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5-4-3-2-1: Maggie Harcourt

I’m a huge fan of Maggie Harcourt’s wonderful UKYA romance Unconventional, published by Usborne, so it’s great to have the chance to get her to do a 5-4-3-2-1 post today! 5 – songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly. I had the radio on quite a lot while I was planning “Unconventional”, […]

5-4-3-2-1: Karen McCombie and Becka Moor

Thrilled to have a double 5-4-3-2-1 here today! One of my favourite authors, Karen McCombie, and favourite illustrators, Becka Moor, have teamed up for a new series from Stripes, kicking off with St Grizzle’s School For Girls, Goats and Random Boys. This is part of the awesome #SchoolWars blog tour which sees them face off […]

5-4-3-2-1: Len Vlahos

Excited to have our first 5-4-3-2-1 of 2017, with Len Vlahos, author of Life in a Fishbowl (published by Bloomsbury), taking part! Books you’d save from a burning bookcase (In alphabetical order) All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely— An important book in the U.S. that is a great conversation starter on the […]

SJ Kincaid: Setting As A Character

Great to have THE DIABOLIC author SJ Kincaid on the site today talking about setting as a character! THE DIABOLIC is published 1st November (that’s TODAY!) by Simon & Schuster. I’m the author of the INSIGNIA series, and the upcoming book, THE DIABOLIC. I could honestly go on and on about world building for these […]

5-4-3-2-1: Claire Barker

With Halloween just around the corner, who better to take part in our 5-4-3-2-1 feature than Claire Barker, author of Knitbone Pepper And The Ghost Dog (published by Usborne)? Books you’d save from a burning bookcase 1) Roald Dahl –Danny, Champion of the World. The first book that made me sit up and pay attention. […]

5-4-3-2-1: Alexia Casale

We’re really excited for next week’s YA Shot event in Uxbridge, featuring a host of incredible authors! For more information and to buy tickets, click here. To celebrate, awesome organiser Alexia Casale (who is also a brilliant author herself, having written The Bone Dragon and House of Windows) is taking part in our popular 5-4-3-2-1 […]

5-4-3-2-1: Joshua Khan

We’re super excited for Joshua Khan’s Shadow Magic, published by Scholastic, which sounds fabulous! We’re thrilled to have Joshua doing our 5-4-3-2-1 feature today.   Books you’d save from a burning bookcase The Hobbit It was read to me when I was about seven and, I think, the reason I do what I do. I […]

YA Shot Tour Post: Tom Easton on Funny Books

As huge fans of Tom Easton’s Boys Don’t Knit and his Our House series, we agree with him that funny books need love! We’re thrilled to be hosting this awesome guest post. Humour in UKYA I’ve been writing for over ten years and I write in different genres, for different age groups. I love the […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR list for Autumn

Slightly belated post here but I really wanted to get my top ten books on my TBR list for autumn up! Mango & Bambang: The Not A Pig (Polly Faber, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy, Walker Books) I haven’t read any of the books in the Mango and Bambang series yet, partly as they’re slightly younger […]

5-4-3-2-1: Manuela Salvi

Having heard incredible things about Manuela Salvi’s Girl Detached – banned in Italy for its portrayal of a girl lured into sex work, but taking UK bloggers and readers by storm – we can’t wait to read it. (As you’d expect from the subject, though, it’s one we’d recommend for mature teens.) It’s one of the […]

Cover Reveal: Mind the Gap by Phil Earle

We are massive fans of Barrington Stoke’s amazing books, and we are also huge fans of Phil Earle’s brilliant writing, so when they got in touch to ask if we’d be able to reveal the cover to his Mind The Gap we jumped at the chance! This stunning cover is designed by David Wardle, and […]

5-4-3-2-1: Katy Cannon

It’s release day today for Stripes’s fantastic anthology I’ll Be Home For Christmas, which has a host of stunning contributors writing Christmas stories on the theme of home. Even better, the book is raising money for the wonderful homelessness charity Crisis. Check out the spectacular full lineup of contributors: Benjamin Zephaniah, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, […]

5-4-3-2-1: Julie Mayhew

As big fans of Julie Mayhew’s last novel, The Big Lie, we’re extremely excited to read her recently-released Mother Tongue! To celebrate, we have her taking on our 5-4-3-2-1 feature. 5 ~ Songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly I never start working on a book with words, always with pictures and […]

5-4-3-2-1: Guy Bass

We’re really looking forward to reading Spynosaur by Guy Bass, so it’s great to have him on the site today to take part in our 5-4-3-2-1 feature! Five songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly 1. The James Bond theme 2. The Dinosaur Song by Johnny Cash 3. Walk the Dinosaur by […]

Cover Reveal: Tales Of Terror series by Chris Priestley and David Roberts

We’re really excited to share the new covers for Bloomsbury’s Tales of Terror series with you! These books, written by Chris Priestley and with cover and interior illustrations by David Roberts, look spine-chilling but wonderful. They’re being published in October – perfect Halloween reads! Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror Uncle Montague lives alone in a […]

June – September Book Recommendations

For people looking for recommendations of recent MG/YA releases, check out our Storify!   [View the story “June – September Book Recommendations” on Storify]

5-4-3-2-1: Lydia Bennet (with help from Natasha Farrant)

Really pleased to introduce a very special 5-4-3-2-1 today! We have had SO MANY brilliant authors taking part in this feature, but I was intrigued when I received the offer of one from Lydia Bennet. Lydia, as classics fans will know, is a supporting character in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but takes centre […]

5-4-3-2-1: Faye Bird

  It’s great to host a stop on the What I Couldn’t Tell You tour today, as author Faye Bird tackles our 5-4-3-2-1 feature! TV shows you can watch all day long (when not busy writing) Strictly Come Dancing – Absolutely number 1 on my list. Always. I’m already counting down the days to the […]

5-4-3-2-1: Fleur Hitchcock

We’re really looking forward to reading Bus Stop Baby by Fleur Hitchcock, published 2 weeks ago by Piccadilly Press, so it’s great to have her tackling our 5-4-3-2-1 feature today! 5 classics you wish more people were reading today I’d like everyone to read The Mouse and His Child, by Russell Hoban, because it’s beautifully […]

5-4-3-2-1: Jo Cotterill

As a huge fan of Electrigirl, written/illustrated in a brilliant mash-up of prose and graphic novel by the superbly talented Jo Cotterill and Cathy Brett, I’m incredibly excited for Electrigirl and the Deadly Swarm, out today from OUP! I celebrated by getting Jo to take on 5-4-3-2-1. 5 TV shows you can watch all day […]