Latest Book Reviews

  • The Kiss

    Have you children ever said, 'Just one more hug, just one more kiss...' This beautiful picture book tell the story of two animals looking for a goodnight...

  • National Trust: Big Outdoors for Little Explorers: Woods

    Is your little animal lover ready to discover the big outdoors as they explore their first woodland? Big Outdoors for Little Explorers: Woods</str...

  • Sing Along With Me! Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

    As parents, we absolutely adore this book - just as much as our one year old! As soon as we read the title, Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush</st...

  • Santa's Christmas Countdown

    I blame this book for the Christmas excitement in my house! We now already have a Christmas book out that can't possibly be put away! Award-winning illust...

  • Ruffles and the Cosy, Cosy Bed

    Ruffles is back! Our Nursery children love to listen to the adventures of Ruffles, the playful puppy who faces all the tricky troubles of pre-school life....

  • Britannica's Baby Encyclopedia: For curious kids aged 0 to 3

    I remember when my child was very young feeling slightly overwhelmed by how much they had to learn, and how to go about imparting all that knowledge - so...

  • Little Owl's Bedtime (paperback)

    Little Owl's Bedtime is a charming tale about a small owls who is busy while other animals are fast asleep. This book will be a loved at...

  • National Trust: Look What I Found on the Farm

    A book for children who love exploring and enjoy the outside. There is so much to see on each page; National Trust: Look What I Found on the Farm is packe...

  • Blue

    Sarah has written a beautiful book to help children understand their sad and worried feelings. In Blue, the worry feeling is a monster ca...

  • Pick a Story: A Dinosaur Unicorn Robot Adventure

    Look out for delicious characters plus tasty twists and turns in this unique picture book, Pick a Story: A Dinosaur Unicorn Robot Adventure</stron...

  • Frank and Bert: The One Where Bert Learns to Ride a Bike

    If you have a child who is at the stage of learning to ride a bike, then this book is perfect for you. It helps children understand that learning to ride...

  • Frank and Bert: The One Where Bert Learns to Ride a Bike

    Frank and Bert, The One Where Bert Learns to Ride a Bike is the second book in the Frank and Bert se...

  • The Emerald Forest

    The Emerald Forest is a beautiful picture book which can be enjoyed on many levels. It's the story of an orangutang family living an idyl...

  • A Ticket to Kalamazoo!: Zippy Poems To Read Out Loud

    A Ticket to Kalamazoo! is an absolutely delightful collection of poems for the younger reader. It's beautifully designed and illustrated...

  • Pick a Story: A Dinosaur Unicorn Robot Adventure

    A really interesting and unique way to write a book. The beauty of Pick a Story: A Dinosaur Unicorn Robot Adventure is that after you've...

  • Can I Join Your Club?

    We liked the different characters especially the snake. We also liked how duck made his own club so everyone join, how kind is that. The lion roaring was...

  • Pick a Story: A Pirate Alien Jungle Adventure

    Sarah and Adam have created not one but three stories with multiple different endings in this playful book, Pick a Story: A Pirate Alien Jungle Ad...

  • How to Make a Picture Book

    If you want children writing stories and drawing illustrations, then this is the book to have! Even reluctant and defiant children will have a pencil in h...

  • Selfies With Komodos: Poems by by Brian Moses

    Selfies With Komodos is a fab little book of new poems from the well-known poet Brian Moses. There are poems about dogs and cats, mythica...

  • No Pets Allowed! A Bloomsbury Reader

    Keva usually spends every Saturday helping her grandpa at his animal adoption centre. But when he has to go to the hospital one week and Keva goes to visi...

  • There's a Beast in the Basement!

    There's a Beast in the Basement is another fab laugh-out-loud book by Pamela Butchart. Once again Izzy and her friends are on the road to...

  • There's a Beast in the Basement!

    There are huge laughs once again in There's a Beast in the Basement!, the latest adventure with Izzy and the gang. When the school day st...

  • Alice Eclair, Spy Extraordinaire! A Spoonful of Spying

    13-year-old Alice Éclair, cake maker supreme by day and spy for the French government by night, is off on a mission. And it's not to buy fresh eggs for he...

