Hat Trick for Harrison
We are thrilled to announce that Unrest by Michelle Harrison is nominated for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Awards, and longlisted for the Redbridge Book Awards.
Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn't slept properly for six months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Now he is afraid to go to sleep. Sometimes he wakes to find himself paralysed, unable to move a muscle, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed.
According to his doctor, sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless - but to Elliot they're terrifying. Convinced that his brush with death has opened up connections with the spirit world, Elliott secures a live-in job at one of England's most haunted locations, determined to find out the truth.
There he finds Sebastian, the ghost of a long-dead servant boy hanged for stealing bread. He also meets the living, breathing Ophelia, a girl with secrets of her own. She and Elliott grow closer, but things take a terrifying turn when Elliott discovers Sebastian is occupying his body when he leaves it.
And the more time Sebastian spends inhabiting a living body, the more resistant he becomes to giving it back. Worse, he seems to have an unhealthy interest in Ophelia.
Unless Elliott can lay Sebastian's spirit to rest, he risks being possessed by him for ever, and losing the girl of his dreams...
A Special Selection: The Vanishing Of Katharina Linden By Helen Grant
We are very proud that The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant has been selected by the Brazilian Government to be included in a special program – Programa Nacional Biblioteca da Escola (PNBE).
Every year, the Brazilian Government, through the Education Ministry, acquires 200 titles to be distributed without charge to the Brazilian Public Net Educational System.
I'm thrilled that my novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden has been selected for the Brazilian PNBE. I was very pleased with the wonderful reception the book had from Brazilian readers, some of whom have written to me to say how much they loved it. I am delighted that the book has been recognised in this way.'
Publication Day For Unrest
The release day has come for the latest spine-tingling YA thriller by award-winning author Michelle Harrison.
When the dead don't sleep the living are afraid to...
Unrest tells the story of 17-year-old Elliott who suffers from sleep paralysis and out-of-body experiences in which he connects with
The publication has been hotly anticpated by fans of Michelle's books.
The Thirteen Treasures was awarded with the 2009 Waterstones Children's Book Prize and The Thirteen Secrets was shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Award 2011.
To read an interview with Michelle Harrison and to find out more about her latest chilling page-turner see....
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Germany Gets Smart
SMART, a YA dut by author Kim Slater, has been acquired in Germany by Dtv!
Congratulations to Kim on the sale of her first translation rights.
When fourteen-year-old Kieran Woods finds the body of a homeless man in the river near his home, he refuses to believe the death was accidental.
But Kieran has a special way of thinking that leads a lot of people to underestimate him. People like his bullying stepfather and stepbrother Ryan. Now Kieran has the chance to put his special skills to use, not only to catch a killer but also find his missing Grandma.
With the help of his exceptional artistic ability, his love for artist L. S. Lowry and his one and only school friend, Karwana, Kieran sets out to solve a murder and finds he may be better at it than anyone would have expected.
But will anyone believe him? And can Kieran catch the killer before the killer catches him?
Macmillan Childrens Books will publish in the UK in Spring 2014.
Find out more at www.kimslater.com
Cathy Cassidy Wows Fans At Warsaw Book Fair
Top children's book author Cathy Cassidy has recently returned from Poland where she delighted her young fans at the Warsaw Book Fair.
A huge auditorium was packed full of excited children. Cathy also visited several libraries to chat with some younger children about her wonderful Daizy Star series and sign copies of Angel Cake for her slightly older fans.
The third title in the CHOCOLATE BOX GIRLS series, SUMMER'S DREAM, is out in the UK on 7th June.
"I absolutely loved my visit to Warsaw recently-the lovely Akapit Press set up lots of library events, so I met lots of Polish readers and signed lots of books!
It was fab to see how libraries were valued in Poland, and to connect with readers even though we don't share the same language! A fantastic experience, eye-opening and inspiring."
Fame In France For Cathy Cassidy
Cathy Cassidy's delightfully charming series The Chocolate Box Girls has done dazzlingly well in France.
Cherry Crush, the first book in the series, has sold over 20,000 copies since its publication date last June. Marshmallow Skye, published last month, sold over 1,000 copies in less than a week and entered the Hebdo Livres Chart (for all Children and Young Adult fiction) at No.14.
The Chocolate Box Girls is a sumptuous series starring sassy sisters, super-cool boys and one of Cathy's biggest loves - chocolate.
'Touching, tender and unforgettable' Guardian