All welcome to celebratory Newcastle launch of The Girl in the Mirror!

On Saturday November 30 , 4pm-6pm, our latest title, Jenny Blackford’s fabulous The Girl in the Mirror, will be officially launched at MacLean’s Booksellers in Hamilton, Newcastle, NSW. The book will be launched by celebrated  Newcastle-based illustrator Liz Anelli, and Jenny of course will be in attendance to sign copies of the book. All welcome!

This is a free event but you should register your interest in attending here. 

Our authors at the 2019 HNSA conference

Jenny Blackford and her new novel, The Girl in the Mirror, (Eagle Books 2019)

Stephen Hart, author of The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock(Eagle Books 2018) and his wife and fellow writer Pamela Freeman, author of The Fastest Ship in Space(Second Look, 2018)

Julian Leatherdale, author of The Phantasmic Detective Agency(Eagle Books, coming in 2020)

 

 

 

 

 

Over the weekend we were at the 2019 Historical Novel Society of Australasia(HNSA)’s excellent conference, held this year at the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta South Campus. Eagle Books was a conference sponsor, donating books for delegates’ goodie bags and as prizes for shortlisted writers in the HNSA/ARA short story contest. As well as enjoying the conference and its fabulous program of great speakers and presentations, it was great to catch up with several of our authors attending!

Publication day for The Girl in the Mirror!

Today is the official publication day of our latest Eagle Books title, Jenny Blackford’s gripping, spooky novel,  The Girl in the Mirror.  

Available in all good bookshops around Australia, The Girl in the Mirror is an enthralling mix of mystery, time slip and ghost story, with atmospheric cover and internal illustrations by Fiona McDonald, and we are delighted to have it on our list. Congratulations and happy publication day, Jenny and Fiona!

You can read more about the book here.

 

 

First advance review for The Girl in the Mirror!

An excellent first review of our forthcoming title, Jenny Blackford’s The Girl in the Mirror, has just appeared in Buzz Words magazine, here’s a short extract:

There is a mystery to be solved and lives to be saved and an evil force to be overcome. This time-shifting tale hooks the reader into the mystery with its clever storytelling. The reader wants to join the girls in their quest to remove the evil that lurks in the shadows of both their lives. 

You can read the whole review here.

(The Girl in the Mirror‘s official release date is October 8, but you can order it already from your favourite bookshop.)

 

Cover reveal for Jenny Blackford’s The Girl in the Mirror

We are delighted to reveal the fabulous cover for our forthcoming(October) Eagle Books title, The Girl in the Mirror, by Jenny Blackford.  Cover illustration is by Fiona McDonald, design by Beattie Alvarez.

The Girl in the Mirror, a gripping and original middle-grade novel which is a mix of time slip, ghost story and mystery, will be published by Eagle Books on October 14. You can read more about it here.

Reprint for Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night!

We are delighted to announce that today we’ve ordered a reprint of Simon Higgins’ fabulous novel, Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night. The book was first published in March, and has been so popular with readers, booksellers  and librarians that we’ve run out of copies! Congratulations to Simon whose briliant storytelling skills have captured young readers’ imaginations, to Jenny Wang, whose beautiful cover and internal illustrations have really helped the book to stand out, and to our own design and editing team who worked tirelessly to produce this fabulous title!

And if you haven’t yet caught up with this wonderful book, we recommend you head over to your nearest bookshop and grab a copy now 🙂

New review of Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night

There’s a nice review of Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night in the latest(March) issue of the prestigious children’s literature magazine Magpies.

The review, which is by Joy Lawn, isn’t available online, but here’s a short extract:

‘…fight scenes are gripping, prolific and told with undeniable authority. They, and issues of difference and how to manage it positively, deftly propel the reader into another place and culture.’

 

Another great interview with Simon Higgins

Story arcs, staying relevant as a writer in the digital age, repurposing stories, and more: there’s a great new interview with Simon Higgins on the VFXScience site.

Here’s a short extract:

My new novel is Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night. Just published in Australia, with foreign and movie rights still up for grabs (though not for long, I suspect). It’s a fish-out-of-water adventure tale: a shipwrecked youth from a noble English House trying to survive in war-torn feudal Japan…with a little help from his friends. Samurai action, the Japanese spirit world and a murder investigation.

You can read the whole interview here.

Interview with Simon Higgins on Kids’ Book Review

There’s a great interview with Simon Higgins, author of Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night, at the fabulous Kids’ Book Review site. Simon gets asked ‘Twelve Curly Questions’ and replies with twelve interesting answers!

Here’s a little taster:

Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you. 
The two most unusual jobs I have ever had were: 1. Being a roaring monster in a circus ghost train (had to wear a giant rubber head and hairy suit) and, 2. Being a camel handler, helping children to climb on the camel for rides and leading the animal, for the same circus. Many years later, I rode a camel into the Egyptian desert and my guide was surprised at how familiar I was with ‘camel nature’. So, I say, everything you experience is useful. Even weird stuff!

You can read the whole interview here.