Liverpool gets reading...

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I was very inspired after going along to the launch of Liverpool Reads at The Bluecoat recently. It was an event that was made even better as we were the first public to see the new gallery before it opened to the masses!

2008 is the National Year of Reading and Mal Peet is this year's Liverpool Reads author.The books chosen are 'Keeper' and 'Tamar', which are being given away for free all over the city right now, in libraries and other outlets.

Staff from Liverpool Reads and author Mal Peet in entrance hall of The Bluecoat

Jane Davis (left) and Bea Colley (right) from Liverpool Reads and author Mal Peet (centre) at The Bluecoat.

'Keeper' tells the story of El Gato - the Cat - the world's greatest goalkeeper - and how he, a poor South American logger's son, learns to become a World Cup-winning goalkeeper so good he is almost unbeatable. 'Tamar' is a story of espionage, love, jealousy, and tragedy set in Nazi-occupied Holland and appeals to all ages.

Liverpool Reads are also hoping to bring groups of young people to Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Pier Master's House, so they can learn more about people's experiences in the Second World War, that they will have read about in 'Tamar'.

Mal talked about how important he thought it was for parents to read to their children, to inspire imagination and to create a bond. It was great to hear someone speak so passionately about the power of books.