AUTHOR ALLSORTS

A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Meet the Allsorts


Ged Adamson.jpgGed Adamson

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Ged Adamson is a children’s writer and illustrator. His cartoons have been published in magazines, in books and appeared on film and TV. He’s been a storyboard artist and a caricaturist. Big influences on his work are Quentin Blake, Ronald Searle and James Gillray. He also works as a music composer. He’s a London history enthusiast. He lives in Greenwich with his partner Helen and their son Rex. His first picture book, Elsie Clarke And The Vampire Hairdresser is published by Sky Pony Press. His second, Meet The McKaws, is out in 2014. Continue reading…

Books: ELSIE CLARKE AND THE VAMPIRE HAIRDRESSER | MEET THE MCKAWS | DOUGLAS, YOU NEED GLASSES | I WANT TO GROW | SHARK DOG | SHARK DOG 2

“a wonderful addition to any bookcase.” — Kate Louise, author of The Upside-Down Fish for Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser


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Eve Ainsworth’s debut YA novel, 7 Days is a contemporary dual narrative novel focused on bullying will be published by Scholastic in Feb 2015. A second contemporary novel will be published in 2016. Eve works in a large secondary school, as a Child Protection Officer, whilst also concentrating on her writing. Eve has had competition success with her short stories, most recently in Prima and Writer’s Forum. A short story has also been published in The Weekly News. Continue reading…

Books: 7 DAYS | CRUSH

“A snappy, brilliant look at bullying and the two sides to every tale. Nuanced, tight and entertaining.” — Dawn Kurtagich, author of The Dead House for 7 Days


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ISABEL ATHERTON is an author, literary agent, and director of Creative Authors Ltd. When she is not helping her authors she likes to write illustrated books herself. She is the author of ZOMBIE CAT, an illustrated adult humor book (for Skyhorse Publishing), SMELLY GHOST, THE BAD EASTER BUNNY, SPRINGY CHICKEN and RUBY MOO’S DEEP SEA ADVENTURE, all children’s picture books (Sky Pony titles). She lives in downtown Manhattan with her husband and little black pug, Rosie. Continue reading…

Books: THE BAD EASTER BUNNY | SMELLY GHOST | SPRINGY CHICKEN | RUBY MOO’S DEEP SEA ADVENTURE

“Great twist in the conclusion sprinkled with a hint of darkness throughout the storyline. An excellent take on the traditional theme of the Easter Bunny.” — Philippa Rae, author of Count the Sheep to Sleep for The Bad Easter Bunny


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Sarah Baker has worked extensively in film, with roles at Aardman Features and the Bermuda Film Festival, and as Story Editor at Celador Films. She has also been a writer and blogger for vintage fashion magazines. Sarah currently lives in London with her son. THROUGH THE MIRROR DOOR is her first book, a time-slip novel for 9+ that’s perfect for fans of Emma Carroll, Katherine Rundell and Robin Stevens. Continue Reading…

Books: THROUGH THE MIRROR DOOR

 


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Fox is a YA author, creative writing mentor, and an advocate for diversity. He runs the Trowbridge Young Writers Squad, is the founder of The Variety Shelves – an upcoming series of events for 2015, highlighting diversity in literature – and one half of the team running DiversifYA.com. He loves jungles and deserts and the dark, still corners where the stories live, but spends most of his time at his tiny desk in Bath, with his trusty feline sidekick. Continue reading…

Books: THE LAST LEAVES FALLING | KALEIDOSCOPE SONG

“Easy to read but hard to forget.” — Rhian Ivory, author of The Boy Who Drew the Future for The Last Leaves Falling


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Holly spends her days helping young people with their problems. She spends her nights writing YA novels about young people with problems. She’s a journalist and relationship expert for TheSite.org, a charity-run advice and information website for 16-25 year-olds, and gets her feminist rant on for The Vagenda too. Her first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting, have been translated into six languages. Continue reading…

Books: SOULMATES | THE MANIFESTO ON HOW TO BE INTERESTING | AM I NORMAL YET? | HOW HARD CAN LOVE BE?

“A delicious, dark and painfully honest story. Heathers meets The Breakfast Club meets Pretty in Pink meets a whole bunch of awesome.” — Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter for The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting


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Alex Campbell announced she was going to be an author at the age of eight. But no one took much notice. Which was generally how life developed thereafter. After a nomadic school career in back row daydreaming, and one English degree later, she moved into the world of PR and copywriting where she got other people and products noticed instead. Now, living near Bath with one husband, two children, and many abandoned manuscripts, she can’t stop smiling that her eight year old self has finally been heard and the kind people at Hot Key Books are publishing not one but two of her YA fiction novels. Continue reading…

Books: LAND | CLOUD 9

“Packed with twists and dilemmas, the pace never slackens, pulling you towards to its enthralling conclusion. Highly recommended.” — Emma Haughton, author of Now You See Me for Land 


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Perdita: I used to be the least numerate tax barrister ever to practise at the English bar but now I’m writing at last and it’s the best ‘job’ in the world – not least because I’m writing funny teen books with my daughter.

