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…)

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! 

Barbara Laban

Barbara Laban went to university in Munich, London and Taipei and graduated in Far Eastern Studies. She left her home country Germany fifteen years ago and worked as a study coordinator and acupuncturist in a centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Amsterdam.

She loves learning new languages and ever since she wrote her first Chinese character makes every effort to speak the language, but still has room to improve.

When her two daughters were born, she started to translate texts about Traditional Chinese Medicine and soon had the idea to write a childrens’ novel set in China. In 2011 she won the German version of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition with her first book Moon Princess. She has not stopped writing since and so far published two more children's books in Germany.

She lives with her husband, daughters and two guinea pigs in London.