5-4-3-2-1: Martin Stewart

Today sees the release of debut author Martin Stewart’s hotly-anticipated fantasy Riverkeep, published by Penguin! We’re thrilled to celebrate by getting him to take part in our regular 5-4-3-2-1 feature. 5 books you’d save from a burning bookcase The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. An absolute classic―does more in 60 pages that […]

Blog Tour: Maggie Stiefvater Interview

Tomorrow sees the release of The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, published in the UK by Scholastic. This is an outstanding ending to the truly superb Raven Cycle – surely the most-anticipated book of the year for many readers, it absolutely lives up to our high expectations! I am beyond thrilled to be celebrating the […]

5-4-3-2-1: Brian Conaghan

I’ve heard so many great things about Brian Conaghan’s books – both the Carnegie-shortlisted When Mr Dog Bites, and the new release (out TODAY from Bloomsbury!) The Bombs That Brought Us Together! It’s great to have him on the site today taking part in 5-4-3-2-1. 5 songs that sum up the last novel you wrote […]

Blog Tour: Heidi Heilig on the places that inspired The Girl From Everywhere

I am a MASSIVE fan of Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere, definitely my favourite SFF novel of the year so far! I’m delighted to have her talking about a couple of the places that inspired the book today. Heidi Heilig grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books For Aspiring Detectives

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Sesame Seade series by Clementine Beauvais and Sarah Horne – This series was one of the ones which really got me into reading MG mysteries in a big way, after the fabulous Caitlin book-pushed it on so many of us. […]

YALC Reading Recommendations

We were already incredibly excited for this year’s YALC on 28th – 31st July, but the announcement of the first 30 authors has got us desperately waiting for the weekend! If you don’t have your tickets yet, get them here! If you’re trying to decide what to read while impatiently waiting for YALC, Julianne has […]

5-4-3-2-1: Peter Jay Black

We’re huge fans of Peter Jay Black’s Urban Outlaws series! We’re excited to catch up with them and read the latest book, Counterstrike, which is published by Bloomsbury TODAY. To celebrate, we asked him to take part in 5-4-3-2-1. 5 items of swag you’d love to see made (could be for your own book or […]

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

We’re really looking forward to reading Dawn McNiff’s How Not To Be Weird – published in just 2 days! – so it was great to get her to take part in 5-4-3-2-1 today. 5 relationships you love reading about 1. Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. (Forever funny.) 2. Ever and Rat in Skinny by Donna […]

Stars of YA Panel at Oxford Literary Festival

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Katherine Rundell and Nicolette Jones at Oxford Literary Festival

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Of My Favourite Recent Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s top ten Tuesday is ten of your recent five-star reads or favourite books. I don’t do ratings, really, but here are ten that would DEFINITELY get the full five stars if I did! Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson and […]

Susin Nielsen on her inspirations for We Are All Made Of Molecules and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

I’m a big fan of Susin Nielsen’s – We Are All Made Of Molecules, about to be released in paperback, was one of my favourites last year and this year’s The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen – out last month – was another excellent read. I was thrilled when publishers Andersen Press were able […]

Vanessa Altin: Why I Wrote The Pomegranate Tree

Journalist Vanessa Altin’s The Pomegranate Tree, published this month by Blanket Press, sounds like a hard-hitting, moving, and important book – as far as I know, it’s the only children’s book to be published so far about the Syrian conflict. I can’t wait to read it, and was delighted when Vanessa offered to share with […]

5-4-3-2-1: Gwyneth Rees

I’m really looking forward to Gwyneth Rees’s Honeymoon Sisters (Bloomsbury) – one of the books we’ll be discussing for tonight’s #CountdownML at 8pm! – so it was great to get her to take part in our 5-4-3-2-1 feature today!   5 authors I’d want with me if I was stranded on a desert island: Jennifer […]

#CountdownML April Releases – Highlights

Tonight at 8pm GMT it’s #CountdownML! Remember there’s a full list of what’s being released over the next month or so here – but here are some highlights! Ones We’ve Read When We Collided by Emery Lord (Bloomsbury) – Seventeen-year-old Jonah Daniels – grieving for his dead father and having to help his older brother […]

5-4-3-2-1:Ross Montgomery

Having really enjoyed Perijee & Me by Ross Montgomery, I’m delighted to have him on the site today taking part in our popular 5-4-3-2-1 feature. FIVE pieces of advice you’d give yourself if you could travel back in time to before you became a published author     Here are the key things I’ve learned […]

#CountdownML April Releases

It’s time for another #CountdownML chat! The third one will take place on Monday 21st March at 8pm GMT! We’re hoping that lots of authors, bloggers and readers will join us to discuss the fabulous releases coming out between 22nd March and 18th April. Check all the new releases out below! As ever, thanks to […]

Violet And The Smugglers Blog Tour: Armchair Travelling by Harriet Whitehorn

I’m really enjoying the latest in the Violet series, Violet and the Smugglers – as ever, it’s a fabulously funny story by Harriet Whitehorn and is gorgeously illustrated by Becka Moor! So I’m thrilled to have Harriet on the site today as part of the blog tour.   From the moment Violet was a twinkle […]

The Shadow Keeper Blog Tour: Abi Elphinstone’s Favourite Lines

As huge fans of Abi Elphinstone’s books, we’re super-excited to be bringing her blog tour – celebrating last Thursday’s publication of The Shadow Keeper (Simon & Schuster) to a close, with this fabulous post on her favourite lines from the new book! Plus, keep an eye on our Twitter and Instagram for chances to win […]