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Book Review: The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

Reviewed by Laura Lovelock   This fantasy novel tells the tale of a magical island and those chosen to protect it.   Set on the island of Arranmore, off of the west coast of Ireland, and inspired by the true story of the rescue of the SS Stolwijk in 1940, this book follows Fionn, an…

Q&A with Onjali Q. Raúf

Just Imagine: This is your first children’s novel. What inspired you to write this now? Onjali Q. Raúf: I’ve been travelling out to the refugee camps of Calais and Dunkirk for the past 3 years with the aim of trying to help the women and children stuck there with emergency aid: but the thought of writing…

Reading Gladiators™ : Group Funding Options

Reading Gladiators™ groups can be funded in several different ways.  Ideally the fee is covered by the school budget, whether that be monies allocated to developing Literacy, English, the Library stock or Gifted and Talented, (those working above the expected level). Ultimately you are purchasing good quality books for your whole school book stock. It…

CLiPPA Awards 2018

By Just Imagine's Library Adviser, Caroline Bradley. What a privilege to witness the CLiPPA awards this year in the Olivier Theatre at the National. Self proclaimed bookworm and literary legend, Grace Nichols opened the proceedings with her beautiful poem 'Bookheart', celebrating a well thumbed read. From almost 200 video entries submitted from schools across the…

Q&A with Kita Mitchell

Where did the inspiration for Grandma Dangerous come from and did you plan all three books from the beginning? While I’d like to make it clear that most of my characters have no resemblance to people I know - living, dead, or teaching at my daughter’s school - the inspiration for Grandma Dangerous definitely came…

Q&A With David Solomons

JUST IMAGINE: You began your career writing for TV & film. Was writing for children something you always wanted to do? DAVID SOLOMONS: My first feature film was an adaptation of E Nesbit’s ‘Five Children and It,’ for the Jim Henson Company, so I began my career writing for children. Also, I have a terrible fondness…

Book Review: Ta-Da by Kathy Ellen Davis

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Kiran Satti   Ta-Da is a gorgeous picture book, splashed with the imagination of two children, creativity and boundless amounts of fun! It is a wonderful insight into the beautifully chaotic and fantastical world of play. Woven into the chaos is a well-defined narrative which…

Book Review: The Family Tree by Mal Peet

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Kiran Satti The Family Tree is a lyrical and powerful novella. It tells the story of a family breakdown through the eyes of the child, as an adult. Throughout the story, the narrator reflects on the reality he was living with an adult perspective –…

Book Review: Cinderella of the Nile by Beverley Naidoo

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Kiran Satti This is an eclectic mix of fairy tale and folklore. The reader, or explorer of a new world, follows Rhodopis on her journey. It is a story woven with golden threads of hopeful words from characters who hold wisdom, courage and kindness –…

Q&A Benji Davies

JUST IMAGINE: You studied animation at university, but did you always want to illustrate children’s books? BENJI DAVIES: I loved drawing from a young age and because I spent a lot of time doing it, I was good at it. When I was about eight or nine I decided I wanted to illustrate children's books. I also…