TOP 5 FRIDAY: Kid Detectives

Posted by Rachel L on Friday May 29th, 2015

TOP 5 kid detectives

Detectives have to be more than just plain nosy – only the truly tough, steely and determined will get to the bottom of the crime. As Humphrey Bogart says in ‘The Big Sleep’ (when asked why he keeps on investigating):  ‘Too many people told me to stop.’  (more…)

IF YOU WERE ME blog tour

Posted by Jazz on Tuesday April 21st, 2015

Looking for an exciting new read this month? Look no further than Sam Hepburn's IF YOU WERE ME - an exciting teen mystery set in contemporary London. This week we're kicking off the blog tour - check out the blogs at the dates below to read Sam's posts!

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NEW BOOKS!

Posted by Jazz on Monday April 13th, 2015

April has been a really exciting month for us at Chicken House HQ - not only have we announced the winner of the 2015 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition, but we've also got four brand new books publishing!

SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott (12+)

One hundred and twenty-two began. Only sixty-four remain.
Tella's made it through the first terrains of the Brimstone Bleed - but the contest isn't over yet. If she wants to save her brother, she must face oceans and icy mountains, all for the chance of winning the Cure.
And even if Tella survives these deadly places, the greatest threat will still be her fellow Contenders - even the ones she trusts the most ...

The explosive sequel to FIRE & FLOOD is finally here! A must-read for all YA fans, SALT & STONE is an action-packed journey which will leave you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end. You'll read it in one sitting!

Follow Victoria Scott on Twitter: @victoriascottya

IF YOU WERE ME by Sam Hepburn (12+)

Not long after Aliya's family escapes Afghanistan for Britain, her brother is accused of a bomb attack. Aliya is sure of his innocence, but when plumber's son Dan finds a gun in their bathroom, what's she to think?
Dan has his own reasons for staying silent: he's worried the gun might have something to do with his dad. Thrown together by chance, the two of them set out to uncover a tangled and twisted truth.

From award-winning author Sam Hepburn comes an exciting new teen crime mystery following two teenagers who face the very real issues of contemporary London. You can also get your hands on a beautiful new edition of Sam's first books, CHASING THE DARK, this month too!

Follow Sam Hepburn on Twitter: @sam_osman_books

THE BIG WISH by Brandon Robshaw (9+)

Eleven-year-old Sam has a problem. Well, quite a few problems. So when he sees a shooting star, he naturally wishes on it - for a million wishes. Of course, he doesn't expect the wish to come true, but somehow it does.

Sam has fun experimenting with wishes - he can change anything he wants. But then he discovers that changing stuff has consequences he hadn't anticipated. And what's the point of doing anything, if you can just wish for it and make it happen?

A story that will make you laugh out loud as well as think about the big themes behind it! THE BIG WISH combines comic fantasy and exciting ideas to create a perfect read - what in the world would you wish for?

Follow Brandon Robshaw on Twitter: @brandonrobshaw

THE SOUND OF WHALES by Kerr Thomson (10+)

Three children are spending their summer on a wild Scottish island. Fraser is desperate for adventure and Hayley is fed up she's even there, while Dunny spends his days staring out to sea. He hasn't said a word in years.

But everything changes with the discovery of two bodies on the beach: a whale and a man. Fraser and Hayley see a mystery-adventure to be solved, but Dunny is inconsolable. And in the end, it will take someone who listens to the sea to put it right.

Winner of the 2014 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition, THE SOUND OF WHALES is a classic story that explores the importance of our environment, our relationship with animals and how the truth isn't always straightforward. A magical adventure set on the Scottish coast!

Follow Kerr Thomson on Twitter: @kerr_thomson

Follow Chicken House on Twitter: @chickenhsebooks

The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition: One Year On

Posted by Jazz on Thursday April 2nd, 2015

Kerr Thomson, the 2014 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition winner, shares his experience of being published ... (more…)

The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition: Judging Panel and Lunch

Posted by Kesia on Tuesday March 31st, 2015

The drawing room at the Savile Club: gilded and wood-panelled, faded-grand, the carpet soft as whispers. It's time for the judging panel. (more…)

CHILDREN'S FICTION COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED ... AND 2016 COMPETITION OPENS!

Posted by Kesia on Friday March 27th, 2015

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2015 Times/ Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition:

THE SECRET COOKING CLUB FOR GIRLS by Laurel Remington

Laurel's warm and witty tale of baking, friendship and finding your calling impressed all of our judges. Scarlett's mum - a social media guru - uses her daughter's life as embarrassing blog-fodder. Withdrawn and lacking in confidence, Scarlett stumbles upon the magic of cooking. But she can't possibly let her mum find out...

Many congratulations to Laurel and to all our shortlisted authors for reaching the competition's most outstanding shortlist yet.

Last year's winner, the fabulously atmospheric THE SOUND OF WHALES by Kerr Thomson, is publishing on Thursday 2nd April - watch this space!

THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!

Enter the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2016 ...

... and win a publishing contract worth £10,000!

We are looking for original ideas, a fresh voice and a story children will love. If you have written a novel for children between the ages of 7 and 18, visit our submissions page for details on how to submit your manuscript.

The competition has already launched the careers of many talented children's authors - you could be next!

