Love Song wins the Romantic Novel Award!
We are thrilled that Sophia Bennett has won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award for her YA contemporary romance, Love Song – the only YA novel to do so in the Romantic Novelists' Association 57-year history! (more…)
NaNoWriMo Nov Day 21: Sophia Bennett
We're nearly at the end of NaNoWriMo! With just over a week to go, here are some tips from acclaimed author (and previous Times/Chicken House Competition winner) Sophia Bennett to get you to the finish line ... (more…)
IT'S NEARLY YALC TIME!
It's nearly the BEST time of year again: YALC WEEKEND!!! Yup, the weekend where all the wonderful book people converge in one room of dreamy bookish heaven is nearly here. Team Chicken will be setting up camp for the whole weekend – come and visit our stall for some GREAT book chat, discounted YA reads and (of course) freebies! Here's an idea of the stuff we're doing over the weekend ... (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…)
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…)
Children's Fiction Competition: Six Books On
Sophia Bennett won the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition in 2009 with Threads. Six years down the line, Sophia has written five other books for Chicken House, and her seventh novel Love Song is due to publish next April. Here she looks back at getting that first phone call from Barry ... (more…)
Children's Fiction Competition: What Makes a Winner?
So you’ve written your children’s novel – or perhaps you’re planning on writing one before our 18 December deadline! – but either way you’re probably curious about what we’re looking for. Here’s a little info on past winners for an insight into who, and what, has won in the past … (more…)
YALC IS NEARLY HERE!
Only TWO MORE DAYS until YALC!!! Have I given away how excited we are? We have got a whole host of treats for YALC-goers (not least lots of fabulous book chat from Chicken House staff) which can all be found on our publisher stand in the Book Zone. Come and chat to us about your favourite YA (we LOVE to talk YA) and nab a couple of freebies! (more…)
TOP 5 FRIDAY: Castles
Oh, to be lord or lady of one's own castle. The turrets! The moats! The ... other castley bits! Unfortunately, unless you're a royal in medieval Germany or a knight of the round table, the likeliness of owning your own castle is slim - luckily, there's a ton of children's books out there which describe beautiful castles so vividly that you almost feel like you're there living in them.
1. HOGWARTS from the Harry Potter series
As you're probably well aware by now, it's physically impossible for us to write a top 5 without including Harry Potter - but this one is justified. Arguably the most iconic moment of the first book is when Harry travels over the Great Lake and sets his eyes on the castle for the first time. Moving staircases, sneaky only-open-if-you-know-about-them rooms, trapdoors concealing almost certain death ... what's not to love?
Sophia Bennett was born in Yorkshire in 1966 and grew up travelling around the world as an army child. She had wanted to be an author from a young age, but had various careers in business before taking the leap to writing books and screenplays.
In 2009 she won the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition with her debut novel, Threads, set in the world of London fashion. This was followed by the two sequels in the trilogy, Beads and Stars. The Look, a sensitive and wittily observed take on the modelling industry, was followed by two more books, You Don't Know Me and The Castle. Love Song, Sophia's seventh book for Chicken House, was published in April 2016.
Sophia lives in London with her husband and four children, and regularly presents at schools and book festivals.