Our books Archive

Reading Music #1 – WE WERE LIARS

Sometimes it’s a certain scent, sometimes it’s the exact spot you were sitting, sometimes it’s a phrase. They’re all triggers that take you straight back to how you felt when you read THAT book. The one that you just couldn’t stop thinking about while you were reading it, the one that you just had to […]

All hail… Queen James!

On Friday 11th July, we dusted off our pink frocks and hopped down to the train station to take a trip to Godalming for the one and only QUEEN OF TEEN AWARDS CEREMONY! The Queen of Teen is a really fun award for teen and YA authors run by The Book People, and it’s quite […]

Through the Keyhole: August

It’s time to peek ahead through the keyhole and take a look at the fun events coming up in August! We’re very excited that for the first time this year we’ll be taking a trip to Summer in the City at Alexandra Palace – a huge event dedicated to YouTube Bloggers. It takes place on […]

The Booktrust Best Book Awards ceremony

This time last week, it was time for us to bundle into a taxi and head on down to the Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle. We were very excited as we had two shortlisted books, The Great Galloon by Tom Banks and The Jade Boy by Cate Cain from the Templar Fiction list. […]

AWE OF MERCURY – How it came to be, and very nearly didn’t.

Today’s blog post is by Elon Dann, author of AWE OF MERCURY (the sequel to CLOCKWISE TO TITAN) which is out today! Everyone who read CLOCKWISE TO TITAN said it felt like there should be a sequel, although that had never been my intention when writing. I was happy we’d been allowed to peek through […]

Out Now! Our July Titles.

Today is publication day! And Rosi (@BookEating_Girl) is here to talk you through all our wonderful July titles. Find out more about our July titles, read a letter from the editor and buy the books: JUMBLECAT by Archie Kimpton SCARLET FEVER by Maureen Johnson BOY KILLS MAN by Matt Whyman AWE OF MERCURY by Elon […]

Ask a Publisher via SCBWI-BI

Today the wonderful Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators – British Isles – continue the amazing Ask a Publisher podcast series, where they visit loads of exciting UK childrens’s publishers and ask all sorts of fascinating questions. Today, our own Sarah Odedina is interviewed. It’s 20 minutes all about what Hot Key looks for, […]

Say Their Name

Today we’ve got a guest post from Hot Key author, James Dawson (with two very special guest appearances!) Hello dear readers, The Hot Key team asked me to write a short blog to keep you up to date with everything that’s going on with me. Yes, ME. Let’s start with Say Her Name. Two weeks […]

Discover a New Author

I have a prejudice against World War II books. My family has a difficult history with it, and so my head tells me that authors writing books now that are set in that time are manipulative, taking advantage of the agonising emotion bundled up in that war. But so many people (including our own Cait […]

Through the Keyhole: July YALC takeover!

Welcome readers to *adopts Lloyd Grossman voice* throoooough the keyhole! July is a very exciting month because it will see the first ever Young Adult Literature Convention take place at Earl’s Court and this is A Very Big Deal. Whilst the USA has had events like this for a few years, there’s never been anything […]


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