Honor: I’m 17, I’m in my last year at school doing A levels and yes, weirdly, I’m co-writing funny teen books with my mum and having so much fun with it. Continue reading… 

Books: WAITING FOR CALLBACK

“tight, confident, HILARIOUS.” — Emma Carroll, author of Frost Hollow Hall for Waiting for Callback


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Emma Carroll writes MG fiction. Her debut ‘Frost Hollow Hall’, a Victorian ghost story, won the North East Book Award 2013 and was longlisted for the Branford Boase. Her second novel ‘The Girl Who Walked On Air’ has been nominated for the CILIP medal. Her latest book ‘In Darkling Wood’ is inspired by the Cottingley Fairies photographs, and publishes with Faber in July 2015. In another life she wishes she’d written ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier. Emma lives in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers. Continue reading…

Books: FROST HOLLOW HALL | THE GIRL WHO WALKED ON AIR | IN DARKLING WOOD | THE SNOW SISTER | STRANGE STAR

“A beautifully-written and atmospheric ghost story with thrills and chills, but with a cast of wonderfully warm and believable characters too.” — Nikki Sheehan, author of Who Framed Klaris Cliff? for Frost Hollow Hall


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Sarah Crossan writes novels for children and teens. Her debut novel in verse, The Weight of Water, was shortlisted for the Carnegie medal in 2013. Breathe was nominated for the Carnegie medal in 2014. Before writing full time, Sarah worked as an English teacher.  She grew up in Ireland and England and then moved to New York, where she lived for seven years. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her family where she spends most of her day writing, sipping green tea and eating far too many biscuits. Continue reading…

Books: THE WEIGHT OF WATER | BREATHE | RESIST | APPLE AND RAIN | ONE

“Movingly, ridiculously good.” — Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike for Apple and Rain


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Former crime reporter CJ Daugherty is the author of the international best-selling Night School series. After graduating from university in Texas, CJ worked as a newspaper journalist in American cities including Savannah and New Orleans. She won numerous awards for her reporting, particularly her investigative journalism into corruption and crime. After moving to England, she wrote books about travel in Ireland and Paris for publishers including Time Out and Frommers. For a while she also worked as a communications consultant for the Home Office, specialising in counter-terrorism. Her Night School series has been translated into 22 languages, and has been a number one bestseller in multiple countries. She has also co-written a series, The Secret Fire, with French author Carina Rozenfeld. Continue reading…

Books: NIGHT SCHOOL | LEGACY | FRACTURE | RESISTANCE |ENDGAME | THE SECRET FIRE

“A smart, engaging heroine and gripping, suspenseful plot.”— Kirkus Reviews for Night School


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Bea left journalism to study for a Creative Writing PhD at Newcastle University. The children’s novel written as part of that, The Serpent House, was published by Curious Fox in June 2014. It is a historical time-fantasy inspired by the medieval leper hospital once sited in the village where Bea now lives. Before being commissioned by Curious Fox, it was shortlisted for a Times/Chicken House Award. Continue reading…

Books: THE SERPENT HOUSE | MY COUSIN FAUSTINA | THE MISPER

“A chilling time-slip story with a strong sense of the past and full of magic and mystery.” –Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids for The Serpent House


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Liz grew up in South Africa and is the youngest of six kids. In the year 2000 (AD) she moved to the UK with her husband and they now live in Kent with their Jack Russell, Sparrow. Liz ran My Favourite Books book blog for several years and wrote articles and reviews for other online sites about comics, movies and best writerly coffee shops in London. During the day Liz is an executive assistant in London, but her mind is always busy with writerly thoughts and how to get her characters into deep(er) trouble. Continue reading…

Books: BANISHED | VOWED | JUDGED

“A page-turner that leaves you flustered and anxious by turns but, most importantly, it leaves you craving more.” — Lucy Hounsom, author of Starborn for Vowed


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Helen was born and raised in a small beach town in Cornwall, much like the fictional town of Perran that appears in After Eden. As a child her favourite thing to do was hang out at the beach. When it rained, which it did a lot, she read acres of books and wrote stories of her own. After leaving school, Helen lived in London, California, Long Island, and New Jersey before coming full circle and ending up back where she started. When she’s not working on her next book, she spends her time reading, stargazing, watching science-fiction and hanging out at the beach. Continue reading…

Books: AFTER EDEN | CHASING STARS

“A cute romance with a science fiction twist that becomes increasingly action-oriented as the narrative progresses–with a wonderfully active heroine whose energy is really refreshing.” — Phoebe North, author of Starglass for After Eden


