Author Nina Bawden dies aged 87: Author Nina Bawden, who wrote the novel Carrie’s War as well as more than 40 other books for children and adults, has died aged 87. Published in 1973, Carrie’s War was her most famous work, based on her World War II evacuation to south Wales. She was also nominated for the Booker Prize in 1987 for Circles of Deceit. Bawden was regarded as one of the few modern novelists to write successfully for both adults and children, and was admired for her insightful depictions of childhood and complicated family relationships. Born Nina Mary Mabey in Ilford, Essex, in 1925, Bawden was evacuated at the age of 14, first to Ipswich and then south Wales.The experience provided the template for Carrie’s War, about the girl sent to live in a mining town, which was later added to the school curriculum. It was adapted twice for television by the BBC, while a stage production ran in the West End in 2009. Bawden was made a CBE in 1995 and received the prestigious ST Dupont Golden Pen Award for a lifetime’s contribution to literature in 2004. For more information, see: http://m.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/22/nina-bawden-author-carries-war-dies?cat=books&type=article
Entertainment Weekly magazine has a nice interview with Dav Pilkey, celebrating his new book, Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, the ninth in the Captain Underpants series: http://family-room.ew.com/2012/08/24/captain-underpants-returns-dav-pilkey/ .