There's a new entry in the top 50 bestsellers for children's chapter books on Amazon! Can you guess what's No. 1 and No. 2?
The CURSE OF MUKADA
In the first part of the Monkey Magic series, Romy discovers that she has a mysterious power -- and that she alone can help bring an end to generations of suffering for the orangutans of Mukada.
Congratulations to the winners of the draw for the newly released
The Ghostly Thieves of New York! All from the U.K., they were:
Alex in Cheltenham
Nicky in Hoddesdon
Jenny in Ribbleton
Hana in Kingston
Michelle in Dronfield
There's another competition to win the entire series in National Geographic Kids magazine at the end of May. Details coming...
Talking of the entire series, U.K. readers can get the three books together half-price for a limited time — all signed by the author Grant S. Clark!
Click here for details.
UK HALF-PRICE DEAL!
To celebrate the release of the third part of the Monkey Magic series, here's a deal for U.K. readers: buy all three paperbacks for just £10 (half the price on Amazon) plus postage -- and the author will sign them!
Click on this link for the deal.
A "MAGICAL STORY" IS RELEASED!
Part III of the Monkey Magic series is out in Europe and the U.S.!
"A magical story" - Siona Mitra, Expat Living Magazine
Click here to buy the ebook or paperback on Amazon.
In the immortal words of Pink Floyd:
"Hey teacher, read them kids a poem!"
Or a book.
Monkey Magic has been read all over the world in classrooms to entertain children, and to shine a light on some of the challenges facing the planet. Some schools added The Curse of Mukada to their curriculum and one even put on a play based on the book.
Maybe it's one for your classroom?
“Cleverly woven with delicious subplots, Monkey Magic is also strewn with environmental references and information that are played upon in a subtle but vital way. I’ve always loved an engaging story that also teaches – parents, teachers and librarians will be similarly enthralled, for this very reason – but I’m also happy to say that kids won’t become bogged down in a plot full of preaching. The messages are well done, the plot is well-crafted and the storyline is full of enough action, adventure, magic, baddies and goodies to make it a real page-turner.”
TANIA McCARTNEY, Kids Book Review
"Highly recommended as a story telling resource for primary aged children - one which takes them on an adventure to the jungles of Borneo to meet the orangutans and also one that inspires thought regarding the current conservation issues of illegal logging in Indonesia and protection of the jungles and the orangutans natural habitat."
JULIE NEWNHAM, Australian author and teacher
A TOOTH THAT TOOTS!
This could be a first: a book with a farting tooth. This wonderful illustration by Lizzie Nelson for Uncle Bill's Missing Tooth is a blast.
But hold your breath: this bedtime read will not be
released until the summer!
MORE CAKE PLEASE!
The most important reviews for children's books are - surprise surprise - from kids.
Sounds obvious, but the need to get a book "noticed" means children's authors understandably obsess about what non-kids think.
That's why I included reader reviews on this website. (Send your review in and we'll add it!) Here's a sample that made us smile:
"Unputdownable" Lois H., London
"Wicked and funny" Hannah K., Singapore
"I would describe it as being like a cake. All the ingredients are really tasty and combine together to make an experience that leaves you hungry for more!” Florence W., Leeds
“I love your book. Monkey Magic is a very, very, very super duper
FANTASTIC BOOK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Annita, Sydney
"You will like it so much – I really know. Trust me!!!” Timothy T., Singapore
ORANGUTANS FROM BRIGHTON?
Are orangutans from Brighton and Hove
or from Sumatra and Borneo?
Test your knowledge in this quiz!
WHAT DO THESE HAVE IN COMMON?
Yes, they are all in the same city. But they are also key locations in the latest Monkey Magic book: The Ghostly Thieves of New York. I took the top-left picture in snowy Manhattan while doing research for the book.
More details on how to buy the book at Amazon here.
"A MAGICAL STORY"
The Ghostly Thieves of New York will be released in the U.S. and Europe on 1st May. A review by Siona Mitra for Expat Living magazine:
"This is the marvellous third book in the Monkey Magic series. It is a magical story. A series of unexpected twists and turns keeps the reader fully engaged. This book also brings a great environmental message about conservation. It is a special treat for all young animal lovers. I strongly recommend this book to students aged eight to 13."
Pre-order a copy at Amazon here or scroll down
for information about how to join the draw for a free signed copy.
ASK THE AUTHOR!
If you have any questions, send them via the contacts page. Here's one from Lucy Goodman in Sydney, Australia: What was your best and worst book reading?
The worst was probably when I set a record (I believe) for the fewest books sold at a book reading. It was in Singapore and only a handful of people showed up and nobody bought a book.
The only person interested won the book I was giving away as a prize! So I ended up with sales of negative one books - a record perhaps?
Another time I was talking to a big group in a big book shop and somebody walked in front of me and asked me where the toilets were!
My best experience was addressing many hundreds of kids at a brilliant book festival in New Delhi called Bookeroo. There were authors and children everywhere united by their love of books.
THANKS TO RUGBY LEGEND BILL
Huge thanks to rugby legend Sir Bill Beaumont, who kindly tested out my forthcoming picture book, Uncle Bill's Missing Tooth, on his grandkids.
Grandad Bill's assessment: "A really good book that will keep the children entertained."
Wonderfully illustrated by Lizzie Nelson (my friend from school days), the story is about two children - Tom and Lucy - guessing the secret of why their uncle has a big gap in his gums. Perhaps idiot poachers stole Uncle Bill's tooth? Maybe he sold it? Or was it the rugby?
Note: Sir Bill never lost a tooth while playing rugby because he wore a mouthguard - a lesson there!
The book will be released in the summer of 2021.
Grant S. Clark has been writing kids' books since his kids were kids (a long time)! His first book (The Curse of Mukada) became a bestseller and was nominated for a children's book of the year award. He likes to write novels for 7-11s and funny verse for younger readers.