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The Afterwards

The Afterwards
Written by A.F.Harrold
Illustrated by Emily Gravett Bloomsbury £9.99
ISBN: 978-1408894316

This is one of the most haunting and moving story I have read for a while. The illustrations are beautiful and fully enhance a really sad story. The detailed pencil sketches and use of colour (or not) match the storyline so well. It is a story of love, loss, friendship and death. The characters of December and Happiness are very realistic and the relationship between December and her Father is very touching. December and Happiness (aka Ember and Ness) are best friends and when Ness dies in an accident Ember is heartbroken. She discovers a way into the afterlife and tries to bring Ness back with her. It is so moving to read, and the vivid imagery remains even after the reader is finished. I am not sure it is an ideal book for a grieving child, but it is still a book to be read and discussed.
Ingrid Fox

 

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Book Trust - inspiring a love of books

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Conference 2016

Childrens Chronic Arthritis Association - The CCAA relies on donations from the public.

Edinburgh Book Festival - A festival of big ideas

The Federation of Children's Book Groups is a UK charity bringing children and books together, encouraging reading for pleasure.

The Illustration Cupboard - A unique central London art gallery representing the most distinguised contemporary book illustrators from around the world.

Letterbox Library: A leading supplier of multicultural, non-sexist and special issue books for children

The Letterpress Project

Loogabarooga Festival - for families who love books and illustrated literature. (19-24 Oct)

Explore Learning - National Young Writers - Writing competition for children aged 14 and under, judged by Cressida Cowell.

7 Stories - Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books

 

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Helen Oxenbury, A Life in Illustration, David Almond (Carousel 70)

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Ben Miller, Chris Riddell, Beverley Naidoo
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Ross Montgomery: Look Up and See the Wonder (Carousel 68)

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Harry Potter and the Search for a Style (Carousel 67)

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Lemony Snicket, Nadiya Hussain, Wildwood (Carousel 66)

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Anthony Horowitz, Andy Riley, Lydia Monks (Carousel 65)

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Jacqueline Wilson. Modern take on Alice and more (Carousel 60)

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