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5-4-3-2-1: Claire Barker

With Halloween just around the corner, who better to take part in our 5-4-3-2-1 feature than Claire Barker, author of Knitbone Pepper And The Ghost Dog (published by Usborne)? Books you’d save from a burning bookcase 1) Roald Dahl –Danny, Champion of the World. The first book that made me sit up and pay attention. I will never look a raisin in the same way again. 2) The QI Book of The Dead. Very, very interesting dead people. 3) Patrick Suskind – Perfume. Brilliant, dark, poisonous, frightening, addictive. 4) Terry Pratchett – Mort. Death has a horse called Binky: what’s not to love? 5) Childhood copy of Tales from Shakespeare, illustrated by Victor Ambrus. Full of war, blood and prett

5-4-3-2-1: Alexia Casale

We’re really excited for next week’s YA Shot event in Uxbridge, featuring a host of incredible authors! To celebrate, awesome organiser Alexia Casale (who is also a brilliant author herself, having written The Bone Dragon and House of Windows) is taking part in our popular 5-4-3-2-1 feature! 5 Pieces of advice you’d give yourself if you could travel back in time to before you became a published author Join Twitter and find the UKYA community STAT. Stalk agents of all description on Twitter and read their articles about pitching. Start a blog. Possibly a book blog. Certainly get reading all the book blogs. That book everyone thinks is The World’s Worst Idea Ever is going to be your debut.

5-4-3-2-1: Joshua Khan

We’re super excited for Joshua Khan’s Shadow Magic, published by Scholastic, which sounds fabulous! We’re thrilled to have Joshua doing our 5-4-3-2-1 feature today. Books you’d save from a burning bookcase The Hobbit It was read to me when I was about seven and, I think, the reason I do what I do. I read it again every few years and am instantly transported back to that summer day when I sat on the lino floor in the classroom and the teacher uttered the immortal words, “In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit.” I read it to my wife and newborn daughter during those 4am feeds, when you feel that it’s just the three of you alone in the world and everything is at peace. Daughter is now 15 and ke

YA Shot Tour Post: Tom Easton on Funny Books

As huge fans of Tom Easton’s Boys Don’t Knit and his Our House series, we agree with him that funny books need love! We’re thrilled to be hosting this awesome guest post. Humour in UKYA I’ve been writing for over ten years and I write in different genres, for different age groups. I love the variety and I feel that I have learned so much as a writer by forcing myself to write outside my comfort zone for new audiences. I’ve written books which are “boys” books and books which are “girls” books (though I have to say I don’t change my writing style accordingly. Books are pretty much just books whoever the target market is). The genre I love working in most of all is humour for YA. Not the easie

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR list for Autumn

Slightly belated post here but I really wanted to get my top ten books on my TBR list for autumn up! Mango & Bambang: The Not A Pig (Polly Faber, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy, Walker Books) – I haven’t read any of the books in the Mango and Bambang series yet, partly as they’re slightly younger than the normal age range I read, but Walker were kind enough to send me the first along with the recently released third book Tiny Tapir Trouble. A quick flick through shows just how gorgeous Clara Vulliamy’s illustrations of little girl Mango and Asian tapir Bambang are, so this charming collaboration has hit my must read list. (And yes, it IS probably pushing it a little to include it here given t

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