Needlework wins CBI Award 2017
Deirdre Sullivan's powerful and poetic novel Needlework has won the Honor Award for Fiction at the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017.
The judges said: 'Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan is a poetic and eloquent exploration of violation, abuse, neglect and advocacy of the transformative power of art. Starkly genuine and sincere, Sullivan’s powerful use of the metaphor of tattooing invites reflection about identity, difference, self-protection and self-invention. This searing yet delicate representation of adolescent experience will resonate deeply with teenagers and is a story that needs to be told and needs to be read.'
928 Miles From Home out now!
The third moving and heartfelt novel from critically-acclaimed Kim Slater is published today.
928 Miles From Home is a story of two boys from two different worlds thrown together and, with a mystery to untangle along the way, realise they're not so different after all.
The Circus published today
The second outstanding novel from Olivia Levez is out today.
The Circus is a pitch-perfect YA novel which sees serial-runaway Willow leave home again, but this time she’s determined not to go back. Olivia’s powerful and authentic voice makes this one of the YA books to read in 2017.
The Forever Court out today!
The outstanding second book in the Knights of the Borrowed Dark trilogy is out in the UK today!
In The Forever Court we return to young and reluctant hero Denizen as he tries to adjust to life in the Order and understand the new and strange powers he acquired at the end of the first novel, Knights of the Borrowed Dark, which won the Specsavers’ Children’s Book of the Year 2016 at the Irish Book Awards.
The Forever Court will be launched by former Irish Children’s Laureate, Eion Colfer on Friday 7th April at Easons in Dublin.
Needlework nominated for CBI Book of the Year 2017
We are so thrilled that Deidre Sullivan's Needlework has been nominated for a CBI Book of the Year Award 2017.
The CBI Book Awards are literary awards presented annually in the Republic of Ireland to writers and illustrators of books for children and young people. Previous winners include Eoin Colfer and John Boyne.
Knights of the Borrowed Dark wins
We are thrilled that Dave Rudden's debut novel Knights of the Borrowed Dark has won the Most Read Award at the School Library Association Great Reads Awards.
Instead of a trophy, the students gave him a lightbulb as a nod to one of the most memorable parts of the story.
The ‘GRA’ award was set up by a group of school librarians. The aim of the award is to highlight new authors and diversify the reading of young adults.
PAIRS by Lorna Scobie out now
The fantastic PAIRS is out today! The illustrations by Lorna Scobie are beautiful. You and the kids will be staring at them for hours.
Be sure to check out her website for more of her outstanding work.
Netflix to make The Kissing Booth
We are thrilled to announce that Netflix have ordered a feature-length film adaption of The Kissing Booth by the wonderful Beth Reekles.
The film will be produced by London-LA based Komixx Media and will be directed by Vince Marcello whose credits include Disney’s Teen Beach Movie.
Beth wrote The Kissing Booth when she was 15 and became a Wattpad sensation. The debut novel has received more than 19 million reads worldwide.
Caroline Crowe wins!
Our fantastic children's author, Caroline Crowe, has won the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award 2017!
Her swashbuckling bedtime tale Pirates in Pyjamas was awarded Best Picture Book.
Sweeties for the Chocolate Box Girls
Today Papercutz, the largest comic book publisher in the US, publish the first adaptation of the internationally bestselling Chocolate Box Girls series by our much-loved author Cathy Cassidy. Sweeties, the first in a planned series, combines books 1 and 2 Cherry Crush and Marshmallow Skye. Cathy’s books have been translated into 26 languages worldwide with total sales now topping 3 million copies.
Imagination Box: A Mind of Its Own out now
The third novel in the hugely entertaining Imagination Box series, A Mind Of Its Own, is published today!
The world as they know it is doomed when Tim’s old nemesis takes control of the Imagination Box – can they stop Clarice Crowfield before it’s too late?
A Seven Letter Word Wins
We are thrilled to announce that A Seven-Letter Word, the second novel from Kim Slater, has won the St Helen's School Libraries Award 2017 in the 11+ category!
This is really a triumph, as Kim won last year for her debut Smart.
A Seven Letter Word out in paperback today!
The second Carnegie nominated novel from Kim Slater, A Seven Letter Word is out in paperback today!
It tells the story of Scrabble genius Finlay, struggling to overcome his confidence-denting stutter and, at the same time, uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of his mother.
Reading Rampage 2017
We are delighted to announce that three of our Children's Agency authors have been longlisted for Reading Rampage 2017.
Polly Ho-Yen's Where Monsters Lie, Kim Slater's Smart and Vanessa Altin's The Pomegranate Tree have all been chosen for the city wide event sponsored by Leicester Libraries and ‘Whatever It Takes’.
Reading Rampage aims to promote Reading for Pleasure to children and young people.
Helen Grant a 'Perth Pioneer'
Our wonderful Children's author Helen Grant has been chosen as a cultural representative as part of her city's bid to be the City of Culture in 2021.
The public nominated creative practitioners whom they consider to be "Perth Pioneers" demonstrating the rich creative culture of the city, Helen was absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for her novels and short stories, some of which are set in Perthshire, Scotland.
The Perth 2021 website today posted a piece about her which you can find here.
Helen is proud to support Perth's bid to be City of Culture 2021.