My Top Writing Tips: Linda Davies

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday October 14th, 2015

This week, the lovely Linda Davies – author of the fantastic Longbow Girl – shares her top tips for aspiring authors! (more…)

WIN: A signed copy of Longbow Girl and a bunch of Chicken House books

Posted by Jazz on Friday September 11th, 2015

We’re celebrating the publication of thrilling historical adventure Longbow Girl by Linda Davies with a creative writing competition – readers under 16 can enter for the chance to win some amazing prizes! (more…)

TOP 5 FRIDAY: Time Travellers

Posted by Kesia on Friday August 21st, 2015

I love history. I love science fiction and fantasy. AND I love children’s books. So time traveller children’s books are literally MY CUP OF TEA (ok, not literally) and the perfect curl-up companions. Reading is a little like travelling through time, isn't it? Here are a few of my favourites. (more…)

Linda Davies

Linda Davies grew up in the Welsh mountains and is herself an avid longbow girl and rider, having been given a longbow and a pony by her parents when she was eight.

She worked as an investment banker before escaping to write the international bestseller Nest of Vipers.  She has written five more thrillers for adults, the latest being Ark Storm.

She spent three years living in Peru and eight years in the Middle East. In 2005 she and her husband were kidnapped at sea by Iranian government forces and held hostage in Iran for two weeks before being released. She has written about her experiences in her first non-fiction book, Hostage. She now lives with her husband and three children near the sea, where she swims, but chooses not to sail. LONGBOW GIRL is her first children's book.

She is passionate about writing for young adults as in her head she still is one!

Longbow Girl

Merry Owen is desperate for her family to stay on their struggling farm in Wales, in the shadow of the Black Castle, owned by the de Courcys who have been enemies of Merry’s family for generations. 

Skilled in the family tradition of archery, Merry is happiest out riding – but when she finds an overturned tree and a buried chest containing an ancient Welsh text, it leads her into a past filled with treasure, secrets and untold danger …

TOP 5 FRIDAY (ish): Awesome Archers

Posted by Jazz on Monday March 30th, 2015

I know it's not actually Friday, but we were so excited about the announcement of this year's Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition winner that there just wasn't any room to fit in a top 5 last week!

1. Robin Hood

Not strictly in a children's book, but Disney's classic animated film put him firmly on the metaphorical bow-wielding map. He's the original archer - the inspiration behind countless others, and is cool even as an anthropomorphic fox. Not bad going.

2. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy

The girl on fire herself! Katniss is the YA heroine of the 21st century (Hermione excluded), and it's her power with a bow that makes her so awesome. She's the one out there providing for her family, shooting down deers and pheasants - just using her archery skills and her penchant for breaking rules. And let's not forget [SPOILER ALERT] ending the Hunger Games and initiating a revolution. Awesome.

3. Legolas from The Lord of the Rings trilogy

It's well-known that Legolas is a master archer and I'd like to say that it's his archery skills that earn him a place on this list ... but really it's the hair. Anyone that manages to have hair that long and glossy and not get it tangled in their arrows deserves a mention.

4. Susan Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia series

Susan has a bit of an unfair advantage by having a bow that never misses - but she's not one for slacking off, practicing as much as she can to make sure she's the best. And she becomes Queen of Narnia at the age of 12.

5. Merry Owen from Longbow Girl

Ah, I won't reveal too much here. Merry is a heroine for the past and present and very much deserves a place on the list - but you'll have to wait until September to find out why!

Are there any we've missed? Let us know by tweeting us at @chickenhsebooks!