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 […]

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: […]

Girl Out Of Water Extract

We LOVED Walker’s launch for Nat Luurtsema’s fabulous Girl Out Of Water last week, held at a lido! (Although, unlike some of Walker’s adventurous staff, we didn’t actually get in…) We’re thrilled to have Nat reading an extract from her brilliant book today.

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 […]

Announcement: Holly Bourne Novella Coming In November!

Super quick post here but we DESPERATELY wanted to share news of the new Holly Bourne novella, which has just been announced by Usborne! Holly Bourne’s Spinster Club series is possibly my VERY favourite ongoing contemporary YA sequence – Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? are completely amazing, and What’s A […]

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 […]

Guest Post: Ben Davis on Joe Cowley’s Favourite Festivals

We’re really pleased to have Ben Davis, author of The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Welcome to Cringefest (published by OUP) to tell us about Joe’s favourite festivals. Sort of…   Hi there, I’m Ben Davis, the poor sap in charge of transcribing Joe Cowley’s secret online rants into book form. Of course, when you […]

5-4-3-2-1: Patrice Lawrence

We have heard SO MANY amazing things about Orangeboy by the wonderful Patrice Lawrence that we can’t wait to read it! Ahead of its release next week by Hodder Children’s Books, we got Patrice to tackle our 5-4-3-2-1 feature.   FIVE songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly I’ve just submitted an […]

Let Them Eat Cake: ER Murray Guest Post

We’re really excited to read Caramel Hearts by ER Murray, having heard excellent things about it, so it’s fabulous to have her guest posting today as part of her blog tour. (Don’t miss the rest – check out the full list of sites at the bottom of this post!) Caramel Hearts by E.R. Murray – […]

5-4-3-2-1: Andy Briggs

We’re big fans of Andy Briggs, so were delighted when we got the chance to get him to tackle our 5-4-3-2-1 feature! FIVE Items of swag I’d love to see made  The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – the actual book, but then I realize we have the Internet and tablet computers – so […]

5-4-3-2-1: Caleb Krisp

As a huge fan of the first Ivy Pocket book, Anyone But Ivy Pocket, I am very excited to read Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket!, written by Caleb Krisp and illustrated by John Kelly. It’s out today, published by Bloomsbury, so we celebrated by asking Caleb to take part in our fabulous 5-4-3-2-1 feature! 5 classics […]