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* J.K. Rowling said: "If it wasn’t for Barry Cunningham, Harry Potter might still be languishing in his cupboard under the stairs..."

* Barry Cunningham of Chicken House has done it again.

* First time children’s author and bookseller, Stuart Hill, has won the inaugural Ottakar’s Children’s Book Prize with his acclaimed novel The Cry of the Icemark. "Stand aside everyone else! This book rocks! I loved this, werewolves, witches, warlocks, vampires and giant snow leopards all fighting together against insurmountable odds, what’s not to like?" ....Sara Dokhan, Ottakar's Milton Keynes

* Bidding for Stuart Hill's debut novel at the Frankfurt Book Fair was described by Chicken House publisher, Barry Cunningham, as "frenzied". Bids, many of them blind, were received from over 20 European countries, with strong interest from as far afield as China, Russia and Japan. The Cry of the Icemark has already been bought by Scholastic (J.K. Rowling's publishers) in the USA and a film rights deal is in discussion with New Line Cinema (Oscar-winning makers of Lord of the Rings). ....extract from BBC news.

* Stuart Hill's writing is mature, lyrical, and breathtaking. Not only are his characters rich and realistic, they have incredible vigor and complexity. And he conveys a frightening intensity to their world of battle, duty, and trust.

* The Cry of the Icemark can be read as a clash between ingenuity and authority; as a story of destiny and personal discovery; and as a cautionary tale about the limits of force and the power of imagination.

* This is storytelling at its best: real, relevant, and riveting. Stuart Hill has created a world that is absolutely enchanting.

Stuart Hill

The Cry of the Icemark Fan Club & Merchandise
Kelowna, B.C. Canada
Email Address : smaug@hobbit.ca
URL: http://www.Icemark.ca
Revised -- Jan. 2/07