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Karen Wallace

Karen Wallace is the author of more than ninety books, including the novel Raspberries on the Yangtze and the picture books I Am a Tyrannosaurus and Think of an Eel. Karen also writes for children¹s television. She lives with her husband, novelist Sam Llewellyn; two sons, Will and Martin; and two Maine Coon cats, Cougar and Dave, in England.
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Wendy's imagination never runs away from her -- it flies. Wendy Darling is not the perfect girl her parents would like her to be. Intrepid, outspoken, and willful, she's always getting into trouble. One evening, confined to the nursery by her horrible nanny, she sneaks out to spy on one of her parents' glamorous parties. Their world is lavish, rich with excess -- and off limits to Wendy. On this evening Wendy uncovers a secret she had not bargained for. It catapults both her and her brothers,...
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Hang in. You never know what's round the corner.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Insistent ignorance

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Still Water by Nina Simone, How High is the Moon by Dolly Parton, Coconut Grove by Rodney Crowell, Easy Money by Lowell George, A Simple Thing called Love by Sam Llewellyn

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Making people laugh

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Elizabeth I

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Author Voices

July 15, 2011

I have always been fascinated by Tudor times. If I could choose to be stuck in a lift with anyone, it would be Elizabeth I. With EMERALD, I wanted to find a voice that was modern and engaging.

Emotions don't change like fashions and while I tried hard to make Emerald a girl of her time, she had to be first and foremost a girl who had problems and worries that anyone now might understand. At first I tried to write the story in the third person but that didn't work because I wanted the same immediacy of voice as in RASPBERRIES ON THE YANGTZE and CLIMBING A MONKEY PUZZLE TREE, alongside an authentic and believable historical background like that... see more

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