1000 PAPER CRANES
My book Cherry Crush is about a girl who is half-Japanese, and a Japanese theme runs all through the story. For me, as for all who love Japan and its culture, the recent earthquake, tsunami and threatened nuclear disaster has been shocking and scary.
I wanted to do something to help, and found myself thinking of the story of the 1000 Paper Cranes. In Japanese legend, anyone who makes 1000 paper cranes is granted a wish. In 1955, a Japanese girl, Sadako Sasaki, became ill with radiation sickness after the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Sadako planned to make 1000 paper cranes, but she had folded only 644 cranes when she died aged just 12. Her friends made the remaining paper cranes and buried them with her… one of the saddest yet most beautiful stories of friendship ever. In Japan, the paper crane is a powerful symbol of peace and hope.
What better way to send your support, good wishes and prayers to Japan? Find yourself a square of paper, click the link and make your own paper crane for Japan – then send in your pics through any of the website links. Tell your friends, family and teachers and spread the word. Together, we can make 1000 cranes… and show Japan that we care.
If you’re able to raise money for those made homeless by the disaster, you can donate to the Red Cross.
Look out for more ideas of how you can help on the Secret Page and in the April online newsletter… with comps to reward all your hard work. If you haven’t signed up for the free online newsletter, you can do it here – you’ll find a clue for the password to the Secret Page in the newsletter, too.
Get folding… and send your thoughts and prayers to Japan.
That's really nice to do =) I'm going to make ten and then send you a picture of them =)
It's really sad about Japan =( I might make twenty for them =)
Love Abi xxx =)
The disasters that keep happening in Japan are truly shocking... I have special coloured origami paper and as soon as I get off my computere I will make a few - more over the weekend! Keep up the good work Cathy, it rocks!
I totally agree, it's such a lovely generous thing to do, it's really sad what's happened to Japan and we should all try to make the paper cranes and then send a pic. It's a wonderful thing to do and plus we can put paper to good use :)
- Abi says…
February is a short month… yikes, better snuggle up in the warm and hurry up and finish Vanilla Skye, then! It’s not quite spring yet, but there are plenty of reasons to be happy – I saw my first spring lamb a few days ago, and that was cool!
Valentine’s Day is guaranteed to liven up the month, too… check out the Super Fans Secret Page for a fab quiz on which CC boy would be your ideal crush! Not got the password for the Secret Page yet? Don’t miss out – sign up for the FREE email newsletter and you’ll get a clue to help you work that password out in the very next newsletter.
I’m feeling curious… which Cathy Cassidy boy character would YOU send a Valentine’s Day card to, if you had the chance? And why?
Have a FABULOUS February…
I would send a valentines card to...Shay Fletcher! I love him-LOL i like his ways -wheat hair,beanie,guitar and his feeling for others and how he cares and what he has to go trhough!!!LOve u books Cathy!!!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Glad your working on Vanilla Skye! Any boy..Probably Sam from Gingersnaps because he doesnt care what people think, but is kind and cares about others :)
Oooooh, I'd definitely send Sam from Gingersnaps a Valentine's card-I â™¥ him!!
- sk says…
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011!!!
Hope you all had a fab New Year and are looking forward to 2011… it;s going to be a busy year! To start with I’ll be writing the next book in the Chocolate Box Girls series, Vanilla Skye… exciting! After that, there’s a fourth Daizy Star book to write, a tour in May and then in June the publication of Strike A Pose Daizy Star and also the paperback version of Cherry Crush.
Also in June, Puffin are planning a seriously AWESOME redesign of all of my paperback covers… I can’t wait to see what you think! We’ll be launching the 2011 MBFR Comp in June, too… and no, it’s not too soon to get thinking about your entry!
In September, Vanilla Skye will be out… and I’ll be touring again, so keep an eye on the EVENTS page closer to the time to see where I’ll be. We have a very special comp launching around then, too – TOP SECRET for now, but trust me, you’re going to love it!
On a personal note, I’m planning a very cool holiday and lots of get togethers with friends… what are your hopes and wishes for 2011? Share you resolutions, dreams, plans and more below. And whatever you do, have an amazing year!
ellie cox says…
i am a really big fan, i have read loads of your books my favourites are lucky star and cherry crush. i was hoping you could come to stockport near manchester soon i really want to meet you lots of love and wishes elliee x
I love Cherry Crush. Your Best Book Ever. Cant Wait For Vanilla Skye
I was in Stockport in September, and did school visits as well as a public signing at Simply Books in Bramhall... not sure when I will be back, but fingers crossed it won't be too long!
- ellie cox says…
HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2010!!!
It’s Christmas Day and I wanted to wish my readers all around the world a very happy Christmas and a brilliant New Year… if you don’t celebrate Christmas, still sending you happy wishes!
Enjoy the fun, and remember to fit in a Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) if you can… taking the dog for a walk, washing up or helping a little brother/sister with a game would count! And make sure you hand out one last prezzie, too – a hug for everyone you love!
