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And the Dimoitou Award goes to... Gary Ghislain for The Goolz Next Door!

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The Dimoitou is a French literary award given to an outstanding work of children's fiction. Each year, the Dimoitou jury, 10 children aged 8-11, picks-up the winning author among a selection of 5 novels. The finalist are invited to the Le Mans Book Fair (25e Heure du Livre) where the winner is announced. This year finalists were Jean-Claude Mourlevat (Gallimard jeunesse), Luc Blanvillain (L’école des loisirs), Glwadys Constant (Rouergue), Ingrid Thobois (Sarbacane) and Yours Truly (Winner!)

It was an amazing experience, and the jury was just awesome. After winning the Dimoitou, I got to spend some time with them and answer their questions about The Goolz Next Door and writing spooky stories in general.

Angelique, one of the jurors, asked me: "Are you always going to write scary stories? I like them, but, sometimes, when I sleep at my Grandma's, they terrify me. "

"The best way to deal with the monster under your bed," I answered, "is to grab a flas…

And the Talents Cultura Award Goes to...

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My Adventures with the Goolz continue as I was awarded the Talents Cultura 2018 Prize for The Goolz Next Door: A Bad Night for Bullies.
I received the the award at La Maison de l'Amérique Latine in Paris during a fantastibulous ceremony hosted by French writer Gilles Legardinier and the awesome team of Cultura.
On top of a beautiful trophy and tons of accolades - The Goolz Next Door will be featured in all of the 88 Cultura bookstores all over France during a full year.
So... Go Goolz Forever! And #HappyGoolzDay!











First Reviews in, Happy Writer

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“An easy, quick read for horror fans who want to be scared but not terrified.” – Kirkus Reviews

“(A) fast-paced supernatural jaunt…Younger middle grade readers looking for something spooky without too much gore will snatch this up.”School Library Journal

“Ghislain's creative imagination allows (the) first-person account of the paranormal activities to shine, as unpredictable neighbors enrich the plot…As this first book ends, readers know the trio is set for another gross, spine-tingling adventure.” -Booklist


French Release : February 1st
US Release : March 18th

The Goolz Next Door - A Bad Night for Bullies - ARC ready

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The Goolz Next Door, A Bad Night for Bullies - French cover: Mes voisins les Goolz - Sale Nuit pour les Terreurs

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The awesome book cover by Le Seuil for the first book in The Goolz Next Door series: A Bad Night for Bullies

Tickets on sale now for the Garysabelle show - Paris, Sorbonne-Nouvelle

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"En amont du colloque, le jeudi 12 octobre, de 15h à 16h30, une master class de traduction pour la jeunesse sera animée par Isabelle Perrin (Paris 3, traductrice) et Gary Ghislain, auteur de How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend, Twilight of the True Blood Vampire Diaries, The Love Game et The Goolz Next Door (à paraître).
Inscriptions auprès de cliona.ni-riordain@univ-paris3.fr et virginie.douglas@univ-rouen.fr (avant le 5 octobre), dans la limite de 15 places de participants et 15 places d’auditeurs.
Langues de travail : anglais-français.
Tarif : 10 euros. Gratuit pour les masterants et doctorants des universités de Paris 3 et de Rouen."
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There! The U.S. Boyds & Mills Press Book Cover for "A Bad Night for Bullies", book #1 of "The Goolz Next Door" series. Yes, it's beautiful. Yes, it makes me happy. Yes, does it make you happy too?