Posted by Tom on Dec 11, 2013
Next month we’ll be publishing The Black Crow Conspiracy by Christopher Edge – the thrilling final volume in the acclaimed Twelve Minutes to Midnight trilogy.
And today you can find out how the conclusion to this fantastically gripping, wonderfully atmospheric series begins – we’ve posted the first chapter!
An absolutely brilliant set of books for 10+ readers who like suspense, mystery and intrigue, the Twelve Minutes to Midnight trilogy is the recipient of a Stockport School’s Book Award (for the first volume), a shortlisting for the Lambeth Phoenix Book Award, and inclusion in the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge and Bookbuzz Programme. The Telegraph described the second book in the series, Shadows of the Silver Screen, as “a serious (and playful) intelligent historical thriller for children.”
In this final episode, Penny receives a story for the magazine about a strange and supernaturally-tinged crime, she’s instantly gripped. However, when the story is published, she’s shocked to discover that it describes a recent crime. More stories follow from the anonymous author containing further sinister crimes and hinting at more to come. With the police perplexed, and all of London living in fear, Penny faces a race against time to track the elusive author down. Can she find him and put a stop to his terrible crimes before his story reaches its chilling conclusion?
… And without further ado, here’s chapter one!
The Black Crow Conspiracy won’t be available in shops until January 9, but you can pre-order it online from Waterstones here. And if you’re new to this fantastic trilogy, you can find out how all it begins below with the first chapter for Twelve Minutes to Midnight:
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Posted by Tom on Dec 10, 2013
Today’s a bit of a chaotic sort of day in the Crow’s Nest: lots of us have just left for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, where we have THREE shortlisted titles in the running – Weasels by Elys Dolan, Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson, and The Grunts all at Sea by Philip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler – and the rest of us are busy preparing for tonight’s Christmas party (I am using the opportunity to write this to take a break from hanging fairy lights…), and the unhappy consequence is that the blog has been rather neglected, I am afraid to say.
So today, rather than write anything terribly interesting or witty ourselves, I thought I’d direct you to the excellent blog of the Bright Group, home of illustrators including Benji Davies, Nicola O’Byrne, and Sebastien Braun, which features an in-depth interview with Kate as part of the Insider Series.
You can read the full interview, in which Kate talks about 25 years in the publishing industry, the digital revolution, what she’s looking for in an illustrator, and some of her all-time favourite picture books, here. And normal service will resume here shortly!
Posted by Tom on Dec 09, 2013
One of the absolute best and most satisfying experiences for a publisher is to hear from our readers – and last week we really hit the jackpot. A Year Two class at our local primary school had all been reading the Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble books by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger – both the picture books and the new young fiction series, which began in October with Hubble Bubble: The Glorious Granny Bake-Off – and they enjoyed the books so much that they wrote and delivered some absolutely brilliant letters to us.
Feedback like this isn’t just very heart-gladdening: it’s also an invaluable way for us to learn what parts of our books children respond to the most. In the case of the Hubble Bubble books, these six-year-olds particularly liked the humour (“very funny” came up a lot), the illustrations, and, in the case of The Glorious Granny Bake-Off, the length – which is carefully designed for a newly independent reader (“I enjoyed the book because it is long” and “I like to read chapter books” both came up).
And even better still, the letters were all fantastically illustrated – you can click each of the images below to enlarge.
There were lots of grannies:
The giant rabbit (and carrot) in The Glorious Granny Bake-Off was also very popular:
And there were even some Nosy Crows!
…And here’s the envelope it all arrived in (with some sage advice – they’ve got my number):
Thank you very, very much to all the pupils at the Charles Dickens Primary School for these wonderful letters!
If you’re new to the Hubble Bubble books, you can look inside the first picture book, Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble, below:
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And here’s a look inside The Glorious Granny Bake-Off:
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