazing adventures in the land of the Fairies. Here are some reviews: “For magic, adventure and excitement that starts on the very first page, you’ll love this.” – Families Magazine; “A great read.” – The School Librarian.
To find out more about it, see The Starburster Stories.
And now for two pieces of very exciting whisper news: First, I am now writing a companion novel to my best-selling novel Street Child. Over the years I have received hundreds and hundreds of letters from children asking if there is to be a sequel, and I have always said no – but now the publishers, Harper Collins, have persuaded me to write one. At the moment I can tell you nothing about it! The question that most children ask me is: “What happened to Emily and Lizzie?” Well, maybe the new novel will tell you! If you want to keep in touch with the progress of the new novel enter your email address in my web wizard’s box above. Maybe you could help me to choose a title!
I also have some wonderful news about my picture book, Snowy – after a long rest, it is coming back into print next year! I’ll tell you more about it in my next newsletter.
Now for your letters. Many children have been writing to me about Street Child, including Colman Junior School, Norwich and Great Alne Primary, Alcester. (Anna Banks wrote, “I think Street Child is emotional, well-written and flabbergasting all in one!”)
Roberts School, Dudley sent exciting final chapters, especially the one from McKenzie Fennell, which won the Head Teacher’s Award, and deservedly so. McKenzie is second from the left.
Also Holly Lodge Primary, Surrey, and Diamond Hall Junior School Sunderland – with lovely illustrations!
Children from Brumby Junior School, Scunthorpe (great blogs, by the way!) have written chapter 3.5 – amazing! What happened to Emily and Lizzie when they got left behind? Wonderful writing from all of you. Aha, let’s see if your ideas are anything like mine! Here’s how Jai Twyman finished her chapter about Emily:
Now Lizzie was asleep it was safe to let out her thoughts, which meant memories began to strike. “Cottage, Dad, Ma, Jim, please give hope,” she whimpered quietly. Eventually her memories faded away leading her to go to sleep, and the light that was holding hope was the flickering candle.
And St. Mary’s Island School, Chatham, Kent, sent beautifully written letters. The children there have also been enjoying Midnight Man, as have children from Rykneld Junior School, Staffs, who sent lots of letters about Jinnie Ghost and Midnight Man. I loved your letter designs!
Tushingham School, Cheshire wrote beautiful letters of invitation and thanks. Abby Mayers sent me a copy of her excellent and well produced story, ‘Midnight at Talybont’. She has been reading Spellhorn.
I have heard from Mia Mori, another talented and dedicated young writer. Keep going Mia! It’s more important to love writing than to get published when you’re 12 years old. Enjoy it. I can see you do already. Rosie, Amber, Erica, Barnaby, Ruby and Joshua of Old Catton C of E, Scunthorpe have also been reading Spellhorn and really enjoying it. Rosie keeps writing back, too!
Thank you, Castlewood Primary School, West Sussex, for your enthusiastic letters about Blue John. You’ve done some wonderful work with it. And I’m sure Tim Clarey is delighted to know that you loved his beautiful illustrations so much, too.
Nick Cooper, who has just started at Highfield School in Letchworth, wants to know if I’m writing a book at the moment. Yes, I am Nick – see the whisper news!
My youngest fan letter writer is Olivia from the Kindergarten class of South Elementary School, St Peter, Minnesota, who is only 4! She has been reading A Calf Called Valentine with her class and sent me a letter to say how much she loves the story. Olivia is the little girl with the big red heart!
Finally, letters about Starburster from Lauren Golding at Lea Valley Primary, Tottenham and Maria Lucy Savelli from St Thomas More School in Norwich. Here’s what Maria wrote:
Dear Berlie Doherty
Hello I’m sending this to you to tell you how much I love your books. First I read The Starburster and that was amazing! After I read it Father Christmas gave me a kaleidoscope. I like fairies so the story was great for me. I like Faery it’s a fantastic name.
Then I read The Humming Machine. That was brilliant! I like Great Grandpa Toby in it. When I had finished it, I was so desperate to read the next book.
So the next book I read was The Windspinner. That was superb! Every time I read it I didn’t want to put it down at all, it was so good. My favourite chapter is Vanished and The Flame Reader. My favourite characters are the fairy princess, Great grandpa Toby and Pix.
After that I discovered Tilly Mint Tales and Tilly Mint and the Dodo. That was outstanding! I love it. It was so great I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Especially Tilly Mint and the Dodo. At first I didn’t know what a dodo was until my mum told me, I was so interested. When I found out your mum and dad called you Tilly Mint that was interesting too. Is Mrs Hardcastle magic and does she know magic things would happen to Tilly Mint? I like it when Tilly Mint flies and when they both fly together. My favourite book of yours is Tilly Mint Tales and Tilly Mint and the Dodo. I would love to read more books from you.
Maria Lucy Savelli.
Wow! What a wonderful letter! I wish you worked for my publisher, Maria. They would be thrilled to know how wonderfully you promote my books! Please tell your friends that the bumper edition of The Starburster Stories is now available, and that there’s a bumper edition of the two Tilly Mint books, too, called Tilly Mint Tales.
I’m sending you a signed copy of The Famous Adventures of Jack, as you don’t seem to have read that one and I think it will be just right for you.
And finally – those of you who love fairy tales as much as I do might be interested in this message from Megan Potter from enrichingkids.com:
My name is Megan Potter, I'm one of the theatre program directors for Enriching Kids. I really want to thank you for the work you’ve done on http://www.berliedoherty.com/links.html. It's been a really great resource for us and a huge help!
We’re currently preparing for our summer session and I’m working with some of our college volunteers on the end of summer show. This year we are doing a tribute to fairy tales! The group has been working on writing a short play based on an original fairy tale, which of course, requires lots and lots of research.
Mary is one of our most enthusiastic volunteers and she actually found a great article that I wanted to share with you:
You have such great info, I thought it would be a nice addition to your site! Mary’s been working so hard on this project and I was hoping you would add it to your resources. Let me know what you think :)
Thanks again for your helpful site!
Thank you Megan and Mary. My web wizard has also added the link to my Fairy Tales page.
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