Competition closes Friday 30th October 2015

Click here for full terms and conditions and for details of the prize.

HOOK'S DAUGHTER blog tour

Posted by Jazz on Monday March 2nd, 2015

HOOKS-DAUGHTER-BLOG-TOUR-211x1024Ever since Heidi Schulz's HOOK'S DAUGHTER landed in our laps straight from Neverland (well, the USA), we have been ridiculously excited to hear what readers think. It'll be hitting the shelves this week - but in the meantime, we have the beginnings of the blog tour to share with you!

2nd March - SO LITTLE TIME FOR BOOKS

Heidi shares her inspiration behind the story

3rd March - WONDROUS READS

Heidi's top 5 places to visit in Neverland

4th March - YOUNG WRITERS

A Q+A with Heidi Schulz

5th March - READING AWAY THE DAYS

Pirate glossary terms

6th March - BOOKAHOLICS

Little-known facts about the book

9th March - FICTION FASCINATION

A pirate manners lesson

10th March - READARAPTOR

Review

11th March - CHICKEN HOUSE BLOG

Heidi reads the first chapter of HOOK'S DAUGHTER
HOOK'S DAUGHTER is a rip-roaring, swashbuckling adventure ride - perfect for budding pirates and adults who never really grew up. You can get your own copy from Thursday 5th March!

Follow Heidi Schulz on Twitter and Instagram: @heidischulz/@heidischulzbooks

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THE TIMES/CHICKEN HOUSE CHILDREN'S FICTION COMPETITION - SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED!

Posted by Jazz on Friday February 13th, 2015

Drumroll please! Over the last few weeks, we've had the very difficult task of whittling our fantastic longlist of 18 down to a shortlist of just 5. With such a stellar longlist, this was no mean feat - all the longlisted submissions were absolutely brilliant stories, full of all the originality, excellent writing and riveting plots that we're on the lookout for from the hundreds of submissions we receive. Such was the quality of this year's longlist, that we couldn't decide on just 5 - so without further ado, here's the shortlist of 6!

Adam's Amazing Apothecary by Wai Lan Mo

Dogs of Legacy by M.P. Sturrock

Keeper of the Crown by Mary Hopewell

King of the Mountains by Steve Lee

The Gallows Dance by Anna Day

The Secret Cooking Club for Girls by Laurel Remington

We've got an absolutely fantastic mix of genres and age ranges on the shortlist - respectively, a magical, hilarious tale of a junior Dr. Dolittle and his journey to overcome fear; a heart-wrenching canine adventure with a unique narrative voice; a high-concept fantasy set in a world ruled by reincarnation; an electrifying cycling story packed with adrenaline; a gripping reimagining of society's obsession with perfection, based around genetic modification; and a delicious cake-fuelled drama bursting with flavour.

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors!

Chicken House acquires MOTH AND THE NIGHTINGALE

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday February 11th, 2015

Lucinda-MartinWe're very excited to announce that we've recently acquired the debut novel from Lucinda Martin (right), MOTH AND THE NIGHTINGALE.

A poetic middle-grade novel, MOTH AND THE NIGHTINGALE tells the story of Henry, a young girl from a grieving family, whose life changes when she meets a witch-like old woman who lives in the woods. Her name is Moth. As Britain finds itself moving towards war, Henry turns to Moth for help - but soon realises she may be hiding some dark secrets of her own.

Chicken House's MD Barry Cunningham says, 'We are proud to publish Lucinda Martin's subtle and surprisingly modern interpretation of the lonely, bookish child, and some almost magical events in an enchanting house and wood, set between the wars.'

Our lovely Editorial Director, Rachel Leyshon, acquired MOTH AND THE NIGHTINGALE from Luigi Bonomi Associates in a world rights deal. It will be hitting the shelves in 2016 - keep your eyes peeled!

Follow Lucinda Martin on Twitter: @lucymartin

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VENDETTA BLOG TOUR

Posted by Jazz on Monday January 26th, 2015

Vendetta-Blog-Tour-180x1024Today we're kicking off Catherine Doyle's blog tour for her thrilling YA romance VENDETTA! Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather, VENDETTA is a gritty, romantic and totally compelling story you won't want to miss!

 

For Sophie, it's a long dull summer in the Chicago suburbs until five mysterious brothers move into her neighbourhood. A chance encounter with one of them leaves her breathless. But all is not what it seems.
As the secrets of Nic's Sicilian heritage emerge and Sophie falls deeper into his world, her own family skeletons come to life. Caught up in a twisted game of revenge between two warring dynasties, the choice between love and family suddenly comes at a deadly price.

 

You can catch posts from now until 4th February at the blogs below:

26th January - SISTER SPOOKY & WONDROUS READS

27th January - QUEEN OF CONTEMPORARY

28th January - FLUTTERING BUTTERFLIES

29th January - BLAME MY BOOKSHELF

30th January - RAISING IRELAND & NAYU'S READING CORNER

2nd February - THE OVERFLOWING LIBRARY & SERENDIPITY REVIEWS

3rd February - WRITING FROM THE TUB

4th February - LUNA'S LITTLE LIBRARY & THE BIBLIOMANIAC

You can read the first chapter of VENDETTA here!

Follow Catherine Doyle on Twitter: @doyle_cat

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