Jessica Townsend

Hay 2019: Jessica Townsend

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One of my ‘Hay highlights’ was seeing Jessica Townsend as she told everyone about the wonderful world of Nevermoor and Morrigan Crow. Her bubbly personality and quick humour made the session full of fun as she told us how she became a writer- and how much she loves her job!

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Telling us that it took her 10 years to write ‘Nevermoor’, Jessica encouraged everyone to keep trying and never give up on their dreams. We were all delighted when she confirmed that ‘Nevermoor’ is going to be a series of nine books, the title of the third to be announced soon.

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Morrigan’s adventures continue in ‘Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow’. Invited to become a member of the Wundrous Society, Morrigan is looking forward to an exciting education as part of Unit 919; however, she soon finds that she is to be taught nothing but the evils of Wundersmiths whilst the rest of her team learn exciting new skills. In addition to this, someone is blackmailing the unit to keep Morrigan’s talent as a Wundersmith secret and with mysterious disappearances taking place, Morrigan finds herself viewed with suspicion and dislike. Will Morrigan be able to control her Wundersmith powers?

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‘Wundersmith’ is every bit as enjoyable as its predecessor. Jessica’s infectious sense of humour permeates her writing and her world-building is second to none. The amazing Hotel Deucalion would be a fabulous place to visit, populated by wonderful characters and Nevermoor is as whimsical as ever. Yet ‘Wundersmith’ also shows the darker side of this magical place and Morrigan’s isolation and treatment at the hands of others is uncomfortable reading. The story moves at a pleasing pace towards its satisfying conclusion. I can’t wait for book three to discover what happens next!

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Jessica Townsend

Orion ISBN: 978-1510104440

You can read our review of ‘Nevermoor’ here.

2018 Read Aloud Shortlist

So here it is...

the 2018 NSTBA Read Aloud shortlist.

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Nevermoor- The Trials of Morrigan Crow   Jessica Townsend

Orion     ISBN:  978-1510103825

You can read the long list review here.

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The Book Case - An Emily Lime Mystery      Dave Shelton

David Fickling Books       ISBN: 978-1910200544

You can read the long list review here.

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Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo

by Laura James, illustrated by Emily Fox

Bloomsbury     ISBN: 978- 1408889312

You can read the long list review here.

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You Can't Make Me Go to Witch School!       Em Lynas, illustrated by Jamie Littler

Nosy Crow        ISBN: 978-1788000130

You can read the long list review here.

Congratulations to all! The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 10th November. 

NSTBA 18: READ ALOUD LONG LIST REMINDER!

All 80 titles for the six categories of our long list have now been reviewed! Each and every one a fantastic book, highly recommended by JAB and the NSTAB team.

The short list will be announced on the 8th September. Votes from the panel are already coming in so here's a little reminder of the twelve fabulous books on the Read Aloud Category Long List.

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow- Jessica Townsend (Orion)

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Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure – Alex T Smith (Hodder)

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Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo- Laura James, illustrated by Emily Fox (Bloomsbury)

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The Chocolate Factory Ghost- David O'Connell and Clare Powell (Bloomsbury)

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You Can't Make Me Go to Witch School- Em Lynas, illustrated by Jamie Littler (Nosy Crow)

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Yours Sincerely Giraffe-Megumi Iwasa & Jun Takabatake (Gecko Press)

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Codebusters- Dan Metcalf, illustrated by Gary Cherrington (Bloomsbury)

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Witch for a Week- Kaye Umansky, illustrated by Ashley King (Simon and Schuster)

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Kat Wolfe Investigates- Lauren St John (Macmillan)

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The Book Case - Dave Shelton (David Fickling)

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The Return of the Railway Children- Lou Kuenzler (Scholastic)

Of these twelve terrific titles, which four will become the 2018 NSTBA Read Aloud short list?