I am delighted to be celebrating the cover reveal of Sticky Pines The Valley of The Strange by the brilliant Dashe Roberts! which will be publishing 1st September from Nosy Crow. illustration by Bill Bragg, Design by Ray Tierney This frankly awesome cover was illustrated by Bill Bragg & designed by Ray Tierney and is … Continue reading Cover Reveal: Sticky Pines The Valley of The Strange by Dashe Roberts
What started off as a fun adventure thriller, 21% Monster by PJ Canning turned into something beautifully inclusive, existential and empowering with its subtle commentary on the ways we are different, whether it physically, neurologically or indeed our experiences are what make us powerful not only as individuals but as a species. Fans of Alex … Continue reading 21% Monster by PJ Canning
Imagine a world where loss is only temporary, that you can be rebuilt from your digital footprint and 'returned' in android form to your loved ones, a world where no families have to be torn apart by grief, no one has to lose anyone ever again. Sounds rather tempting at first doesn't it. Many books … Continue reading Our Sister Again- Sophie Cameron featuring Q&A
I’ve been a huge fan of Darren’s writing since his debut Scavengers reframed the landscape of Middle Grade writing for me. His writing is like a rich tapestry that transports us into deeply imagined worlds but also challenging and introspective, unflinchingly so, on the emotional landscape of children, particularly boys as they navigate the changing world … Continue reading Furthermoor – Darren Simpson featuring chapter excerpt.
Hackers, Hacker, Weird Science, Electric Dreams…. can Consciousness have a conscience? When I was invited to join the Every Line Of You readalong on Instagram I was so excited. I have a peculiar fondness for coding & AI stories I think perhaps dates back to my brother’s love of Pinocchio as a small boy with … Continue reading Every Line Of You by Naomi Gibson.
Harley Hitch, a highly illustrated chapter book came out earlier this year to high acclaim but I’ve let this book grow a little longer in my heart…. Along with the strawberry seeds that were sent to me with my copy. Our own Grandpa Eden strawberry plants are a year away from fruiting BUT I’ve been … Continue reading Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest – Vashti Hardy illustrated by George Ermos
Alastair Chisholm’s debut Orion Lost is one of the books that really embodies the shift in children’s sci-fi to being more about exploring the inner world, reactions and behaviours of characters to danger and struggles in futuristic context, in his sophomore offering Adam- 2, Alastair has now incorporated the very concept of being human. Cover … Continue reading Adam-2 – Alastair Chisholm