Author: Kate MacLachlan
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2009-07-15
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Zee (short for Zara) lives in a quiet suburb of Belfast, with an apparently idyllic family life. But Zee's father was shot dead in front of them all, and the whole family is still struggling with the extent of grief and pain that this has caused. Her brother Gary has become a rabid anti-Catholic, and a fervent Orange-man. And Zee? She's trying desperately to continue a normal life. Unfortunately as a teenager, this means finding boyfriends, and she is irresistibly drawn to local boy Conor, who's from the token Catholic family. Gary will kill him if he realises, and even the adults will separate them by all means if they are discovered. As Zee and Conor keep up a double life, and argue over the need to do so in what is, after all, their own hometown, the jealousies and petty hatreds of those around them come to a head. Conor is beaten up - but Zee pays for her 'disloyalty' by having her face slashed unmercifully and losing her looks forever.
This project was initiated in May 1991 to study the field relationships and chemical affinities of mafic dykes, gabbroic and anorthositic bodies, and mafic volcanic rocks in the Chan Formation at the base of the Kam Group in the Yellowknife greenstone belt. The work is being conducted to determine the origin of the dyke complex and to assess whether these rocks formed in an intracontinental rift or oceanic basin environment. The detailed mapping near Oro Lake was undertaken in July and August 1991 and compiled with previous mapping in the area to give a first impression of the temporal and spatial relationships among the various rock types as well as their relative abundance. A number of different sets of dykes were distinguished in the field, based on cross-cutting relationships, weathering colour, mineral assemblages, and phenocryst content.
It begins on Monday 11 November 1985. Sally Kirwin, and her toddler son, Tom, are murdered at Thames Glebe a small riverside park in Chelsea. Running from the site of the killing, the suspect, Clive Vesey Hart, collides with a woman walking her dog in the park; she then discovers the body. She calls the police who arrive in time to arrest the suspect. Subsequent interviews by DCI Paul Perry and his assistant DS Phil Knight of the Met’s Murder Squad, fail to sheet the murder home to Hart although, through examinations of his home and background, they are convinced that he is the killer. Part of this conviction is brought about both by Hart’s apparent obsession with Jack-the-Ripper (he has a considerable library of books about him) and their discovery of a series of bizarre and increasingly overtly crude and suggestive letters that Hart has exchanged with ‘Candy, a ‘mail-order’ correspondent whom Hart has contacted through a magazine ‘Connexions’ but has never met - much as he has tried. Perry, without sufficient evidence to charge him, has to release Hart. New lines of investigation must be adopted. With the aid of a psychological criminal profiler, Dr Angus Albion (brought in by Perry’s boss) it is decided to tap into the correspondence and, by eliciting Candy’s help through the editor of ‘Connexions’, to embark upon a process whereby in exchange for promised sexual favours from her he will be inveigled into admitting that he killed Sally Kirwin. Over a long period the interchange of letters is manipulated by Albion, using acquiescent Candy as the writer, to a point where she agrees to meet him at Thames Glebe. Having never met her, he has no reason to suspect the policewoman who actually turns up for the assignation. He, sexually roused by her, boasts that he killed Sally Kirwin whereupon he is seized by Perry and his men who have lain in wait. Perry, a seasoned and dedicated officer, was always uncomfortable about the letter traps but against his better judgment, was coerced into the stratagem by his superior. But despite his scepticism he is mortified when the CPS refuses to allow the prosecution to proceed. In opening up further lines of enquiry the new technique of DNA analysis is used to examine Hart’s ‘body fluids’ and it is found that he was not, after all, the murderer. The police have been wrong all along. A fresh start has to be made, but without Perry. He takes all of the criticism and bears the blame for the failures, he is moved sideways, subsequently suffers a stress heart attack and retires from the police in his mid-fifties. Perry is a wealthy widower, independent of police pay and pension, because his wife left him a sizeable fortune. He works hard at his recovery and grows fit and strong. Determined not to submit to a life of blank bleakness in middle-age he decides to make a complete break with London and to go as far away as possible. Having earlier in the story seen a display in a travel agent’s window extolling Ayers Rock and The Olgas as destinations he travels to the heart of Australia. In the dry, brash, alien desert town of Alice Springs he meets a New Zealand woman, Daphne Adams, (‘Mrs Adams’ as Perry instinctively calls her) a surgeon’s widow, from Christchurch, New Zealand who is visiting with friends. Perry and she strike up a friendship and thereby make up a foursome, exploring the MacDonnell Range attractions, Ayers Rock and The Olgas, but the time comes for her to return home, leaving Perry with a few days in Australia before he, too, will return to London. Before she goes she gives him a paperback book, one which her daughter had given to her to read on holiday and which she’s finished with. He puts it aside but later, at a loose end, he picks it up. Reading through it desultorily he comes across a description of a murder which has unique aspects of the Sally Kirwin murder about it. The book, written by a woman, has been published in Christchurch, NZ. He realizes that whoever she i
Irish Children’s Literature and Culture looks critically at Irish writing for children from the 1980s to the present, examining the work of many writers and illustrators and engaging with major genres, forms, and issues, including the gothic, the speculative, picturebooks, ethnicity, and globalization. It contextualizes modern Irish children’s literature in relation to Irish mythology and earlier writings, as well as in relation to Irish writing for adults, thereby demonstrating the complexity of this fascinating area. What constitutes a "national literature" is rarely straightforward, and it is especially complex when discussing writing for young people in an Irish context. Until recently, there was only a slight body of work that could be classified as "Irish children’s literature" in comparison with Ireland’s contribution to adult literature in the twentieth century. The contributors to the volume examine a range of texts in relation to contemporary literary and cultural theory, and children’s literature internationally, raising provocative questions about the future of the topic. Irish Children’s Literature and Culture is essential reading for those interested in Irish literature, culture, sociology, childhood, and children’s literature. Valerie Coghlan, Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin, is a librarian and lecturer. She is a former co-editor of Bookbird: An International Journal of Children's Literature. She has published widely on Irish children's literature and co-edited several books on the topic. She is a former board member of the IRSCL, and a founder member of the Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature, Children's Books Ireland, and IBBY Ireland. Keith O’Sullivan lectures in English at the Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin. He is a founder member of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature, a former member of the board of directors of Children’s Books Ireland, and past chair of the Children’s Books Ireland/Bisto Book of the Year Awards. He has published on the works of Philip Pullman and Emily Brontë.