  • Bob vs the Selfie Zombies

    Robert Trebor, known as Bob, is 12 years old and has recently discovered that he can time travel. One moment he was wallowing in hot bubbly water, and the...

  • The Marvellers: the bestselling magical fantasy adventure

    Welcome to a world of Marvellers at the Arcanium Training Institute where young Marvellers and their unique powers across the globe attend school to learn...

  • Rida and Madiya: A Bloomsbury Reader

    Rida and Madiya are sisters but don't really see eye to eye. However, when the future of the local library is threatened, can the girls w...

  • Fritz and Kurt

    Here is my first 'must buy, must read' title for 2023! There are so many books about the Holocaust but for me, Fritz and Kurt was instant...

  • The Storm Swimmer

    Ginika has so much to look forward to. It's her last summer holiday before she goes to secondary school and, along with her best friend Alisha, she's prep...

  • Fritz and Kurt

    A story based on real-life. A narrative on harrowing events: The Holocaust.  Fritz and Kurt is a story about a...

  • Stand and Deliver!

    I knew from the first few pages this was going to be a brilliant, captivating read. Stand and Deliver! by Philip Caveney is a thrilling a...

  • Snot, Sneezes, and Super-Spreaders: Everything You Need to Know About Viruses and How to Stop Them

    Snot, Sneezes and Super-spreaders has everything a young person might want to know about viruses including how they replicate, spread and...

  • Everest: Reaching the Roof of the World

    I found this book absolutely fascinating; I was completely absorbed by it and couldn't put it down. To find out about the many attempts to reach the summi...

  • Fight Back

    This is a very good book to show that other people have feelings and just doing or wearing something does not mean you are different and that everyone sho...

  • The Whisperling

    A story perfect for mystery fans set in Victorian Britain with a ghostly twist. The Whisperling is the story of Peggy who hides a secret...

  • Midwinter Burning

    Evacuated away from London and his indifferent mother, Alfie Wright thrives in his new life with 'Auntie' Bell and her son, Ted, at Coombe Farm in Devon....

  • The Notorious Scarlett and Browne

    The Notorious Scarlett and Browne, the second instalment of the exploits of Scarlett McCain and Albert Browne, finds them in a more refle...

  • Tasting Light: Ten Science Fiction Stories to Rewire Your Perceptions

    Tasting Light is a collection of ten science fiction short stories. It's a gripping, exciting and thought-provoking collection of stories...

  • The First Thing About You

    A move to New Jersey for 15 year old Harris and his family means a new school and a new start. Harris wants to reinvent himself as a typical teenager and...

  • City of Nightmares

    Warning... what you don't want to do is read this new release just before you go to sleep! You do not want to turn into your worst nightmare... From the v...

  • The Stolen Heir: A Novel of Elfhame

    I had high expectations for this book and I was not let down. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I could not stop thinking about the ending for hour...

  • This Can Never Not Be Real

    The events in This Can Never Not Be Real take place over the space of a few hours, creating a very intense experience for the reader. The...

  • All the Jingle Ladies

    Molly Bell hates Christmas. When she was very young, her parents (aka The Brussel Shouts) wrote and released the world's cheesiest Christmas record, Love...

This Month's Picks

  • Catherine Jacob's Puppy Club

    Catherine Jacob's Puppy Club

  • Singalong with Rob Biddulph and The Blue-Footed Booby

    Singalong with Rob Biddulph and The Blue-Footed Booby

  • Choose your own story picture books

    Choose your own story picture books

Growing Readers See all

  • Why do I need to read to my child at home?

    Why do I need to read to my child at home?

  • Growing readers with fiction series

    Growing readers with fiction series

  • Starting School - Early Skills

    Starting School - Early Skills

ReadingZone Authors of the Month

  • Robert Tregoning

    Robert Tregoning

    Writer and performer Robert Tregoning's debut picture book, Out of the Blue, celebrates di...

  • Sarah Coyle

    Sarah Coyle

    Sarah Coyle is the author of The Biggest Story, illustrated by Dan Taylor, and Once You're asleep, illustrated by Carolina R...

  • Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Chris Naylor-Ballesteros's new picture book series, Frank and Bert, takes a warm and funny look at fr...

  • Ross Collins

    Ross Collins

    Ross Collins's primary teacher told his parents that he should go to art school. 13 years went by until he was finally 'old...

  • Jon Agee

    Jon Agee

    Award-winning author Jon Agee's latest picture book, Little Santa, tells us how Santa Claus came to be. His...

  • Rico Hinson-King

    Rico Hinson-King

    Rico Hinson-King is just 11 years old. As a baby, he was taken into care and spen...

  • Helen Mortimer

    Helen Mortimer

    Helen Mortimer works as a freelance children's books editor and author. After many years working for major...

  • Mini Grey

    Mini Grey

    Award-winning author and illustrator Mini Grey has had many careers including working in theatre design, teaching and even a...

  • Hoang Giang

    Hoang Giang

    Giang has been working as a children’s book illustrator for more than 10 years. She works in a studio with her partner and t...

  • Ada Grey

    Ada Grey

    Ada spent several years working for design companies before deciding that she preferred doodling. She lives in Brighton with...

  • Molly Potter

    Molly Potter

    What Makes Me Do the Things I Do? is the latest in a series of books by Molly Potter addressing young child...

  • Polly Faber and Melissa Crowton

    Polly Faber and Melissa Crowton

    Polly Faber's grandfather set up the publishing house Faber &amp; Faber so she grew up reading, and read mo...

  • Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

    Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

    Barry Timms and Ged Adamson share their new picture book, This is Not a Dinosaur, which fo...

  • Steve Small

    Steve Small

    Animator Steve Small's latest picture book, Wellington's Big Day Out, follows a young elephant on a special...

  • Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Mariajo Ilustrajo

    Flooded is Mariajo Ilustrajo's first picture book, about a city of animals that must work together to solve the problem of f...

  • Olivia Hope

    Olivia Hope

    Olivia Hope is an Irish writer with a special love for children’s fiction. A former record-breaking athlete...

  • Patrice Lawrence

    Patrice Lawrence

    Award-winning author Patrice Lawrence introduces her first picture book, Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush. Pat...

  • Frances Stickley and Eamonn O'Neill

    Frances Stickley and Eamonn O'Neill

    Frances Stickley's new picture book Not a Cat in Sight plays with the idea of what the pictures show, compa...

  • Lauren Ace

    Lauren Ace

    Lauren Ace is from south Wales, studied Drama at the University of Exeter, and now lives in London, where she has worked in...

  • Caryl Hart & Anastasia Suvorova

    Caryl Hart & Anastasia Suvorova

    Discover how a real life story helped inspire this picture book, The Girl Who Planted Trees, about a young...

  • Claire Winslow

    Claire Winslow

    Claire Winslow's We Are the Rainbow is a gorgeous introduction for young children to the colours of Pride. Claire is a write...

  • Caryl Hart & Emily Hamilton

    Caryl Hart & Emily Hamilton

    Thank you for the Little Things, the new picture book by Caryl Hart and Emily Ham...

  • Stephanie Stansbie

    Stephanie Stansbie

    Stephanie Stansbie's new picture book, This Girl Can Do Anything, is a bold and funny look...

  • Casper Salmon

    Casper Salmon

    How to Count to One is the surprising and hilarious picture book by Casper Salmon, illustrated by Matt Hunt...

  • Lu Fraser

    Lu Fraser

    One Camel Called Doug is a brilliant story about the joys of sometimes being alone, with some great countin...

  • Karen Swann

    Karen Swann

    Karen Swann and Padmacandra's new picture book, The Tale of the Whale, takes us on a journ...

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart was raised in a small house full of books in the south-east of Ireland. She has a degree in Medieval English a...

  • Catherine Jacob

    Catherine Jacob

    The adventures in Catherine Jacob's new series, Puppy Club, were inspired by her family's new puppy. Catherine is a w...

