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Meet Cassandra Clare – Competition

If you are planning on attending the Warlock and Cassandra Clare event later this month at the Westgarth Theatre then perhaps you might like to check out Inside A Dog’s ‘Meet Cassandra Clare’ competition. All the details can be found here.

The winners will have the chance to spend half and hour with Cassandra before the event. In that time you can ask questions, get photos and even just chill and chat with the author of the Mortal Instruments series.

Children’s Choice Books Awards 2011

The Children’s Choice Books Awards have been handed out in New York. Here are the winners:

•Kindergarten to second grade: Johanna Kerby’s Little Pink Pup.

•Third to fourth grade: Jarrett Krosoczka’s Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown.

•Fifth to sixth grade: Riordan’s The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles: Book 1).

•Teen: John Green and David Levithan’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Kids voted Percy Jackson author, Rick Riordan, as Author of the Year and David Wiesner (Art and Max) was honoured as Illustrator of the Year.

The Children’s Choice Book Award categories and finalists were announced on March 14 and are as follows:

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year:
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott (Walker)
Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord, illustrated by Derek Anderson (Scholastic Press)
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills (Schwartz & Wade/ Random House
Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby (Putnam/Penguin)
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Little, Brown)

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year:
Babymouse # 12: Burns Rubber by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)
Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods & Heroes by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda (Candlewick)
Finally by Wendy Mass (Scholastic Press)
Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf/Random House)

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year:
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce (HarperCollins)
It’s a Book by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)
Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix/Scholastic)
Zebrafish by Peter H. Reynolds and FableVision (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)

Teen Choice Book of the Year:
Burned (House of Night, Book 7) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan)
Fang (A Maximum Ride Novel) by James Patterson (Little, Brown)
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5) by Richelle Mead (Razorbill/Penguin)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Dutton/Penguin)

Author of the Year:
Cassandra Clare for Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1) (McElderry/Simon & Schuster)
Suzanne Collins for Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) (Scholastic Press)
Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (Amulet/Abrams)
Stephenie Meyer for The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Megan Tingley/Little, Brown)
Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) (Disney-Hyperion)

Illustrator of the Year:
Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique (HarperCollins)
Loren Long for Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (Knopf/Random House)
Nancy Tillman for Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan)
David Wiesner for Art & Max (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Mo Willems for Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

City Of Fallen Angels

By: Cassandra Clare

The young Shadowhunters have returned to New York. For Clarl life is pretty good, she is training to be a Shadow hunter, and can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But good doesn’t last for long and Jace begins to pull away from her.

Meanwhile Simon’s life takes an unexpected turn and he can’t deny the vampire side of himself forever, no matter how much he might want too. On top of that he finds powers he has never heard of are taking an interest in him, vying for an alliance with him or his blood. Then there are his protectors.

As the secrets begin to unravel, relationships are pulled to breaking point. Clary finally has to acknowledge that her choices have consequences more far reaching than she ever dreamed and she could lose everything.

Another outing into the complex politics and social interactions of the Downworlders and Shadowhunters. I like this dark world particularly outside the focus of Clary and Jace. The way the beings interact, their strengths and weaknesses. The layers and machinations as they as they play each other to their own advantage. To be honest though it’s the characters around Clary and Jace that make this series so appealing. Simon does a lot of growing in this book and it is an interesting journey to read.

You will love it if you love stories of passion, betrayal, blood and revenge, with a dominant helping of nephilim, vampires, werewolves, fey and warlocks.

These books may be more suited to older readers due to some of the sub-plots.


Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 07 April 2011

Format: Paperback 448 pages

Categories: Fantasy

ISBN 13: 9781406328677

Purchase: here


City Of Glass

By: Cassandra Clare

War has a way of making old enemies friends, or more truthfully uneasy allies. The Shadow hunters are faced with a choice – stand alone and probably be wiped out or fight alongside vampires, werewolves and other Downworlders and possible survive. Valentine is raising an army to attack the City of Glass and Idris will never be the same. There are debts to be paid and sacrifices to be made and no-one really knows what Valentine is up to.

In the midst of all of this Clary and Jace have their own decision to make – stand back from each other or pursue the love they know is forbidden.

Choices made in the past are now coming home to roost. But there are still many secrets that have yet to be revealed. This war will shake foundations and things cannot stay the way they were. Everyone’s life will be changed.

Another layered tale from the dark realm created by Clare. I enjoy the interactions and tensions between the different races and the intrigues and faults of the characters. For me the best characters are the incredible supporting cast that makes Clary and Jace’s story possible, they anchor it and give it texture and depth.

These books may be more suited to older readers due to some of the sub-plots.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 22 June 2009

Format: Paperback 416 pages

Categories: Fantasy

ISBN 13: 9781406307641

Purchase: here

City of Ashes

By: Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray longs for her life to return to normal but then there’s really no going back once you’ve found out you are a demon slaying Shadowhunter. Part of Clary wants to let go of the shadowhunting world, then she could spend more time with her best friend Simon, who could be becoming more than a friend. That world though isn’t prepared to let her be, after all it contains her new found brother Jace. On top of that it is the only chance to help her mother, who is in a magically induced coma. This means she has to find rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is also her father.

As if it isn’t enough to get on with, someone is murdering Downworlder children and they need to be stopped. How does Clary juggle her feelings for Simon and Jace?

Young adult paranormal fantasy that takes you to a world not quite like the one we live in. A place of hidden societies, demon hunters, werewolves, faeries and vampires. A well woven tale with manipulations and frustrations entwined through a dangerously twisted love story.

These books may be more suited to older readers due to some of the sub-plots.

Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books

Published: 24 March 2009

Format: Paperback 453 pages

Categories: Fantasy, Paranormal

ISBN 13: 9781416972242

Purchase: here

City Of Bones

By: Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray is a normal kind of teenager, issues with friends and parents. Then one night she notices a boy and because she follows him she witnesses a murder committed by a group of teenagers. The problem is no-one else saw it and there is no evidence it ever happened. Clary discovers the teens are Shadowhunters, born warriors whose lives are dedicated to fighting demons.

Step by step Clary is drawn into their world and slowly she discovers her mother has been keeping secrets from her. Secrets bigger than she could have believed possible. As Clary learns the truth she is pulled into a battle that could alter the fate of the world.

A love story with more than a twist. We discover with Clary the rich and diverse world of the Downworlders and Shadowhunters. I like the pull of the two world on Clary. Clare has given us a richly detailed world with just enough difference that it doesn’t feel like yet another paranormal teenage romance. I really like the variety of characters she has placed around the central two, providing you a wonderful clash of personalities that continues to pull you in.

These books may be more suited to older readers due to some of the sub-plots.

Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books

Published: 01 March 2008

Format: Paperback 485 pages

Categories: Fantasy, Paranormal

ISBN 13: 9781416955078

Purchase: here


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