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Find out all about this year’s World Book Day, get to know our amazing authors, and read the latest publishing news.

A day in the life of Penny Joelson

In my house, early mornings are busy with everyone getting ready and we only have time for a quick breakfast alongside Heart Radio. Once my husband’s at work, the children are at school and I have the house to myself, I like to start the day by writing. I am a morning person! At the […]

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Laura Coryton shouts about the power of books

Speak Up: Books are all about being heard! Books give us power. They boost our mental health, have the unparalleled power to transport us rapidly through time and space, they can reveal our deepest desires and fears and effortlessly teach us new, unique ways to think and feel. They empower our lives in so many […]

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Tom Mitchell on why the 'f' word is so important in reading

You don’t need me to tell you about the importance of reading. You’ve heard it all before. You get the message from all sides – teachers, parents, grandparents, those YouTube videos recommended by adults that look like they might be fun but actually turn out to be manic-eyed ex-librarians desperate for you to pick up […]

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Melinda Salisbury recommends reading around the climate disaster

Melinda is the bestselling author of multiple young adult novels including the Sin Eater’s Daughter series. Her new book, Hold Back The Tide published by Scholastic is available in March: Though Climate Action youth-organised protests have been happening since 2006, it was 2018 when teenagers and children began to make regular headlines in their bid […]

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Katy Birchall discusses the importance of funny books for teens

Author of the hilarious The IT Girl series and Morgan Charmley: Teenage Witch, Katy Birchall talks about how important comedy is when writing for young people… I was a teenager when I fell head over heels in love with funny books. At the age of 13, I was given Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries and […]

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Laura Wood lists the best romances in YA

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith  A gorgeously written coming-of-age story, and one of my favourite books in the world. Cassandra Mortmain and her eccentric – and impoverished – family live in a crumbling castle. When a pair of wealthy American brothers appear on the scene, Cassandra’s world is tuned upside down, and what […]

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Joseph Elliott introduces a new kind of protagonist

The Good Hawk is a sprawling fantasy, set in a mythic version of Scotland, featuring killer shadows, ancient magic and a tribe of nomadic Highland bull-riders. One of the main characters is a fifteen-year-old girl called Agatha, who’s a ‘Hawk’ – a lookout – for her clan, which lives on the northernmost tip of the […]

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A day in the life of Brittney Morris

What’s it like to be me for a day? Depends entirely on when you ask. When I’m drafting, I spend 12+ hours per day in the writing chair. But in those 6 month gaps between drafts, I travel, read, cook, do jigsaw puzzles, watch YouTube, and (recently) crochet! I really value my sleep, so I […]

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Anna James' favourite YA heroines

In the Pages & Co series, my heroine Tilly first realises she’s a bookwanderer when characters from her favourite books start appearing in the bookshop she lives in. These are the YA heroines I’d most like to pop up if I was a bookwanderer…   1. Reiko from Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine […]

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