Learn about STAR WARS™ KIRIGAMI with Marc Hagan-Guirey

Get FOLDING for Force Friday II…

In STAR WARS™ KIRIGAMI, celebrated paper artist and designer Marc Hagan-Guirey applies his genius to the Star Wars galaxy in this book of 15 unique kirigami (cut and-fold) ships featured in the saga’s films. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, each beautifully detailed model features step-by-step instructions and a template printed on cardstock—all that’s needed are a utility knife, a cutting mat, and a ruler!

Curious?

We asked Marc everything you need to know about the world of kirigami, getting started with the craft and his interest in Star Wars:

Photograph by Seamus Ryan
Photograph by Seamus Ryan

What is kirigami?

Kirigami is a bit like origami except that instead of just folding the paper, you cut it too. ‘Ori’ - means fold and ‘kiri’ means cut. Kirigami is traditionally used to create architectural replicas but it’s perfectly suitable for spaceships too! The cool thing about kirigami is that it’s just one sheet of paper – nothing is glued or added to it. It’s part of the joy that you can create something so interesting from a ubiquity of a piece of paper.

How did you get started creating kirigami?

I feel like it was a bit of a serendipitous moment that lead to me experimenting with the craft. I’m a big fan of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and back in 2012 my partner and I told a few white lies to get a private tour of one of his most elusive buildings – the Ennis House in LA. It was a condemned building and had been out of bounds to the public for over 20 years. We may have told them we had the $14 million needed to buy it and were very keen to come and see it. The experience had a huge impact on me – I’d go as far as saying it was spiritual. I wanted to mark the occasion by making some of sort of memento. As a kid I always loved to craft, my currency was egg cartons, toilet roll tubes and cereal boxes (it still pains me to see these things put in the recycling) but as an adult we all know too well that life gets in the way. I’m a designer director in digital but I still had that yearning to use my hands again. When I was researching what to make, I happened upon examples of kirigami. I felt paper was the perfect material to make a replica of the Ennis House due to its fragility. I quickly saw that kirigami wasn’t just limited to buildings and I started making scenes from movies.

Is your book suitable for complete beginners of kirigami?

There are a few ‘beginner’ projects in the book to get you started. I feel kirigami is easy to advance in and you’ll soon want more challenging projects. The most important thing is to be patient, take breaks and enjoy the process. I find it meditative to concentrate and not be distracted by the ‘coke machine glow’ of mobile devices.

Do you need any special tools to do kirigami?

You need a few inexpensive things – a cutting matt, a metal ruler, an x-acto knife with replaceable blades. Also a toothpick will be really useful to pop out some of the smaller folds.

Why did you decide to create Star Wars ships using kirigami?

Why not?! It was more of a necessity for me. I was already creating Star Wars kirigami back when I started experimenting with it. The idea to do a ship focused book was suggested by Mike Siglain, the Creative Director of Lucasfilm publishing – he’s a man with good ideas.

Have you always been a Star Wars fan?

I’ve always been a Star Wars fan and was essentially born into it. I’m an 80s kid so never saw it first time around at the cinema but I have an older brother who was the right age. I feel a bit guilty now for commandeering all of his original Kenner action figures – it must have been torture for him to see his baby brother destroy them but I did just buy him a full scale licensed replica of Vader’s helmet for his 40th birthday so I think we’re even now.

How did the book come to be?

A lot of knocking on doors and badgering people with emails. I started talking to Lucasfilm about the idea in 2014. During that time I was invited to the set of Episode VII and in a serendipitous moment I ended up chatting to JJ Abrams about my work. He was really excited by it and frog marched me across the set of ‘Star Killer’ base to meet Kathleen Kennedy. It was the only time I ever had a business card in my wallet – albeit a very dog-eared one. I had an unofficial exhibition of Star Wars kirigami scenes in 2015 – it had a lot of press and went viral. Lots of big media outlets such as the BFI, Wired, BBC World News, CNN were covering it. I guess it was inevitable that Disney took notice and that dog-eared business card eventually made its way to the business development department. I thought I was in trouble when they called! I’ve got to say the process of working with Disney, Lucasfilm, my publisher Hachette and my US publisher Chronicle has been wonderful.

Click here to find out more about STAR WARS KIRIGAMI, which publishes today!

