Our shortlist is here!
From the huge amount of entries we received to this year's Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition, we've managed to narrow it down to just five! It was a tough job - each of this year's longlistees were truly fantastic, each story filled to the brim with originality, outstanding writing and completely riveting plots. Each longlisted submission left our team of readers glued to the pages, and it was no mean feat to whittle 20 stories down to five. So without further ado, here they are! (more…)
New April books!
How is it APRIL already?! It seems like Christmas has only just been and gone, but here we are, in the month where it's definitely acceptable to moan about the rain and how it should be sunny by now. But no matter, as we've got some fantastic books for you to stay inside and curl up with! (more…)
Last week we celebrated the release of the wonderful Love Song by Sophia Bennett with #LoveSongDay – a celebration of our favourite love songs! Twitter was alive with the sound of romance – from The Bee Gees to The Lion King, #LoveSongDay had an awesome soundtrack. (more…)
M.A. Griffin's top 5 writing tips
We are super excited to share Lifers by M.A. Griffin with the wider world this month. An atmospheric noir thriller set in future Manchester, Lifers is packed full of high-octane adventure and tension, and is perfect for fans of The Maze Runner. Here, M.A. Griffin shares his top tips for aspiring writers ...
Sophia Bennett on Love Song's most important page
Out this month is the wonderful Love Song by Sophia Bennett, author of You Don’t Know Me, The Look, and the Threads series. Told with Sophia’s trademark warmth and authenticity, Love Song explores every teen girl’s dream: going on tour with the world’s biggest band. Well, every teen girl except for our heroine, Nina ... (more…)