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Tale-Feather ‘Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress’ by

January 4, 2012

Hello Tale-Feathers fans! Read on for a message from ASH MISTRY author Sarwat Chadda, a ‘Know Your Demons’ guide and a chance to win one of TEN signed copies of Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress. All you need to do is crack the cunning code below!

Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress Competition!

India is a country full of ancient history and ancient culture. Ash, like his Uncle Vik is fascinated by the history, and this is what draws his uncle to Lord Savage. Without archaeologists and the artefacts they uncover beneath the earth, we would be unable to know as much about the past as we do now. Like pieces of a puzzle, pieces of history can be put together by the different clues archaeologists find. However Lord Savages’ reasons for finding out about the past are more sinister. He wants Uncle Vik to unlock the code to where the aastra is hidden so he can use it to unlock the Iron Gates and release the prisoner Ravana. In thanks, Ravana will grant Lord Savage immortality. Ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphs to create their language, but it is the Harrapan, the ancient language of India that holds the key to the Iron Gates.

Imagine the code below is Harrapan. Each letter corresponds to the one in the same position in our Roman alphabet.

 ≤ ÷ ∑ ψ ± ≤ â ∞ € ¥ β × µ α ζ σ π ω ב υ Д З л Ґ Ө ф

Can you translate the text below?

υ ∞± ψ± µ ζ α ב л€×× ω± υ Д ω α

Email your translated text to ashmistry@harpercollins.co.uk for your chance to win. Deadline for entries 29 February 2012

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK…

Author Sarwat Chadda says “I’ve been waiting for Ash for a long time. Maybe all my life. I grew up reading myths about Greek heroes, about Vikings, Normans and Saracens, stories of Sinbad and King Arthur, and I’ve loved them all. But where were my heroes? My parents immigrated to England from the Indian Subcontinent and growing up in the 1970’s I had no heroes that I could call mine except Mowgli. The only Indian in children’s literature and he was over a hundred years old. Even Kim, Kipling’s other great child hero, is actually Irish. I wanted heroes like me, but not labelled as ‘ethnic’. Ash is a bagger and tagger; he fights demons and is a plain and simple action hero. He’s not worried about having an arranged marriage or being in a Bollywood movie. I was in my twenties before I came across the vast mythology of India and it blew me away. How could this stuff not be better known? Why weren’t kids reading about Rama, Arjuna, about demon-slaying Kali and flute-playing Krishna? The mythology of India is immense and current. It’s being celebrated today and yet we know so little. Why isn’t it as mainstream as any of the Greek or Norse legends? I’d put the skills of Arjuna against Achilles any day of the week. The strength of Bhima against Hercules. The courage of Rama against that of Thor. (Even as I write this my Spellcheck is going mad. It doesn’t recognise the name ‘Arjuna’. Over one billion people consider Arjuna the world’s greatest hero). But I didn’t have to be Scandinavian to enjoy tales of Vikings and I don’t believe you need to be Asian to enjoy tales of Rama and of Ash Mistry. Heroes are heroes and we love them wherever they come from. It’s time we met some Indian ones!”

Click here for your free ‘Know Your Demons’ guide!

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Tale-Feather ‘To Be A Cat’ by Matt Haig

January 4, 2012

Tabs says…

“Issue Zero of The Phoenix Comic features an extract from the brilliant TO BE A CAT by Matt Haig. It’s illustrated by Pete Williamson. Matt’s last book SHADOW FOREST won heaps of awards including the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Blue Peter ‘I Couldn’t Put It Down’ Award! Pete is a Blue Peter award-winner, too for his ace illustrations on Marcus Sedgwick’s LUNATICS AND LUCK. I think TO BE A CAT is brilliant. And not just because I am one! It’s full of really exciting scenes. Some are pretty scary, and it’s dead funny, too. The only annoying thing is that you can’t actually buy lexapro no prescription, it until March. Poo. Except … we’ve got two very special preview issues of the book to give away! Wahay! All you need to do to enter is tell us the name of Barney’s mum (hint: you can find out by reading the extract in Issue Zero). Email the answer to tales@thephoenixcomic.co.uk by 31st December 2011, along with your name and address. And I’ll email the two lucky winners with the good news!”

And here’s what the book blurb says…

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR…
Life couldn’t get any worse for twelve-year-old Barney Willow. He’s weedy, with sticky-out ears. Evil bully Gavin Needle and horrible head-teacher-from-hell Miss Whipmire both seem determined to make his existence a complete and utter misery. Mum doesn’t seem to care, not that she’s around very often. Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year – and there’s no sign of him ever coming home. Barney just wants to escape. To find another life, where his problems would simply disappear … to be a cat, for example. A quiet, lazy, pampered, snoozing-by-the-fire cat. Things would be so much easier that way – right? But Barney’s about to discover just how wrong he is…

TO BE A CAT is published in March by The Bodley Head Children’s Books. Look out for it in all good book shops or visit the publisher’s website.

 

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