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Catherine Doyle is a 24-year-old writer from the West of Ireland. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in English. As a child she was an annoying smarty-pants with an overactive imagination. She feels lucky to have now found a healthy outlet for her tendency to make up stories. Her debut YA novel, VENDETTA, is the first in a trilogy. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Julietand classic mafia culture, the novel takes place in modern-day Chicago, where Catherine’s mother grew up and was published by Chicken House in January 2015. Continue reading…

Books: VENDETTA | INFERNO

“This is a perfect read for somebody looking for a great YA contemp with swoony, sexy (dangerous, mysterious) romance and a dark, gritty twist.” — Maggie Hall, author of The Conspiracy of Us for Vendetta


Kerry DreweryKerry Drewery
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Like so many authors, for as long as I can remember, I’ve made stories up in my head. However, it never seemed an attainable career for ‘normal’ people, so it wasn’t until about the year 2000 when my youngest child was about to start school and the prospect of returning to full-time work loomed that I thought it’s now or never and started taking it seriously. Twelve years, a lot of hard work and loads of rejections later I had an agent (Carolyn Whitaker, London Independent Books) and my first novel – A Brighter Fear – was published. Continue reading…

Books: A BRIGHTER FEAR | A DREAM OF LIGHTS | CELL 7

“Sensitive, brave and powerful, it examines our common humanity whilst portraying characters that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.” — Christina Banach, author of Misty for A Brighter Fear


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Janet Edwards lives in England. As a child, she read everything she could get her hands on, including a huge amount of science fiction and fantasy. She studied Maths at Oxford, and went on to suffer years of writing unbearably complicated technical documents before deciding to write something that was fun for a change. She has a husband, a son, a lot of books, and an aversion to housework. Continue reading…

Books: EARTH GIRL | EARTH STAR | EARTH FLIGHT

“A fun, quick science fiction read, with a well-realised world, lots of action, and some fun characters.” — Laura Lam, author of Pantomime for Earth Girl


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Kat Ellis is a YA author from North Wales, where she lives with her husband and evil cat. She grew up immersed in ancient myths about dragons and giants, and spent most of her childhood getting into trouble while exploring the local cemetery. Now, you’ll usually find her faffing around on social media or out taking photographs of the Welsh wilderness. Blackfin Sky is her debut novel (out now), and Breaker will be released in Spring 2016. Continue reading…

Books: BLACKFIN SKY | BREAKER | PURGE

“A tangled mystery in an atmospheric setting. A real page-turner!” — Kate Ormand, author of Dark Days for Blackfin Sky


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Roy was born in Edinburgh, grew up in Kirkintilloch and Kirkcaldy, and studied at Stirling, Strathclyde and Glasgow. He is now living in Edinburgh again. In 2008, having completed Glasgow University’s Creative Writing MLitt, he was shortlisted for the Sceptre Prize. In 2010 he was the winner of a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust. The manuscript of his first novel, Daemon Parallel, made the shortlist for 2011 Kelpies Prize. It was then published by Floris Books in 2012. A sequel, Werewolf Parallel – alongside a new edition of Daemon Parallel – will help launch the YA imprint KelpiesTeen in Spring 2014. Continue reading…

Books: DAEMON PARALLEL | WEREWOLF PARALLEL

“An action-packed story with mysteries round every corner… well written, descriptive, humourous, unusual and mysterious. It pulls you in from the very first page.” – Charlotte Kinnear, Teen Titles for Daemon Parallel


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Helen Grant was born in London. In 2001 she and her family moved to Bad Münstereifel in Germany, and it was exploring the history and legends of this beautiful little town that inspired her first YA novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden. The book was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Award and won an ALA Alex Award in the US. Helen has written two other novels set in the same part of Germany: The Glass Demon and Wish Me Dead. She later moved to Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, and her two most recent novels, Silent Saturday and Demons of Ghent, are set there. Continue reading…

Books: THE VANISHING OF KATHARINA LINDEN | THE GLASS DEMON | WISH ME DEAD | SILENT SATURDAY | DEMONS OF GHENT | URBAN LEGENDS

“Helen Grant combines a spare, elegant writing style with fast-paced action, edgy characters and a compelling setting . . .  I absolutely loved this book!” — Emma Pass, author of ACID for Silent Saturday 


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Martin Griffin writes sci-fi and fantasy adventures for young readers. His debut novel, THE POISON BOY, won The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition in 2012 and somehow managed to get shortlisted for Staffordshire Young Teen Fiction Award, the North East Book Award, the Leeds Book Award, the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year, the Kent Themed Book Award and the Branford Boase Award, without winning any of them. A teacher at the time, he wrote using the name Fletcher Moss to keep it secret from his students. He returns to his real name for his second novel, LIFERS, a super-dark contemporary prison-break adventure, his first novel for teen readers. Martin lives in Manchester with his wife and child. Continue reading…

