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 […]


Clare Furniss on Inspirational Women

As a huge fan of Clare Furniss’s, I’m delighted to celebrate the recent paperback release of How Not To Disappear by running this great guest post, and a Twitter competition! How Not to Disappear tells the story of the relationship between teenage Hattie and Gloria,  the larger-than-life great-aunt she never knew she had, who is […]


EK Johnston on Retelling Tales

I am a huge fan of EK Johnston’s A Thousand Nights – just published in paperback by Macmillan – so it’s great to have her on the site today to discuss retellings!   (Re)Telling Tales I make no secret of the fact that I got started in writing through fanfiction (and, before that, hours as […]


5-4-3-2-1: Lucy Courtenay

Really pleased to have Lucy Courtenay, author of The Kiss and upcoming Movie Night, to do 5-4-3-2-1 today!   5 books I’d save from a burning bookcase My signed copy of ONE by Sarah Crossan: devastating and wonderful. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by JK Rowling, which I re-read almost every summer as a […]


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Of The Top 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This is ten of the best – not necessarily an absolute top ten because my thoughts have changed a LOT while writing this; there’ve been so many incredible ones released! I’ve also stuck rigidly to books released in the first […]


Top Ten Tuesday – Top Twenty Releases in Second Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. For today, I didn’t even TRY to keep it down to 10, because there are so many! Instead, I’ve gone for 20 (8 that I’ve already read, and 12 that I’m especially looking forward to.) Best That I’ve Already Read […]