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books for boys and girls

Guest post: Writing for girls and boys

Posted on 18/05/17 in Alan Dapre, Porridge the Tartan Cat

Alan Dapré is the author of more than 60 books for children, including the hilarious Porridge the Tartan Cat series. In this guest blog post, he refle …

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Spellchasers characters

Would you trust this Spellchasers character?

Posted on 20/04/17 in Guest posts, Lari Don, Spellchasers

In The Beginner’s Guide to Curses, we met the Spellchasers team. The unluckily cursed Molly, Beth the dryad, Innes the Kelpie, and Atacama the sphinx. …

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Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Brawsome Bagpipes

A Deadly Giant Clootie Dumpling: Top Secret Recipe

Posted on 11/04/17 in Alan Dapre, Fun Stuff, Porridge the Tartan Cat

We’ve got our hands on the SUPER-SECRET plans of Fergus McFungus, Gadget Grandad’s arch enemy! Rumour has it that these top-secret plans can make a ra …

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Spellchasers characters

The Spellchasers trilogy – what happens next?

Posted on 03/04/17 in Lari Don, Spellchasers

At our special book launch for The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away – the second book in Spellchasers trilogy – author Lari Don let us into some o …

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Awkward Autumn of Lily McLean

A sneak peek into Lily McLean’s diary

Posted on 23/03/17 in Extract, Lily McLean, Lindsay Littleson

Lily McLean had a Mixed-Up Summer. Now she’s (not) looking forward to an Awkward Autumn. Telling people you hear voices doesn’t win you many friends. …

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Spellchasers characters

Meet the Spellchasers team!

Posted on 17/02/17 in Lari Don, Spellchasers

You’re on a quest to lift your curse. You’ve just been surrounded by the grey men of Ben Macdui. You need someone to help you escape. Who would you ch …

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Spellchasers characters

Superfans speculate on the Spellchasers trilogy

Posted on 01/02/17 in Lari Don, Spellchasers

We’re waiting on tenterhooks to read The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away, the next instalment of Lari Don’s Spellchasers trilogy. In The Beginner …

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Spellchasers characters

Spellchasers competition: win a signed book!

Posted on 24/01/17 in Competitions, Lari Don, Spellchasers

Calling all Lari Don fans! To celebrate the launch of The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away, Atacama the sphinx helped us to put together this tric …

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Recommendations

Posted on 15/12/16 in Books

Tomorrow (Friday 16th December) is the last day for guaranteed Christmas delivery on orders from DiscoverKelpies.co.uk! But don’t panic – here are som …

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Gangin on a Word Hunt: translating the sounds of a classic into Scots

Posted on 17/08/16 in Books, Guest posts

by Susan Rennie There are many magical things about Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s classic picture book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: the hypnotic …

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Sample the latest adventure in the Red Fever trilogy!

Posted on 16/06/16 in Black Tide, Caroline Clough, Red Fever, Silver Storm

Caroline Clough’s post-apocalyptic thrillers Red Fever and Black Tide have taken Toby, Tash and Snowy on a journey all over Scotland, but where will t …

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Kelpies book reviews in Gaelic

Gaelic book reviews on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal

Posted on 21/04/16 in Books, Reviews

We were delighted to discover that five of our Kelpies books had been reviewed by keen Gaelic-speaking Kelpies readers for Aileag, BBC Radio nan Gaidh …

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Odin Blew Up My TV! by Robert J. Harris

Odin Blew Up My TV! extract

Posted on 21/04/16 in Books, Extract

Can’t wait to get the book? Read an the first chapter of Odin Blew Up My TV! right here!   Chapter 1 — An Unexpected Forest As the 95A bus pulle …

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The Secret of the Kelpie in Scotland

Posted on 15/03/16 in Books

Every loch in Scotland, however beautiful, has its cold, dark depths. And every loch in Scotland has its kelpie. But it’s easy to forget those dangers …

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The Nowhere Emporium wins Blue Peter Best Story Award and Scottish Children’s Book Award 2016

Posted on 03/03/16 in Awards, Books

The Kelpies team are all thrilled to announce that Ross MacKenzie’s dazzling novel The Nowhere Emporium has won Best Story in this year’s the Blue Pet …

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The Myth of the Beast

Posted on 10/12/15 in An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures, Competitions, Kate Leiper, Theresa Breslin

Earlier this year we launched a competition for three primary school children to win £100 worth of Kelpies books for their primary school libraries. C …

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Wrestling with a reluctant reader?

Posted on 27/10/15 in Books, Young Kelpies

I’m Suzanne, I work at Floris Books, and I have a reluctant reader. There. Now you know. I’ve said it. Until recently my 7 year old would read . . .  …

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What is a Kelpie anyway?

Posted on 21/10/15 in Books

What is a Kelpie? Ask anybody in Scotland this question and they will most likely point you in the direction of Andy Scott’s impressive Kelpies sculpt …

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Have a sneaky peek at one of our spookiest #SpookyReads!

Posted on 28/10/14 in Alex Nye, Authors, Books, Chill, Extract, Fun Stuff

One of our favourite things to do when it’s cold, wet and windy outside is to curl up somewhere warm and comfortable with a good book. And with Hallow …

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Are you #TeamThor or #TeamLoki? Vote today on Discover Kelpies!

