Our books Archive

Designing Sequels

Often times we as designers know well ahead of staring a cover whether there will be sequels or not. If the author has more than one story for a their characters they will most likely have ran that by their editor in advance. For us that means having in mind how the design can be […]

Young Writers Prize Announcement

Today we can finally announce the results of the 2013 Young Writers Prize – for unpublished, unagented authors between the ages of 18-25. We had an amazing shortlist and here is a video where some of the shortlisted authors talk about how they discovered the prize and what their writing process was like. The decision […]

Paper versus Pixels in April – PLEDGES

Last week, Laure Eve launched a challenge for herself and for you: Papers vs Pixels and you took it up in droves! Here is a run down of who had pledged what, TEAM PAPER versus TEAM PIXELS – it looks pretty evenly balanced at the moment. Follow the hashtag: #PaperVsPixels to see how people are […]

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 […]

Coming Soon: April

This month Sarah (@SarahBenton) will tell you everything you need to know about our April titles! Find out more about our April titles, read a letter from the editor and buy the books: LITTLE CELESTE by Dawn McNiff THE TIFFIN by Mahtab Narsimhan FEARSOME DREAMER by Laure Eve GOOSE by Dawn O’Porter If you’d like […]

A Place of Healing

Today Edyth Bulbring,  author of I HEART BEAT and the APRIL-MAY books, shares with us how a harrowing personal event lead her back to all the places that inspired her beautiful and moving new book. A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting on my stoep in Johannesburg editing my new book. When I looked […]

Celebrating World Book Day

Happy World Book Day! It’s amazing to see how much love for books is out there today. It makes us very happy. To add to that, yesterday we shared with you our reasons of why we love reading, and today we want to hear from you! Watch the video below and tell us your reason […]

World Book Day: I Love Reading, Because…

Tomorrow it is World Book Day! There will be so much going on that day, that we wanted to create a blog post with all the info, so you don’t miss out on any of the fun. Want to get writing and drawing tips from the World Book Day authors and illustrators? You can now […]

We Were in Love: The WE WERE LIARS pitch story

Last Wednesday, we were tipped off about a fantastic, must-read book that is being published in the US in May that lots of people are talking about. We got the manuscript and started to read, and read, and immediately got hooked. Today, just over a week later we are over the moon to say we […]

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 […]


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