Posted by Kesia on Thursday June 30th, 2016

Exactly one week to go until James Nicol’s The Apprentice Witch is magicked into the book world, and we’re delighted to announce that we’ve acquired two more novels in the series – hurray! But what’s it all about? (more…)

And the winner is ...

Posted by Kesia on Friday June 17th, 2016

On Monday at the Savile Club, in the downpour of the British summer, our ten judges sat down over coffee and biscuits to decide on the winner of the 2016 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. The debate was heated: every one of our shortlisted novels received passionate support. But ultimately, there can only be one winner. And the winner is … (more…)

Meet the judges!

Posted by Kesia on Thursday June 16th, 2016

As we gear up for the announcement of this year’s Times Competition winner, we’d like to introduce our fabulous team of judges. These talented, experienced and discerning professionals cover the full spectrum of the publishing industry – from author to agent, from publisher to bookshops, from literary journalists to literary scout, and even a real-life teen reader! If anyone’s going to spot the next big thing in children’s fiction, it’s our judges. (more…)

Passing the Crown

Posted by Jazz on Monday June 13th, 2016

Laurel Remington won the 2015 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition with The Secret Cooking Club, which will be published by Chicken House in August 2016. Here she tells us what her publishing journey has been like, and her advice for the final five. (more…)

Meet our final shortlistee!

Posted by Jazz on Monday June 6th, 2016

This week we're introducing our fifth and final Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition shortlistee. Nicki Thornton's novel The Firefly Cage is a middle-grade murder mystery with a magical twist: kitchen boy Seth must solve a murder at a convention of magicians in order to prove himself innocent. (more…)

The final UNICORNE Files book is here!

Posted by Jazz on Thursday June 2nd, 2016

Today is an exciting day indeed, as the final book in New York Times bestselling author Chris d'Lacey's spectacular UNICORNE Files series, A Crown of Dragons, is hitting bookshelves. We published the first book A Dark Inheritance back in 2014, and the second instalment Alexander's Army followed last year. Although we're gutted we've come to the end of the series, the conclusion is even more nail-biting, exciting and OK-I'll-just-read-one-more-chapter-y. Here's what readers have to say about the first two novels ... [add more plot description] (more…)