Mirrors Sparkling New Stories from Prize-winning Authors by Wendy Cooling


Mirrors Sparkling New Stories from Prize-winning Authors by Wendy Cooling

Specially commissioned short stories, by prize-winning authors, on the theme of Mirrors. READERSHIP: 10 - 14 A collection of new , specially commissioned short stories by some of the finest authors of children's books today: Anne Fine, Berlie Doherty, Leslie Howarth, Mary Arrigan, Gaye Hicilmaz, Jeremy Strong, Malorie Blackman, Elizabeth Laird , Melvin Burgess, Celia Rees, Kate Thompson, Paul Stewart, Vivian French, Alan Durant, Annie Dalton in range of genres - humour, horror, fantasy, traditional, realism and romance. The collection is aimed at good readers between 10 and 14, and the strength of the stories combined with the excellence of their authors will be certainly be welcomed by teachers, librarians and parents. Edited by Wendy Cooling, a well-known and highly respected figure in the world of education and children's books and the editor of Centuries of Stories.


This is a collection of 15 specially commissioned short stories by some of Britain's best-known authors of children's books, including Malorie Blackman, Melvin Burgess, Berlie Doherty, Anne Fine, Lesley Howarth and Jeremy Strong. These authors have written for children of all ages, but the stories in this collection are aimed at younger teenagers. The stories all share the central image of the anthology, that of the mirror, but are very different in form and tone, covering humour and horror, fantasy and fairytale, realism and romance. If there can said to be a common thread running through, it is that many of the confrontations with mirrors and reflections contain an element of darkness to them. This tone is set in the first story by Elizabeth Laird, which is a retelling of the sorry fate of Narcissus and Echo, and continues, for instance, in the very modern 'mirrors dot com

-aged film actress through a humorous fight with a pirate ancestor to a terrifying ghostly revenge tale. Most striking of all are 'Whose Face Do You See?

'Double Vision'

About the Author

Wendy Cooling

Wendy Cooling is an eminent figure in the world of children′s books. As a freelance consultant she works with schools, publishers, libraries and the government on the promotion of literacy and love of books. Wendy was a teacher of English in London secondary schools for many years and left to head up the then Children′s Book Foundation where she initiated the Book Start project, which is now run successfully throughout the country. She is an intrepid traveller - camel fairs in India being one of her favourites. Home is in Barnet.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

4th March 2002



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