Sarah Rubin: top 5 tips for writing a mystery

Posted by Jazz on Friday February 26th, 2016

This month sees the release of Sarah Rubin's tantalizing mystery novel Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue; the first book in a brilliant new investigative series with tonnes of charm and humour. Here's Sarah's top five tips for writing a page-turningly gripping mystery ...  (more…)

Dan Smith: writing tips

Posted by Jazz on Friday February 19th, 2016

To celebrate the publication of the thrilling edge-of-your-seat adventure Boy X, author Dan Smith shares his tips for aspiring writers!  (more…)

Romantic reads!

Posted by Jazz on Sunday February 14th, 2016

It's Valentine's Day! Why not start off the most romantic day of the year with some of our most romantic reads? Whether it's an epic time-slip romance, a hilariously awkward teen comedy or a dark and dangerous Mafia tale: we've got something for everyone ...  (more…)

Happy Chinese New Year!

Posted by Jazz on Friday February 12th, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year to you all! To celebrate, this month we're publishing the wonderful Moon Princess by Barbara Laban – a stunning, magical debut set in Shanghai. Barbara has always had a fascination with China – here, she tells us why it's such a fantastic setting for a children's book.  (more…)

Chicken House acquires Freshers by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

Posted by Jazz on Thursday February 11th, 2016

You may have already spotted it, but we're very pleased and excited to announce that we've bought the third novel from writing duo Tom Ellen & Lucy IvisonFreshers!

Shortlisted for the inaugural YA Book Prize and the 2013 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition, the duo's debut book Lobsters was published to critical acclaim in 2014, while their second novel Never Evers hit the shops earlier this year.

Another laugh-out-loud dual narrative, Freshers is a YA novel following two protagonists through that tumultuous first year of university. Starring new characters – but featuring some familiar faces from Lobsters – Freshers is a contemporary, authentic story packed full of love, sex and friendship.

Coming August 2017 – keep an eye on the website for more details! And while you're waiting, why not check out Tom & Lucy's top 10 writing tips or watch their Never Evers vid below?

Follow Lucy Ivison on Twitter: @lucyivison 

New February Books!

Posted by Jazz on Friday February 5th, 2016

This month, we have strange islands, invisible animals and tantalising mysteries abound! Our February books are a wonderful mix of edge-of-your-seat thrilling, ethereally magical and code-crackingly adventurous. Here's a round-up of what's out this month! 
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Beetle Boy is Waterstones' Children's Book of the Month!

Posted by Jazz on Tuesday February 2nd, 2016

You've probably already spotted it, but if our excited tweets haven't yet reached you: Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard is this month's Children's Book of the Month in Waterstones! (more…)

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