Christopher Edge

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Bookbuzz 2012


At the end of last week I received the fantastic news that Twelve Minutes to Midnight has been chosen by Booktrust for their inaugural Bookbuzz list. Bookbuzz is a new reading programme that offers secondary schools the chance to give their Year 7 pupils the choice of a book from a specially selected list of 17 titles that includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 

The Bookbuzz programme aims to support reading for pleasure as children make the transition from primary to secondary school, which is time when many pupils can start to drift away from books and lose their love of reading. As someone who has written publications about promoting enthusiasm for reading and improving reading in schools, I am incredibly proud that Twelve Minutes to Midnight has been chosen to be part of this wonderful programme.

Bookbuzz rolls out this September to secondary schools across the country and schools who wish to take part have until the 20th July to register. So, if you're involved in secondary education and want to encourage reading for pleasure with some fabulous books and resources, get the Bookbuzz!

A huge thank you to Booktrust for choosing Twelve Minutes to Midnight, and Nosy Crow and all the other publishers who support this vitally important initiative.

Bookbuzz begins

Over the past week or so I've been delighted to receive some lovely emails from students who have picked Twelve Minutes to Midnight as their Bookbuzz choice. To find out more about Bookbuzz, check out the fantastic website where you'll find competitions, quizzes, book reviews and much much more. You'll even be able to watch a video of me introducing Twelve Minutes to Midnight and hear from a young reader who explains why the story gave him goosebumps.


A huge thank you to everyone who has chosen Twelve Minutes to Midnight as their Bookbuzz selection.


Shortlists and inspirations

I'm thrilled to reveal that Twelve Minutes to Midnight has been shortlisted for both the 2013 Northern Ireland Book Award and the Warwickshire Secondary Book Award. It's been chosen alongside some marvellous books on both shortlists and I'm really proud to be a part of these awards that help promote a love of reading.

Speaking of which, the education company Pearson have recently launched a campaign to promote reading for pleasure. If you visit the Enjoy Reading website, you'll find a host of videos from myself and the author Michaela Morgan sharing our ideas and tips for parents on ways to help children to enjoy reading.  Watch these if you want to find out why I recommend you don't turn up at the birth of your first child with a copy of War and Peace, and exactly which Axel Scheffler book taught my daughter the word 'Monster'.

I've also got a new blog up on the Bookbuzz website where I write about the literary inspiration I found on my older brother's bookshelf when I was growing up. And finally, I just wanted to share the following poem that an eleven year-old reader of Twelve Minutes to Midnight sent to me recently. Caution - mild spoilers ahead if you haven't read the book yet!

At Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Nothing is as it seems
At Twelve Minutes to Midnight
The inmates of Bedlam awake from their dreams
At Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Visions are unleashed
And Penelope is intrigued
Soon she can't resist
The suspicious mist
And secrets of the future
Are revealed.

Thanks so much Ahlaam for sending me your poem and giving me permission to share it on this blog.