Books: THE POISON BOY | LIFERS

“The story is quite grisly and Dickensian, while at the same time being packed with mystery and suspense that keeps the pace moving along swiftly.” — Kat Ellis, author of Blackfin Sky for The Poison Boy


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Rachel Hamilton is a graduate of both Oxford University and Cambridge University and has put her education to good use by working in an advertising agency, a comprehensive school, a men’s prison and on a building site. She developed a passion for story-telling as a long-suffering English teacher, when she discovered it was the best way to get her students to stop talking and listen to her. Continue reading…

Books: THE CASE OF THE EXPLODING LOO | THE CASE OF THE EXPLODING BRAINS | LOUIE LETS LOOSE

“Rachel Hamilton is a bit too funny for my liking. Please don’t let her write any more books.” — Jonathan Meres, author of The World of Norm for The Case of the Exploding Loo


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CJ Harper grew up in a tiny house with a big family. She is the fourth of five sisters, which means she still eats with her arm shielding her plate. There are enough Children’s and YA books in CJ’s house to build a fort with. But she absolutely hasn’t ever skived off work to do that. Continue reading…

Books: THE DISAPPEARED | THE WILDERNESS | HAVE A LITTLE FAITH | KEEP THE FAITH | PERFECTLY ELLA | LEAP OF FAITH

“Unputdownable. Can’t wait for the next one.” — Sarah Naughton, author of The Hanged Man Rises for The Disappeared 


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Emma Haughton grew up in Sussex; after a stint au pairing in Paris and some half-hearted attempts to backpack across Europe, she studied English at university and trained as a journalist. She wrote articles for many of the national newspapers, including regular pieces for the Times Travel section. Continue reading…

Books: NOW YOU SEE ME | BETTER LEFT BURIED | CRUEL HEART BROKEN

“This is a thrilling, pacey read that grips you right from the start.” — Eve Ainsworth, author of 7 Days for Now You See Me 


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Donald Hounam grew up just outside Oxford. He toyed with medieval history at St Andrews University, and wrote a PhD thesis on apocalyptic beliefs in the early Crusades. He threw paint around at the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, then found himself in Dublin where he threw more paint around and reviewed films until his flatmate set the building alight one Christmas, whereupon he scuttled back to England and started making up stories.
He is guilty of two novels featuring forensic sorcerer Frank Sampson: Gifted (2015) and Pariah (2016). Continue reading…

Books: GIFTED | PARIAH

“If you want an original magic system, and an intriguing setting, I would highly recommend this book. One of the most unique fantasy books I’ve read in years.” — I Heart Reading for Gifted


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Rhian Ivory was found on the slushpile at Bloomsbury Children’s Books. The slightly quirky title of her first novel ‘When Isla meets Luke meets Isla’ caught the eye of a commissioning editor and 4 book deals followed writing under her maiden name, Rhian Tracey. Rhian’s new YA novel The Boy who drew the Future will be published by Firefly Press, September 2015. The Boy who drew the Future is about witches, the workhouse and water. Rhian has always wanted to be a writer but was told to get a proper job, so she trained as a teacher. Rhian currently lectures in Creative Writing and Children’s literature but spends as much time as possible on her non-proper job, writing. Rhian is Patron for Reading at Akeley Wood School, Buckinghamshire. Rhian is also Writer in Residence for The National Trust. Rhian is represented by Kirsty McLachlan of David Godwin Associates. Continue reading…

Books: WHEN ISLA MEETS LUKE MEETS ISLA | ISLA AND LUKE: MAKE OR BREAK? |THE BAD GIRLS’ CLUB | TRUE COLOURS | THE BOY WHO DREW THE FUTURE

“Rhian Ivory’s book is FREAKING MINT. It gave me the feeling I had when I was young reading a book & being so captivated by it I was transported somewhere else.” — Rae Earl, author of My Mad Fat Diary for The Boy Who Drew the Future


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Lauren James was born in 1992, and graduated in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics.

She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university.

The Next Together has been translated into five languages worldwide. It was described by The Bookseller as ‘funny, romantic and compulsively readable’. It was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, a prize given to recognise an outstanding novel by a first time writer.

Her other novels include The Last Beginning, the epic conclusion to The Next Together which was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for kids and young adults by the Independent. A short story set in the world of The Next Together series, Another Together, is also available.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature scientists in prominent roles.

She lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James, Tumblr at @laurenjames or her website http://www.laurenejames.co.uk.

