Michelle Harrison Nominated for The Amazing Book Awards - THE LONG LIST Congratulations Michelle!
Michelle Harrison's Unrest is on the long list for The Sussex Coast Schools Amazing Book Awards!!!
In December Unrest was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Awards and longlisted for the Redbridge Book Awards.
To read an interview with Michelle Harrison and to find out more about her latest spine-tingling page-turner visit....
Publication Day For Unrest
The release day has come for the latest spine-tingling YA thriller by award-winning author Michelle Harrison.
When the dead don't sleep the living are afraid to...
Unrest tells the story of 17-year-old Elliott who suffers from sleep paralysis and out-of-body experiences in which he connects with
The publication has been hotly anticpated by fans of Michelle's books.
The Thirteen Treasures was awarded with the 2009 Waterstones Children's Book Prize and The Thirteen Secrets was shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Award 2011.
To read an interview with Michelle Harrison and to find out more about her latest chilling page-turner see....
Inside The Mind Of A... FAIRY QUEEN
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Darley Anderson magical children's author, Michelle Harrison talked about her first brush with Fairy Magic, her inspirations and her all time favourite fairy stories...
Michelle on her first fairy story experience: The first fairy story to have an impact on me was one invented by my older sister, Theresa. It was of a fairy who had been killed by a wicked witch and buried in our garden. The lack of a happy ending led me to wonder if it was true and, morbid child that I was, I dug in the flowerbeds in search of that fairy. After that I quickly became familiar with the usual tales of good fairies granting wishes and collecting teeth, and gradually lost interest, preferring stories of adventure, mystery, and ghosts.
Michelle on her inspiration: My interest in fairies was revived unexpectedly during a college illustration course. I discovered the art work of Arthur Rackham, Alan Lee, and Brian Froud. It completely changed the way I viewed fairies and prompted me to research deeper into British folklore. There I found stories of fairies that were deceitful, malicious even deadly. I knew I had to write about them, and I've been hooked on the darker side of fairy tales ever since.
Michelle's favourite Fairy Stories:
1. Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee
2. The Merrybegot by Julie Hearn
3. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
4. Poison by Chris Wooding
5. Cold Tom by Sally Prue
6. Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book by Terry Jones, illustrated by Brian Froud .
7. The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh
8. Heretic by Sarah Singleton
9. Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
10. The Stolen Child by WB Yeats
Click here to read more about Michelle and the Thirteen Trilogy.
Not So Hidden Treasure
The magical 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison has been chosen as one of School Library Journals Best Books of 2010!
The monthly publication, School Library Journal is the world's largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens. Although some historical and contemporary books were amongst the top picks, fantasy came out over all on top.
''In this frightening fantasy/ghost story/murder mystery, Tanya is tormented and bullied by fairies that no one else can see. When children start disappearing, she is compelled to enter the fairies' realm even though she may be trapped there forever. Great characters, a fascinating plot twist, and a death-defying ending.''
For the full list of School Library Journal's Best Books of 2010 please click here.
Hat Trick for Harrison
We are thrilled to announce that Unrest by Michelle Harrison is nominated for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Awards, and longlisted for the Redbridge Book Awards.
Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn't slept properly for six months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Now he is afraid to go to sleep. Sometimes he wakes to find himself paralysed, unable to move a muscle, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed.
According to his doctor, sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless - but to Elliot they're terrifying. Convinced that his brush with death has opened up connections with the spirit world, Elliott secures a live-in job at one of England's most haunted locations, determined to find out the truth.
There he finds Sebastian, the ghost of a long-dead servant boy hanged for stealing bread. He also meets the living, breathing Ophelia, a girl with secrets of her own. She and Elliott grow closer, but things take a terrifying turn when Elliott discovers Sebastian is occupying his body when he leaves it.
And the more time Sebastian spends inhabiting a living body, the more resistant he becomes to giving it back. Worse, he seems to have an unhealthy interest in Ophelia.
Unless Elliott can lay Sebastian's spirit to rest, he risks being possessed by him for ever, and losing the girl of his dreams...
Top Tips From The Fairy Queen
Author of the popular 13 Treasures trilogy, Michelle Harrison, gave away some top tips on how to become a writer in a recent interview:
1) Read lots. As much as you can, and as widely as you can. You'll learn what makes a good story and what doesn't.
2) Write lots. Start with short stories, or write a diary/ blog. Get into the habit of writing- after you've written something, rewrite it and improve on what you have. Why not try entering competitions to spur you on?!
3) Keep at it; overnight successes are extremely rare and most writers get lots of knock-backs before having any luck... You need a thick skin to be a writer.
For the full interview in Books and Writers JNR click here.
13 Secrets Trailer
Simon and Schuster created this fantastic new trailer of Michelle Harrison's final installment in the 13 trilogy- 13 Secrets.