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The best audiobooks to escape into right now

We’ve been hearing a lot about how audiobooks are helping our listeners to escape and stop thinking about everything bad that’s been happening lately. We couldn’t agree more, so we’ve put together a list of the very best YA audiobooks to keep you company and help you forget your troubles!... More

Sneak Peek: The Colours That Blind

  We are so excited for the publication of The Colours That Blind by Rutendo Tavengerwei, author of the 2019 Carnegie nominated Hope Is Our Only Wing, that we decided to give you an early look inside this breathtaking teen novel set in Zimbabwe about freedom, inter-generational friendships and forgiving the... More

Sneak Peek: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

  Yesterday we published Clap When You Land, the second poignant, powerful and passionate novel in verse from the 2019 Carnegie Medal winning author of The Poet X and With the Fire on High: Elizabeth Acevedo. Today we wanted to give you a sneak peek into the novel…because it is... More

Elizabeth Acevedo: Community

  Social distancing has made me fall in love with a new phenomenon: that of the late night Instagram Live music battles, #VERZUZ, that have been taking place almost weekly. The battles started soon after DJ Nice hosted his Club Quarantine online gathering, and they resemble traditional hip-hop battles: two... More

Again Again by E. Lockhart Pre-Order Competition

From E. Lockhart, the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars comes Again Again – out June 2nd. To celebrate the launch of E. Lockhart’s brilliant summer read, we’ve got a competition to win a bundle of gorgeous summer goodies worth £150, including a Fjällräven Kånken backpack and a... More

Patrice Caldwell: Making A Phoenix First Must Burn

  The idea for A Phoenix First Must Burn started as so many things for me. I had been having a lot of conversations with friends, Dhonielle Clayton in particular, about the lack of Black-authored Science Fiction and Fantasy stories in YA. This was December 2017. The Hate U Give... More

Book Recommendations Based on your Netflix Faves

We’ve all been watching a lot more Netflix lately, so we thought we’d put together a Netflix-inspired book list to help you discover your new favourites!   If you loved Queer Eye, you should read Big Bones by Laura Dockrill and The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery Who doesn’t... More

Moving Past Writers’ Block With Intisar Khanani

  When The Words Won’t Come: Strategies For Coping With Writers’ Block   Writers’ Block is one of those curiously contentious issues that writers will expound on—or dismiss—at length. Does it exist? Is it just a figment of our writerly imagination? Maybe you should just try writing the next sentence!... More

Kerry Drewery: Why did I write The Last Paper Crane?

  A lot of what writing is to me is about asking questions and trying to make sense of the world. The initial idea for Cell 7 began with the question ‘what is it like to live on death row?’ That lead to another, and another until finally the premise... More

How To Create A Reading Nook

      Travelling, socialising, even buying toilet paper may no longer be an option for you; but there is always one constant, a light in times of darkness and crisis, and that is reading! During long periods of self-isolation, reading provides the perfect escape. Whether it’s to the sun... More

Sneak Peek: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

  For Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had… until she’s betrayed. Thorn by Intisar Khanani is a magical slow-burn romance, based on The Goose Girl fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. We wanted to share a little sneak peek of this gorgeous YA fantasy with you…   “What do... More

Series to Start in Self-Isolation

    Some say that self-isolation is the best time for binge-reading; and what’s better than a big, juicy series to keep you occupied! We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite Hot Key series, to give you a little bit of inspiration for that TBR pile…  ... More

Writing Adaptations: Intisar Khanani

  How to Write a Fairytale Adaptation: A Tutorial Comprised of Five Faulty Assumptions   Start with a tightly crafted storyline that has stood the test of time – a fairy tale! Look, I love fairytales as much as the next person (possibly more), but if there’s one thing a... More