House of Ash | Extract

House of Ash

After hearing voices among an eerie copse of trees in the woods, seventeen-year-old Curtis must confront his worst fear: that he has inherited his father’s mental illness. A desperate search for answers leads him to a cursed mansion that burned down in 1894. When he glimpses a desperate girl in his bedroom mirror, he’s sure she’s one of the fire’s victims. But, more than 100 years in the past, the girl in the mirror is fighting her own battles…

This spine-tingling novel will have you captivated from the first page: click here to read an extract.


House of Ash by Hope Cook is out this September – order your copy today.

A Taxonomy of Love | Extract

A Taxonomy of Love

The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too.

Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

Click here to read an extract from this swoon-worthy YA romance.

Have you fallen head-over-heels for A Taxonomy of Love? Let us know @ACBYA using #TaxonomyOfLove


 

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen is out January 2018 – click here to pre-order your copy!

Odd & True | Extract

Odd & True

The latest from master of historical paranormal, Cat Winters, about a pair of monster-hunting sisters with a dark past. Taking inspiration from the legend of the Jersey Devil and adding in two strong female protagonists, this supernatural story won’t disappoint.

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of a monster slaying and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life – permanently injured and in constant pain from an accident.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister – despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances – might, indeed, have magic after all.

Click here to read an extract from Odd & True.

Tweet us @ACBYA using #OddandTrue, with your thoughts!

 

Odd & True by Cat Winters is on sale September 2017 – order your copy today.

#SummerReads | Author Suggestions Part 4

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Last (but by no means least) in our #SummerReads series is the new super-talent Riley Redgate.

 Show us your bookshelf Riley!

Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows – I’m obsessed with this book’s vivid world-building, and a big part of that is the casual diversity of its cast, representing different races, sexualities, body types, and disability, all incredibly refreshing to see in the fantasy genre.

Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot – This book is unrelentingly witty and often really funny, with the sort of dry humour that made me snicker to myself while reading it in public—but I love it most for its thorough, nuanced portrayal of mental illness.

Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Books that are as quiet as this one really compel me, the way they find deep meaning in small everyday things.

Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings – Haven’t read this yet, but I’m excited for anything with a large central cast of 6 and a panoramic scope.

Mindy McGinnis’ A Madness So Discreet - Set in 19th-century asylums, this book is equal parts feminist and brutal, two of my favourite traits to find in YA.

Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven – Maybe the best thing about the luminescent Station Eleven - and there are about eight million Best Things in this incredible novel – is how Mandel re-conceptualises the post-apocalypse: it’s so stylish these days to write dark and gritty and nihilist, but she chooses instead to focus on the lasting impact of art, the fundamental goodness of most people, and the wonders of being alive today. This book is life-changing, paradigm-shifting stuff.

Which one will you pick? Join the conversation using #ACBbooks.

Have you read Riley’s debut; Seven Ways We Lie? It is a MUST for any contemporary YA fans.

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“Seven Ways We Lie is a superb contemporary YA read, touching upon many different issues facing young people today and with a diverse cast of characters. It’s clever, gripping and hugely relatable, making it not only fun novel for today’s teens but also a very important one.”Page to Stage Reviews

“Its so exciting to see some pansexual representation in YA! Were also completely up for how deliciously twisty this sounds were hoping for some shocking twists and turns. We really love the cover, too.”Maximum Pop

“I love the way their stories intertwined” Snuggling on the Sofa, Blog

#SummerReads | Author Suggestions Part 2

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We are back with more suggestions for your TBR pile.
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Patricia Hruby Powell, author of the inspiring picture book Josephine is here to share her #SummerReads selection:

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  • And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman

“whew, that wasn’t easy. (I only got as far as books beginning with A – kidding, actually, but, hmmm).”

Have you read any of these? Share your thoughts & #SummerReads with us @ACBYA using #ACBbooks. 

A&CB Book Club | June 2016

Hi wonderful book lovers,

Can you believe it is JUNE already?

How did you get on with your May Reading Challenge? We are still basking in career empowerment thanks to The Career Code and are raring to go with our next challenge. This month we want you to pick-up a classic, in whatever format you fancy. Team A&CB are going to read Pride & Prejudice in graphic novel form!

Let us know what you are reading using #ACBookClub and be sure to follow us on Twitter as we will be giving away three copies of Classic Colouring: Jane Austen later this month.

PLUS! Join us at @ACBYA for our #SummerReads fun. We are bursting at the seams with bookish quizzes, recommendations and giveaways.

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*T&C Apply.