I haven’t opened my prezzies yet, but cannot WAIT… what was YOUR best prezzie this year?
i got a net book and an ipod
OMG I have had a great xmas. I got a tv from my gran, a laptop from my mum and dad, lots of makeup, twiglight books, card making set and clothes. I hope you tell us what you got for xmas!!!
Hey Cathy my best prezzie was getting art academy for my DS and getting lip gloss !
- sophie says…
I think that Christmas is my favourite time of year… and with snow on the ground and the presents wrapped and the Christmas tree lights twinkling, it’s not hard to see why! I’m snuggling in by the fire, writing my new book Vanilla Skye, the sequel to Cherry Crush… so far so good!
There’s lots to celebrate this December, too! Back in September we ran a comp for readers who came to my Cherry crush tour events, to design the ultimate chocolate box… reader K-J Watts was the winner, scooping a whole HAMPER of Divine chocolate just in time for Christmas! The two runners up were Emma Vinter and Rhona Brown, who each win cherry themed goodies from Lush. Mmmm!
If you’re feeling lucky, there’s a cool competition over on the SUPERFAN’S SECRET PAGE... check it out, you could win a signed Cathy Cassidy Nintendo Flips disc! If you haven’t seen the SUPERFAN’S SECRET PAGE yet, you’ll need the secret password to access it – the clue to the password is in the free email NEWSLETTER. If you haven’t signed up for the free email NEWSLETTER yet, there’s still time – we’ll be repeating that password clue in the January newsletter! There’s lots more cool stuff on the secret page, too, so don’t miss out – but remember, it’s for superfans only!
So… what’s your favourite thing about Christmas? Let me know… I’m just off to make a hot chocolate before getting back to Vanilla Skye!
Hi Cathy! I read Cherry Crush and I just loved it! I simply can't wait for Vanilla Skye to come out! I hope you'll have a wonderful Christmas!
My best thing about Christmas is that it is a time of celebration, so the whole family gathers together.
you writing a new book Vanilla Skye woh that is so cool
- Gunes says…
I’ve had a brilliant September, touring around to launch my new book CHERRY CRUSH and meeting readers as far afield as Dublin, Plymouth, Brighton, Norfolk, Boston, Bluewater, Bromley, Coventry, Liverpool, Stockport, Scotland… and just about everywhere in between! Now I’m home, and finishing edits on the third Daizy Star book ‘Strike A Pose, Daizy Star’. It’s going to be fab!
After that, I’ll start work on Vanilla Skye, the next book in the Chocolate Box Girls series… I cannot wait!
In the Summer, we ran a comp for the best three photos of readers reading their fave CC book… and the winners are EMMA HARDY, age 10; MALLE POOLA, age 16; and GEORGIA RICHES, age 13. You can see their photos below… Malle is reading Gingersnaps (in Estonian translation) beside a lake in Estonia, Emma is reading her book at The Beatrix Potter Centre in the Lake District, and Georgia is chilling out with Driftwood in an apple tree. Pretty cool! You can also see all three winning photos in the next copy of my free online NEWSLETTER... and some of the other entries will be on YOUR PHOTOS in the YOU section soon!
Some of you will have noticed the new SECRET SUPERFAN PAGE link on the website homepage… and those of you who subscribe to the free online NEWSLETTER should already have a clue to the secret password! If you haven’t checked out the SECRET SUPERFAN PAGE yet, or don’t know the password, sign up for the free online NEWSLETTER... the next issue will give you the clue you need to work out the secret password!
So… what’s on the SECRET SUPERFAN PAGE? Get your paws on that password and take a look! You will find a special challenge for my superfan-readers every month, and find out who my superfan(s) of the month are… plus lots more! Don’t miss out… but remember, it’s for superfans only!
I’m really looking forward to getting back to writing and editing, and cosying up with a hot chocolate and a log fire burning. Don’t forget to tell me how you’re going to make YOUR Autumn awesome!
Wow, that is a cool picture! How do you manage to write books so quickly? I've been working on mine for two years, and it's not nearly finished!
oh cathy, i cant wait, i can't wait, i can't wait for vanilla skye OR the daizy strike a pose. Keep, keep, KEEP writing. U rule.
Michela Marah says…
You sound very busy! I really want to read the first chocolate box book about Cherry, but unfortunately I haven't got my hands on it yet. I love the Daizy Star books and am eager to read the next one. As much as I love reading, I love writing even more. I like writing short stories but I like writing big ones as well. I want to be an author when I'm older.
Anyway, I'm going to be doing something similar to you- lazing around and reading and jumping in the crunchy leaves!
I love your books so much and I hope you are well.
Love from Michela
- Lauren says…
THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR ME AS THE QUEEN OF TEEN!
Firstly I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who voted for me to win The Queen of Teen award! The ceremony was last Friday and to my shock and delight I WON!!! I was so thrilled and surprised, and I am very grateful to everyone who voted for me.
I have a gorgeous crown now that I will wear as I write my new books, and since I now have new powers as a Queen I think my first decree with be to speak to David Cameron to get the NHS to hand out FREE CHOCOLATE to everyone and to ask him to put daydreaming on the curriculum for schools!! I wonder if he will…
I’m having such an amazing week – my new book in The Chocolate Box series CHERRY CRUSH is out in the shops now!! And I’m on tour meeting readers in schools, bookshops and libraries across the country! Check out my events page to see if I’m doing a signing in your area… it would be great to meet you!