Fictions of Adolescent Carnality considers one of the most controversial topics related to adolescents: their experience of desire. In fiction for adolescents, carnal desire is variously presented as a source of angst, an overwhelming experience over which one has no control, bestial, disgusting and, just occasionally, a source of pleasure. The on-set of desire, within the Anglophone tradition, has been closely associated with the loss of innocence and the end of childhood. Drawing on a corpus of 200 narratives of adolescent desire, Kokkola examines the connections between sociological accounts of teenagers’ sexual behaviour, adult fears for and about their off-spring and fictional representations of adolescents exploring their sexuality. Taking up topics such as adolescent pregnancy and parenthood, queer sexualities, animal-human connections and sexual abuse, Kokkola provides wide-ranging insights into how Anglophone literature responds to adolescents’ carnal desires, and contributes to on-going debates on the construction of adolescence and the ideology of innocence.
Author: Patricia Maclachlan
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 2013-10-29
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
In Snowflakes Fall, Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and award-winning artist Steven Kellogg portray life’s natural cycle: its beauty, its joy, and its sorrow. Together, the words and pictures offer the promise of renewal that can be found in our lives—snowflakes fall, and return again as raindrops so that flowers can grow. MacLachlan and Kellogg, who are longtime friends, were moved to collaborate on a message of hope for children and their families following the tragic events in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Kellogg lived in Sandy Hook for thirty-five years—he raised his family there and was an active member of the community. With Snowflakes Fall, they have created a truly inspiring picture book that is both a celebration of life and a tribute to the qualities that make each individual unique. In honor of the community of Sandy Hook and Newtown, Random House, the publisher of Snowflakes Fall, has made a donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Random House is also donating 25,000 new books to the national literacy organization First Book in the community’s honor and in support of children everywhere. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2017-09-12
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
From Newbery Award–winning author Patricia MacLachlan comes a lyrical coming-of-age story about finding your own voice while learning to understand the people you love the most. Sylvie Bloom wants to find something new and exciting this summer—at least more exciting than the cows, goats, and chickens on her family’s farm that she’s become accustomed to. Luckily, Sylvie’s teacher Mrs. Ludolf has the perfect idea. Sylvie can take over her husband Sheriff Ludolf’s column in the newspaper for the summer, reporting on all the important events that happen in their small Wyoming town. Sylvie is thrilled to have a new challenge, but she’s not sure she’ll actually see anything amazing. At least nothing like the things her mother saw when she traveled the world as a famous opera singer. Sylvie can’t figure out why her mother would give up singing in front of thousands of people. Have she and her brother Nate been holding her mother back? And when her mother’s old duet partner James Grayson writes that he’s coming to perform nearby, will she be tempted to return to the stage, without them?
The third book in the series that began with the Newbery Medal–winning Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. Anna has done something terrible. She has given me a journal to fill. "It's your job now," Anna says as she hands Caleb her journals, asking him to continue writing the family story. But Sarah, Jacob, Anna, Caleb, and their new little sister, Cassie, have already formed a family, and Caleb fears there will be nothing left to write about. That is, before Cassie discovers a mysterious old man in the barn, and everything changes. Everyone is excited about the arrival of a new family member—except for Jacob, who holds a bitter grudge. Only the special love of Caleb, and the gift he offers, can help to mend the pain of the past.
Meet Barkus. Barkus is loyal. Barkus is generous. Barkus is family. The exuberant Barkus and his lucky young owner whirl and twirl across the pages of this delightful pre-chapter book series from award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. The accessible text is ideal for even the newest independent reader, while the warm, humorous story and energetic illustrations will appeal to picture book readers as well as advanced readers.
If you were a little girl who listened to stories over and over and over; and who read books every night, every day, even as her mother led her across the street, You might be me, a writer. Follow a little girl in acclaimed writer Patricia MacLachlan's semi-autobiographical picture book, Someone Like Me. Filled with gorgeous and thoughtful illustrations by Chris Sheban, learn what it might take to grow up to become a writer. A Neal Porter Book
From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love. "Just what I needed," raves Brightly.com. "It's a heart-warming story of loss and love that filled me with hope for a better future and renewed my belief in good." Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children. Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home—and they understand him. The children are afraid of the howling wind, but not of Teddy’s words. They follow him to a cabin in the woods, where the dog used to live with Sylvan . . . only now his owner is gone. As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is flooded with memories of Sylvan. What will Teddy do when his new friends go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost?