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Joan Aiken

"Sudden wealth was the great insulator, second only to sudden bereavement."

Joan Aiken, The Fortune Hunters (1965)

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"... lying to him was as necesary as breathing or wrapping up against the cold -- a defence against curiosity."

Joan Aiken, Dark Interval (1967)

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"A children's writer should, ideally, be a dedicated semi-lunatic, a kind of poet with a marvelous idea, who, preferably, when not committing the marvellous idea to paper, does something else of a quite different kind, so as to acquire new and rich experience."

Joan Aiken, The Way to Write for Children (1982)

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" The first book that a child reads has a colossal impact."

Joan Aiken, The Way to Write for Children (1982)

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"... since each child reads only about six hundred books in the course of childhood, each book should nourish them in some way -- with new ideas, insight, humor, or vocabulary."

Joan Aiken, The Way to Write for Children (1982)

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"Stories ought not to be just little bits of fantasy that are used to wile away an idle hour; from the beginning of the human race stories have been used -- by priests, by bards, by medicine men -- as magic instruments of healing, of teaching, as a means of helping people come to terms with the fact that they continually have to face insoluble problems and unbearable realities."

Joan Aiken, The Way to Write for Children (1982)

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"Children read to learn -- even when they are reading fantasy, nonsense, light verse, comics, or the copy on cereal packets, they are expanding their minds all the time, enlarging their vocabulary, making discoveries; it is all new to them."

Joan Aiken, The Way to Write for Children (1982)

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"Words are like spices. Too many is worse than too few."

Joan Aiken, The Last Slice of Rainbow and Other Stories (1985)

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"If reading becomes a bore, mental death is on the way. Children taught to read by tedious mechanical means rapidly learn to skim over the dull text without bothering to delve into its implications -- which in time will make them prey to propaganda and to assertions based on scanty evidence, or none."

Joan Aiken

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Joan Aiken, English writer
(1924 - 2004)

Full name: Joan Delano Aiken.