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From Jackanory to HARVEY DREW via Toxic Spew

Today’s blog comes from Cas Lester, the author of HARVEY DREW AND THE BIN MEN FROM OUTER SPACE! Flickering Spew!  The freedom of writing children books is gobsmacking. After years of making children’s programmes for CBBC, which I absolutely loved, I hasten to add, writing books is fabulously liberating. It’s not that children’s television drama […]

February Book Club Discussion: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

For this month’s book club we read Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL, a coming-of-age story about fan fic and first love… Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she […]

My Enemy’s Eyes

Today’s post comes from Ellen Renner, who’s new novel TRIBUTE comes out next week. To celebrate its publication, Ellen has written a special short story to introduce to a world where magic is power, and the non-magical majority are oppressed and enslaved… Story ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. You glimpse them as you go about […]

February Book Club: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

Hello! It’s book club time again, which means it must be FEBRUARY already. This month we’ll be reading Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL. Perhaps you’ve already read ELEANOR & PARK – the misfit love-story that captured the internet’s attention last year and, in the words of John Green, “…reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love […]

The Eccentricities of North Queenslanders

Karen Foxlee’s new novel is saturated with its gorgeous Australian setting. Here, she talks about the people – and the wild landscapes – that inspired THE MIDNIGHT DRESS. THE MIDNIGHT DRESS is about the disappearance of a teenage girl.  It’s about school girls, secrets and sewing.  Love, loss and letting go.  But it is also about […]

Chatting, Doodling and Pineapple-Owls

This week, the very wonderful THE ISOBEL JOURNAL will be hitting bookshops around the country – and I CAN’T WAIT for you all to read it. It’s a snapshot of contemporary teenage life, exactly as it is – with the sads and the happys in equal measure. You are going to want to share every […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Give You Nightmares

Hello and welcome to a special spook themed Top Ten Tuesday. Today we’re here to SCARE YOU. Yes, we know it’s not Halloween yet, but it IS Tuesday so we’re halfway there. Anyway, here are our Top Ten books to give you nightmares… There’s a Swedish book called AGNES CECILIA by Maria Gripe. Oh man, […]

Writing Tips from Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo’s debut novel THE GHOST BRIDE is an intricately woven tale of seventeen year old Li Lan, weaving together traditional Malayan folklore and superstition with ghostly happenings. With so many different layers to the story, we thought who better to run the #WritingClinic this week? Here are a pick of Yangsze’s top writing tips and answers […]


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