Punch event with Barbara Henderson @scattyscribbler @cranachan books

What a lovely write-up of my Edinburgh launch! Thank you Joanne!

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I was at the Edinburgh Princes Street branch of Waterstones on Saturday for an event about Punch, the latest children’s novel by Barbara Henderson. It’s a really exciting story about a boy on the run with a travelling show in Victorian Scotland. (You can read my review here). It was a packed house on Saturday as Barbara Henderson entertained the crowd with readings and puppetry for the best part of an hour. I took my seven year old nieces and they loved it! They enjoyed getting to be puppeteers and holding the cloth in the makeshift Punch and Judy stall. They also enjoyed getting to scream loudly as they pretended to be a frightened puppet! There was a lovely atmosphere in the shop as members of the public were still browsing when the event was on. I have to say that a slightly worried hush fell when…

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#GuestPost Animals in Punch by Barbara Henderson @scattyscribbler

Catching up with my own blog tour! Here goes for my thoughts on animals in children’s fiction, and specifically in #Punch! 🙂 Thanks to the Quiet Knitter!

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As part of the blog tour for her new book Punch, the lovely Barbara Henderson has written a piece on “Animals in Punch”, so without further ado, let me hand over to Barbara.

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I once had a one-to-one with a commissioning editor for a big, mainstream publisher. She had taken a look at a manuscript of mine which still sits unpublished and unloved in my drawer, but one thing she said stuck in my mind:

‘It’s good that you have a dog in it,’ she said. ‘If you can put a dog on the cover of a children’s book, it’s proven to sell more. It sells most if you have a Retriever on it.’

Really? Irrespective of subject, the story itself and countless other factors?

Needless to say, the dog alone didn’t sell her my manuscript. After a polite and non-decriptly positive-ish fifteen minutes, she walked away from me…

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Barbara Henderson ~ #AuthorFeature #GuestPost @scattyscribbler @cranachanbooks #KidLit #Historical

Dancing bears! A dancing bear just had to feature in Punch, once I knew there was historical precedent for it!

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Today on the blog we have our spot on the Punch blog tour with an exclusive author feature with Barbara Henderson.

PUNCH last oneBook Synopsis 

Wrong place. Wrong time. A boy on the run.
THE MARKET’S ON FIRE. FIRE! FIRE! THE BOY DID IT!

Smoke belches out through the market entrance.

And me?

I turn and run.

Inverness 1889.

When 12-year-old Phin is accused of a terrible crime, his only option is to flee. In the unlikely company of an escaped prisoner and a group of travelling entertainers, he enters a new world of Punch and Judy shows and dancing bears.

But will Phin clear his name?

And what can he do when memories of a darker, more terrible crime begin to haunt him?

PUNCH is good proper storytelling, packed with colourful characters, shifting settings and real tension. Like Punch’s nose I was hooked and with Phineas, every fleeing, hiding, performing page…

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#Review Punch by Barbara Henderson @scattyscribbler @cranachanbooks

All right! A review has just made me cry, in the best possible way!

The Quiet Knitter

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** My thanks to Barbara Henderson for my copy of Punch and for inviting me to be part of her blog tour **

Description:

Wrong place. Wrong time. A boy on the run.
THE MARKET’S ON FIRE. FIRE! FIRE! THE BOY DID IT!

Smoke belches out through the market entrance.

And me?

I turn and run.

Inverness 1889.

When 12-year-old Phin is accused of a terrible crime, his only option is to flee. In the unlikely company of an escaped prisoner and a group of travelling entertainers, he enters a new world of Punch and Judy shows and dancing bears.

But will Phin clear his name?

And what can he do when memories of a darker, more terrible crime begin to haunt him?

My Thoughts & Review:

Once in a while, an author comes along that possesses the rare gift of being a true storyteller.  A storyteller who can weave…

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Guest Blog: Scottish Settings by Barbara Henderson

Thanks to the fab Paisley Piranhas for featuring on the blog tour today!

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Barbara 1A huge welcome to Barbara Henderson, whose book Punchwe reviewed yesterday (and loved). Today she is doing a guest blog, and has a …

… wee challenge for you:

Name 10 children’s books set in Victorian times. Come on! Oliver Twist, Black Beauty… Yes, Treasure Island can count, I guess. Terry Pratchett’s Dodger, Berlie Doherty’s Street Child… and also the more recent steampunk incarnations like Cogheart and Moonlocket… Then there is Hetty Feather… hey, nearly forgot about Gaslight!

Any more?

Struggling?

My question is: Where is Scotland?

Where IS Scotland in all of this? The vast majority of titles about the Victorian age are set in London, or near London.  I know; Gaslight is set in Cardiff – a welcome change! But no Scotland. Wait, you could mention Janis Mackay’s The Reluctant Time Traveller series which features some Victorian flashbacks.

I don’t…

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Review: ‘Punch’ by Barbara Henderson

Thank you! What a lovely, lovely review!

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A book about fun, friendship, loyalty and redemption.

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This is a completely delightful MG/YA book featuring 13-year-old Phineas, who is forced to escape a miserable existence as a butcher’s boy in late-Victorian Inverness, and go on the run. Phin meets many people, some lovely, some less so, and the reader is carried along in his adventures. This is a story that goes with such a gusto you really don’t want to put the book down – or want it to end.

Punch cover inc. quotesI loved everything about this book – the engaging characters, not only Phin himself but the travelling entertainers he falls in with; the delightful background of what it is like to run an old-fashioned Punch and Judy show; the setting of Victorian Scotland. The story has great pace, with the tension nicely maintained. The reader is rooting for Phin and his friend Mr Robertson, willing them to escape ‘justice’…

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