  • Jeremy Dronfield

    Jeremy Dronfield

    Jeremy Dronfield has written many books about the lives and adventures of amazing people from history. Most...

  • Fleur Hitchcock

    Fleur Hitchcock

    Fleur Hitchcock's latest murder mystery novel, Murder at Snowfall, is now available and is her most sinister yet.... Fleur b...

  • Sarah Ann Juckes

    Sarah Ann Juckes

    Sarah Ann Juckes writes books for young people.  The Hunt for the Nightingale was her first novel for children, followed by...

  • Clare Weze

    Clare Weze

    Clare Weze was raised in London and Yorkshire and has British and Nigerian heritage. She writes for adults and children and...

  • Pamela Butchart

    Pamela Butchart

    As a child, Pamela was lucky enough to grow up in a house full of pets and go to a primary school where lots of spooky and w...

  • Skye McKenna

    Skye McKenna

    Look out for witches, goblins and a village with secrets in Hedgewitch (Welbeck), Skye McKenna's magical de...

  • Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum

    Kirsty Applebaum talks to ReadingZone about her new series of books for younger readers, which begins with Princess...

  • Sarah Todd Taylor

    Sarah Todd Taylor

    Join Alice Éclair in her extraordinary spying adventures, A Recipe for Trouble and A Spoonful of Sp...

  • Katya Balen

    Katya Balen

    Katya Balen's The Light in Everything follows two children who must learn to live together in their new, blended family - bu...

  • Alastair Chisholm - Young Fiction

    Alastair Chisholm - Young Fiction

    Alastair Chisholm's Dragon Storm (Nosy Crow Books) is an adventure-packed new series for younger readers. A...

  • Lissa Evans

    Lissa Evans

    Lissa Evans's new book, Wished, is a magical story with some surprising adventures. Lissa still remembers writing her...

  • Eve McDonnell

    Eve McDonnell

    Eve is a children's author and artist who lives in the wilds of Co Wexford with her husband, twins, a dog and three cats. Sh...

  • Rico Hinson-King

    Rico Hinson-King

    Rico Hinson-King is just 11 years old. As a baby, he was taken into care and spen...

  • Jason Rohan

    Jason Rohan

    Jason Rohan's new book S.T.E.A.L.T.H.: Access Denied (Nosy Crow Books) is the first in an action-packed, ga...

  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll's new historical fiction novel, The Tale of Truthwater Lake, is a time-slip adventure that tak...

  • Laurel van der Linde

    Laurel van der Linde

    Author Laurel van der Linde began ballet class at age four. At 17, she toured with Oukhtomsky Ballet Classique and Los Angel...

  • Isabel Thomas

    Isabel Thomas

    Isabel Thomas is a science writer and the author of a galaxy of books for young audiences, including Moth:...

  • Jasbinder Bilan

    Jasbinder Bilan

    Jasbinder Bilan's debut novel Asha and the Spirit Bird won the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award and...

  • Alexandra Page

    Alexandra Page

    Wishyouwas is Alexandra Page's first children's book, and draws on her early childhood years being airmailed between England...

  • Kieran Larwood

    Kieran Larwood

    The Treekeepers is the latest book by Kieran Larwood, author of The Legend of Podkin One-Ear, and it'...

  • Andy Shepherd

    Andy Shepherd

    Andy Shepherd is a bestselling author of middle-grade fiction, including The Boy Who Grew Dragons series, and picture books....

  • Linda Chapman

    Linda Chapman

    Linda Chapman's new series for young readers, Magic Keepers, takes us to a house filled with curios - and a magical secret!...

  • Steven Butler

    Steven Butler

    Steven Butler is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, performer and voice artist. His books have won the...

  • Iona Rangeley

    Iona Rangeley

    Iona Rangeley has just finished studying English at Oxford. She has wanted to be a writer since her debut n...

  • Laura Ellen Andersen

    Laura Ellen Andersen

    When she's not trying to take over the world or fighting sock-stealing monsters, Laura Ell...

  • Michelle Harrison

    Michelle Harrison

    ReadingZone caught up with author Michelle Harrison to talk about black cats, magic and mischief in her fun series for young...