Offer limited to residents of Europe. Competition closes 12pm Monday 27th June. Giveaway limited to three copies of Classic Colouring: Jane Austen. Limited one entry per person. Not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, postage due, or misdirected requests.

Coming to a Bookstore Near You…

2016 Young Adult

We are naming 2016 The Year of YA! We can’t help it, we have some incredible YA books coming your way over the next 12 months. Today we are here to show you the best of the first half of this year.

The Edge of Gone

This March we are publishing On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis. This thrilling, thought-provoking novel from one of young-adult literature’s boldest new talents is sure to satisfy fans of Otherbound.

January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time. A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter—a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister? When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis | March 2016 | Hardcover with Jacket | £10.99

Seven Ways We Lie

In Seven Ways We Lie, a chance encounter tangles the lives of seven high school students, each resisting the allure of one of the seven deadly sins, and each telling their story from their seven distinct points of view.

The juniors at Paloma High School all have their secrets, whether it’s the thespian who hides her trust issues onstage, the closeted pansexual who only cares about his drug-dealing profits, or the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal. But it’s Juniper Kipling who has the furthest to fall. No one would argue that Juniper—obedient daughter, salutatorian, natural beauty, and loyal friend—is anything but perfect. Everyone knows she’s a saint, not a sinner; but when love is involved, who is Juniper to resist temptation? When she begins to crave more and more of the one person she can’t have, her charmed life starts to unravel.

Then rumours of a student–teacher affair hit the fan. After Juniper accidentally exposes her secret at a party, her fate falls into the hands of the other six sinners, bringing them into one another’s orbits. All seven are guilty of something. Together, they could save one another from their temptations—or be ruined by them.

Riley Redgate’s twisty YA debut effortlessly weaves humour, heartbreak, and redemption into a drama that fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins will adore.

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate| March 2016 | Hardcover with Jacket | £10.99

The Steep and Thorny Way

A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.
1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.
The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters | March 2016 | Hardcover with Jacket | £10.99

Worlds of Ink and Shadow

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings find escape from their constrained lives via their rich imaginations. The glittering world of Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy world of Gondal literally come to life under their pens, offering the sort of romance and intrigue missing from their isolated parsonage home. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as the characters they have created—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink and Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families in a thrilling, suspenseful fantasy.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley| March 2016 | Hardcover with Jacket | £10.99

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Vivian feels left behind when her older sister, Audra, runs away from home. She believes that Audra will return and pays careful attention to the clues around her. Then, inexplicably, writing begins to appear in a blank notebook.

When Audra does come back for Vivian, she’s in the company of a strange man. The three of them run away together and practice wilderness survival. While Audra plans for the future, Vivian continues to gather evidence: Who is this mysterious man, and does he have any connection to the words appearing in her notebook?

Klickitat is a haunting story, full of atmosphere and awakening, crafted by one of today’s most startling literary talents.

Klickitat by Peter Rock | April 2016 | Hardcover with Jacket | £10.99

This is the Story of You

On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But then a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, upending all logic and stranding Mira’s mother and brother on the mainland. Nothing will ever be the same. A stranger appears in the wreck of Mira’s home. A friend obsessed with vanishing disappears. As the mysteries deepen, Mira must find the strength to carry on-to somehow hold her memories in place while learning to trust a radically reinvented future. Gripping and poetic, This Is the Story of You is about the beauty of nature and the power of family, about finding hope in the wake of tragedy and recovery in the face of overwhelming loss.

This is the Story of You By Beth Kephart| April 2016 | Hardcover with Jacket | £11.99

Devil and the Bluebird

Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass.
Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself up to finding family in unexpected places. In Devil and the Bluebird, Jennifer Mason-Black delivers a captivating depiction of loss and hope.

Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black | May 2016 | Hardcover with Jacket | £10.99

Gena Finn

Gena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences-Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early twenties, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend-the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction. When disaster strikes and Gena’s world turns upside down, only Finn can save her, and that, too, comes witha price. Told through emails, text messages, journal entries, and blog posts, Gena/Finn is a story of friendship and love in the digital age.

Gena/Finn By Kat Helgeson and Hannah Moskowitz| May 2016 | Hardcover with Jacket | £11.99

Vote for your favourite at @ACBYA!

Watch this space for more YA news!

Bookstore of the Week | The Book Shop Liskeard

This week we are off to sunny Cornwall for our #BookstoreOfTheWeek; The Book Shop Liskeard!

