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Libraries are magical – a guest post by Louie Stowell

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We are incredibly pleased to share the news that we’ll be publishing two new fiction series by the amazing Louie Stowell – and today Louie has written a guest post for us about some of the inspiration behind her first series, The Dragon in the Library.

Libraries come in many shapes and sizes. Some look like this.

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Photo by David Iliff.

Or this.

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Photo by Ralf Roletschek.

While others look more like this.

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One very important library in my life looked like this.

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But all libraries are magical.

My book, The Dragon in the Library, is inspired by many libraries – and by many books. It’s about a library run by wizard librarians.

A librarian who’s also a wizard? I can’t imagine where I got that idea from…

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It’s also about a girl who discovers she has magical powers one day, when she picks up a highly unusual book.

It’s also inspired, a little, by my dog, Buffy, who’s always struck me as part dog, part something else that’s a little more than dog. So here’s an entirely gratuitous picture of Buffy (the dog) dressed up as a dragon. (Note the tiny library beside her.)

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And here’s another one.

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And here’s Buffy thinking: “Enough with the photos. Where’s the bacon?”

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I’m incredibly excited to be working on this book – and other books – with Tom and Nosy Crow. I can’t wait to share them with you.

Thank you, Louie! You can read The Bookseller’s coverage of Louie’s books here. The Dragon in the Library series will launch next year – if you’d like to be the first to hear more about the books, and be in with a chance of winning early reader copies, sign up to our books newsletter at this page.

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