HEY YOU! MAKE ME A TRAILER!  
 
TEACHERS! LIBRARIANS! PARENTS! KIDS! Want to help make a mini movie this summer term? Oxford Children's Books has just launched a competition for a short animated film trailer for The Shapeshifter Series - which is getting a whole new look this summer, as well as a brand new book (see below).  
 
We're looking for creative and artistic kids who can come up with a brilliant idea and storyboard it. But you'll need to be clever, creative and QUICK - because the deadline is May 20. If you're the winner I will come to your school THIS TERM (summer 2016) and launch the animated trailer which your storyboard has inspired.  
 
To find out more click here.  
 
 
 
 
THE NEW DAX JONES ADVENTURE  
 
 
 
Out in JUNE - this is the brand new Dax Jones adventure. It stands alone - or follows on from his previous adventures in Shapeshifter and Unleashed - if you've been keeping up to speed!  
 
I'll be launching the new book along with a fab new set of covers for the Shapeshifter series on the first weekend of June, at the end of the Whitsun break. Check in for more details. But the first confirmed launch event is at Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham on Sunday 5 June 2016. For details CLICK HERE.  
 
CAR-JACKED AWARDSFEST  
 
Car-Jacked just won the Essex Book Award!  
 
It's also up for East Sussex Book Award, Redbridge Book Award and Sefton Award.  
 
 
 
Jack is a 12-year-old genius with an IQ of 170. When his family car is stolen by a desperate bank robber, Jack is accidentally abducted. Within seconds his carefully controlled life is way off track. But being on the run with a convict isn't quite what he expects - and soon he's using his super-sharp brain to help the guy...  
 
Are you a Child Genius? Try the quiz further down to find out - and get your mum to do the Monster Mother quiz too.  
 
 
Are YOU a child genius? Not sure..?  
 
Do the ARE YOU A CHILD GENIUS? fun quiz to find out  
 
Download the CHILD GENIUS QUIZ here.  
 
Or are you a genius's mum?  
 
And could you be like Jack's mother?  
 
A little bit of a monster..?  
 
Try the ARE YOU A MONSTER MOTHER? fun quiz to find out.  
 
Download the MONSTER MOTHER QUIZ here.  
 
ALI SPARKES PUBLIC LIBRARY TOUR  
 
 
 
WRITING A CHAPTER NEAR YOU THIS SUMMER..?  
 
Public librarians - do you fancy having an author in residence this summer? I will be writing chapters of my new book in public libraries around the country and then sharing my thoughts and scribblings with an audience later that day. For more information get in touch with Anne or Naomi at Authors Aloud UK ASAP. Email info@authorsaloud.uk.co.uk.  
 
 
 
 

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