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Scoop Issue 20 - The Imagination Issue

Scoop is a magazine for 7 to 13 year olds that publishes all forms of story, told by world renowned authors and illustrators including Raymond Briggs, Catherine Johnson, Tom Whipple, Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Priestley, Nicholas Bowling, Laura Dockrill, Emerald Fennell, Celia Rees, Joan Aiken, Tom Stoppard, MG Leonard, Michael Foreman, Piers Torday, Cathy Brett, Neil Gaiman, AF Harrold and John Agard. Each issue includes short stories, non-fiction, poetry, comics, interviews, reviews, activities and quizzes. We explore everything from punk to painting, from science to poetry, from super-natural phenomena to playwriting!

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Dear Scoopsters, ‘I imagine’ – how many times do you hear people saying that each day? But how often do you think they are actually using their imaginations? I mean really imagining, putting themselves in someone else’s shoes or putting themselves in a place or time they have never seen or experienced? Imagination, when we actually use it, can, I believe, change the way we live and see the world. As a child I was always so worried about the idea of my imagination slipping way and therefore turning into a grown-up, but it turns out it’s still something I rely on every day. How do you feel about imagination? Do you put it to use telling stories or when you are listening to music? I believe it is a kind of…

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what is imagination?

Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge. But what exactly is imagination? Some say it is the ability to mentally imagine something – a memory, a picture of the past. Others say that it is the ability to be creative – to think of things that no one else has thought of. The key difference in the two definitions is one thing is imagined from an experience we have already had and the other allows people to imagine something out of nothing. What everyone agrees on is that imagination is a uniquely human ability as it allows us to explore ideas and things that are not in our present environment or even real. It allows people to create things that are life-changing and world-defining – to make art, write books…

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why my nana buried her sofa

I had my story ready for when Mommy picked me up tomorrow from my Nana’s house: Two hours of Maths revision, an afternoon nap, then two hours studying history. But Nana hadn’t got the memo. Or she had but didn’t care. We were standing in the sunshine, outside her blue metal gate. “You’re in time to help me bury my sofa, Yeboah,” Nana said to me – just loudly enough for Mommy to hear. I groaned inside. Mommy had just dropped me off and was about to drive away; two seconds later and she would have gone. Her head snapped around like some robot doll in a horror movie. Her car window slid further down. “Bury your sofa?” Mommy’s thin, pretty face looked tired from being up too early. Nana slipped her slim…

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the power of stories

When the Kung bushmen of Africa gather around a fire, they like to scare their children with tales of the gauwasi. The gauwasi, in their tradition, are mischievous and deadly imps, who hide in the bush and creep through the savannah. Sometimes, they come to you in your sleep – convincing you to hunt the next day in bad places, or to travel to an empty waterhole. Sometimes, they are more malevolent. They will trick a lion to attack you, or shoot one of their invisible arrows at you, causing unexplained deadly pain. Yes, the elders will say, as the shadows dance menacingly around the fire and the children huddle in closer, watch out for the gauwasi, because they are watching out for you. But they only tell these tales at night.When anthropologists…

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all mirrors are magic mirrors

Haven’t you always secretly wanted to own a daemon, maybe a beautiful tiger cub, and have a magical uncle, perhaps called Lord Asriel? Or to follow a talking white rabbit, dressed in a smart jacket with a watch in its waistcoat pocket, down a rabbit hole? Or visit the valley where dragons live and ride on its back, high among the clouds? Or be a Stravagante, able to slip back through time to sixteenth-century Talia? Far, far away from everyday stuff, a few hours spent in the company of Lyra or Alice or Ben and Sorrel or Lucien can transform a dull day, aided by the bookish equivalent of the Tardis, which transports you utterly to another place. A place where you can experience real magic – not a sleight-of-hand, doves-from-a-hat…

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here is a very short booklist for you to explore. buteachand every one of these willholda key for you to openthe door into animaginary world

• The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston • Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper • The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper • Stravaganza: City of Masks and the other six books in the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman • The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass from the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner • The Owl Service by Alan Garner • Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke • Sabrielby Garth Nix • The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the other five books in the series by C. S. Lewis • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins • And all the marvellous Harry Potter books, of course!…