And I’m also very excited about meeting the Dream Team this weekend. We’re having a special party at Puffin Towers so the Dream Team can all meet me and eachother and we have lots of fun planned for them! The Dream Team are 9 top CC superfans who let other readers know about my books – I can’t wait to see them all!
you deserve it, every girl i know loves your books.
i finished cherry chrush 2 weeks ago and love it so much that i want to swap lives and go live with them all.
your dream team is so lucky. i bet it'll be awesome.
they have so many reasons to vote you!!
also, you look so beautiful in your gorgeous crown!!
Ellie-Mae - your superfan at queen of teen says…
Thank you for a great day, had the best day, so glad your are queen of teen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:):):) can't wait for next book!
- Anna says…
THE CHOCOLATE QUEEN...
I’m back from the MOST amazing holiday in Egypt and Jordan… I saw the pyramids, the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, rode a camel (see pic below), watched the sunset from a felucca boat on the Nile, saw awesome Petra and witnessed the start of Ramadam in Amman… wow! I also met some lovely people, ate fab food, soaked up some sun and promised to return…
I’m so excited now as CHERRY CRUSH is almost out… and the feedback so far is pretty incredible! With a big chocolate theme running through the book, as well as a heart-racing forbidden crush, I think you will love the story.
Very soon I will be off on my September tour… check the EVENTS page on my website to see if I’m doing a public signing near you. I will be in bookstores in Irvine, Dublin, Cardiff, Bluewater, Bromley, Norwich, Boston, Stockport and Coventry, as well as lots of schools in between… and there will be CHOCOLATE! There are dates too in Wigtown, Bath and Cheltenham… don’t miss out!
Voting is still open for the fabby QUEEN OF TEEN comp, and the ceremony is on 10th September… there is just time to cast your vote. Just go to QUEEN OF TEEN and vote for your fave, if you haven’t yet – every vote counts! Pity it isn’t called Queen of Chocolate, actually, I would be a winner for sure…
Glad you had a cool holiday!
Cool picture!Sounds like you had a great time!I can't wait for the series of Chocolate Box Girls to come out!
Can't wait to see you in Irvine!!!!! I went last year and it was fab. I am glad you had a great holiday and will see you at Irvine!
- clara says…
Don’t forget to buy MIZZ MAG on 8th JULY to see who which six lucky readers have been shortlisted for the 2010 MY BEST FRIEND ROCKS award… choosing has been tough, as the entries were SO brilliant this year!
All the judges have have their say, and I have spent a few days sifting through the longlist and whittling it down – in the photo you can see my cat Pepper ‘helping’! The shortlist will be announced in Mizz mag’s 8th July issue, so don’t miss out. Shortlisted readers will then be informed by mail, too, and I’ll see them for the fabby award ceremony at this year’s EDINBURGH FESTIVAL. Woo hoo!
If you live in the North West, see if you can come along to my event at the MANCHESTER CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL on Saturday July 3rd… I’ll have some exclusive taster chapters from Cherry Crush to give out!
For more info on my EDINBURGH FESTIVAL event or on the MANCHESTER CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL one, check out the EVENTS page on my website!
Last but not least, good news… Thanks to your brilliant nominations, I have been shortlisted for the 2010 QUEEN OF TEEN award. Yay! It’s time for you to get voting – and tell your friends, too! Just click QUEEN OF TEEN to cast your vote. It’s a pretty cool shortlist… scary biscuits!
hey Cathy! I am counting down the days to July 8th to find out about the MBFR! Soooo glad you are shortlisted for QoT and hope you win :D xx
Well done Cathy!!!
You deserve it for writing fabulous books!!!!
I am going to vote for you!!!
You rock Cathy, you definitely deserved it! I love writing too, so I'm a tad envious but can't help loving you!!!!
- Kate says…
NOMINATE YOUR FAVE...
The fabby QUEEN OF TEEN comp is running again, and it’s time to nominate your favourite author… the top ten teen-queen authors will be whisked away to a sparkly ceremony along with one of the lucky readers who nominated her!
Last time, we travelled to the party in pink stretch limos… oooh! There were fizzy drinks, pink cupcakes and a whole raft of cool author-types to chat to, which was pretty cool!
If you have a fave author YOU would like to nominate, click across to the QUEEN OF TEEN website and make your nominations… you never know, you could be a part of it all!
On the subject of comps, there’s still time to enter the MY BEST FRIEND ROCKS comp... if you have a very special best friend who deserves a boost, let him/her know how much they mean to you! The MBFR ceremony will be ultra-cool too, and we have special guests GIRLS CAN’T CATCH coming along to make sure it goes with a swing! Check out the MBFR link for more details and get those entries coming in!
I've already done so :)
I've just voted for you, Cathy. :)
I am doing so for someone with the intials of C.C. .... ;)
- Maeve says…