BOOKS: THE NEXT TOGETHER | THE LAST BEGINNING | ANOTHER TOGETHER (e-novella) | THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE

“Funny, romantic and compulsively readable” – The Bookseller for The Next Together


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Pip Jones is author of the Squishy McFluff series, which is published by Faber Children’s. The first book, Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat! won the inaugural Greenhouse Funny Prize in 2012, and was recommended by The Booktrust in its Best Books Guide 2014. The second Squishy title published in August 2014, the third is due to publish in February 2015. In addition, Pip has written a picture book, Daddy’s Sandwich, which will also be published by Faber, in May 2015. In a previous life, Pip wrote and edited features about glamorous things, such as fast cars and travel. Continue reading…

Books: SQUISHY MCFLUFF: THE INVISIBLE CAT! | SQUISHY MCFLUFF: SUPERMARKET SWEEP! | SQUISHY MCFLUFF: MEETS MAD NANA DOT! | SQUISHY MCFLUFF: SECRET SANTA | SQUISHY MCFLUFF: SEASIDE RESCUE! | DADDY’S SANDWICH

“Very sweet and funny.” — Huffington Post for Daddy’s Sandwich


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Kate Kelly is a marine scientist by day but by night she writes SF thrillers for kids. Her love of the sea inspires many of the themes in her writing. Kate’s debut novel Red Rock is published by Curious Fox.
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Books:  RED ROCK

“Don’t miss out on this sensational book!!” — The Guardian for Red Rock


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Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, THE DEAD HOUSE, is out now and has been optioned for TV, won an Earie award and was nominated for an Audie award. Her second novel, THE CREEPER MAN / AND THE TREES CREPT IN is due for publication in 2016. Continue reading…

Books: THE DEAD HOUSE | THE CREEPER MAN

“What an evil and original story. You can’t stop reading Kaitlyn’s diary. But is she real? It’s a mystery inside a mystery–and the shocks keep coming. Scary stuff!” — R.L. Stine, best-selling author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series for The Dead House



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Laura Lam was raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart’s desire, colour outside of the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams. She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn’t. At times she misses the sunshine. Continue reading…

Books: PANTOMIME | SHADOWPLAY | MASQUERADE | FALSE HEARTS | SHATTERED MINDS

“An exotic and detailed world.” – Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer trilogy for Pantomime


421878_385424541555053_1450150836_aKendra Leighton
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Kendra is a YA author represented by Lutyens & Rubinstein Literary Agency. Glimpse, her debut novel, was inspired by Alfred Noyes’ poem ‘The Highwayman’. It was published in 2014 by Much-in-Little, an imprint of Constable & Robinson. Kendra also runs a chocolate company. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found taste-testing chocolate, reading YA, or trying to steal other people’s cats. Continue reading…

Books: GLIMPSE

“A beautifully realised setting with a relatable, fun main character and a surprising, twisting narrative.” — G.R. Mannering, author of Roses for Glimpse


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Sangu Mandanna was four years old when she was chased by an elephant and wrote her first story about it and decided that this was what she wanted to do with her life. Seventeen years later, she read Frankenstein. It sent her into a writing frenzy that became The Lost Girl, a novel about death and love and the tie that binds the two together.The Lost Girl is out now from HarperCollins Children’s Books (North America), Random House Children’s Books (UK and Commonwealth) and in translation. Continue reading…

Books: THE LOST GIRL

“The most honest portrait of grief and loss that I’ve read in a long time. Filled with heartache, love and things that would stir Mary Shelley’s ghost, this is a story not to be missed.” – Lauren DeStefano, New York Times bestselling author of the Chemical Garden trilogy for The Lost Girl


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Rose Mannering is an author and lifelong book lover. By day she works in publishing and by night she dreams up dragons, unicorns, curses that last hundreds of years, and boys who turn into swans. She writes The Tales Trilogy for YA fantasy and fairy-tale lovers with Roses and Feathers in the series currently being available, and she also writes picture books for little readers with big hearts. When she’s not deep in fantastical realms, Rose is uploading videos to her book-based YouTube Channel (Rose Mannering), tweeting about what she’s reading (@rose_mannering) or snapping pretty instagram pictures of paperbacks (@rosemannering).  Continue reading…

Books: ROSES | FEATHERS | THE SPOTTY DOTTY DAFFODIL | BOO’S BEARD

“A lyrical, remarkably unusual retelling breeds new life into the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tale.” — Kirkus Reviews for Roses


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YA novelist Zoë Marriott lives on the bleak and windy East coast of Britain, in a house crowded with books, cats, and an eccentric sprocker named Finn (also known as the Devil Hound). Her folklore and fairytale inspired fantasy novels are critically acclaimed and have been nominated for many awards, even winning a few, including a USBBY Outstanding International Book listing for The Swan Kingdom and a Junior Library Guild Selection and the prestigious Sasakawa Prize for Shadows on the Moon. In 2015 the release of Frail Human Heart will complete her epic urban fantasy trilogy, The Name of the Blade, a tale of Kitsune, Kami and katanas. Zoë is proud to be represented by Nancy Miles of the Miles Stott Children’s Literacy Agency.Continue reading…

Books: THE SWAN KINDGOM | DAUGHTER OF THE FLAMES | SHADOWS ON THE MOON | FROSTFIRE | THE NIGHT ITSELF | DARKNESS HIDDEN | FRAIL HUMAN HEART | BAREFOOT ON THE WIND

