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Vanessa Curtis

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I'm a children's author whose first book 'Zelah Green: Queen of Clean' is published by Egmont UK and won the Manchester Children's Book Awards 2010. It was also shortlisted for the 2010 Young Minds, the 2009 Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the NASEN awards and the 2010 Bolton Children's Book Awards. I now write historical novels for young adults, including the Carnegie-longlisted 'The Earth is Singing' which also won the Young Quills Award and is published by Usborne. Usborne are to publish 'The One Who Knows My Name', my story of a girl who finds out that she's been stolen by the Nazis as part of Himmler's 'Lebensborn' programme, in February 2019 when they will also republish 'The Earth is Singing' as an Usborne Modern Classic.

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Ghost Story - out today!

I was really pleased to see that my book for young teens 'The Haunting of Tabitha Grey' (Egmont) has been published a week early. It's been my ambition for ages to write and publish a ghost story, because I love them so much myself and am very interested in the paranormal. A lot of what happens in 'Tabitha' is stuff that has happened to me or to people who work at Preston Manor (the house which is Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 26, 2012 07:06 Tags: ghost-story
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The Earth is Singing

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Zelah Green (Zelah Green #1)

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The Haunting of Tabitha Grey

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The Stolen Ones by Vanessa Curtis
"Great book. The protagonist Inge is such a strong young woman - who sadly has to deal with so many troubling events in such a short period of time.

Whilst I have read biographies and fiction books about the holocaust, I have never read one about the " Read more of this review »
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" Harshita, that's a really well-written and fair review. Thank you. "
The Stolen Ones by Vanessa Curtis
"Good book. 3.5 but I rounded down because I didn't like the very end"
The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis
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The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis
"Heartbreaking and tragic, but told in such a way that real clarity is provided from a YA perspective. The true horror of this horrendous time is told so well by this author. Would definitely recommend."
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" Hi Rebecca. Thanks so much for taking the trouble to leave a review. I think I deliberately left the ending for the reader to interpret - in my own he ...more "
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Mozart in the Jungle by Blair Tindall
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Before I go on, I should say that I'm a classically-trained musician too. And I loved, LOVED, the amazon series based (very loosely) upon this memoir. But oh, what a disappointment this was. It's a jerky read, split between reminiscences and bits of ...more
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Pride and Joy by Sarah Hagger-Holt
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“I’m so stressed that a weird Olympic-style commentary starts up in my head.
And here we have Zelah Green, the fourteen-year-old champion of rituals, attempting the
afternoon toilet-touching event for the first time …
I take my first faltering step towards the rim.
And she’s approaching the target, booms the voice. Steady approach, good footwork …
My right hand, naked and trembling, is now hovering over the inside of the toilet.
Will she set a new world record? screams the voice. Will Zelah Green take the gold medal for
bravery and/or total stupidity?
‘I’m going in!’ I say.
I skim the curved cool surface of the bowl with the fingertips of my right hand and jump back as if
I’ve been electrified.
And she’s done it! shrieks the commentator. Zelah Green wins the gold medal for toilet touching!”
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message 1: by Stephanie (last edited Aug 03, 2018 09:29AM)

Stephanie Fitzgerald Oh, wow, The One Who Knows My Name sounds wonderful; it’ now on my 2019-to-be-read list! I definitely want to read The Earth is Singing, also. My husband and I just finished a t.v. series called X-Company about the Resistance during WW2. It was a great show, but heart-breaking, also.
Thanks for accepting my friend request, Vanessa!😃

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