Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

Happy Birthday RD

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl! I love Dahl’s wacky humour, and as a family we collectively agree that our all time favourite Roald Dahl book is the audio edition of The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me narrated by Hugh Laurie.

It’s an experience nobody should miss so gather your friends and family together for this one – it’s too funny not to share.

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Authors I’d Really Like To Meet

Authors I’d Really Like To Meet

These are a few of the authors I’d really like to meet, even though I’m a little too late for many of them.

By no means exhaustive – this is just the beginning of a very long list!

Authors I'd Like to Meet

Laini Taylor

I’m her biggest fan! Yes I am proud of that… go back and read her books before you judge!

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is my favourite fantasy book, it is beautifully written and original. Before I repeat myself you can find my review here.


Dr Seuss

My favourite, weird and wacky childhood author who still enthralls children today. My students love to hear his stories.

A couple of weeks ago, to celebrate World Book Day, I read The Cat in the Hat Comes Back to a Grade one class and pointed out the parts that made it my favourite book when I was their age. As I came to the end of the book a little boy jumped up and hugging me asked if he could take this special book home immediately to show his parents. It made my week!


Kimberly Sabatini

This amazing author is incredibly generous! I was one of the winners in her personal giveaway during the YA Scavenger Hunt. She not only sent me signed and personalised physical copy of her book (all the way to South Africa from US) she included a personalised signed hardcover copy to donate to our school library, along with a pile of signed bookmarks and beautiful origami birds. She also asked me to nominate another international school library that she could donate her book too. Wow! I hope I get to meet her one day. Big hugs!
My review of Touching the Surface.


Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park and Fangirl… need I say more! I  would love to ask her the story behind her name and what she’s working on next.

Perhaps I could weasel out what those three words are… I wonder if she’s ticklish…
My review of Eleanor and Park and Fangirl.


Roald Dahl

Another all-time favourite wacky author I would love to talk to him about some of the characters that I have never forgotten including the Duchess in The Giraffe the Pelly and Me, especially in the audio edition narrated by talented Hugh Laurie.

Our school library celebrates Roald Dahl’s birthday every year and Willy Wonka never forgets to send parcels of sweets and chocolate from his factory. A couple of years ago Willy Wonka himself made an appearance much to the delight of the students!


Elizabeth Wein

Author of the beautiful book Code Name Verity, I would like to talk to her about her inspiration and research into the Second World War.
My review of Code Name Verity.


Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan is a very talented, local South African author. I almost met Rachel at one of her book signings a couple of years ago, but just missed it with a last-minute family drama. I hope to have another opportunity to meet her, even though she’s moved to the opposite side of the country!

Rachel has shared the next installment of the Faerie Guardian books – I can’t wait to read it! My review of The Faerie Guardian and The Trouble With Flying


Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry is another author I love. Her gritty contemporary love stories are beautifully written and her characters messed-up and real. Once you are been bitten by her talent you’ll be back for more!

She not only graciously agreed to be interviewed for my blog, but also generously posted a stack of paper and ribbon bookmarks across the Atlantic to our school library. Needless to say we love her!
My review of Pushing the Limits.


J.R.R. Tolkien

Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, J.R.R. Tolkien is one of our most beloved authors. I spent my teens immersed in his generous stories. I’d like to talk to him about his inspiration behind The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings as well as his experiences as a soldier in the First World War.

I would love to see his face when he finds out how popular his books still are, more than forty years after his death.


Bill Bryson

His humour is what kept me going through some tough times, and I am so looking forward to seeing The Walk in the Woods on the big screen. If I did get a chance to meet him I would do my best to persuade him to write a full-length book on South Africa. I would love to see our rainbow nation through his eyes… and to ‘hear’ the topics under discussion by the locals in a Karoo koffie shop!


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Katie McGarry: Author Interview

Welcome Katie McGarry…

I am so excited to welcome one of my favourite authors, Katie McGarry! Thank you so much for taking the time to appear on my blog. You Rock!!

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry: Author Interview

Katie writes YA contemporary books, such as her Pushing the Limits series pictured above.

Lets get straight into the interview:

Were you an avid reader as a child? 
I read some when I was a child, but unfortunately stopped reading as much in my tween years.

What was your favourite childhood book?
My favorite book when I was in elementary school was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Other than The Outsiders which we know you love, what is your second favourite YA book and why?
There a quite a few YA novels that I love. Some of my favorite authors are Gena Showalter, Trish Doller, Miranda Kenneally, Colette Ballard, Joy Hensley, Courtney Stevens, Kristen Simmons, Sabrina Elkins, and the list can go on and on…

What is the last book you read that really spoke to you?
I just read an advanced reviewer copy of Courtney Stevens‘s The Lies About Truth and it was amazing!

What keeps you awake in the middle of the night?
Sometimes my characters choose the middle of the night to “speak to me”. That’s usually when I figure out my plot problems.

Would you consider visiting South Africa (we have lots of beautiful beaches!) in the future?
I would love to visit South Africa someday. Right now, due to my travel schedule and deadline schedule, I’m not sure when I can make it there.
(I’m are hoping it’s sooner rather than later – I’d love to have my books signed…)

Can you give your readers a hint of what we can look forward to?
I’m currently working on the Thunder Road series. The first book in the series, Nowhere But Here, follows teens who are raised in a motorcycle club. It will be released in the US on May 26, 2015.Nowhere but here.


Just look at this beautiful cover! I can’t wait for release day…

Add to Goodreads and don’t forget to follow Katie McGarry (links below) so you don’t miss any news of her upcoming books.

More about Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.


Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits series out now
Nowhere But Here series Spring 2015
Breaking the Rules (Echo & Noah #2) 12/8/14
Twitter: @KatieMcGarry
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My Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini Win

Touching the Surface WinTouching the Surface, my Kimberly Sabatini Win.

The parcel I have waited for arrived yesterday. So exciting! Look what I got…

I won this awesome prize during the The YA Scavenger Hunt a few months ago where I had such fun hopping from blog to blog collecting clues and entering the participating author’s additional giveaways.

A huge thank you to author Kimberly Sabatini and her very generous prize of a signed book for myself as well as one (a hardcover!) for our school library…
And look at all the signed bookmarks and beautiful origami birds! The students are going to love these! I can’t wait to show them.

Here is my review of Touching the Surface

The Trouble With Flirting by Rachel Morgan: New Release

Rachel Morgan has just released her new book in the Trouble series!
The Trouble With Flirting is the sequel to The Trouble With Flying.
My regular readers will know Rachel Morgan is one of my favourite authors and as fellow South African I am so proud of her achievements, the latest of which is  the 2014 Readers Choice Gold Award for her YA fantasy The Faerie Guardian.
by Rachel Morgan
The Trouble with Flirting

Labelled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself. She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend. But Livi’s about to discover that the price of popularity may be more than she’s willing to pay, and that what—and who—she wants most has always been right in front of her.



The Trouble Series
Forgiven (A Trouble Novella) *FREE*
The Trouble with Flying *OUT NOW*
The Trouble with Flirting *OUT NOW*
The Trouble with Faking *OCT 2014*
The Trouble with Falling *DEC 2014*


The Trouble With Flirting




Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion
of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a
degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t
approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in
fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart.

She is the author of the Amazon bestselling YA fantasy series, Creepy Hollow, and the lighthearted contemporary romance Trouble series.

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