The Publisher says: Alex Sparrow is a super-agent in training. He is also a human lie-detector. Working with Jess, who can communicate with animals, they must find out why their friends – and enemies – are all changing into polite and well-behaved pupils. And exactly who is behind it all. Alex Sparrow is a funny, mid-grade […]

Hello! Today I’m really excited to welcome debut author Jennifer Killick to my blog! I’ve been reading Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink, which is so funny: it’s made me chuckle and laugh out loud all the way through. Plus, it’s full of all the vital Middle Grade ingredients for a lively read, so […]

Hello and welcome to my guest, author Sharon Marie Jones, who has been kind enough to share with us her magical experiences as a debut author! Hi Sharon. Tell us about your book Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners It all begins when a black cat ambles into Number 32, Ty Mynydd Close, the home of the Bevin […]

Blurb from Penguin Random House ABOUT THE GIANT JUMPEREE Two of the world’s most celebrated picture book creators, Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury, team up for the first time in this jaunty animal fable for fans of Room on the Broom and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a […]

The synopsis from Chicken House: About the book Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, […]

Hello! And a big, warm welcome to Honor and Perdita Cargill! I’ve loved both Waiting For Callback and the brand new Waiting For Callback-Take Two, so it’s fabulous to have them here to find out about how they approach their writing. Elektra, the main character in both books, is such an entertaining and enchanting personality that […]

Hello! I’d like to welcome debut author Lorraine Cannell to my blog. After hearing from my writer friends about how tough the YA market is at the moment,  I invited fellow Golden Egg Lorraine to share her experiences of writing her book Hollow; and to find out why she’s decided to go down the self publishing route. […]

Hello! It’s been a while since I posted a review, so I’m delighted that my first one in  2017 is Waiting for Callback-Take Two by mother and daughter writing duo Perdita and Honor Cargill. I absolutely loved Waiting for Callback and the super talented main character, Elektra (review here), so I’ve been looking forward to finding […]

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. This is my first blog post for 2017! For the past few years I’ve participated in the SCBWI advent calendar each December: every day an advent picture appears by a SCBWI illustrator, and then we writers craft a caption or poem that can be tweeted. It’s become […]

Hello, Thank you to everyone who has supported my hellopipski blog this year! In 2016 I’ve more than doubled the number of views and visitors compared to 2015, and nearly trebled the number of views! The most viewed posts were reviews of: 1-Grandpa’s Great Escape 2-The Dreamsnatcher 3-The Bolds (once my famous unfortunate typo was […]