I was lucky enough to be invited along with many of my fellow bloggers to the Random House Children's Books blogger's brunch at their offices in Vauxhall. I can't describe just how much I love events like this. There is nothing more exciting that drooling over up and coming titles and being the first to see them as well as catching up with good blogging pals. We also got to meet three fabulous authors. At the front of the photo, you will see John Lucas, Victoria Lamb and Bali Rai who all have new books coming out with RHCB this year. For details see below.
We were also treated to home made Whoopie pies which they made using the recipes found in Whoopie Pie Fun which you know I am now going to have try out! I was made to eat two by Lynsey from Narratively Speaking and now I am addicted! This book is available to buy now.
Random House have some excellent books coming out and I thought I would share them with you.
First we have Fallen In Love by Lauren Kate which is coming out at the end of January (26th to be precise) which is a collection of short stories dedicated to love and featuring characters from the Fallen series. This would be an ideal present for a loved one on Valentine's Day.
The final book in the Fallen series, RAPTURE will be out in June and will probably top the book charts again in its first week of release as you guys just can't get enough of this series.
Now there is something special happening with the cover of the book, but until I have more news you will have to wait patiently for me to reveal it. So WATCH THIS SPACE!
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is already causing a storm on Twitter and rightly so I believe. This book will make you cry, so do not read it in a public place where you value your image. This book was inspired by real life events and handles the very difficult and delicate issue of looking different to everyone else with sensitivity and honesty. The author, who is an editor at Workman publishing, was in an icecream shop with her children, when a young girl entered the shop with a similar condition to the character in the book. Her children were confused and upset and she herself didn't know how to react and from this chance meeting her story was born. In June of last year, R.J. Palacio was picked by the Times as being one of the hundred people to watch in the future.
I am really excited and intrigued by this book as well as frightened of how I will feel reading it. I get the impression this is one of those books that just stays with you.
Transworld are also publishing it as an adult book, but *whispers loudly* buy the one from Random House Children Book when it comes out on the 1st of March.
Aidan Chambers is a renowned prize winning author, who has won the Carnegie Medal for Postcards From No Man's Land as well as the Hans Christian Anderson Award which is the highest international honour to be given to a chidren's author.
Aidan also has a new full length novel called Dying To Know You coming out in May 2012, which has the feel of Goodnight Mr Tom and captures the awkwardness of youth.
There will be a short story coming out before the book is published in March, sort of like a pre starter. If you happen to go to the cinema to watch The Hunger Games soon, this cover will be there to greet you in the advertisements. This book is going to be HUGE!
This is the first in a trilogy about the 20's/ and comes out in March.
This book came about from interviewing scientists for Radio 5. After listening to them, he came up with the real life super hero - Itch! Itch doesn't need any super tech gadgets or secret weapons; his passion for chemistry and his love of the periodic table leads him on an adventure. If you like the Alex Rider books then you will love this one. It comes out on the 1st of March.
Mia Price, the lead character, is a lightening addict. She has survived countless strikes but with each one she is endangering her life more and more. Within this book expect a country in ruins and eerily familiar massive earthquakes. Will Mia be able to save the world?
From what I have heard, Jennifer's husband is a film director and he has created a wicked trailer for her!
If you enjoyed Out of Shadows and Unhooking the Moon you will love this, though do be prepared to cry.
Michael Williams is the managing director of Cape Town Opera in South Africa and will be touring the UK in June to celebrate the publication of his book on the 7th of June.
For Tom, the Spook's apprentice, the pressure is on. Having bound the Fiend's spirit temporarily, he must come up with a permanent solution. But the forces of evil are throwing everything they have at him, and with the Spook's health ailing, he has to face more and more on his own.
The first book in the series will be released as a film on the 13th February, with Jeff Bridges playing the Spook. Exciting stuff!
This book looks closely at bullying and manipulation. I am VERY EXCITED by this book!
This page turning historical thriller, is full of smouldering sexual tension and dark supernatural undercurrents. Imagine Stephanie Meyer creating a book with Philippa Gregory with Celia Rees, checking for full stops. Roll on the 5th of July!
A family moves to the town and something is just not quite right. When the main character's baby brother disappears, his parents seems to forget he exists after they had casually wished him away the night before.
Full of dark humour, with elements of the League of Gentlemen in it, I think this one will be very popular with the boys.
*********As you can see some awesome books coming out between now and the end of July. We also got to hear about books that will be published later in the year. Here is a quick rundown of the other books to be published.
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket - John Boyne (2/8/12)
Blood Keeper by Tess Gratton (30/8/12)
Spy for The Queen of Scots by Theresa Breslin ( 2/8/12)
Turf by John Lucas ( 2/8/12)
Falling to Ash by Karen Mahony ( 6/9/12)
Fire City by Bali Rai ( 6/9/12)
On The Day I Died by Candace Fleming ( 4/10/12)
The Oathbreakers Shadow by Amy McCulloch ( 2/5/13)
An exciting year for Random House Children's Books!