In the bookshop I work in, The Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town, we held an event on Friday (9th July) to celebrate the launch of a new children's book. This was more exciting than usual as the book has been written by a local school teacher, Val Rutt. Her book, The Race for the Lost Keystone, features a Harley Davidson-riding great aunt, a talking cat, a golden retriever and plenty of other odd characters. I haven't read it yet, but from the first few pages it looks to be well written and full of charm. And very North London.
The event was very successful, with lots of the author's friends and family there to celebrate the launch and get their copies signed (113 copies sold). The publishers Puffin (an arm of Penguin) seem to be pushing it heavily, and so I hope that the book is a major success! Harry Potter comparisons would be foolish at this stage, but the book could be pretty big.
Val has already started writing the next book in the series. For now though, we'll just have to wait for the reaction from the kids.
Val Rutt will be signing copies of the book in The Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town from 4PM on Thursday 15th July. At £4.99, launched straight in paperback, it's a bargain.