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Bookwitch bites #3

There are new paperbacks out now of Sally Gardner’s two French revolution novels. Both The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade have been given facelifts (not that they needed it, but you know what it’s like), and it’s the usual thing for me. I don’t need more copies of the same novels, but they do look very good. Very must-have.

I was beginning to think my mind was playing tricks on me, but then I understood. Maybe. Jeanne Willis and Lydia Monks have a sort of new book out. I’ve previously mentioned a book that’s almost identical to Zits, Glitz & Body Bits, except the title is different and the contents vary a little. So this is probably an updated version of two books. That’s what I’m guessing. It’s about all those things that girls want to know about growing up. From where I stand it’s good advice too, as long as you pay no attention to that old misguided notion that fat people need to avoid horizontal stripes and go for vertical stripes. IT’S THE OTHER WAY AROUND! Trust me. I’m a Gudrun Sjödén customer.

I’ve vowed to mention Anthony McGowan often, so consider him mentioned this week, too. Nicely mentioned, however briefly.

Theresa Breslin has a new book out in April, and I will tell you more about Prisoner of the Inquisition soon. Meanwhile, there is some sort of competition for secondary schools to enter. It’s a case of acting out the opening scene in the book, and all instructions can be found here. It’s National Drama who are working with Theresa’s publisher on this. The winning school gets books and an event with Theresa, so get acting!

Want some advice?

There are teen advice books. And then there is Jeanne Willis. Her Snogs, Sex & Soulmates and Bits, Boobs & Blobs, with illustrations by Lydia Monks, came my way when I started looking into Jeanne’s very varied writing.

I could now safely go back to being a teenager again, because “all I ever wanted to know, but was afraid to ask” is here. I’ve learnt an awful lot, not least a new vocabulary.

They say that if you don’t know your subject, you can always do extensive research. I wonder which it was in this case?

I’d happily put these books into the hands of a teenager. Come to think of it, I’ve got one nearby I can test the books on. And then maybe I’ll be left in peace. After all, I didn’t know all this before.