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  1. Family themes rescue fantasy novel from following formula

    Posted Mar 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... John Millen White Cat By Holly Black Published by Gollantz ISBN 978 0 575 09721 Holly Black, author of the successful Spiderwick series of fantasy novels for young teens, goes into much darker psychological territory with White Cat, the first book in a new fantasy/horror series, Curse Workers. Black's gothic imagination is still to the fore in this new novel, but the age ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/994465/family-themes-rescue-fantasy-novel-following-formula
  2. Girl on fire

    Posted Jul 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... John Millen 'No one will forget me. The girl who was on fire' A fully formed hero Katniss Everdeen ticks all the right boxes needed to be a movie hero. Her role is signalled strongly in the first moments of The Hunger Games. She is going to own ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1006039/girl-fire
  3. Wartime mystery of identity brims with intriguing ideas

    Posted Apr 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... telling a story. The only certainty you can expect from one of her novels is an imaginative, original tale, told by an author who writes top-quality prose. Gardner isn't afraid to take her characters into dark places where you don't expect them to go. She is a someone who is intent on involving and intriguing her readers. Gardner's fourth novel for older teens, The Double ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/997158/wartime-mystery-identity-brims-intriguing-ideas
  4. Slave girl and dragon seek safe haven

    Posted Jul 26th 2006, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... across the plains and the mountains to a place where they know they will be safe. Dragon Keeper is a thrilling addition to the many dragon novels fighting for space in bookshops. It won't knock weightier novels off the shelves, but it does try hard. Dragon Keeper By Carole Wilkinson Published by Macmillan ISBN 0 330 44108 6 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/558057/slave-girl-and-dragon-seek-safe-haven
  5. Dragons galore, make room for one more

    Posted Jun 11th 2006, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... There's space on your bookshelf for the adventures of Long Danzi and his young keeper Ping, says John Millen Recently, the skies have been rather full of dragons jostling for landing room on the shelves of your local bookshop. The latest winged beast ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/552320/dragons-galore-make-room-one-more
  6. Pacy zombie debut serves up fresh, witty, flesh-eating thrills

    Posted Apr 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... John Millen Undead By Kirsty McKay Published by Chicken House ISBN 978 1 906427 870 It takes a skilful writer to mix horror and comedy successfully in one novel because laughing out loud ... McKay has managed to pull off some clever sleight of hand with her first novel, Undead. Here is a fast and furious teen horror story peppered with genuine laughs. And the author throws ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/998955/pacy-zombie-debut-serves-fresh-witty-flesh-eating-thrills
  7. True-life theatre tale grips readers

    Posted Jun 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... John Millen India Dark By Kirsty Murray Published by Templar ISBN 978 1 84877 210 6 Kirsty Murray's new novel is based on the true story of a troupe of Australian child performers who ... the youngsters do to protect themselves- and what will happen if they try to break free? Murray narrates her gripping novel through the voices of two girls. Poesy is an innocent teenager who gets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1002977/true-life-theatre-tale-grips-readers
  8. Book Wrap

    Posted Jun 24th 2004, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... JOHN MILLEN It is not often that three outstanding books all dealing with the same subject arrive in bookshops at the same time. The three novels in this month's Book Wrap deal with the risky subject of a youngster with mental and social problems, and the remarkable thing is that all three are excellent reads that leave the reader smiling with pleasure. Novels written about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/460694/book-wrap
  9. Less than a week to save the world... will they succeed?

    Posted Jul 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... John Millen Six Days By Philip Webb Published by Chicken House/Scholastic ISBN 97819064277 The sci-fi novel in which creatures from another planet visiting Earth is not very popular ... will be making a welcome reappearance on the pages of teen novels. Webb's debut is imaginative and great fun to read, with a seamless mix of genres. Teenager Cass and her young brother Wilbur, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1008047/less-week-save-world-will-they-succeed
  10. Futuristic tale shows young love will always find a way

    Posted Jul 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... for quite a few current young adult novels. If recent writers who set stories in an America of the future are to be believed, this will certainly not be a place that any young person would choose ... Now, New York novelist Lauren Oliver has come up with yet another take on life in a future US in her second YA novel, Delirium. The government has closed the country's borders. Falling ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1007480/futuristic-tale-shows-young-love-will-always-find-way

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