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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5-4-3-2-1: Sofi Croft

We’re really looking forward to reading Indigo’s Dragon by Sofi Croft (published next week on Thursday 23rd June by Accent YA) so it’s great to have her on board for our popular 5-4-3-2-1 feature!   5 books you’d save from a burning bookcase: Going with sentimental choices on the basis everything else can be replaced: […]

5-4-3-2-1: Rosalind Jana

With so much attention being given to all the amazing YA novels out there, it’s easy to overlook some of the fantastic non-fiction aimed at teens today! Bearing this in mind we are ESPECIALLY delighted to have superstar blogger/model/author Rosalind Jana, who wrote the superb Notes On Being Teenage, to tackle 5-4-3-2-1 today!   Authors […]

5-4-3-2-1: Sylvia Bishop

Having heard lots of fantastic things about Sylvia Bishop’s Erica’s Elephant, published yesterday by Scholastic, we’re thrilled that she’s the latest author to tackle our popular 5-4-3-2-1 feature! FIVE Books you’d save from a burning bookcase 1. A. A. Milne – Winnie-the-Pooh: the complete collection (stories and poems) 2. Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden […]