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 […]

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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 […]

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5-4-3-2-1: Chris Russell

 I love YA books about music and the last couple of years have seen some fantastic ones – Remix by Non Pratt, My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend by Eleanor Wood, and Love Song by Sophia Bennett to name just a few. Chris Russell’s Songs About A Girl, released today, is one of my favourites and I’m […]


The Otherlife Blog Tour: Julia Gray’s Favourite Antiheroes

I’m really excited to read Julia Gray’s debut The Otherlife, published by Andersen Press, so it’s fabulous to have her on the site today talking about her favourite literary antiheroes! There is nothing I love more than a morally ambiguous narrator, or a main character for whom mischief is more compelling than manners. It probably has something […]


5-4-3-2-1: Dawn Kurtagich

Really great to have Dawn Kurtagich, author of last year’s incredibly chilling The Dead House, and the recently released The Creeper Man, to tackle 5-4-3-2-1 today! FIVE books you’d save from a burning bookcase This one actually hurts! 1. Ghosts of Heaven, Marcus Sedgwick 2. Daughter of the Forest, Juliet Marillier 3. Vicious, VE Schwab […]


Interview: Lily Linke on Lowering the Voting Age to 16 in the UK

After lots of discussion recently about whether 16 and 17-year-olds should be able to vote, teenager Lily Linke started an online petition to call for the voting age to be lowered to 16. We interviewed her about the petition.   What made you decide to start a petition?   – The EU referendum had made […]

5-4-3-2-1: Jane Lawes

Delighted to have Jane Lawes, author of the Gym Stars series, on the site today taking part in 5-4-3-2-1. I haven’t read these ones yet but am definitely looking forward to starting them – and aren’t Barbara Bongini’s cover illustrations gorgeous? 5 books you’d save from a burning bookcase: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen […]