Subject TOP 5 FRIDAY: Weird & Wondrous Foods
Food and books are two of my most favourite things - so when it came to writing this week's top 5, it seemed fitting to combine the two ...
1. Butterbeer in Harry Potter
What else? The go-to drink in the Three Broomsticks, it seems that Butterbeer is the tea of the wizarding world – when in doubt, it’s time for a tankard. Dark Lord out to kill you and everyone you’ve ever loved? Have a Butterbeer.
2. Edmund’s Turkish Delight in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
This book started my life-long love affair with Turkish Delight. Narnia’s version always seemed that little bit more delicious – except for the whole placing-a-spell-on-Edmund-and-luring-him-to-the-White-Witch’s-castle part. Still, I could definitely eat some Turkish Delight right now.
3. Alice’s ‘Eat Me’ cake in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
I do feel quite bad for Alice – firstly drinking something that makes her tiny and then eating a cake which makes her too big, she just can’t win. To be fair to her, the cake looked delicious and was literally asking to be eaten (and I don’t think I’d be able to resist, either).
4. The chocolate river in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Isn’t this the best thing EVER? It would have made swimming lessons much more fun as a child. Even now, what I wouldn’t give to swim in a river of chocolatey goodness. Yum yum yum.
5. Bruce Bogtrotter’s cake in Matilda
Now, I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, the cake does look delicious; on the other hand, I genuinely still feel very uneasy when I hear the words ‘the entire confection’. A slice wouldn’t hurt though, right?
What's your favourite fictional delicacy? Let us know what you think by tweeting us at @chickenhsebooks!
Subject TOP 5 FRIDAY: Magical Libraries
We're BIG fans of libraries here in the Coop – so much so, that our Junior Editor Kesia has picked out her fictional favourites!
1. HOGWARTS LIBRARY
Ah, the vast, towering shelves! The gothic gloom! The bad-tempered librarian with a terrifying glare! All classic features of the magical library. But most enticing of all is the spine-tingling temptation of the Restricted Section … ooooo …
2. THE LIBRARY IN MATILDA
It’s at once an ordinary library, and utterly extraordinary – it’s the humdrum accessibility of Matilda’s local that makes it magical. It’s a library you or I or any bookworm could visit: we, too, could stuff our brains full of knowledge and learn telekinesis. (Well, maybe not that last bit …)
3. THE LIBRARY IN DOCTOR WHO
Because this library is the size of a planet – A PLANET – and contains copies of every book ever written. EVER.
4. SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY IN BUFFY
As well as being Vampire Slayer HQ, its uniquely attractive features include charming-bumbling librarian Giles and a fabulous collection of hefty tomes on the paranormal. And you can still use it to revise for your finals. Awesome and useful.
5. BELLE'S LIBRARY IN THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
What bookworm princess hasn’t dreamed of these soaring, romantic, impossible-in-real-life gold-gilded bookshelves?! This is a library with the style of a ballroom – a roaring fire, a spinning globe, a glassy tiled floor fit for recreational sock-sliding (in between all the reading, of course). Bliss.
Do you agree? Let us know what you think by tweeting us at @chickenhsebooks!
Subject THE TIMES/CHICKEN HOUSE CHILDREN’S FICTION COMPETITION – SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED!
Drumroll please! Over the last few weeks, we’ve had the very difficult task of whittling our fantastic longlist of 18 down to a shortlist of just 5. With such a stellar longlist, this was no mean feat – all the longlisted submissions were absolutely brilliant stories, full of all the originality, excellent writing and riveting plots that we're on the lookout for from the hundreds of submissions we receive. Such was the quality of this year’s longlist, that we couldn’t decide on just 5 – so without further ado, here’s the shortlist of 6!
Adam’s Amazing Apothecary by Wai Lan Mo
Dogs of Legacy by M.P. Sturrock
Keeper of the Crown by Mary Hopewell
King of the Mountains by Steve Lee
The Gallows Dance by Anna Day
The Secret Cooking Club for Girls by Laurel Remington
We’ve got an absolutely fantastic mix of genres and age ranges on the shortlist – respectively, a magical, hilarious tale of a junior Dr. Dolittle and his journey to overcome fear; a heart-wrenching canine adventure with a unique narrative voice; a high-concept fantasy set in a world ruled by reincarnation; an electrifying cycling story packed with adrenaline; a gripping reimagining of society’s obsession with perfection, based around genetic modification; and a delicious cake-fuelled drama bursting with flavour.
Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors!
Subject Chicken House acquires MOTH AND THE NIGHTINGALE
We're very excited to announce that we've recently acquired the debut novel from Lucinda Martin (right), MOTH AND THE NIGHTINGALE.
A poetic middle-grade novel, MOTH AND THE NIGHTINGALE tells the story of Henry, a young girl from a grieving family, whose life changes when she meets a witch-like old woman who lives in the woods. Her name is Moth. As Britain finds itself moving towards war, Henry turns to Moth for help - but soon realises she may be hiding some dark secrets of her own.
Chicken House's MD Barry Cunningham says, 'We are proud to publish Lucinda Martin's subtle and surprisingly modern interpretation of the lonely, bookish child, and some almost magical events in an enchanting house and wood, set between the wars.'
Our lovely Editorial Director, Rachel Leyshon, acquired MOTH AND THE NIGHTINGALE from Luigi Bonomi Associates in a world rights deal. It will be hitting the shelves in 2016 - keep your eyes peeled!
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Subject WIN A SIGNED COPY OF LOBSTERS
To celebrate the fantastic LOBSTERS being shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, we’ve got two copies signed by authors Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison to give away! All you have to do is show us your dedication to Team Lobsters by tweeting us a snap of you with a #TeamLobsters sign, as demonstrated by our very own Barry Cunningham to the right. You can find us at @chickenhsebooks – we’ll be selecting two winners at random once the comp closes, which will then be announced next week. Get your pics to us before 2pm on Thursday to be in with a chance of winning!
You can view the full terms and conditions for this competition here. LOBSTERS is recommended for readers aged 15+. All under 16s must have permission from a parent or guardian before entering.
Subject VENDETTA BLOG TOUR
Today we're kicking off Catherine Doyle's blog tour for her thrilling YA romance VENDETTA! Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather, VENDETTA is a gritty, romantic and totally compelling story you won't want to miss!
For Sophie, it's a long dull summer in the Chicago suburbs until five mysterious brothers move into her neighbourhood. A chance encounter with one of them leaves her breathless. But all is not what it seems.
As the secrets of Nic's Sicilian heritage emerge and Sophie falls deeper into his world, her own family skeletons come to life. Caught up in a twisted game of revenge between two warring dynasties, the choice between love and family suddenly comes at a deadly price.
You can catch posts from now until 4th February at the blogs below:
26th January - SISTER SPOOKY & WONDROUS READS
27th January - QUEEN OF CONTEMPORARY
28th January - FLUTTERING BUTTERFLIES
29th January - BLAME MY BOOKSHELF
30th January - RAISING IRELAND & NAYU'S READING CORNER
2nd February - THE OVERFLOWING LIBRARY & SERENDIPITY REVIEWS
3rd February - WRITING FROM THE TUB
4th February - LUNA'S LITTLE LIBRARY & THE BIBLIOMANIAC
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