Welcome to Caroline
I did enjoy my day at The National Trust's lovely Eyam Hall
on Saturday 7th May.
My friend Berlie Doherty and I were talking and reading for all ages.
Thanks to those who visited.
I'm sorry I've not been here much lately. All winter I have been sitting in my study writing a LONG NOVEL, but I'd been looking forward to a few days out, at Smith's Wood, Brandhall and Griffe Field Schools. All were great.;
"Thank you from all of us at Griffe Field for your wonderful, inspiring visit to our school"
"Just wanted to say what a great day yesterday was. Thank you for engaging and inspiring our children so well. All the teachers that were in the sessions in the morning and the storytelling in the afternoon commented on how excited the children were. Thanks again",
Sam Taylor Head of Physical Education Smith's Wood Primary Academy
WORLD BOOK DAY
And I am thinking of a new story about
to read to you.
My adult story, Our Lady of the Iguanas can be downloaded
I enjoyed leading my workshop at the fantastic
Derby Book Festival
and HURRAY there is to be another Festival in June this year.
live to write ... love to read
Some of my short stories can now be bought as e-books from
Cut a Long Story Short the writers publishing community.
There are lots of good stories for grown-ups too.
Here we were at W.H.Smiths, Fargate, Sheffield. Thanks, Mick!
And an extra Thank You! to Isobel for reviewing
the updated edition of
11 o'Clock Chocolate Cake.
published by Cybermouse
the updated edition of Mine, again published by Cybermouse, with artwork by Emma J Graham.
(Times 'Top Teen Book')
Tiny Tiger is with us
11 o'Clock Chocolate Cake
Mine (New Edition)
The Dolphin Bracelet
The Shaman Boy
Ghost in the Glass
are all now available on Kindle:
I loved to see this mention of my favourite bookshop (Scarthin
of Cromford) in the Guardian www.guardian.co.uk/independent-bookshops
Obi's Umbrella is my story in
My story Catch a Falling Star about a Narwhal called Nakkertok is in
ON A STARRY NIGHT.
My Story Dog Star is about Chookie, a blue-eyed husky pup,
and is in the Winter Wishes anthology.
Maybe I've read Once in a Blue Moon, That's What I Want or The Bit of Everything Dog to you in Assembly?
They're in Wow! 366 which has now raised over £30,000 for ChildLine.
So if School bought a copy, thank you!
My story 'Wakes' appears in In
The Frame, an anthology of young adult stories from the 3 counties,
'The Dolphin Bracelet' appears in
Like Mother, Like Daughter? an anthology for mothers and daughters.
'In this delightful collection... Caroline Pitcher strikes a poignant note in the story of a family holiday with a terminally ill mother' (Valerie Coghlan in Books for Keeps)
One of the best things I've ever done
is to write
This anthology of writings on war and peace raises money for UNICEF's emergency appeal for the children of Iraq.
PLEASE BUY IT NOW.
I was delighted to find this 5 star review on Amazon:
This book is stunning I have just read it to my four year old .... (the) rhythm timbre and resonance ... makes it magical to read.... the poetry and wordsmithing make it a delight, the illustrations are of very high quality and realism. A gem
|'My absolute favourite of this year’s
picture books is, however, Caroline Pitcher’s The Winter Dragon.
Every night a timid boy’s home-made toy dragon comes alive to tell him stories
of battles and elf-hoards, and makes him grow brave. The poignant warmth
of this book will light up the darkest days.'
(Amanda Craig in The Times)
'Brighten up the darkness with this warm story and its soft cosy pastel illustrations..........A soothing and comforting message, but grown-up enough for a riveting bedtime read.'
Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2004
Aren't they lovely? These are the reindeer from 'Fox Fire' published in the anthology
A Winter's Night (Stripes £4.99). The story is about a young reindeer's encounter with a mysterious white fox, before he witnesses the amazing Northern Lights.
The anthology also has stories by Penny Dolan, Karen Wallace, Malachy Doyle and more... It has delightful drawings by Alison Edgson.
Buy From Amazon
|Look out for my story about a dog called Wizard which has been published in Winter Magic.||You'll know from The Shaman Boy and Cloud Cat that I love snow leopards. Here they are again, in my story Two Little Snow Leopards published by Stripes in Winter Tales.|
there's yet another slice of best selling Italian 11 O'clock Chocolate Cake, with a little cake on every page. This is a new paperback edition!
What a surprise to find my story Kylie and the Can-Can Beans in this Puffin anthology of Stories for Nine-Year-Olds.........
We went to Ithaka (near Kephallonia, Greece) last June and
sailed out on a caique with Jamie the marine biologist. Click on the
cover of my book to see what Jamie found! We watched this magnificent
octopus for half an hour in a tank of sea water. When he was put back in the
sea he swam home using his jet propulsion - can you see his defiant plume
|Books for Keeps gave it a 5 star review:
'Nico...calls his pet 'the chameleon of the sea'
'The book communicates a strong sense of place - a sunny Mediterranean fishing village where the people live an open air life'
|The octopus did remind me why I had written
||'An illustrated story of this quality is worthwhile in its own right, but this one also provides a context for a great deal of learning - about a particular sea creature and about a lifestyle.'|
The Littlest Owl is
out in paperback.
