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Friday, 4 February 2011

B for Brilliant - Brett selected for Richard and Judy!

Cathy Brett chosen for Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club 2011

Headline author Cathy Brett’s Scarlett Dedd is to feature on the new Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club list. It’s one of only eighteen titles in total, and one of just six in the Fluent Readers category. The Richard and Judy website praises it as “very funny with amazing illustrations and very stylish - will appeal to fans of Tim Burton”!


To mark this fantastic news, Cathy has created brilliant caricatures of Richard and Judy, which you can see for yourselves on her blog:


As for Scarlett’s reaction to the news, have a look at her own blog!:


Monday, 20 December 2010

Stressing over Christmas presents?

If you haven't got your Christmas presents sorted yet, you probably need to get a move on. And if you're stuck with what to get your siblings, cousins or bestest mates, we've got some great last-minute suggestions...

If you're buying for...

The Gleeky drama queen - GLEE: THE BEGINNING
They've got the DVD-boxset, they've
got the t-shirt... now they can read
the book!!

The Twilight-lover - THE BODY FINDER
Bella and Edward are sooo 2010. It's
all about Violet and Jay in this
thrilling paranormal drama.

The one who lives in fantasy land - WINTERCRAFT
A gripping fantasy adventure perfect
for anyone who wants to escape to
another world.

The party girl - YLF2: KISS AND BREAK UP
The ideal gift for girls who like to
have a good time.

The arty one - EMBER FURY
Incredible illustrations and a great
story - inspirational stuff!

The one with a dark side - MR MONSTER
John Wayne Cleaver may not be a serial
killer but he's got murderous
intentions in this deliciously dark
and witty novel.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Calling all Gleeks!!

If you love all things Glee, get yourself to a bookshop pronto. The official Glee annual is out now!

Check out the official Glee Annual website http://www.gleebooks.co.uk to win some fab Glee goodies, find out who your Glee hunk is and find out more about the book. Sooooooo exciting!

Monday, 20 September 2010

Ember Fury is on fire!

Excellent news for Cathy Brett, multi-talented author of illustrated teen novel Ember Fury - the book has now made the impressive shortlist for the YoungMinds Book Award 2010!

The award celebrates books that help children and young people to deal with the pressures of growing up.

Find out more at http://www.youngminds.org.uk/ym-newsroom/press-releases/press-releases-2010/sep/youngminds-announces-shortlist-for-book-award-1

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Get blogging!

There's loads of great teen and YA book blogs out there like www.books4teens.co.uk and www.wondrousereads.com. And it's ridiculously easy to set a blog up with sites like wordpress and blogger.com.

If you're a big reader and want to share your reviews or just blog about whatever comes into your head, here are some tips for geting started:


You don't have to write everything in bitesize chunks but if you want to keep people reading, don't waffle on for too long. A long blogpost can be a bit like piling too much food on the plate.Don't overface your readers!


Lists, interviews, pics, vids, longer articles, reviews. Try lots of different things to keep your blog fresh and interesting.


We don't mean share every little detail about yourself and your life (that's seriously unsafe, and also pretty dull). But if you write like you talk, your blog will have a more relaxed readable style.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Ember Fury for Young Minds Book Award?

Congratulations to Cathy Brett! Her incredible debut, EMBER FURY, has been longlisted for the Young Minds Book Award 2010!

Cathy's brilliant illustrated story of a young girl with a passion for pyromania has made it on the list alongside writing legends like Jean Ure.

Established in 2003, the annual book award raises awareness of mental health needs in children and young people. Find out more about how Young Minds and the book awards work at http://www.youngminds.org.uk/about-ym/youngminds-book-award/youngminds-book-award-2009

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Vote Kate Kingsley Queen of Teen!

There's some very important election business going on right now - and we're not talking about the Clegg/Brown/Cameron for Prime Minister debate.

The search is on for the Queen of Teen 2010 and we think our very own Young, Loaded and Fabulous author Kate Kingsley would wear the crown wonderfully well! You can nominate your favourite teen fiction author and find out more about this fab award here: http://www.queenofteen.co.uk/nominate.html

To ensure Kate makes the shortlist, just vote for her on the site. If you're between 10 and 18 years old, exercise your right to vote NOW! (or before 14th June!)