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Today we can finally announce the results of the 2013 Young Writers Prize – for unpublished, unagented authors between the ages of 18-25.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

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You need to put a smile on the face of the child you were …

Today on the blog, the lovely Dawn McNiff author of the magical and moving LITTLE CELESTE talks about the best piece of writing advice she ever received, and how it inspired her to write a book that will put a smile on lots of children’s (and adults!)

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Friday Key Chain: @Shannonbookworm

The Friday Key Chain is a feature on our blog where we introduce you to some of our most active Twitter followers. We love people who want to get involved and this is a great way for everyone to get to know each other a bit better!  

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April Book Club Pick: ROOFTOPPERS by Katherine Rundell

Another month, another book club! In April we’ll be reading … drum roll… ROOFTOPPERS by Katherine Rundell This book has been on my radar ever since I first caught sight of it on publication. I loved the idea of a little girl found floating in a cello

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March Book Club – The Circle – Discussion

It’s video time! For this month’s Hot Key Book Club, we read THE CIRCLE Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg, translated from Swedish (more info here: http://www.worldofengelsfors.com/) and published in the UK by Hammer, part of Random House. And we unanimously agreed that it was awesome, as

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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

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It Is Easy to Encourage a Child to Love Reading

It is easy to encourage a child to love reading and books. You just have to take the time to ask them what they think. Today, Fleur Hitchcock posted the final chapter in her second Story Adventure – a website where a Hot Key author writes a

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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

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Writing futures for troubled young lives

By The Reading Agency A few weeks ago Hot Key Books, Scholastic and The Reading Agency hosted a fascinating discussion on identity, punishment and prison reform to mark the tenth anniversary of the publication of seminal young adults’ thriller LOOKING FOR JJ, together with the release of its

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#PaperVsPixels: April Reading Challenge with Laure Eve

To paraphrase Paul McCartney, this is an ever-changing world in which we’re livin’, and which has no bigger example than the world of books. The ways in which you can consume a story continue to multiply, which frankly for readers and writers alike can only be a

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