Subject BIG BREAKFAST HELPS BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES
A wonderful time was had by all at this year's Chicken House Big Breakfast.
Held at the suitably quirky Soho Hotel in London, the Big Breakfast was a great opportunity to showcase the exciting titles we have coming in 2013 and to give our newest and biggest authors a chance to showcase their talents.
Attended by children's booksellers, buyers, press and members of the Chicken House tems in Germany and the Netherlands, the Big Breakfast got the year off to a great start.
Armadillo Magazine reviewer Anne Harding shares her highlights from the event in this lovely blog piece.
Subject THE LONGLIST OF THE TIMES/CHICKEN HOUSE CHILDREN’S FICTION COMPETITION 2013!
We are excited to announce the longlist of the 2013 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition.
Following weeks of reading, deliberating and debating, the Chicken House readers have selected a longlist of 21 manuscripts.
The next stage of the competition will see Chicken House Publisher & Managing Director, Barry Cunningham, select a shortlist of five manuscripts which will be read by our panel of expert judges.
The winner will be announced in March.
Thank you to all of those who entered and best of luck to the longlisted entrants for the next phase of the competition!
ALL THE SKY
Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
ELLIE AND THE GHOSTS
LIKE A BROTHER
Wendy E Constance
MR UNUSUALLY'S CIRCUS OF DREAMS
PROMISE NOT TO TELL
THE BOY WITH THE GOLDEN BALLS
THE FLIGHT OF THE GRIFFIN
THE HAIRY HAND
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEACH
THE SELKIES OF SCORESBY NAB
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY HOUSE
THE WITCH OF EDAINE
THROUGH MORTAL EYES
WE STOLE OUR BROTHER
ZACH IN THE MAKING
Extracts from each of the longlisted entries can be found on the subscribers’ area of The Times website.
Subject New Year? New Books!
It’s January and, while the skies are still grey and the days still short, it’s the perfect time to curl up with our first new releases of the year.
Fans of Cornelia Funke are in for a treat with the release of FEARLESS, the second book in the stunning new Mirrorworld series, which commenced with RECKLESS. Join Jacob Reckless for another breathtaking adventure in Funke’s brilliantly realised Fairytale-inspired world.
Heather Dyer’s THE FISH IN ROOM 11, THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN WING, and THE BOY IN THE BISCUIT TIN have been given a fresh new cover look, but still possess all their original charm and warmth. Younger readers will devour this irresistible trio of books.
We’ve an exceptional year of books to come, so don’t forget to browse our latest releases and upcoming titles.
Subject MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE CHICKEN HOUSE!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all friends of the Chicken House the merriest of Christmases and a very happy new year.
Our office is now closed for Christmas and will be re-opening Wednesday 2nd January 2013.
The longlist for The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2013 will be announced in the new year. The announcement looks set for Saturday 12th January and will happen both on our website and in the Times - in print and online. Best of luck to everyone who entered!
Subject THE WOLF PRINCESS SHORTLISTED FOR THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable has been shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
Shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year, THE WOLF PRINCESS – a magical tale of snow, diamonds and white wolves, set in the Russian wilderness – takes its place alongside award-winning authors Jonny Duddle and David Walliams.
Shortlisted authors will attend a star-studded ceremony at London’s glamorous Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Tuesday 4 December, where the winners will be presented their awards by TV host Lorraine Kelly. Highlights from the awards will be shown on Lorraine’s ITV1 show the following morning.
THE WOLF PRINCESS is the only debut novel from a previously unknown author to make this year’s shortlist. Though it is rare for a children’s debut novel to attract such early critical acclaim, Chicken House Publisher and MD Barry Cunningham (who famously discovered JK Rowling) felt immediately that THE WOLF PRINCESS had that ‘something special’:
‘Once or twice in a lifetime of publishing it happens. The outside world melts away and you’re holding a book that warms hearts, excites the imagination and captures the essence of what makes a truly great children’s story. The Wolf Princess is one such book.’
Cathryn Constable began her writing career as a journalist, after graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in Theology. After rediscovering a love for children’s literature, Cathryn began writing fiction for children. She is currently working on her second novel for Chicken House. Cathryn lives in North London with her husband and three children.
Subject FOLLOW THE WOLVES ...
The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable is published today and, to celebrate the fact, Cathryn is embarking on a seven date blog tour.
Ink Scratchers are opening the tour today (Thursday 4th October) with a Q&A with Cathryn, so you can all get to know the woman behind this beautiful and atmospheric book.
The tour continues throughout the week over at the following blogs:
Friday 5th October
Saturday 6th October
Sunday 7th October
Monday 8th October
Tuesday 9th October
Wednesday 10th October
Congratulations to Cathryn on the release of her wonderful debut novel.
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