Woke up to the news this morning, to hear that Australian author, Ruth Park had died. She is the author of The Muddle-Headed Wombat books and When the Wind Changed. She was 93, but it will still be hard for the Niland family at Christmas.
On a more celebratory note it is the birthday of two British authors who write contemporary realism that girls love. They relate to Jacqueline Wilson's characters and Bel Mooney's Kitty. The problem in my library with Jacqueline's books is that they read something like Lizzie Zipmouth or The Cat Mummy and then go and buy Cookie or Bad Girls because they aren't in the library. They just cannot wait to read more, even if it is not suitable to their age. I've had to deal with a couple of not so receptive mothers, but this shouldn't stop my under eights from reading the Jacqueline Wilson that she has written for them.
Bel Mooney also writes for a large age range but she has two series that are just perfect for my clientele. She writes about Kitty and her friends (there are more than ten titles) and another series about Bonnie, a small dog and her owner, Harry. This series now has at least 6 titles. Both series are popular.