Posted on 24/10/14 in Fun Stuff, Robert J Harris, Thor is Locked in my Garage

We do like a Norse god here at DiscoverKelpies Towers, which is why we LOVE Robert J. Harris’ hilarious adventures The Day The World Went Loki and Tho …

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#FlorisDesign Illustrator Interview: Si Clark

Posted on 01/10/14 in Design and Illustration, E. B. Colin, Fun Stuff, Pyrate's Boy

Illustrator of… A few weeks ago, the team here at Discover Kelpies were thrilled to announce that three (yes, THREE!) of our lovely titles had been …

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Clip clop CRASH! Yann and the Fabled Beasts gang are taking over DiscoverKelpies for a day!

Posted on 26/09/14 in First Aid for Fairies, Fun Stuff, Lari Don

Good morning Kelpies fans! We found this very mysterious blog waiting for us when we arrived at DiscoverKelpies Towers so of course we had to share it …

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Yo ho, yo ho! A Pyrate’s Life for DiscoverKelpies

Posted on 19/09/13 in Books

Arrrrr, me scurvy Kelpies seadogs! Did ye ken that Thursday 19th September is International Talk Like A Pirate Day? Wha’ d’ye mean ‘NO’? Would ye like …

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Demons, Dragons, Monsters and Mayhem!

Posted on 21/11/12 in Books

Are you a fan of exciting adventures? Do you enjoy reading books on your eReader? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: now you can try out four of o …

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Soldier’s Game Shortlisted for a Scottish Children’s Book Award

Posted on 29/06/12 in James Killgore, Scottish Children's Book Awards, Soldier's Game

We’re thrilled to announce that Soldier’s Game by James Killgore has been shortlisted for the 8 – 11 category of the Scottish Children’s Book Award 20 …

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The Wishcatchers Launch on YouTube

Posted on 21/09/11 in Carol Christie, Launches and Events, The Wishcatchers

Have you ever wondered what it is like at a Kelpies launch? Well now you can get a sneak peek by checking out this YouTube clip of The Wishcatcher’s l …

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Lari Don — Storm Singing and Other Tangled Tasks — Author Interview

Posted on 18/08/11 in July 2011, Lari Don, Storm Singing

In case you missed it, here’s the Book of the Month Author Interview with Lari Don. Lari released her latest book in the First Aid for Fairies series …

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Carol Christie Author Interview

Posted on 21/06/11 in Carol Christie, The Wishcatchers

In case you missed it, here is the Book of the Month interview with debut author Carol Christie, who released her book, The Wishcatchers, earlier this …

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Janis Mackay Author Interview

Posted on 13/04/11 in Janis Mackay, Magnus Fin Moonlight Mission

In case you missed it, here is the Book of the Month interview with Scottish author and storyteller Janis Mackay, whose new book Magnus Fin and the Mo …

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Another Red Fever Review

Posted on 22/03/11 in Caroline Clough, Red Fever, Reviews

Another wonderful review for our latest Kelpies Prize winner – Red Fever – from a real young reader! ‘I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how the a …

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Red Fever Review

Posted on 04/03/11 in Caroline Clough, Red Fever, Reviews

Caroline Clough, author of Red Fever, recently received this review of her book which I thought was so brilliant that I just had to blog about it. The …

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Seals at Deep Sea World

Posted on 01/03/11 in Janis Mackay, Launches and Events, Magnus Fin Moonlight Mission

To celebrate the release of Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission, the latest book about half-selkie (part-human, part-seal) hero Magnus Fin, we had a …

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Caroline Clough Author Interview

Posted on 23/02/11 in Book of the Month, Caroline Clough, Red Fever

Just in case you missed the author interview with Caroline Clough about her first book Red Fever, which won the Kelpies Prize in August last year, her …

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Lari Don – Updated Website

Posted on 08/02/11 in First Aid for Fairies, Lari Don, Rocking Horse War, Storm Singing, Wolf Notes

Lari Don, the brilliant author of the First Aid for Fairies series and Rocking Horse War, has updated her website with some fantastic new features. Sh …

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New Kelpies for 2011

Posted on 01/12/10 in Anne Forbes, Carol Christie, Dragon Seeker, Janis Mackay, Lari Don, Magnus Fin Moonlight Mission, Storm Singing, The Wishcatchers

While the world is very cold and snowy (including Edinburgh), the Kelpies team are planning wonderful new books for you to read next spring and early …

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Janey Louise Jones Interview

Posted on 30/11/10 in Cloudberry Castle, Janey Louise Jones

Just in case you missed the Janey Louise Jones author interview which was posted at the release of her new book Cloudberry Castle, here it is again. J …

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Ushig Shortlisted for the Essex Book Awards

Posted on 29/10/10 in Annemarie Allan, Essex Book Awards, Ushig

We recently found out that Ushig by Annemarie Allan has been shortlisted for the wonderful Essex Book Award 2010! The award is run by the Essex School …

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Heart of Hawick Book Award Shortlist

Posted on 01/10/10 in Douglas Bruton, Heart of Hawick Book Award, The Chess Piece Magician

We are very pleased to announce that The Chess Piece Magician by Douglas Bruton has been shortlisted for the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award 201 …

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Cloudberry Castle Launch Party

Posted on 27/09/10 in Cloudberry Castle, Janey Louise Jones, Launches and Events

Yesterday we celebrated the launch of our newest Kelpie – Cloudberry Castle by Janey Louise Jones (the Princess Poppy author) with a MASSIVE party at …

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Lari Don Interview

Posted on 22/09/10 in Book of the Month, Lari Don, Rocking Horse War

Just in case you missed the Lari Don author interview which was posted at the release of her new book Rocking Horse War, here it is again. The questio …

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