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Yasmin Rahman on Mental Health

This week is Mental Health Awareness week. In Yasmin Rahman’s incredible novel ‘All The Things We Never Said,’ three young girls- Mehreen, Cara and Olivia- struggle with mental health issues. Mehreen refers to her depression as her Chaos, the dark thoughts that slip in when she’s feeling her most vulnerable.... More

The Queen of Nothing Excerpt

The final book in The Folk of the Air trilogy doesn’t publish until next year, but to tide you over here’s a sneak peek of what to expect… The screen door bangs. Then Taryn rushes in front of me, her gown blowing in the morning breeze. If I didn’t know what... More

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is Valentine’s Day and we’re celebrating loveee in the office. Not just romantic love (which is obviously great) but also the love you find in the power of friendship, family and the world around you. Here we are talking about some of our favourite Valentine’s Day reads and couples... More

Cover reveal! The Secret Runners of New York

We bet you never thought you’d see the words ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Mad Max’ in the same sentence, but guess what? We’ve got something cool to share with you that’s exactly that! Here’s The Secret Runners of New York: a breakneck thriller coming in March that follows a class from... More

The best (non-book) gifts for YA fanatics

The best (non-book) Christmas gifts for the favourite reader in your life.. Looking for an alternative gift to a novel? Treat your favourite bookworm to one of these festive stocking fillers.. For – The Feminist Friend This top tote bag featuring female trailblazers such as Michelle Obama, Frida Kahlo and... More

The Wicked King Pre-Order!

‘ I have heard that for mortals, the feeling of falling in love is very like the feeling of fear.’   On January 8th we will be publishing the HIGHLY anticipated sequel to Holly Black’s dark and intoxicating The Cruel Prince. The Wicked King picks up where The Cruel Prince leaves... More

Carnegie Medal Nominations!

We are so happy to have NINE titles on our Hot Key list nominated for the Carnegie Medal! We’ve also got some GREAT resources to help you think more about the content of the titles. Click on the images below to access extra content.   Also nominated: The Cruel Prince... More

Rachel Burge’s Top Five Scary Movies

Rachel Burge is one of our newest authors with her incredibly spooky book ‘The Twisted Tree’ coming out on 10th January next year. To get us in the Halloween spirit, she reveals her top five scary movies! *** The Shining is one of my all-time favourite movies and scares me... More

What do YOU think of Hot Key Books?

When you pick up a Hot Key book, what do you expect? Maybe you’ve read one, maybe you’ve read dozens (we hope!), but what we want to know is what Hot Key means to you. Let us know the three words that pop into your mind when you think of... More

*COVER REVEAL ALERT* Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

Today we are thrilled to reveal the cover for the brand new novel by Laura Dockrill. And also share an exclusive extract with you! The cover has been illustrated by the iconic illustrator Laura Callaghan – isn’t it stunning?! In Big Bones (published on 8th March 2018, also International Women’s Day),... More

E. Lockhart heads on a road trip for HOW TO BE BAD #LockhartRoadTrip

We are so excited to announce that E. Lockhart, the author of 2014’s smash hit YA novel WE WERE LIARS is set to visit the UK in July and will be hitting the road to promote the reissue of HOW TO BE BAD – a novel written alongside authors Lauren... More

Coming Soon | Our New April Books

April is around the corner and today Naomi (@NaomiColthurst) is here to tell you all about our upcoming titles. THE YELLING STONES by Oskar Jensen IF YOU FIND THIS by Matthew Baker CRYSTAL FORCE by Joe Ducie There are two more days to enter THE YELLING STONES giveaway on GoodReads,... More

Young Writers Prize 2014 Winner!

We are so pleased to be announcing the winner of the Hot Key Wattpad Young Writer’s Prize in collaboration with Wattpad! It was so thrilling to see the huge amount of creativity out there. And the response to the competition was superb. It made the selection process enjoyable … but... More

Finishing Harry Potter… at last!

Something deeply momentous happened to me last week – that’s right, I FINISHED READING HARRY POTTER. You may recall at the end of last year I decide to pick up where I left off part way through the series as a teenager and continue reading from ORDER OF THE PHOENIX... More