Posts Tagged ‘UKYA’

  1. A WORLD BETWEEN US reviews

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    April 19, 2015 by Lydia Syson

    Christmas book pick in The Observer , The Telegraph , The Morning Star & Radio Suffolk, Teen book club choice on The Guardian Children’s Book website, recommended as a ‘hot read’ on teen website SugarscapeHighly Commended for Branford Boase Award 2013, longlisted for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2013, shortlisted for WeRead Book Award 2013, longlisted for UKLA Book Award 2014 and Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2013, nominated for the  CILIP Carnegie Medal, 2014.

    Please follow links for full reviews….

    A World Between Us is an outstanding debut novel for teenagers…what Syson captures so well is a sense of heartbreaking courage, comradeship and lost innocence…Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, for what I suspect is a keep reading


  2. THAT BURNING SUMMER reviews

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    April 18, 2015 by Lydia Syson

    Please follow links for full reviews (where available):

    Linda Newbery wrote in Armadillo (Editor’s Choice):

    ‘Lydia Syson is the kind of writer who lets you know from the outset that you’re in safe hands…Like my last Editor’s Choice, Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire, this is an unusual angle on the Second World War and a excellent addition to the range of fiction available for teenagers.’

    Nicholas Tucker in The Independent (‘Best Books of 2013′) wrote:

    ‘…the final resolution lives up to this story’s consistent excellence. This is only the second novel from an author very much to look out for.’

    Suzi Feay in the Financial Times wrote:

    ‘During the Battle of Britain, fighters zigzagged across the wide skies above Romney Marsh in Kent and planes that crashed were engulfed almost immediately, along with their pilots.  When Henryk, a Polish pilot, bails out over the marshes he is discovered by teenage Peggy, who is immediately drawn to him.  Terrified of having to return to his flying duties, he hides with her help.

    That Burning Summer is Lydia Syson’s second novel and her great strength is characterisation.  Peggy’s mean aunt and shrewd but kindly uncle, her ebullient cousin and most of all her pesky but lovable 11-year-old brother Ernest are vividly drawn.  Ernest is obsessed with government instructions about how to spot spies.  Add to the mix a local bully, spiteful anonymous letters and the ready availability of guns, and the scene seems set for inevitable tragedy.

    A touching evocation of a desperate wartime romance, which evokes a vanished era of hardship and fortitude.’

    We Love This Book wrote:

    ‘Unearthing aspects of the Second World War that teenagers are unlikely to cover in schools, a wealth of history is entwined with the story of one family and a seemingly impossible romance…That Burning Summer is a refreshingly different war story, focussing as it does on the rarely mentioned Polish allies who joined the war effort, fighting for Britain as they were unable to help from occupied Poland. Henryk’s slowly revealed past is fascinating, as is the exploration of pacifism at home and the effects of the aerial dogfights on pilots. But it is Syson’s beautifully developed characters that make the history come vividly to life.’

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  3. Coming up…

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    April 12, 2015 by Lydia Syson

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    Lots of good things happening this month and next…

    On Tuesday 14th April the Anne Frank Trust will be at the British Library launching a new campaign called #notsilent to mark the 70th anniversary of the death of the world’s best known diarist. The organisation was set up twenty-five years ago with the aim of using Anne Frank’s life and her diary to encourage young people everywhere to combat prejudice and challenge hatred and discrimination, working through educational projects with young people in schools, prisons and communities throughout the UK. The idea behind the campaign is that instead of remembering Anne Frank with one minute’s silence, we all spend time talking about her as much as possible. keep reading


  4. Celebrating Romance

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    June 5, 2014 by Lydia Syson

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    Think of historical romance, and I suspect you’ll find yourself instantly bogged down in swathes of taffeta, tripping over corset-laces and tumbling into somebody’s moonlit arms beneath ivy-bedecked castle walls.   keep reading


  5. #UKYADay

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    April 19, 2014 by Lydia Syson

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    I’m not going to assume that everybody who reads this will instantly understand the title of this post, but I have a feeling that in twenty or thirty years time, someone, somewhere, will be writing a thesis about the phenomenon that is UKYA.  And nobody will need an explanation. keep reading


  6. New book, new look!

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    October 3, 2013 by Lydia Syson

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    I’m delighted with the new design of this website – huge thanks to Jan Bielecki and Cait Davies in particular for making it happen. And on a day which is anything but burning or summery, it has been lovely just now to walk into a nearby bookshop and see a copy of my newborn title nestling happily on the shelf next to A World Between Us.  The shop was Dulwich Books, as it happens (as you may

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  7. Journey to Hill 481

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    October 1, 2013 by Lydia Syson

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    Last week’s experience of visiting some of the settings for key events in A World Between Us was extremely powerful. It’s certainly a strange sensation to go to a real place for the first time after having imagined it so intensely and for so long. These are all places of real and terrible tragedies, yet hope and idealism are equally significant elements in their histories.   keep reading


  8. BOOKING SCHOOL VISITS and other events

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    September 14, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    South London Press, 21.3.14

    PLEASE EMAIL ME TO DISCUSS AN EVENT OR MAKE A BOOKING: lydiasyson@gmail.com

    I love talking to audiences of all ages and sizes, and take a very flexible approach to school visits and other events for children, teenagers and adults.  You can hear and watch me talking about my books here and on Youtube.

    My illustrated, interactive talks are ideal for supporting literacy across the curriculum and all versions can be be booked with a creative writing workshop that makes use of primary sources. Events can be delivered with a focus on English, History, Spanish or French. As well as inspiring students to write historical fiction themselves, and encouraging them to see the history all around them, That Burning Summer events offer excellent support for KS3 work on the WW2 Home Front and GCSE History courses covering Britain at War (1939-45)  Talks can also be adapted to integrate history and literacy in Year 6 work on the WW2 Home Front. A World Between Us supports Spanish Civil War units in Highers and AS level history, but also gives invaluable background to the build up to WW2. Liberty’s Fire works particularly well for Year 12 historians who have studied the French Revolution, providing an overview of upheavals in France in the 19th Century, culminating in the Franco-Prussian War, Siege of Paris, and Paris Commune. All my areas of expertise are great topics for sixth-form enrichment, extra-curricular talks and EPQs.  I use vivid primary sources of all kinds, always include readings from the novels and plenty of discussion, and my books are an excellent demonstration of how the resources lurking in archives, libraries and museums can be brought to life. I also offer creative writing workshops for young people and adults.

    Download and print full event details here: Lydia Syson School Visit Information 

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