'One goes to a willow tree in Canada,
These Little Owls do get around
Helen Davis reviewed my novel The Shaman Boy:
'Two things immediately stand out: the warmth and originality of the characters, and the richness of the imaginative description. Reading the book is a sensual experience of shape, colour and texture… the startling use of imagery and language point to the fluid and unsettled nature of reality, throwing up questions about how we see the world, about freedom and choice.
Luka, a blind boy, discovers that he has the power to transfer his spirit to move with an animal, allowing him to experience the world from a stunning variety of perspectives, to marvel at the miracle of the universe.
Sharply contrasted against this dizzying world of possibility is the harsh reality of a village suffering the trauma of recent war. The orphan children love to hear Luka’s stories but Florin’s ability to process any story or information is reduced starkly to “bang bang dead.”
Ultimately, The Shaman Boy is a book about power. Luka must move between the powerlessness of fear and the power of imagination, love and infinity. ..'
Click on the book cover above to see the characters, hear Luka's tune and read more reviews.
Berlie Doherty describes The Shaman Boy as 'a feast of a book'.
|This is the beautiful second
edition of Mariana and the Merchild.
It was great to meet a real life Mariana in Assos - Hello Mariana!
Lord of the Forest
is out in paperback.
|'For something genuinely awe-inspiring, try
Lord of the Forest.......this unforgettable story about
a tiger could stop even the stroppiest of infants in their tracks.'
(Nicholas Tucker in The Independent)
|'I defy anybody's head not to turn at this magnificent
(Emma Shaw in the Derby Evening Telegraph)
|'Caroline Pitcher's language is as measured as a tiger's
footfall......repetition, alliteration, and rhyme hidden in the prose all
contribute to the "tigerliness" when reading aloud......Jackie
Morris's drawing is skilful and accurate'
(INIS - Children's Books Ireland)
|'The best animal picture book of the season is Lord
of the Forest...... Ms Morris's illustrations are lavish and painterly,
and the story—who exactly is the king of the jungle?—holds the reader in
suspense until the very last page.'
'beautiful watercolours distinguish this quiet story
about grace, humility and identity'
|'What a joy to read! A great book for teenage girls,
that had me constantly laughing aloud..... Sadness, tears, joy, depression
and anger all take turns to feature. The layout is rather unusual.......
the nicknames are very funny...... I loved this book, and read it in three
days....... It's like an older version of a Jacqueline Wilson story, but
with a few added twists, that keep you guessing until the end.'
(a young reviewer in Education Otherwise)
|'...a delicious slice of teenage life. Readers will be engaged at once..... Great stuff.' (Adèle Geras in Times Educational Supplement)||'This is a real giggle about the most important things in life - friendship and food!' (Mizz)|
|Click here to read more rave reviews|
Silkscreen has won an Arts Council Writer's Award,
and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
'This is a powerful, moving and suspenseful story about loss and despair; but also about how good wins through eventually and how hope can triumph. The writing is excellent - the pitch,the pace and the juxtaposition of modern life against a Victorian background are absorbing and adept. A gripping read.'
(Sheila Wood in The Bookseller)
|some more of my picture books||or||my earlier work|
You can order Caroline Pitcher's books in shops and online bookstores
Click on the picture below to visit Scarthin Books:
or better still visit in person.
You will find every wall covered in books, new and second hand, and friendly staff who live and breathe books. If it all becomes too much you could stop off in their cafe for some delicious home cooked food and proper coffee.
www.cybermouse-multimedia.com are publishing new editions of some of my books.
Do you need a Spanish translation? Try www.connectingwords.co.uk
Would you like me to visit your school, library or festival? Contact Authors Aloud UK
Kathryn White writes great books - see www.kathrynwhite.net
Why not visit the Scattered Authors' website
or an exiting new site launched on World Book Day www.authorhotline.com
or of a wonderful writer and wonderful friend Berlie Doherty
or of a fantastic writer and fantastic friend Patricia Elliott.
See the publications of a small Nottingham press Five Leaves.
Bridget Mackeith has illustrated lots more books www.bridgetmackeith.co.uk.
I was involved in Megaread for www.thelauracentre.org.uk
You can e-mail Caroline at lineyATcarolinepitcher.co.uk (replace 'AT' with the usual)
There is a wealth of information about writers and writing at www.ukchildrensbooks.co.uk
If you want to learn how I became a writer you may find this interview interesting www.whystudyenglish.ac.uk
We have lots of writers in the East Midlands. You can find out more about us at this new web site: writingeastmidlands.co.uk
Luka's tune from The Shaman Boy was written and played by Max Johnson.
You can hear him play or contact him here http://www.myspace.com/maxjohnson2.
NB The publishers listed are those publishing the books in the UK - often different publishers are used in other countries.
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