NEW BOOKS coming your way 📚
Here at Chicken House, we're real champions of up-and-coming debuts. We're experts at spotting talent (did we mention our fiction competition is still open?) and love working with fresh, exciting new authors. So it's no surprise that our 2019 list is filled with a bunch of fiction first-timers! Here are two hitting shelves in the summer ...
The Cantankerous Molly Darling by Alvy Carragher
Ah, Molly. We love Molly, and you're going to as well. Her farm life in rural Ireland was thrown into turmoil when her father left for a French seductress, leaving only a Powerpoint presentation to explain. When her mum sells her fave chicken, Lady Macbeth, it's the last straw. Determined to reunite her family, Molly concocts a somewhat disastrous plan to steal back the chicken and bring her dad home. Think Louise Rennison meets Cold Comfort Farm - this is the perfect summer holidays read!
Our head chicken Barry said, 'I've always love the special Irish gift of being profound, funny and romantic all at the same time. Have we ever seen it so hilariously expressed for teens as in The Cantankerous Molly Darling? I think not!'
Alvy Carragher grew up in rural Ireland and considered herself a writer long before it was appropriate. She has an MA in Writing, as well as a first collection of poems published by Salmon Poetry. A former resident of both Louisiana and South Korea, she is currently holed up in Vancouver where she is tinkering away at a second novel and learning to speak Canadian. Follow Alvy on Twitter: @alvycarragher
Princess BMX by Marie Basting
Trust us, the fairy tales have it so wrong! Honestly, apart from the endless supply of cupcakes, being a princess is pretty rubbish. It's just. So. BORING. Thank the good goblin that Princess Ava, our plucky and totally lovable heroine, discovers BMX … A fun and fantastical adventure for ages 7+ about a princess who must embrace her unconventionality in order to save her kingdom.
Barry says, 'A precious princess that loves sports - and can put her extraordinary fantasy world to rights by bike riding and silly unicorn training. A must for middle-grade readers looking for a heroine to win their hearts and show them BMX tricks. Is she wheelie a princess? You betcha!'
When Marie Basting was fifteen, she was told by a careers advisor that girls like her don’t become writers. For a long time, she believed this. But then something magical happened and Marie finally came to realise that girls like her can do anything they want. Princess BMX is her debut novel and she currently lives in Manchester with her family. Follow Marie on Twitter: @riewriting
Don't forget: you can still enter the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition and be in with a chance of winning a £10,000 publishing deal!