  • Paul Westmoreland

    Paul Westmoreland

    A born and bred Londoner, Paul Westmoreland has been a professional writer for over 25 years, creating awar...

  • MG Leonard

    MG Leonard

    MG Leonard's bestselling series include Beetle Boy and Adventures on Trains - and her new...

  • Chris Wormell

    Chris Wormell

    Chris Wormell's middle grade novels include The Lucky Bottle and The Magic Place, and he has created a host of picture books...

  • Katherine Rundell

    Katherine Rundell

    Katherine Rundell is the million-copy bestselling author of five children's novels and has won the Costa Ch...

  • Lou Peacock

    Lou Peacock

    An editor, poetry anthologist and writer with over 25 years of experience in children's publishing, Lou Peacock</str...

  • Thomas Taylor

    Thomas Taylor

    The latest book in the Eerie-on-Sea series by Thomas Taylor, Festergrimm, takes us to the dark underworld of the town. Thoma...

  • Anna Kemp

    Anna Kemp

    Into Goblyn Wood is a richly imagined world of fairies with a dark and sinister threat, and is Anna Kemp's first novel for c...

  • Janelle McCurdy

    Janelle McCurdy

    Janelle is an author and fully-fledged gamer and Mia and the Lightcasters is her debut novel. She started writing at only 16...

  • Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak writes books about magical summer camps, missing people, and the inner life of dogs.  She grew up in North C...

  • Dashe Roberts

    Dashe Roberts

    Dashe Roberts has spent most of her life living on either coast of the US. After several years working in the New York theat...

  • Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle

    Catherine Doyle grew up beside the Atlantic Ocean in the west of Ireland. Her love of reading began with great Irish myths a...

  • Anna James

    Anna James

    Anna James takes us back to the world of Pages &amp; Co in her new book, Pages &amp; Co: The Treehouse Library, the fifth bo...

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild, Between Sea and Sky and her latest, Beyond the Frozen Horizon, Nicola Penfold explo...

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger is a journalist, anthologist and cookery writer. In a former life she was a beauty columnist for the i</...

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell's series, Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good, brings trickster god Loki to Earth when he i...

  • Nicola Morgan

    Nicola Morgan

    Nicola Morgan, aka The Teenage Brain Woman, is an award-winning author and speaker on many areas of well-being and learning....

  • MT Khan

    MT Khan

    MT Khan's debut novel, Nura and the Immortal Palace, is an exciting, magical adventure. MT Khan is a SFF wr...

  • Judith Eagle

    Judith Eagle

    Judith Eagle is the author of The Secret Starling and The Pear Affair. Her latest book, The Accidental Stowaway, is a myster...

  • Sufiya Ahmed

    Sufiya Ahmed

    Sufiya Ahmed worked in advertising and in the House of Commons before becoming a full-time author. In 2010 she set up the BI...

  • Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes

    Larry Hayes talks about siblings, time travel, and his new book, How To Survive Time Travel</strong...

  • Alex Cotter

    Alex Cotter

    Alex Cotter has worked hard all her life at daydreaming, while making a living from words: from bookselling at W.H.Smith and...

  • Hana Tooke

    Hana Tooke

    Hana Tooke's new novel, The Midnighters, follows a group of children as they explore and discover new skills, at midnight.</...

  • Jonathan Tulloch

    Jonathan Tulloch

    Cuckoo Summer, a wartime story about evacuation and the effects of war, is Jonathan Tulloch's first book fo...

  • Lola Morayo

    Lola Morayo

    Lola Morayo is the pen name for the creative partnership of writers Tólá Okogwu and Jasmine Richards. Both...

  • Adam Baron

    Adam Baron

    Adam Baron, author of Boy Underwater, has been an actor, comedian, journa...

  • David Solomons

    David Solomons

    A Beginner’s Guide to Ruling the Galaxy is David Solomon's sixth novel for children and follows his bestsel...

  • Jessica Scott-Whyte

    Jessica Scott-Whyte

    The Asparagus Bunch is  Jessica Scott-Whyte's debut novel. Jessica was born and raised in Dublin. She studied French and His...