“The prose is beautiful, with such a light touch. . . . I’ll definitely be seeking out Mariott’s other work.” — Laura Lam, author of Pantomime for Shadows on the Moon


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Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Kiran is 27 and writes poetry, plays and novels. Her bestselling debut The Girl of Ink & Stars won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and was voted Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2017. Her second, The Island at the End of Everything, was published in April 2017. She lives in Oxford with her husband, Tom, and her cat, Luna. Continue reading…

Books: THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS


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Katy wrote her first novel at the age of 10 (a fantasy epic, of course), and grew up to work in a bookshop, followed by 2 different publishing houses before ending up as a desk editor at Scholastic Children’s Books. She jumped ship in early 2007 and her first novel, Bloodline, was published in 2008. Her latest book, Hidden Among Us, was published in March 2013 with a sequel to follow in 2014. Continue reading…

Books: BLOODLINE | BLOODLINE RISING | SPIRIT HUNTER | DANGEROUS TO KNOW | HIDDEN AMONG US | THE HIDDEN PRINCESS

Hidden Among Us closes just as the eye of the storm falls upon the characters, trapping them within a temporary peace that they are fully aware cannot last. It offers no easy solutions and no pasted on happily ever afters. It’s a wonderful, truly unique book.” — Zoe Marriot, author of The Swan Kingdom for Hidden Among Us


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Sarah Naughton is the author of two books for young adults: Costa shortlisted The Hanged Man Rises, about possession and child murder in Victorian London: and The Blood List, featuring witches and changelings and a very nasty little brother. She lives in London with her husband and two sons. You can find out what she’s up to on her blog, or follow her on Twitter and Goodreads. Continue reading…

Books: THE HANGED MAN RISES | THE BLOOD LIST

“Atmospheric and pacy with more than a nod to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A very fine example of Victorian pastiche. LOVED.” — Emma Carroll, author of Frost Hollow Hall for The Hanged Man Rises


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Natasha is YA author of THE ELITES and THE MEMORY KEEPERS, with a love for all things fantasy and sci-fi. She grew up between the UK and Malaysia, where her mother is from, and went on to study for a degree in Geography at the University of Cambridge. She currently lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Alongside writing, she works as a fashion blogger (www.girlinthelens.com) and yoga teacher! She is represented by Taylor Haggerty at Waxman Leavell. Continue reading…

Books: THE ELITES | THE MEMORY KEEPERS

“Astonishing world-building. Neo-Babel came alive before my eyes and I really fell in love with the city.” — Laure Eve, author of Fearsome Dreamer for The Elites


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Originally from America, Mo now lives in London with her husband, kids and two mischievous cats. Mo now has six books out in ‘My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish’ series for 7+, published by Macmillan in the UK and Feiwel and Friends in the US. The latest in the series is ‘Jurassic Carp’ which came out in July 2015. Her new picture book with Macmillan comes out in August 2016! It’s a funny, warm take on melded families called ‘More People To Love Me.’ She also wrote six books in the Ladybird series “Puddle the Naughtiest Puppy.” Mo worked as an actress and as a storyteller, touring theatres and schools all across the UK and Ireland. As well as her stories for children Mo has also written for radio and theatre and has performed her own comedy material in London and Edinburgh. Continue reading…

Books: MY BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH series including MY BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH, THE SEA-QUEL, FINS OF FURY, ANY FIN IS POSSIBLE, LIVE AND LET SWIM and JURASSIC CARP | THE FIN-TASTIC FISH SITTER | MORE PEOPLE TO LOVE ME

“Complete with brilliant black and white illustrations, even reluctant readers will be desperate for more stories in this hypnotically addictive series.” — Ilford Recorder for My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The Sea-Quel


kate-ormandtwKate Ormand/Kate Louise
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Kate Ormand is YA author of DARK DAYS and shape-shifter circus series, THE WANDERERS and THE PACK. THE WANDERERS was honored as “Winner” in the “Fiction: Young Adult” category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards. Kate lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She graduated from university with a first class degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. She also writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. Continue reading…

Books: DARK DAYS | THE WANDERERS | THE PACK | THE UPSIDE-DOWN FISH | PIERRE THE FRENCH BULLDOG RECYCLES | TOUGH COOKIE

“Filled with excitement and whimsy, The Wanderers is an adventure story about shape-shifters, first love, and the endless search for a true home.” — Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program for The Wanderers


Emma Pass PhotoEmma Pass
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Emma Pass has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Her debut novel, dystopian thriller ACID, won the 2014 North East Teenage Book Award, was picked as one of YALSA’s Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks for 2015 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her second novel, THE FEARLESS, was also nominated for the Carnegie and won the 2016 Concorde Book Award. Emma lives with her artist husband and crazy greyhound G-Dog in the East Midlands, and, when she’s not writing, runs writing workshops in schools and community settings and is Patron of Reading at Titus Salt School in Yorkshire. She is also the co-founder of the UKYA and Children’s Extravaganza (UKYACX), a regional book event celebrating the huge diversity of children’s and YA literature in the UK. Continue reading…

