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The Mistress of the Storm
21st April 2010
David Fickling Books is thrilled to have acquired two extraordinary and magical novels for ten-year-olds and upwards by exciting new author, M L Welsh!

Bella Pearson, editorial director at David Fickling Books, comments: �We are so thrilled to welcome such an enormously talented writer to the DFB list. Melanie Welsh has written a first novel that will have children (and adults) reading under their bedclothes with torches - intrigue lurks round every corner, as well as a cast of wonderfully warm characters and the most menacing grandmother in children�s literature. I couldn�t put this book down - in the tradition of Cornelia Funke and Diana Wynne Jones, it has at its heart a truly inventive and magical story.�

Verity Gallant lives in the harbour town of Wellow and tries to fit into life as best she can. But her life starts to unravel when a mysterious stranger hands her a red-bound book, and it is only with the help of her two best friends that she is able to combat the forces of magic which threaten to engulf the town and her family too.
Sarah McIntyre's Hungry Aliens and Manky Monsters
25th March 2010
'Hungry Aliens and Manky Monsters' is the title of Sarah McIntyre's session at the UniComics Festival on Saturday 24th April at 11.00am. For more information please visit www.unicomics.co.uk.
DFB to publish Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne
24th March 2010
We�re so excited to announce a new John Boyne children�s book will join the DFB list! It�s called Noah Barleywater Runs Away and will publish in September this year. If like us you want to find out more, be sure to check out the official press release with all the details.
Vote for John Boyne in the 2010 Author Blog Awards
24th March 2010
Completely Novel has launched the 2010 Author Blog Awards, and our very own John Boyne has been nominated. Vote for your favourite author blog, and visit John Boyne�s blog here.
The Boy in Striped Pyjamas has been announced as the Best Read of the Noughties from the Easons Facebook poll.
26th February 2010
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The Curious Incident is listed as best-selling novel of the decade
22nd January 2010
Mark Haddon�s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been listed as the best-selling novel of the decade by a British writer! The DFB team are thrilled that such a valuable story has had such spectacular popularity and are hugely proud of Mark�s achievement, which has been widely publicized this week.
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Kate Brown wins 2010 Arts Foundation Award
22nd January 2010
Kate Brown, author and illustrator of The Spider Moon which will be published in May 2010 as part of the DFC Library, has won the 2010 Arts Foundation Award in the Graphic Novels Category. Congratulations!
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The DFC is BACK - starting with three fantastic books!
22nd January 2010
Watch this space for more information about the DFC Library, starting with three FANTASTIC books! A bold new collection of comic stories - the most popular strips from the much-loved weekly comic, the DFC, will be published in book form. Each book showcases a single strip from the DFC. Starting with Good Dog, Bad Dog by Dave Shelton, MeZolith by Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank and The Spider Moon by Kate Brown publishing this Spring!

The Toymaker makes the Waterstone�s Children�s Book prize shortlist
22nd January 2010
The Toymaker by Jeremy de Quidt has been shortlisted for the 2010 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize! The winner will be announced and presented on 10th February.

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London Eye Competition � write your own adventure
22nd January 2010
Have you read The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd? Do you have an idea for your own thrilling Ted and Kat adventure? Fancy having it read by Philip Pullman, award-winning author of His Dark Materials, and winning a private party for you and your friends on the London Eye? The Unicorn Theatre has teamed up with The London Eye and Random House Books to launch a fantastic competition to mark the stage premi�re of The London Eye Mystery in spring 2010.

The judging panel will include Philip Pullman, Unicorn Patron and the author of the His Dark Materials Trilogy, and Hannah Featherstone, editor at David Fickling Books.
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John Boyne wins a Nielsen Gold Book Award
11th December 2009
John Boyne was thrilled to be presented with a Nielsen Gold Book Award for sales of 500,000 copies of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. With sales of over 800,000 across all editions through the TCM it won't be long before we reach one million copies
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David Fickling Books has acquired TALL STORY by Candy Gourlay
12th November 2009

David Fickling Books is enormously proud to announce the acquisition of a new stand-(tall)-alone novel,TALL STORY by Candy Gourlay is an outstanding and highly original novel for 10yrs+.

�It isn't often that I am in fits of laughter one minute and in tears the next - TALL STORY is one of the warmest, funniest, most movingbooks I've read in a long time - and Candy Gourlay is a rare and new voice in children's fiction. We are feeling immensely excited (and smug!) to be able to add her name to the DFB list.� Bella Pearson, Editorial Director

David Fickling Books has acquired TRASH by Andy Mulligan
5th November 2009

�Oxygen levels on the planet will rise when this book gets published. So many people will be holding their breath to see what happens! It is a fantastic nail-biter. Young adult readers will love it, and in my opinion so will everybody else over the age of 12. It is an �all read�. The clincher for me is that it is also touching, in places deeply touching, and beautifully written. It says things that need to be said in a way that will be heard. And nobody�s going to put it down. This is just one of those stories that the whole world will want to read.� David Fickling

Last updated on Friday 22nd January 2010