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The Bookshop Girl

The Bookshop Girl is a brand new story written by Sylvia Bishop and illustrated by Ashley King, the pair behind Erica’s Elephant .

Erica’s Elephant

When Erica Perkins wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday, the last thing she expects is to find a very confused elephant sitting on her doorstep. So begins an unlikely friendship. But can a small girl and a rather large elephant learn to live together in a tiny terraced house? And when the dastardly owner of the local zoo plots to steal the elephant, will Erica be able to outsmart him?

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The Bookshop Girl

This story is about a little girl named Property Jones, so-called because she was left in the lost property cupboard of a bookshop when she was five years old. Property loves living in the bookshop, but she has a whopper of a secret … she can’t actually read! So Property doesn’t see the newspaper article announcing the chance to win the Montgomery Book Emporium, the biggest and most magnificent bookshop in the world! When her family win the competition, Property finds herself moving to the Emporium, a magical place filled with floor upon floor of books and a very bad-tempered cat. But all is not at it seems at the Emporium and soon Property Jones finds herself in a whole heap of trouble.

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For your chance to win, email your entry to with your nominee’s name, the bookshop or library where they work and how they have enriched your book buying/borrowing experience.

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Closing date: 30th June 2017

If you would like to receive a free poster promoting the competition to put up in your bookshop or library, contact with your address.

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Meet Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King

Sylvia Bishop

Sylvia Bishop spent an entire childhood reading fiction, dreaming up stories and Pretending. She then tried very hard to get to grips with the real world by studying politics and going in to social science research. This was a shock. Thankfully, she discovered improvised comedy at university, which allowed her to carry on making up stories for at least 30% of her waking hours.

Now she writes her stories down, preferably by lamp-light with tea. She only ever really writes the bad ones: the good ones write themselves without warning, generally when she was planning to go to bed.

Sylvia now lives in London and is one half of the brilliant comedy duo Peablossom Cabaret.

Follow Sylvia on Twitter @sylviabishop and visit her website

Sylvia Bishop author photo (March 2017) The Bookshop Girl Erica's Elephant

Ashely King

Ashley is a passionate illustrator who hand draws, paints, creates, doodles, scribbles and loves coffee and cake.

He graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Illustration and Animation and is the illustrator of Erica’s Elephant and The Bookshop Girl.

Follow Ashley on Twitter @Ashillustrates and visit his website

Ashley King author photo (March 2017) Bookshop Girl Erica's Elephant (illustrator)

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