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Emma Shevah grew up in London but has lived and travelled in lots of countries. She studied English and Philosophy at Nottingham University and has an MA with Distinction in Creative and Professional Writing from Brunel.
Emma is half Irish and half Thai. Her great-great grandfather was King Rama I of Thailand, so by all rights she should be living a life of ease and luxury in the tropics. Instead, she spends her days dashing around rainy North London writing, teaching English and raising four children.
Emma likes nothing better than getting on a plane and going on an adventure and is currently cooking up a cunning idea for a book that will involve travelling to new and exciting places as frequently as possible.
Book band: Turquoise Ideal for ages: 6+ | This new series from Bloomsbury Education is geared at turning children into independent readers. Not only will the books give youngsters a boost into solo reading, they’ll also make it easier and more enjoyable for the adults helping children as they come with useful tips and notes. The books are short and divided into chapters thereby breaking the story into manageable chunks. The adventures are lively and fast-moving though told via short sentences and carefully chosen vocabulary: some words are highlighted in the Tips for Grown Ups section on the inside cover, so that children can learn them and their meanings. Full colour illustrations amplify the action and make the books really attractive to look at too. Written by favourite authors, these are well worth collecting and are just the thing for children ready for reading.
August 2015 Book of the Month Dara is outraged when she doesn’t get the role of Maria in the school’s production of The Sound of Music. She and her best friend spend hours in front of the mirror practising their ‘faces’ and are convinced they’re talented actors. Could it be that Dara, who was adopted from Cambodia as a baby, just doesn’t look right for the part? Dara has a huge personality, but isn’t so good at seeing the other person’s point of view. When her friend, also Cambodian, decides to visit Cambodia it starts Dara thinking about who she is, and when she reluctantly joins Miss Snelling’s drama class that starts her thinking about other people too, including her own family. Dara is an unforgettable character and this is a hugely entertaining read that also considers identity, understanding and achieving your dreams.~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher Being different is sometimes hard – especially if you believe that you have an astonishing Hollywood-bound talent! But if Dara is hilariously wrong about some things, she’s right about the stuff that matters, even if it takes her a while to discover that being adopted, coming from a faraway country and being misunderstood are all part of learning to APPRECIATE how much she’s truly loved and special – although not always for acting (up)! Emma Shevah is a wonderful, warm storyteller who makes me LAUGH out loud, and CRY (a bit).
March 2014 Debut of the Month A funny and heart-warming novel about modern-day families, starting school, being mixed-race and celebrating your uniqueness. Amber is facing up to life without Dad. He left when she was little, but now she really needs him, and if he isn't coming back she'll have to dream up other ways to sort things out. But replying to her little sister's 'Dear Dad' letters was definitely not one of her best ideas. A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher at Chicken House I used to write letters to myself – honestly! Pretending to be all sorts of crazy characters, I got quite carried away. I almost believed the strange correspondents were real. The wise and funny Emma Shevah shows us it’s good to try and keep control of your secret life, even if your family is as crazy and unpredictable as Amber’s in this wonderful story. Oh, by the way – did I tell you Harry Potter once wrote me a note? Honestly! In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Dream On, Amber a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'a great story about how a girl copes with a complicated life...I couldn’t put this book down and finished it in a weekend. I loved it and I think others will too!' Poppy Stephens Scroll down to read more ...
Adam wanted a brother. Instead he got a sister called Mo and now his house is full of new stuff and all of it is for the baby. Well, Adam doesn't think the baby is lovely and he doesn't like the name Mo. Will he ever learn to get along with his new sister? This humorous story about new siblings from author Emma Shevah is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. It features engaging illustrations by Katie Saunders and relatable characters young readers will find hard to resist. Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. They are packed with gorgeous colour illustrations and include inside cover notes to help adults reading with children, as well as ideas for activities related to the stories. Book band: Turquoise Ideal for ages: 6+
Lexie lives in London with her colourful Greek-Cypriot family - and she's devoted to her fragile cousin of the same age, Eleni, who has a heart condition. But after the death of their grandmother, Lexie tells a terrible, instinctive, jealous lie about an heirloom necklace, a lie that splits the family apart. It's up to her to bring the family back together ... but after such a lie, can she find a way to tell the truth?
Amber Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto. As if her name made up for being tiny, half Japanese and half Italian, and starting a new school with a caveman phone. Dream on! But the hardest bit about being Amber is that a part of her is missing. Her dad. He left when she was little and if he isn't coming back, she'll have to sort things out another way. And Amber has a big imagination ...
Meet eleven-year-old Dara Palmer. She loves dancing and dreams of being a world-famous actress - which means she has to get the main part in the school play. When she doesn't get any part at all, Dara begins to wonder whether it's because of her looks rather than her acting skills. But Dara has big ideaa - and is determined not to let prejudice stop her from being in the spotlight ...
Meet eleven-year-old Dara Palmer. She loves dancing and dreams of being a world-famous actress - which means she has to get the main part in the school play. When she doesn't get any part at all, Dara begins to wonder whether it's because of her looks rather than her acting skills. But Dara has big ideas - and is determined not to let prejudice stop her from being in the spotlight .
Amber Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto. As if her name made up for being tiny, half Japanese and half Italian, and starting a new school with a caveman phone. Dream on! But the hardest bit about being Amber is that a part of her is missing. Her dad. He left when she was little and if he isn't coming back, she'll have to sort things out another way. And Amber has a big imagination .