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A graduate with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from Cambridge University, Anna Wilson went on to become a Picture Book Editor at Macmillan and subsequently a writer of children's books herself.
Anna is both a cat- and dog-type person. She lives in Bradford-on-Avon with her husband, two children, two cats, some chickens and a dog, Kenna (pictured, with Anna). She is the author of Puppy Love, Pup Idol, Puppy Power, Puppy Party, Kitten Kaboodle, Kitten Smitten, Kitten Cupid and Monkey Business - all for Macmillan Children's Books.
As any 12/13 year old will tell you, there’s nothing like a parent to cause you embarrassment. Not only did Skye Green’s parents land her with the worst name in history, her mum is determined to make her life even more awful by – shock horror – going out to have fun at dancing lessons. Skye has the sort of problems familiar to all kids her age – worries over friendships, feeling that the world is against her – and in this diary-style story she shares them all with the reader, who will sympathise with her, laugh at some of the mortifications she endures, but also notice – long before Skye does – that she’s so wrapped up in herself she’s missing some rather important things going on around her. Funny, entertaining, and full of gently delivered home truths. For more contemporary, funny girl-centred stories try Cathy Hopkins, Cathy Cassidy and Karen McCombie. ~ Andrea Reece
Titch the chicken is trapped. She arrived at Wilf's house by mistake when one of Mum's Internet orders went wrong (again). Now she is desperate to GET OUT OF THERE! There's a dopey dog to deal with and a very snooty cat - and, worse, Wilf has made her share a room with Brian, an EXTREMELY fussy guinea pig. Titch is no birdbrain and plots to escape. But when the other pets are put in danger, Titch realizes she has to stay and help her new friends . . .
There's a new kid in Crumbly-under-Edge. Smug the pug is clever, funny and full of surprises. And his owner, Tallulah Foghorn, is just as fantastic. PIppa Peppercorn has fallen head over heels for the devastating duo. Dash the dachshund, on the other paw, is not sure. He thinks Smug lives up to his name, and Tallulah is nuttier than one of Mrs Fudge's fruitcakes...
Business is booming at the Pooch Parlour, so Mrs Fudge hires a cool new assistant who is an instant favourite with all the dogs. Pippa Peppercorn isn't so sure, however - there's something strange about the new girl. Meanwhile, a string of unsolved burglaries and a mysterious spotty dog are causing havoc around town . . . will Pippa and Dash the talking dachshund save the day?
Honey leaped round as the music got faster. She put her paws on my shoulders, and we danced! It was the proudest moment of my life. It's showtime! Summer and her adorable puppy, Honey, enter a talent contest as a spectacular dancing duo. The competition is tough but they are determined to leap, prance and woof their way to success! Jubilee-tastic new cover look by Clare Elsom.
Children are living in appalling conditions in Lebanon since the outbreak of war in July 2006. This collection of writing and drawings - from some of the world's leading authors and artists - is for them. The contributors include: Etel Adnan, Adonis, Paul Auster, Hoda Barakat, John Berger, Abbas Beydoun, Raymond Briggs, Carmen Callil, John le Carre, Jung Chang, Hassan Daoud, Mahmud Darwish, Margaret Drabble, Moris Farhi, Simone Fattal, Robert Fisk, Lara Frankena, Maggie Gee, Mai Ghoussoub, Charles Glass, Fabio Guzman, Malu Halasa, Mona Hatoum, Tobias Hill, Aamer Hussein, Nada Awar Jarrar, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Peter Kennard, Judith Kazantzis, Mazen Kerbaj, Zena el-Khalil, Hanif Kureishi, Doris Lessing, and Toby Litt. They also include: Madi, Jean Said Makdisi, Alberto Manguel, Yann Martel, David Medalla, Adrian Mitchell, Blake Morrison, Beverley Naidoo, V. S. Naipaul, Alexandre Najjar, Adam Nankervis, Greta Naufal, Shirin Neshat, Rebecca O'Connor, Orhan Pamuk, Hadrian Piggott, Harold Pinter, Clare Pollard, Mohammed Rawas, Rhea, Claudia Roden, Marisa Rueda, Kamila Shamsie, Hanan al-Shaykh, Owen Sheers, anna sherbany, David Shrigley, Iain Sinclair, Souheil Sleiman, Ali Smith, George Szirtes, Arnold Wesker, Brian Whitaker, Hugo Williams, and Zapiro
Challenges the current orthodoxy in feminist criticism and pedagogy that books change lives by reexamining key feminist texts that attempted to be instruments for both personal and social change in the lives of their readers. The book uses reception studies of writers from Mary Wollstonecraft to Marilyn French to show that feminists' faith in the power of written or filmic texts as principal means to social change has been misplaced. It emphasizes important second wave works of popular feminism in order to argue that the cultural moment for belief in consciousness-raising texts has now passed, critiques feminist criticism's continued dependence on this model of oppositional possibility.