  • Sibeal Pounder

    Sibeal Pounder

    Sibéal Pounder is the bestselling author of Witch Wars and Bad Mermaids and her new series, Neon's Secret Universe</...

  • Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

    Nick Crumpton & Gavin Scott

    Author and scientist Dr Nick Crumpton's new book, Everything You Know About Minibeasts is Wrong, illustrate...

  • Fiona Longmuir

    Fiona Longmuir

    Looking for Emily by Fiona Longmuir is a mystery story about a secret museum, a missing girl and a forgotten piece of local...

  • Elys Dolan

    Elys Dolan

    Rex Dinosaur in Disguise is the brilliantly funny novel for younger readers from E...

  • Radiya Hafiza

    Radiya Hafiza

    Radiya Hafiza's new book, Rumaysa: Ever After, revisits the fairytale world of Rumaysa: A...

  • Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart

    Sinéad O'Hart was raised in a small house full of books in the south-east of Ireland. She has a degree in Medieval English a...

  • Jeremy Dronfield

    Jeremy Dronfield

    Jeremy Dronfield has written many books about the lives and adventures of amazing people from history. Most...

  • Fleur Hitchcock

    Fleur Hitchcock

    Fleur Hitchcock's latest murder mystery novel, Murder at Snowfall, is now available and is her most sinister yet.... Fleur b...

  • Sarah Ann Juckes

    Sarah Ann Juckes

    Sarah Ann Juckes writes books for young people.  The Hunt for the Nightingale was her first novel for children, followed by...

  • Clare Weze

    Clare Weze

    Clare Weze was raised in London and Yorkshire and has British and Nigerian heritage. She writes for adults and children and...

  • Sarah Todd Taylor

    Sarah Todd Taylor

    Join Alice Éclair in her extraordinary spying adventures, A Recipe for Trouble and A Spoonful of Sp...

  • Katya Balen

    Katya Balen

    Katya Balen's The Light in Everything follows two children who must learn to live together in their new, blended family - bu...

  • Eve McDonnell

    Eve McDonnell

    Eve is a children's author and artist who lives in the wilds of Co Wexford with her husband, twins, a dog and three cats. Sh...

  • Jason Rohan

    Jason Rohan

    Jason Rohan's new book S.T.E.A.L.T.H.: Access Denied (Nosy Crow Books) is the first in an action-packed, ga...

  • Michelle Paver

    Michelle Paver

    Wolfbane, the ninth book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, brings to a close the internationally bestselling ser...

  • Kieran Larwood

    Kieran Larwood

    The Treekeepers is the latest book by Kieran Larwood, author of The Legend of Podkin One-Ear, and it'...

  • Finbar Hawkins

    Finbar Hawkins

    Finbar Hawkins's new novel Stone weaves ancient tales into a contemporary story. His debut novel, Witch, was shortlisted for...

  • Matt Goodfellow

    Matt Goodfellow

    Matt Goodfellow is from Manchester. He spends his time writing and touring the UK and beyond - visiting schools, libraries a...

  • MG Leonard

    MG Leonard

    MG Leonard's bestselling series include Beetle Boy and Adventures on Trains - and her new...

  • Thomas Taylor

    Thomas Taylor

    The latest book in the Eerie-on-Sea series by Thomas Taylor, Festergrimm, takes us to the dark underworld of the town. Thoma...

  • Janelle McCurdy

    Janelle McCurdy

    Janelle is an author and fully-fledged gamer and Mia and the Lightcasters is her debut novel. She started writing at only 16...

  • Dashe Roberts

    Dashe Roberts

    Dashe Roberts has spent most of her life living on either coast of the US. After several years working in the New York theat...

  • Anna James

    Anna James

    Anna James takes us back to the world of Pages &amp; Co in her new book, Pages &amp; Co: The Treehouse Library, the fifth bo...

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild, Between Sea and Sky and her latest, Beyond the Frozen Horizon, Nicola Penfold explo...

  • Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger

    Ella Risbridger is a journalist, anthologist and cookery writer. In a former life she was a beauty columnist for the i</...

