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News & Reviews: Geoffrey Malone and Lara Williamson


DEAD BOYS' CLUB by Geoffrey Malone

Stephen King, The School Librarian

‘This harrowing tale of 12 year of Sam Mbale is sure to be popular with boys aged 10 to 14.

… The descriptions of forced marches, AK-47 training and drug-fuelled shoot-outs with rival private armies leave little to the imagination, but the subject is handled in such a sensitive and perceptive way, with excellent characterization and good plot lines. The introduction of white colonial issues of control and greed – including depictions of child slave labour in a gold mine – are only too real, and this book will be useful to support lessons on other cultures, current affairs and PSHEE.

… An uncomfortable but compelling read, I expect to see Dead Boys’ Club appear on book award long-lists, at the very least.’

Child’s review of THE DEAD BOYS’ CLUB, The Guardian online

‘With a plot of the book focusing primarily on the child soldiers, Dead Boys’ Club is informative, educating those who choose to read the book about the grave problems regarding child armies in places such as Africa and also some parts of Asia and South America.

… The characterization and plot of the book is extremely interesting. The two slightly different stories that are simultaneously being told (child soldiers and gold mining) continue to engage the attention of the reader.

… Geoffrey Malone deserves our praise for bring that issue into the spotlight. Thus, I vehemently recommend this book to all the children of our age group and hope they enjoy it as much as I did.’




A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

Usbourne’ Campaign for Williamson debut, The Bookseller

‘Usborne has launched an extensive social media campaign to promote debut novel A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson, which will be published in March.

Usborne has sent bloggers special proof copies and appointed “hope operatives” to read the book, then leave it in a public place for someone to find. This generated a variety of shareable content, including a photo of a copy of the book in Venice. The campaign, which has the hashtag of #ABoyCalledHope on Twitter, has seen coverage on social media, YouTube and blogs’



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Children’s Award Winner

L.A. Jones wins award

L.A. Jones receiving her award

Enormous congratulations to L.A. Jones on winning the Waverton Good Read Children’s Award 2012-13 for her novel for 9-12 year olds, THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY.

L.A. Jones visiting Waverton and Saighton primary schools

L.A. Jones visiting Waverton and Saighton primary schools

There were seventeen shortlisted books which were read and reviewed by local schoolchildren.  Lucy visited Waverton and Saighton Primary Schools to receive her prize of £500 and to meet some of the young readers who voted for her.

THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY has also been shortlisted for Southampton’s Favourite Book Award 2013, chosen by children and librarians across the City.  This Award is still open for votes.

Hachette/Orchard Books have published both THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY and RISE OF THE SHADOWMARES.

Lucy is now writing her third novel for children.

.The Rise of the Shadowmares by L.A. Jones   Lucy Jones THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY

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