Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Melancholy Moon by Fia Danes.

Author Fia Danes has had her first book published – and at the age of just 7 years old!


Fia is in Year 3 at North Primary School in Colchester. Last year she wrote a story for homework that really excited her teacher, Miss Jacobs. Headteacher, Mr Garnett then read it and thought it so good it ought to be turned into a book. Mrs. Heaton, a brilliant local artist, agreed to create the illustrations for it and her son and former North pupil, Connor, a graphic designer, put it all together ready for printing.

Now for the really exciting bit. Fia did not know about any of this until assembly on Wednesday 19th November when the finished book was presented to her. After the assembly Fia was filmed reading her book to her friends and little sister. They loved the story and enjoyed telling BBC TV reporter, Mike Liggins, just how much.

Fia will be in Red Lion Books on Saturday 22nd at 11.00 am to launch ‘The Melancholy Moon’ with a book signing.

A double page spread from Fia's book.
A double page spread from Fia’s book.

Book of the Week, November 15th 2014

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

WEBESIDEThis strikingly original novel starts when narrator heroine, Rosemary, is a 22 year old college student. She is an outsider; quiet, lonely and strangely different from those around her. We soon find that her difference is understandable – for she spent the first five years of her life with a twin sister, Fern, who disappeared. And Fern was a chimpanzee! Rosemary’s psychologist father, ran an experiment bringing up a chimp in his own family with a team of researchers analysing their behaviour. Rosemary grows up feeling a part of herself is missing and the part that is left has unusual behaviour patterns – nobody else at school needed to be taught not to put fingers in anyone’s mouth or jump on tables when excited. Rosemary’s search for her true identity is a moving and, at times, comic exploration of family, friendship, trust and animal rights.

Book of the Week, 8th November 2014

 I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

MALALALast month, Malala, at seventeen, became the youngest ever Nobel laureate. Malala was ten years old when the Taliban moved into her beloved, beautiful Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan. Soon life was changing as people threw out their TV’s and Cd’s. But more was under threat than entertainment. Education for girls was frowned upon. At that young age Malala began to chronicle her experiences in a blog for the BBC. Her influence and notoriety grew until she was targeted and shot by the Taliban as she boarded the school bus one morning in 2012. This memoir tells how she survived that shooting and how she eventually settled in Birmingham where she manages to live as an ordinary schoolgirl whilst acting also as a passionate and committed international campaigner for the right of all children to education. This is a powerful and inspirational story.