Why Laughing Matters by Beth Garrod

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Why Laughing Matters by Beth Garrod

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Sister Switch is the latest book, her debut MG, from Beth Garrod and it is a funny body swap tale! Read on for her guest post about Why Laughing Matters! Why Laughing Matters I love dark crime books. I love auto-biographies. I love romance. I love having a couple of books on the go and […]

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The Race by Roy Peachey- Q&A

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With so many inspiring sporting events taking place this year, it is a great time to read books featuring sporting heroes and past events. The Race by Roy Peachey is published by Cranachan Publishing and is available now. We were recently given the opportunity to ask author Roy Peachey a few questions. The Race is […]

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Peril, Compelling Characters and a Strong Story!

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A fascinating guest post from Sophie McKenzie on what makes a teen thriller! Most of my books are marketed at teenagers. As a result, people tend to think that I set out to write for those readers. But nothing could be further from the truth. I write, first and foremost, for myself: the kind of […]

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Houses with Hearts by Alex Cotter

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The House on the Edge is a debut middle grade novel from Alex Cotter. It features a house on the edge of a cliff, perilously clinging on. Alex has written an enchanting piece for our blog about houses and why one became a central character in her book. Home is where the heart is. Except […]

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CLiPPA Shortlist

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Poetry is such a vital part of literacy and the CLiPPA Award is a trendsetter for poets! We loved seeing the announcement of the shortlist earlier today and are so pleased to feature a guest post from the chair of judges 2021, Allie Esiri. The CLiPPA – a celebration of the best new poetry for […]

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The Great Food Bank Heist

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Onjali Q. Rauf has written an important piece for the FCBG blog about the topic contained within the pages of her latest book, published by Barrington Stoke. Read on for her special words. Have you ever met a group of people whose daily struggles put all your own to shame? A group so dignified in […]

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Song Beneath the Tides by Beverley Birch

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Beverley Birch has written a moving piece about her latest book, Song Beneath the Tides, and its evocative setting in Africa. Utterly fascinating, this is one to read! I’m often asked why I’ve written several novels set in Africa. Song Beneath the Tides is my third: the first, Keeper of the Gate, was published 30 […]

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Branford Boase Winner!

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The Branford Boase Award is an important award that celebrates outstanding debut novels. Last night, this prestigious award was given to Struan Murray and his editor, Ben Horslen, for his debut, Orphans of the Tide. We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to chat with Struan about this award! Congratulations on this incredible award- […]

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A Dinosaur Ate My Sister by Pooja Puri

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This is the first book in the Marcus Rashford Book Club and huge numbers of children across the UK have been gifted a copy. We are so thrilled to have a guest post from author Pooja Puri! Monsters and the Murkle: Writing time travel adventure for middle-grade Pooja Puri I’ve always loved time travel adventures. […]

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Q&A with Kita Mitchell- The House of Secret Treasure

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We love asking authors questions about their current books to gain some insight into the inspirations and their backgrounds. Kita was kind enough to answer our questions about The House of Secret Treasure. Where did the inspiration for The House of Secret Treasure come from? When I was five, and a huge fan of Captain […]

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