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Berlie Doherty has written over 60 books as well as plays for radio, theatre and television, short stories and poetry. She has won major awards and prizes in all fields, including the Carnegie Medal (twice), the Writers’ Guild award (twice), Film and Television Award and Royal Philharmonic Society award (for a libretto), and was shortlisted for the International Astrid Lingren award.
Berlie has been published in 21 different languages, and has travelled the world extensively, speaking at International literature festivals and conferences.
She began over 30 years ago by writing short stories for BBC Radio 4 Morning Story, and has published one short story collection, ‘Running on Ice’. Much of her writing is for young adults, though she also writes picture book texts, children’s books and has two novels for adults, ‘Requiem’ and ‘The Vinegar Jar’, both of which are due to be republished in 2014 by Cybermouse MultiMedia Ltd.
Berlie is best known for ‘Dear Nobody’, which won many awards both as a young adult novel and as a play for theatre and for radio. It has also been made into a television drama.
Her book for children, ‘Street Child’, (also a play script) is read and performed extensively in schools throughout the country, and she is currently completing a long-awaited sequel.
‘Crossing the Glacier’ won First prize in the Daily Telegraph short story competition and was published in the Daily Telegraph Book of Contemporary Short Stories. It has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty, winner of the Carnegie Medal, is a compelling story told from two points of view, evoking the feelings of both Helen, in a series of letters to the unborn baby, and of Chris as he reads the letters and relives the events of their relationship while Helen is in labour.
Best known for her books for children and young adults, Berlie Doherty is one of the finest writers of today, an author who writes – as Barry Hines once advised her – ‘as though every word cost a bob’. Requiem was first published in the 1990s, to much acclaim, and it is wonderful that this hidden gem is now available again. Set in rural Ireland and later in Venice, Requiem is the powerful and haunting story of a young woman’s search for self-fulfilment as she struggles against both the love of her close Irish family and the seductive discipline of her convent upbringing. Beautifully written, with an emotional intensity and perception that astonishes, this is a book that you will be pressing on friends.
At first, Tam isn't at all keen on his baby sister, Blue. All she seems to do is cry. But with a little inventive persuasion from Great-grandpa Tam changes his mind and even goes as far as to admit he might quite like her. But then one terrible night, Blue is stolen and an ugly fairy changeling is left in her place. With his Mum and Dad wrapped up in grief, and his Great-grandpa far too old for adventures, it falls to Tam to venture to the land of Faery, return the changeling and win back Blue. But it is a hazardous journey, and Tam must keep his wits about him as he crosses the Sapphire lake, does battle with the castle nightmares and finally confronts the King and Queen of the fairies.
Catrin lives in Wales, and prefers drawing animals to spending time with friends. One night, she hears an eerie howl from the nearby mountain - a wild cat. Can she confront her shyness and go in search of this rare animal? This sensitive story by award-winning author Berlie Doherty shows that courage and friendship can come from unexpected places. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: A mystery story. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
The mischievous imps' magic mirror has frozen Kay's heart, turning him into a miserable prisoner of the Snow Queen. His best friend, Gerda, is racing barefoot across Lapland to save him - together they must find the secret of the universe and sing their way home, before Kay's heart becomes cold and black forever.This story is a magic bean. It may not look much like a bean, but I can promise you that it is. For if you plant it in a young mind, it will grow into a love of story and reading. These beans are favourite fairytales and legends that will delight, thrill and thoroughly entertain. Each story has been brilliantly crafted by one of the best-loved writers for children. This story was published by David Fickling Books as part of the Magic Beans anthology. The complete anthology is available in hardback and in ebook format.
Will Montague is a page to Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. As the King's favourite, Will gains many enemies in Court. His enemies convince the King that Will's father has committed treason and he is thrown into Newgate Prison. Will flees Hampton Court and goes into hiding in the back streets of London. Lost and in mortal danger, he is rescued by a poor boy, Nick Drew. Together they must brave imprisonment and death as they embark on a great adventure to set Will's father free.
The Three Princes are all desperate to win the love of Princess Halima, and a challenge is set by her father to find the most beautiful, magical gift they can find. But when disaster strikes, will they be magical enough? Full of rich, bold illustrations, this traditional Arabian tale is humorously retold by double-Carnegie-winner Berlie Doherty. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * A traditional folktale. * A summary on pages 30 and 31 of the magical objects that the princes find helps readers to recap the story. * Curriculum Links; Citizenship: living in a diverse world, Art and Design: Self Portrait * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
Grace put out her hand, almost touching the mirror. Her image did the same. 'There's another world in there.' 'We could float in and out of it.' Deep in a Derbyshire valley live two girls, twins, so alike they seem like one person, even their family can't tell them apart. But tragedy is waiting. When the valley is sold to be flooded for a huge dam, the villagers are forced to leave their homes. Deep secrets are uncovered. New characters enter their lives and desires, love and grief come to the surface.
A blind girl and a unicorn in a world where magic and reality merge together. Can Laura save the Wild Ones and take them to the safety of the Bright Wilderness? Laura is blind, but though she cannot see, she is an acutely perceptive child. As soon as she climbs onto the unicorn's back she is hurled into a wild and magical world. Though a contemporary child, living in a contemporary setting, Spellhorn and the Wild Ones see Laura as their leader and they know that only through Laura can they reach the safety of the Bright Wilderness. But can the unicorns lead Laura back home to her own world? Powerful and moving, a delicious blend of fantasy and reality.
The unforgettable tale of an orphan in Victorian London, based on the boy whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to found his famous children's homes. When his mother dies, Jim Jarvis is left all alone in London. He is sent to the workhouse but quickly escapes, choosing a hard life on the streets of the city over the confines of the workhouse walls. Struggling to survive, Jim finally finds some friends... only to be snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe. Will Jim ever manage to be free?
The Old Testament reveals the lives of many families across the generations and tells the stories of many unforgettable men and women. Their lives are played out in turbulent times against the drama of great floods, plagues, journeys, and battles. From this epic sweep, Berlie Doherty has chosen more than forty stories. Her narrative draws out the emotions of real people: their hopes and fears, grief and joy, fulfilment and suffering, compassion and betrayal. She brings us to an understanding of the promises that these people keep and the mistakes they make. Through all this we discover more about God and what it means to have faith in him. Fully illustrated throughout by Jason Cockcroft with both sumptuous colour and evocative black and white artwork, this new collection of Bible stories is a book to cherish.
Two spooky stories from double-Carnegie-winner, Berlie Doherty. Dark and atmospheric these two tales send a chill down the spine. A desolate winter moor is the backdrop to the first story of a haunting friendship, and, in the second, when the past comes back to haunt Charlie, it becomes impossible to tell what is real and what isn't. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: Two stories by a significant author. * A feelings bar chart on pages 54-55 show the rise and fall in the narrators emotions during the first story, Nightmare. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Living in a diverse world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
Holly's world came apart when she was six, when her mother took her, and ran away from her father and his farm. From that day on she has had no contact with him, and can barely remember him. But eight years later, with a new family around her, she feels very alone and longs for that half-remembered life. She is starting to question who she really is, and then a stranger appears... This is an absorbing and moving book about identity, fatherhood and family.