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To celebrate the release of The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel, the sixth book in the Earth's Children's series - released 30 years after the first book was published - Hodder and Stoughton have launched a competition in which fans can win tickets to an exclusive event to help bring the character Ayla to life for a special 3D augmented reality cover. Head to the Facebook page for more info!
Books to check out:
The Girl who Leapt Through Time by Yasutaka Tsutsui - released: 16th May 2011 - One of Tsutsui's best-known and most popular works in his native Japan, The Girl Who Leapt through Time is the story of fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Kazuko, who accidentally discovers that she can leap back and forth in time. In her quest to uncover the identity of the mysterious figure that she believes to be responsible for her paranormal abilities, she'll constantly have to push the boundaries of space and time, and challenge the notions of dream and reality. From Amazon UK
Timeless by Alexandra Monir - released: 11th January 2011 - When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives. From Amazon US
Further info: "In a unique and exciting development, Alexandra has integrated original music into her debut novel's pages, writing two songs for the YA Novel. The songs play a crucial role in the story's plot. Alexandra recorded the songs with producer and musical virtuoso Michael Bearden (musical director of Michael Jackson's last concert, "This Is It") and an all-star 10-piece band. The tracks were written by Alexandra Monir, her songwriting partner Heather Holley (of Christina Aguilera success), and Michael Bearden. The tracks incorporate musical sounds from the historical eras featured in the story.
The songs are currently available on iTunes for $1.29 each or $0.99/song if you buy both."
Grace by Morris Gleitzman - released: 3rd February 2011 - Grace (9+) is a fabulous, thought-provoking novel, encompassing themes of tolerance, family, authority, closed-mindedness and freedom.
Eleven-year-old Grace only knows one world - the world of her mum and dad and twin brothers, and the strict religious community they belong to. Grace is completely devoted to God, but has a highly inquisitive mind thanks to her father who teaches her the importance and the power of question. But when her dad is expelled from their church for asking too many questions, Grace is torn. She blames herself for interrupting prayer at school, mixing with ‘outsiders’ and for asking too many questions.
Setting out on a mission to find her dad and bring him home, Grace begins to understand the manipulative hold the men of her church, and particularly her grandfather, has over her family and she realises the truth behind her father’s expulsion. From press release