Books: ACID | THE FEARLESS

“Suspensful… excellent characters and gripping action. I would recommend this book to anyone.” — Guardian Children’s Books for ACID


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Bryony Pearce lives in the Forest of Dean and is a full time mum to her two children, husband and cat. She is vegetarian and loves chocolate, wine and writing. People are often surprised at how dark her writing is, as she is generally pretty nice.
When the children let her off taxi duty and out of the house she enjoys doing school visits, festivals and events. ‪Continue reading…‬‬

Books: ANGEL’S FURY | THE WEIGHT OF SOULS | JUNK PIRATES: PHOENIX RISING | JUNK PIRATES 2: PHOENIX BURNING | THE WINDRUNNER’S DAUGHTER | WAVE FUNCTION

“In one word…powerful.” — Sara Grant, author of Dark Parties for Angel’s Fury


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Non Pratt started her career working on non-fiction activity books at Usborne, before becoming an editor at Catnip Publishing. Her debut novel TROUBLE shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award, with rights sold to the USA, Germany and Brazil. Her second novel, REMIX came out in 2015 and she has written a novella, UNBOXED for Barrington Stoke to come out August 2016. Her third novel with Walker Books, called TRUTH OR DARE will come out in 2017. Continue reading…

Books: TROUBLE | REMIX | UNBOXED | TRUTH OR DARE

“A refreshing take on teenage pregnancy. . . . A witty, irreverent debut novel about sex and friendship, which deserves to reach a large audience.” — The Guardian for Trouble 


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Ellen Renner
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Ellen Renner was born in the USA, in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, but came to England looking for adventure, married here, and now lives in an old house in Devon with her husband and son. Her first book, CASTLE OF SHADOWS, winner of the Cornerstones Wow Factor Competition, was published by Orchard Books in 2010. It was chosen for both The Independent and The Times summer reading lists. Both CASTLE OF SHADOWS and the sequel, CITY OF THIEVES (Orchard, 2010), were included on The Times reviewer Amanda Craig’s list of best children’s books of 2010. CASTLE OF SHADOWS has won the North East Book Award 2011 and been shortlisted for 4 other awards, including the West Sussex Children’s Book Prize 2011. Ellen originally trained as a painter and surrounds herself with sketches of her characters as she writes. She spins wool as well as stories, knits and weaves; and collects teapots and motorbikes. Continue reading…

Books: CASTLE OF SHADOWS | CITY OF THIEVES | TRIBUTE | OUTCASTE

“Having read this book more than once I can say without doubt that it is stunning!” — Sharon Jones, author of Dead Jealous


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Grace is a freelance illustrator and designer working from the south east of England. She graduated with a degree in Illustration from the University of Lincoln in 2013 and went on to work as an illustrator and designer for children’s magazines, board books and picture books.Twice a week Grace also works in the office of a Junior School and teaches art to some of the pupils. Nature and fantasy are often strong themes of Grace’s work and she has been inspired by nature ever since she was a child, always choosing to draw from nature in her work or by which book to read! Continue reading…

Books: TOUGH COOKIE | THE EGG

“Sandford’s illustrations, done from the cookies’ perspectives, help to leaven the story’s earnestness. They portray the gingerbread cookies with lots of personality and individuality.” — Kirkus Reviews for Tough Cookie


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Nikki Sheehan is the youngest daughter of a rocket scientist and went to a convent school in Cambridge where she was taught by real nuns in habits. Her writing was first published when she was seven and her teacher sent a poem she had written into a magazine. She always knew she wanted to be a writer, but, for some reason she can’t remember she did a degree in linguistics followed by psychology. Nikki’s first job was subtitling the Simpsons. She then retrained as a journalist and wrote features about child psychology for parenting magazines and the national press. Continue reading…

Books: WHO FRAMED KLARIS CLIFF? | SWAN BOY

“. . . a wonderful, magical tale that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.” — Rachel Hamilton, author of The Case of the Exploding Loo for Who Framed Klaris Cliff?