  • Chris Vick

    Chris Vick

    In between writing and teaching, Chris Vick works for a whale and dolphin conservation charity which has helped inspire The...

  • Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell

    Louie Stowell's series, Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good, brings trickster god Loki to Earth when he i...

  • Nicola Morgan

    Nicola Morgan

    Nicola Morgan, aka The Teenage Brain Woman, is an award-winning author and speaker on many areas of well-being and learning....

  • Simon Fox

    Simon Fox

    Running out of Time is Simon Fox's first novel after 20 years trapped in the dungeon of accountancy.  He is determined to ne...

  • Judith Eagle

    Judith Eagle

    Judith Eagle is the author of The Secret Starling and The Pear Affair. Her latest book, The Accidental Stowaway, is a myster...

  • Sufiya Ahmed

    Sufiya Ahmed

    Sufiya Ahmed worked in advertising and in the House of Commons before becoming a full-time author. In 2010 she set up the BI...

  • A.F. Harrold

    A.F. Harrold

    A.F. Harrold is an English poet and children's author, whose books include The Worlds We Leave Behind, The Song from Somewhe...

  • Jo Simmons

    Jo Simmons

    Jo Simmons is an author of funny fiction and her latest book, The Reluctant Vampire Queen, sees her writing funny books for...

  • Alex Cotter

    Alex Cotter

    Alex Cotter has worked hard all her life at daydreaming, while making a living from words: from bookselling at W.H.Smith and...

  • Hana Tooke

    Hana Tooke

    Hana Tooke's new novel, The Midnighters, follows a group of children as they explore and discover new skills, at midnight.</...

  • Jonathan Tulloch

    Jonathan Tulloch

    Cuckoo Summer, a wartime story about evacuation and the effects of war, is Jonathan Tulloch's first book fo...

  • David Solomons

    David Solomons

    A Beginner’s Guide to Ruling the Galaxy is David Solomon's sixth novel for children and follows his bestsel...

  • Jessica Scott-Whyte

    Jessica Scott-Whyte

    The Asparagus Bunch is  Jessica Scott-Whyte's debut novel. Jessica was born and raised in Dublin. She studied French and His...

  • Jesse Q Sutanto

    Jesse Q Sutanto

    Jesse writes books for children and adults, and her first YA romcom, Well, That Was Unexpected, is now available. Jes...

  • JP Rose

    JP Rose

    Author JP Rose's first YA novel, The Haunting of Tyrese Walker, is a gripping psychological horror story. JP Rose was born i...

  • Darren Charlton

    Darren Charlton

    Darren Charlton's lifetime obsessions with the National Parks of America, horror, film music and 80s kids movies have all wo...

  • Finbar Hawkins

    Finbar Hawkins

    Finbar Hawkins's new novel Stone weaves ancient tales into a contemporary story. His debut novel, Witch, was shortlisted for...

  • Rachel Burge

    Rachel Burge

    YA author Rachel Burge's new novel, Waking the Witch, follows her earlier YA books The Twisted Tre...

  • Chris Vick

    Chris Vick

    In between writing and teaching, Chris Vick works for a whale and dolphin conservation charity which has helped inspire The...

  • Simon Fox

    Simon Fox

    Running out of Time is Simon Fox's first novel after 20 years trapped in the dungeon of accountancy.  He is determined to ne...

  • Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

    Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

    Katharine and Elizabeth Corr revisit the Orpheus and Eurydice myth in their new Daughter of Darkne...

  • Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter

    Catherine Barter's We Played with Fire has won the Young Quill's Award for historical fiction for her novel...

  • Jo Simmons

    Jo Simmons

    Jo Simmons is an author of funny fiction and her latest book, The Reluctant Vampire Queen, sees her writing funny books for...

  • Tracy Darnton

    Tracy Darnton

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    Chris Vick

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    Jonathan Tulloch

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    Lola Morayo

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    Adam Baron

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    David Solomons

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    Jessica Scott-Whyte

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    Fiona Longmuir

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    Elys Dolan

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    Barry Timms & Ged Adamson

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