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Written by Wendy Orr
IAllen & Unwin £7.99
Set amongst the Minoan civilisation of Crete, this story begins on the volcanic island of Thera where Leira lives with the Swallow Clan worshiping the Goddess. On the morning she is about to be initiated as a priestess, the volcano erupts bringing earthquakes and tsunamis, and leaving a trail of death and destruction. She flees with her injured mother and elderly nurse but, in a world where her status means nothing, she is forced to become a slave to survive. Leira is a strong character with spirit and determination and is not broken by adversity. A glimpse into Mediterranean island life with cultural details around the celebration of the Goddess and how the community worship her, this book is written in a mix of prose and poetry.
Announcement of the Closure of Carousel Magazine
It is with regret we announce the children’s book magazine Carousel: The Guide to Children’s Books has ceased publication after 24 years in circulation. The magazine which published 3 times a year and run on a voluntary basis, informed its readers about the world of children’s books and in later years was the only print-based magazine in the UK entirely focused on this topic. Over the years it built up a strong reputation for the quality of its articles, with many authors and key figures regularly contributing, and also the independence of its book reviews.
In the summer of 2019, the current partners, Elaine and David Chant, announced to the editorial team that they would be standing down after the autumn/winter issue. Since that time the team have actively sought new partners to take on the day to day running of the magazine and role of editor in chief. Although there have been several expressions of interest and offers of support, it has not been possible to find anyone able to take on this significant role.
The partners would like to thank the many supporters of the magazine who have taken out subscriptions over the years. Also our thanks to the publishers, children’s literary organisations and independent booksellers who have supported Carousel with advertising, providing review books and access to authors and illustrators. Particular thanks go to the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, an organisation which has worked closely with the magazine since it first began.
Publishers should cease sending review copies to Carousel with immediate effect. 8 January 2020.