A Cool Review for Shine in the Guardian

Shine by Candy Gourlay
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.'
Philip Ardagh, The Guardian
Read the review

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The Gr8 Book Debate - a message from me

By Candy Gourlay

I was thrilled to hear that Shine was one of the five books chosen for The Gr8 Book Debate, held between Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College, Isambard Community School and Nova Hreod Academy, all in Swindon. Here is a quick message to spur the debaters on for the grand finale on 6 July 2016. Thanks to LRC managers Sarah Day, Stella Rogers and Jacqui Fawcett for the heads up. Have an amazing time, everyone!


And ... Shine won!

Woo hoo! thank you to the young people who read and discussed the books, including: The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle, Cowboy by GI Gemin, Shine by me, Smart by . And thanks to Book Trust who supplied the titles! Here are some tweets from Isambard School on the day (and an incredibly impressive video - love the part where they announce that Shine won and you hear groans from the dissenters!). So glad there's a video, it's almost as if I was there!

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  1. Hello there, Candy. Like the video - how do you do the pop-up bits like your book cover?
    Clever stuff


    1. I use Final Cut Pro, and it works in layers. So I just drag the cover to a layer above the film. I can show you next time I see you!


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