Author Elaine Alphin Dies: San Francisco native Elaine Alphin, author of several young adult novels, died on Aug. 19, 2014 at age 58 after a long illness. Her first book, Ghost Cadet, was published by Holt in 1991, as was the followup Ghost Soldier in 2001. She also wrote books for younger children, including the beginning reader A Bear For Miguel (HarperCollins, 1996). For more information, see:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s 50th Anniversary: Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating its 50th anniversary with Skype tours. The book’s publisher Penguin is offering a week-long Skype tour of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, which will include a Q&A with the museum’s education manager, and a peak at Dahl’s desk, chair, and other personal items in his studio.
Skype opportunities are available the week of Monday, September 29 – Friday, October 3, 2014 between 9:30am EST and 3:00pm EST/8:30am CST and 2:00pm CST/7:30am MST and 1:00pm MST/6:30am PST and 12:00pm PST.
If you are interested in scheduling a FREE virtual visit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date and time. You can also find more information at
Also, Sharon Levin let us know about a “lost” chapter to Charlie – check out this article: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/aug/29/lost-chapter-charlie-chocolate-factory-roald-dahl-quentin-blake-illustration