Monthly Archives: April 2012

What’s New?

Roll up! Roll up!  Hear all about the latest news from Helena Pielichaty.com What’s new? Book 11 of Girls FC comes out soon (June 7th).  Blurb: Amy Minter is different from the rest of the girls on the team. She’s … Continue reading

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The Magic Shirt

Look what arrived in the post today: Isn’t it ace? The Magic Shirt is a short story Y5 pupils from Anglesey Primary School,  Burton-on-Trent, produced after I’d worked with them last year as part of Staffordshire Library Services Booked! Project. Booked!  was a joint … Continue reading

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Hola!

I’m back! Had a couple of days in Spain visiting my mum. That means I had this for breakfast: And had this view from my hotel:  As well as spending time walking along the beautiful sandy beach at Guardamar in … Continue reading

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Miro at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

If you’ve never been to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton, just outside Wakefield, Yorkshire, you don’t know what you’re missing.  I know I sound like a Tourist Board advert but it honestly is a brilliant day out for all ages. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Martha and the Bunny Brothers (picture book)

OK. First we had Martha Reeves and the Vandellas:   Then we had Martha and the Muffins:   But best of all we now have:  Martha and the Bunny Brothers by Clara Vulliamy.   Like with Gillian Philip I follow Clara on … Continue reading

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Book Review: Crossing the Line (YA)

I love it when I discover a writer whose books I like. I follow Gillian Philip on Twitter and she comes across as witty and friendly and has a cool avatar so when I saw one of her books in my local library I … Continue reading

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Dyspraxia

OK. Here are some questions for you: Do you struggle to swim in a straight line? Do  loud noises bother you? Do you hate itchy clothes against your skin? (picture courtesy of www.sararosso.com) Do you dislike being cuddled or hugged, even by … Continue reading

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Doubt

  As it’s Easter Sunday I thought this arresting painting by Caravaggio was an appropriate one to blog about today. Called ‘The Incredulity of St Thomas’ it shows the apostle Thomas examining the resurrected Jesus’ wounds. ‘You don’t believe I … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games

I avoided reading Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games for ages. In general, the more hyped a book is, the more I avoid it. Just call me awkward. I’m not a huge fan of dystopian worlds, either. The only book of that … Continue reading

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The day I met Anne Tyler…

So yesterday I went to the Oxford Literary Festival to hear Anne Tyler speak. To put that in context, if you’re 11 years old, for Anne Tyler think Jeff Kinney or JK Rowling. If you’re 15 think Suzanne Collins. If you’re 57, … Continue reading

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