Here you can find my book news, reviews and events from 2021.

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School Library Journal
Dec 2021

"A natural recommendation for fans of emotionally resonant adventure books, and authors such as Kate DiCamillo, Sara Pennypacker, and Katherine Applegate." Kaitlin Frick for School Library Journal. Click on the image for the full review!

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Roaring Reads
Dec 2021

Talking History kicks of the reading year for book blog Roaring Reads. Check out this and other titles in their roundup, 'Coming Soon: Scottish Middle Grade Books to look out for in 2022'.


Foreword Reviews, USA
Nov-Dec 2021

"There are moments when the novel’s magic pulsates, as with its scenes in the Indian jungle, and in the relationship between the tiger and a street child who acts as a guide to Lal and his companions."


Review in Publisher's Weekly, USA
November 2021

"The children meet new people, solve riddles, and finally help deliver the tiger’s message. Haig’s characters are lively in this swiftly paced fantastical debut."


Tiger Skin Rug out in the US with Europa Editions!
2 November 2021

The magical tiger has flown across the Atlantic Ocean with Europa Editions as the first middle-grade novel on the publisher's US list.

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Scottish Book Trust Author Residency
September 2021

Scottish Book Trust announces ten schools who will receive fully funded author residencies to inspire a lifelong love of reading and writing. I am delighted to be taking up the residency at Manor Park Primary School in Aberdeen!


Toppsta Review
6 September 2021

"This is such a captivating and enchanting book which is so beautifully written - it was an absolute joy to read. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and the superb characterisation, especially Jenny’s Granny always prepared with a pot of tea and some hot pancakes!"

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Ci9 Authors on Parade
31 August and 1 September 2021

During this hour, booksellers will delight in hearing from their favorite authors as they parade through the virtual space. Be sure to attend the Closing Reception in Kumospace, where you can chat “face to face” with these authors!

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The Week Junior
July 2021

To celebrate International Tiger Day (World Tiger Day),  The Week Junior magazine has chosen five books featuring these beautiful and critically endangered animals. Tiger Skin Rug is top of the list!


Blogpost review by @childrensfiction
June 2021

"This is such a captivating and enchanting book which is so beautifully written - it was an absolute joy to read. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and the superb characterisation, especially Jenny’s Granny always prepared with a pot of tea and some hot pancakes!"


The BTF Newsletter, ISSUE 107
June 2021

In this summer's members BTF newsletter, I share my story of how thyroid cancer prompted me to write books for children.


Going Elsewhere: Big DoG Children's Book Festival

25 March 2021

Join Renita Boyle and Joan Haig who will help you go elsewhere, even when you can't (just yet). Use what you discover in this workshop to create a story, poem, illustration or comic to share the adventures of your imagination. Live stream 11:15am, or catch up later! Free, ticketed.

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Stories for Lockdown: Big DoG Children's Book Festival

25 March 2021

Have you seen aliens? Had a bad haircut? Celebrated a birthday a bit differently? Listen to authors reading their extracts from the Stay at Home! anthology. Some are serious, some are silly, but they all remind us there’s a rainbow after the storm. Free, ticketed.

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 Children's Book of the Week in The Courier

20 March 2021

Tiger Skin Rug is Children's Book of the Week in The Courier Magazine this weekend, reviewed and awarded 9/10 by 11-year-old Anna Alexander. Thank you, Anna!


Feature: Armadillo Magazine Spring Issue

10 March 2021

Tiger Skin Rug is a brilliant new magical realism story by Joan Haig. Bridget Carrington interviews the author about the inspiration for her latest book.


Happy World Book Day! Message from authors

4 March 2021

Behold this mammoth and marvellous homage to books, reading and World Book Day as part of this year's celebrations! Gathered by Sophie Anderson and stitched together by Gavin Hetherington, it features 153 children's authors. You can find my wee message tucked in at 26:35.

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Women's Weekly Feature Article

2-9 March 2021

Inspiring the Next Generation: As kids (and adults!) around the the UK celebrate World Book Day on 4 March, we ask three women what inspired them to become children's authors.

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Author Talk: Rocky Roads to Publication

22 Feb 2021

Grab a drink and a snack and join children’s writer – and Arcadia Edinburgh staff member – Joan Haig as she talks about different routes to publishing fiction, her own path, and the opportunities and challenges of publishing during a pandemic.


Review: Reading Zone

15 Feb 2021

Stephen Leitch, School Librarian

'Talking tigers, flying rugs and pancakes, what's not to like in Tiger Skin Rug, a brilliant debut novel from Joan Haig.'


Interview in The Courier
06 Feb 2021

Arts & Entertainment - Joan Haig tells Caroline Lindsay how her love of Scotland inspired her debut children's novel.


Guest blog: CILIP Library Youth Group

02 Feb 2021

Happy Library Lovers Month!

'We are delighted to welcome Joan Haig to the blog. In this post Joan introduces us to Tiger Skin Rug and the ways in which her academic research has influenced this.'


Article in Female First

26 Jan 2021

'Don't Give Up the Day Job' by author Joan Haig. 'Labels can be powerful tools for positive change and levelling the playing field – Black Lives Matter – but our end goal as creatives should surely be to bring down barriers, not reinforce them.'


Review: Lancashire Post

19 Jan 2021

'Heartwarming, vivid and compelling, this is a story that makes you want to believe in magic!'

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101 George Street Podcast

4 Jan 2021

First up on the new series of 101 George Street is Joan Haig, author of Carnegie-nominated novel, Tiger Skin Rug.