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Found in the small but friendly Cornish market town of Liskeard, The Book Shop Liskeard is a cheerful, dynamic and pleasing independent bookshop with a terrific range of titles, special stationery and a welcoming atmosphere that will make you want to stay forever. This welcoming atmosphere is only a small part of the reason the store was shortlisted for the Best Independent Bookshop of the Year Award in 2013 AND 2014.

Constantly seeking out new ways to entertain and please its book loving patrons The Book Shop Liskeard plays host to book signings, poetry readings, talks and you will always be greeted incredibly imaginative shop-window displays.

Its bright, comfortable atmosphere, wide range of books; fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults and children, and exciting (yes we get excited about stationery) range of non-book items; notebooks, cards and bookmarks, among others, make this little shop feel bigger than its four walls would suggest. There truly is something for everyone in this little gem of a store.

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If you find yourself in their neck of the woods make sure your pop-in for a visit! We are sure Michèle, Roz or Ruth will greet you will a smile and a book recommendation if you need a little help picking out your next read. Even if you are not heading to the coast anytime soon, The Book Shop Liskeard has one more trick up its sleeve…

A spot on ordering service! 

If they don’t have the book you are looking for, they can order it AND post it straight to your door! If the book is a present, they will even personally wrap it…for no extra charge! Now that is what we call service.

Follow them on Twitter & Facebook.

Find them at:

2 Barras Street
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 6AD

Telephone: 01579 342 112

Opening times:
Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 17:30pm
Friday 9:00am – 18:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 16:00pm

Summer Reads | Middle Grade Fiction | 8-12 Year Olds.

With the summer holidays fast approaching we are here to help get your kids away from their screens and into reading.

Join us on a trip through the best of our Middle Grade Fiction. Let’s get kids reading!

First up is our favourite boy genius…

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Over the course of the six books in the Frank Einstein series, Jon Scieszka – a former teacher – takes his readers from Matter to Energy to Humans to Life to Earth and on through the Universe – from the smallest objects (atoms) to the largest (the cosmos). With side-splitting comedy and unique illustration from Brian Biggs, this series is a brilliant and hilarious 8-12 series that incorporates science into its story.

“I never thought science could be funny . . . until I read Frank Einstein. It will have kids laughing.”Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid

“Dear Frank Einstein, Please invent time machine. Send your books back in time to me in 1978. Also a levitating skateboard. Tommy” - Tom Angleberger, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

“Kids will love Frank Einstein because even though he is a new character he will be instantly recognizable to the readers . . . Jon Scieszka is one of the best writers around, and I can’t wait to see what he does with these fun and exciting characters.”Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl

“Jon Scieszka’s new series has the winning ingredients that link his clever brilliance in story telling with his knowledge of real science, while at the same time the content combination of fiction and nonfiction appeals to the full range of the market.”Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt

“Empowering boys to find a passion for reading is the life’s work of Jon Scieszka, the 59-year-old elementary school teacher turned multi-million-selling children’s author…a befuddlement that ‘the educational world cannot tap into the mania and energy’ that boys have for non-fiction, helped fuel Scieszka’s latest franchise. Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor is the first in a six-part series centred on its eponymous child genius hero. It integrates real science, immersive and educational illustrative diagrams and experiments that children can (safely) undertake themselves. But this isn’t a jazzed-up textbook.” Jon was interviewed by The Telegraph

“What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
Nothing. He wouldn’t listen.”
Interview with Jon in The Guardian

“First in a new series by bestselling Jon Scieszka, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor  manages to successfully create a humourous and wacky story based around lots of scientific facts…The narrative is fast-paced and is greatly aided by the fabulous two-tone artwork by Brian Briggs which brings so much to the text.” Library Mice

“Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fiction. Young boys and robots with a life and mind of their own – the perfect combination!” Books Monthly

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9781419712180Frank Einstein loves to tinker, build and take things apart. He loves to observe, hypothesise, experiment and invent. Frank Einstein is a kid genius who loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination and definitely unusual.

After an uneventful experiment with a garage-lab artificially intelligent RoboBug, a lightning storm and a flash of electricity, Frank’s inventions—the robots Klink and Klank—suddenly come to life. Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wise-cracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank are a help nonetheless as Frank attempts to perfect his Dark Energy Drive . . . that is until Frank’s arch nemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan! With the help of his friends, Frank sets out to rescue the robots and stop T. Edison from carrying out his twisted plans!

