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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Newspaper Review: First News

Newspaper Review: First News

First News is a newspaper for young people.

I like the idea of first news. A broadsheet newspaper for children. I like that it is one of a kind, the only other thing like it is a magasine, not a newspaper.

The front page of First News definately draws you in. It has one big, bold headline in the middle of the page, and then a few other smaller ones down the side telling you whats else is in the paper. The news paper definately adresses all the news, not just dumbed down bits for kids, and the front page is the best place to see that. The article on it often adresses things such as brexit and other political situations, whilst managing to be un-biast, leaving it up to the children to look at all the evidence.

Opening onto page two, there is a list of 20 things to know and tell. Its a very quick roundup of some news that you can "read yourself and share with friends" For example, one of the sub-articles is about the royal bay, another about Daniel Craig and James Bond. I really like this page because it is good to read if you don't have much time to go through the enitre newspaper, you can have a quick look here. First News works well for children with busy lives.

Another thing that I like about the newspaper is the fact that it is clearly segmented. Each section has a header, followed by the news for that specific bit. For example, there is an animals section, an enterainment section, a gaming section and much more. This makes it easy for you to find the sections that you are interested in.

The one thing that I don't like about first news is the age range it says its for. The newspaper claims that it is a newspaper for seven to fourteen year olds, but from my experience, it is more like seven to eleven years old. The newspaper is definatley more of a childrens and tween thing than a teen thing.

All in all, I think that First News is a very good childrens newpaper! It is definately worth a look at.

I am going to give it an 8/10
and an age rating of 7-11

Small Note:

Im sorry about the formatting, there isn't much I can do. Blogger is a nightmare sometimes!

It came out better in the actual post!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

What I Wish I Knew about my First Literature Convention

What I Wish I Knew about my First Literature Convention

A couple of months ago, I went to my first literature convention. It was fun, I came back with lots of books, but there were some things that I wish I knew about before going to there. So I have created a list of things that I feel are important to know about if going for the first time.

1. Bring A Bag

Even if you don't have any money on you at all, the likelyhood is that you will come home with a few books (or nine), a lot of badges, some tasters and more. I didn't turn up with a bag, and to be honest found myself kind of lucky as one stall was giving them away for free as a promotion, but I am not sure if this is the same for other conventions. Also, a bag is useful for bringing books in with you to be signed by your favourite authors!

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2. Check The Schedule

Remember to check the schedule for the convention before hand, so that you know what book to bring. If your favourite author is there on a day that you're not, it may be worth bringing a book anyway. I thought Lisa Williamson was only there on the first day, but saw her on the second, WITHOUT a book for her to sign. Doh.

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3. Bring Water

Book conventions will be stuffy. There will be lots of people who are probably quite close to each other if you are waiting in a queue. It works the same way penguins huddling does, with your body heat warming them up and vice versa. You will need to keep hydrated, and the water that you buy there ill probably be quite exspensive as you are trapped inside the building.

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4. Twitter is Key

At least at YALC, the book convention I went to, it was. It had its own hashtag where publishers and authors might tell you to come running to their stand and do something silly to win a book. Sometimes the prize was even an ARC. At YALC I bought two books, and yet came back with 11. I would have bought back even more, but I only discovered the hashtag on the second day, and so therefor I probably would have bought back more on that day. Remember to start the day on a full battery, as you may be on it quite a lot, constantly refrehing Twitter.

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5. Wear Comfy Shoes

You will probably be doing a lot of walking around, and so should high heels are probably not the best option. I would suggest comfy trainers. Remember, there may even be some running at times, to be the first to the stall to win a book.

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6. Bring Money

There are plenty of good deals around at book conventions. Whether its three paperbacks for only ten pounds, or two hard backs for fifteen, all the books will be at a reduced price. You should definatley bring money to benifit from it all.

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7. Finally, Stick Around

If you are there for the entire thing, or even just the last day, stick aroud until right at the end of the last day. There are plenty of giveaways, as publishers need to get rid of some of the merchandise they have bought with them. As well as that, most people have gone home so there is less competition.

So there we have it, my beginners tips on your first book convention. I hope they have been informative and help you get through yours!

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The Love N. Vegas, an annual book signing festival, is back from the 27th of October to the 29th of October. If you are thinking of going, find the best deals on how to get there and where to stay here.