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Collecting Cats longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2020

February 2020

Lorna Scobie’s Collecting Cats has been picked for the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize alongside fifteen other debut picture books. The illustration prize celebrates talented new illustrators in the picture book market, selecting from a diverse range of titles. 

The shortlist will be announced on 19th May 2020 at a public event held at Foyles Charing Cross Road, with the winner revealed on 16th September 2020.

Collecting Cats is Lorna’s debut picture book as an author-illustrator. It was published in 2019 by Scholastic, closely followed by Lorna’s second picture book, Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!, in January 2020.
 

The Garden of Lost Secrets longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2020

January 2020

A.M. Howell has been longlisted for the 2020 Branford Boase Award for her debut novel, The Garden of Lost Secrets. Longlisted alongside Ann-Marie are the book’s editors, Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker at Usborne. 

For over twenty years, the Branford Boase Award has been celebrating authors of outstanding debut children’s fiction and has often selected the most talented authors at the beginning of their careers. The award is also one of the few to recognise editors and their contribution. 

The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 30th April 2020. The winner will be announced on 1st July at a ceremony in London.

Congratulations, Ann-Marie!
 

The Kissing Booth 2: Going the Distance is out today!

January 2020

The Kissing Booth 2: Going the Distance, Beth Reekles’ sequel to the Netflix sensation The Kissing Booth, publishes today.

Elle Evans seems to have finally tamed hotter-than-hot bad boy Noah Flynn, but now they're facing a new challenge. Noah's 3,000 miles away at Harvard, which means they're officially a long-distance couple - and it's tough. After all, there's only so much texts and calls can satisfy - and when Elle sees a post which suggests Noah's getting friendly with another girl, she's devastated. 

On top of that, it's hard to ignore the new boy at school. He's gentle, sweet, cute - and definitely interested in Elle. With her heart on the line, what's a girl to do? 

Join Elle, Noah, Lee and all your favourite Kissing Booth characters for another amazing romantic story that's sure to have you swooning.

Congratulations, Beth!
 

The House of One Hundred Clocks Out Today!

February 2020

Today marks the publication day of The House of One Hundred Clocks by A.M. Howell. 

JUNE, 1905.
Helena and her parrot, Orbit, are swept off to Cambridge when her father is appointed clock-winder to one of the wealthiest men in England. There is only one rule: the clocks must never stop.
But Helena discovers the house of one hundred clocks holds many mysteries; a ghostly figure, strange notes and disappearing winding keys Can she work out its secrets before time runs out?

The publication was preceded by a big marketing campaign organised by Usborne Books, which included special coffee cups featuring the cover. 

Many congratulations, Ann-Marie!
 

Publication day for Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!

January 2020

Lorna Scobie’s newest picture book, Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!, publishes today. 

Rabbit loves being the only child in the family. But when rabbit's parents have some news, and then more news, things start to get awfully crowded at home! Maybe the fox next door can help?

A picture book sure to have children screaming - with laughter, that is!

Congratulations, Lorna!