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“I never thought I could read about the Hadron Collider and smile so all credit to Jon Scieszka for writing an accessible story about science…and I can’t wait for the second instalment of Frank’s adventures.” We Love This Book

‘Jon Scieszka’s new science fiction comedy series is charming, funny and unashamedly geeky. The story taps in terrifically to children’s natural curiosity and inquisition; a nuclear explosion of action, adventure and antimatter particles!’ Books For Keeps

“Magician? Anarchist? There’s something about Mr Jon Scieszka that can’t avoid twisting the traditional idea of a children’s book into something altogether more entertaining.” Sparky Teaching.

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Our second Summer Reads book recommendation is The Terrible Two. A hilarious middle grade book full of pranks and cows…

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‘Ingenious and hilarious! I couldn’t stop reading it! One of my favourite books of all time.‘ Victor age 11 Ottie & the Bea Bookclub

To continue reading you must solemnly swear you are a prankster, mischief maker and definitely up to no good…

Let us introduce you to Miles Murphy, pranking legend.

Miles Murphy is known for one thing and one thing only: pranking. He’s the best prankster his school has ever seen. So when he’s forced to move to boring Yawnee Valley (also known for one thing and one thing only: cows), he assumes he’ll be the best prankster at his new school too.

But, there’s one problem.

The school already has a prankster — a good one. A really good one…

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What to do now?

1. Read a copy of The Terrible Two (for a taste you can read an extract here).

2. Laugh for a long time.

4. Watch Mac Barnett’s TED talk: Why a good book is a secret door.

5. Follow Mac Jory on Twitter.

6. Sign-up to our Newsletter so you don’t any news about the pranksters.

7. Wait expectantly for The Terrible Two Get Worse, out Autumn 2015.

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Number Three in our Summer Reads book recommendation is El Deafo. Cece Bell’s uplifting & inspirational graphic novel.

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El Deafo chronicles the author’s hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with a powerful and very awkward hearing aid called the Phonic Ear. It gives her the ability to hear–sometimes things she shouldn’t–but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her, Phonic Ear and all. Finally, she is able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.

Recently nominated for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2015 & picked for inclusion in the 2015 Book Trust Best Book Guide this funny, deeply honest graphic novel memoir hits home for children and adults alike.

A serious subject treated with warmth and humour.’ Little London magazine

“Read El Deafo for the giggles, for the challenges, for the universal life experiences, and for the opportunity to be changed, even just a little. And for those readers who, like Cece, discover ways to turn the things the world calls weakness into the qualities they own as strengths, make sure to have a couple of capes on hand.” Matthew C. Winner, The Busy Librarian

‘It’s an honest and rather sweet tale of a girl coming to terms with her disability, and as such the kind of story that will strike a chord with any child who has felt ostracised or different. El Deafo is heartfelt, eye-opening, funny and beautifully drawn.’ The Financial Times

‘Inspiring and honest, this is a wonderful graphic novel.’ Book of the Week in We Love This Book and The Bookseller

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Book Four on our Middle Grade Summer Reads List is Michael Buckley’s The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives.

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In book one of this much loved series we are introduced to orphaned sisters Sabrina and Daphne who have been sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm. Relda lives in a town in rural New York State that experiences an extraordinary number of unexplained and unusual crimes. As it turns out, the two girls and their grandmother are the descendants of the Brothers Grimm, who rather than being folklorists, were historians and detectives of actual magical phenomena perpetrated by Everafters, a parallel race of magical beings. It’s the Grimm family’s legacy to keep the Everafters in line and Sabrina and Daphne are the last of the Grimm heirs. The girls quickly find themselves part of this fairy tale world…pitted against giants, who have been rampaging through town in their search for an Englishman named Jack, currently working at a Big & Tall store!

And that is only the beginning! 

Discover the entire series:

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Our final Middle Grade Summer Reads recommendation is hilarious, The Templeton Twins Have An Idea!

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This book, the first in a funny, illustrated middle-grade series, is about two resourceful children who foil kidnappers bent on stealing their brilliant father’s ideas.

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With a fast-paced plot, clever heroes, evil (albeit buffoonish) villains, a sly sense of humour the book has everything your young reader could want! PLUS, the book is filled with puns, word games and puzzles! AND, the illustrations by internationally acclaimed artist Jeremy Holmes give the book even more kid appeal. We give it two very enthusiastic thumbs up, now excuse us while we go and find Book Two…

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Do YOU have any Summer Reads recommendations for 8-12 year olds? Let us know @abramschronicle!