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C.J. Skuse, author of PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC, DEAD ROMANTIC and MONSTER, was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children’s fiction consultant and lectures on the MA in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University.
C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. She hates carnivals, hard-boiled eggs and coughing. The movies Titanic, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Ruby Sparks were all probably based on her ideas; she just didn’t get to write them down in time. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Continue reading…

Books: PRETTY BAD THINGS | ROCKOHOLIC | DEAD ROMANTIC | MONSTER | THE DEVIANTS

“It’s so good, I’d even recommend it to people I don’t like.” — Kevin Brooks, award-winning author of The Bunker Diary for Pretty Bad Things


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Growing up, Dan Smith led three lives. In one he survived the day-to-day humdrum of boarding school, while in another he travelled the world, finding adventure in the padi-fields of South East Asia and the jungles of Brazil. But the third life he lived in a world of his own, making up stories . . . which is where some people say he still lives most of the time!
Now settled in Newcastle with his wife and two children, Dan writes his stories to share with both adults and children.
Dan’s first book for younger readers, MY FRIEND THE ENEMY, was long-listed for the Branford Boase 2014 and shortlisted for the NE Book Award 2014. It was published in the US in Fall 2014. Continue reading…

Books: MY FRIEND THE ENEMY | MY BROTHER’S SECRET | BIG GAME | BOY X

“One of my favourite wartime reads.” — Emma Carroll, author of Frost Hollow Hall for My Friend the Enemy


Robin Stevens Author PhotoRobin Stevens
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Robin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life.‬
‪When she was twelve, her father handed her a copy of ‬The Murder of Roger Ackroyd‪ and she realised that she wanted to be either Hercule Poirot or Agatha Christie when she grew up. When it occurred to her that she was never going to be able to grow her own spectacular walrus moustache, she decided that Agatha Christie was the more achieveable option.‬ Continue reading…

Books: MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE | ARSENIC FOR TEA | FIRST CLASS MURDER | JOLLY FOUL PLAY

“Friendship, boarding school and a murder worthy of Agatha Christie.” — The Bookseller for Murder Most Unladylike


Beth_Straker_illustrator_picBethany Straker
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BETHANY STRAKER is an illustrator and designer working in Kent and London. She is currently working on 6 picture books for Skyhorse publishing and currently has a book out written by Isabel Atherton, called ‘Zombie Cat: The Tale of a Decomposing Kitty’. Her new books include a book she wrote called ‘The Funny Bunny Fly’, ‘A Curious Robot on Mars!’ written by James Duffett-Smith and ‘Smelly Ghost’ by Isabel Atherton. Previously, Bethany has illustrated for magazines for Disney, CMP Information, Bliss magazine, the National Magazine Company and GoGo’s Crazy Bones. Continue reading…

Books: SMELLY GHOST | A CURIOUS ROBOT ON MARS! | SPRINGY CHICKEN | THE SPOTTY DOTTY DAFFODIL | STELLA AND STEVE TRAVEL THROUGH SPACE | RUBY MOO’S DEEP SEA ADVENTURE | THE FUNNY BUNNY FLY | PIERRE THE FRENCH BULLDOG RECYCLES | BOO’S BEARD

“A fun, delightful picture book with a strong message!” — Rose Mannering, author of The Spotty Dotty Daffodil for The Funny Bunny Fly


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Isabel writes non-fiction for children and teenagers, published by DK, Pearson, Collins, Raintree, Wayland and Bloomsbury. She loves introducing young readers to awe-inspiring science. Before becoming a full-time writer, Isabel studied natural sciences and worked in journalism and children’s publishing. She is also zookeeper to three young sons. Continue reading…

Isabel has written more than 100 non-fiction books for children and teenagers. Reference titles include: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW | A TIME TRAVELLER’S GUIDE TO THE FUTURE | DEALING WITH THE FEELING series | FIRST BOOK OF TRUCKS AND TRACTORS | THE MISADVENTURES OF CHARLES DARWIN. Fiction includes: EMMA PEROR’S NEW CLOTHES | HANSEL, GRETEL, AND THE DASTARDLY DINNER LADY


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Since the publication of the multi-award-winning Taking Flight in 2010, Sheena Wilkinson has been established as one of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers for young people. Grounded won the overall CBI Book of the Year award in 2013, and her new novel Still Falling has been described (Inis Magazine) as ‘heartbreaking and heartwarming…an instant classic’. Sheena lives in County Down. Continue reading…

Books: TAKING FLIGHT | GROUNDED | TOO MANY PONIES | STILL FALLING | NAME UPON NAME

“It’s a must read. As in you must read it. Preferably now.” – Deirdre Sullivan, author of the Prim series and Needlework for Name Upon Name


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At the age of four Elli wrote her first picture book, involving her best friend, a tricycle accident, blood everywhere, and the author emerging as the hero. Several years later she completed an MA in social anthropology, moved out to Thailand, taught herself the language, and has since worked variously as a Thai to English translator, a copywriter for a domestic appliance insurance firm (about as interesting as it sounds) and an assistant editor in academic publishing. Continue reading…

Books: WOOZY THE WIZARD: A SPELL TO GET WELL | WOOZY THE WIZARD: A BROOM TO GO ZOOM | SWASHBUCKLE LIL: THE SECRET PIRATE | THE GIANT OF JUM | THE DRAGON AND THE NIBBLESOME KNIGHT

“A simple and witty rhyming text.” — Lovereading for Woozy the Wizard: A Spell to Get Well

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