Podcast: Consuming a healthy reading diet

This week, Rob and Kate look at our reading in 2015 so far, to ask if we have a healthy and balanced reading diet, as well as catching up with a listener More »

Podcast: Hot Key Hot Titles 2015

In May’s YA Edition podcast, Kate mentions the YA titles from the Pan Macmillan/MyKindaBook Vlogger Evening Pub(lishing) Quiz, and then gives the lowdown on Hot Key Books’ hot titles coming up in More »

Podcast: Managing the TBR list

Rob and Kate discuss how their manage their TBR lists. More »

Podcast: We Have News!

Kate and Rob are back with exciting news! More »

Podcast: Nicole Burstein discusses Othergirl

Recorded in Foyles Cafe Charing Cross, here’s Kate in conversation with author Nicole Burstein about her debut young adult novel Othergirl. More »

 
Rob's GoodReads Reading Challenge 2015

Podcast: Consuming a healthy reading diet

This week, Rob and Kate look at our reading in 2015 so far, to ask if we have a healthy and balanced reading diet, as well as catching up with a listener email on TBRs and what we’ve been reading lately.

Hot Key titles 2015

Podcast: Hot Key Hot Titles 2015

In May’s YA Edition podcast, Kate mentions the YA titles from the Pan Macmillan/MyKindaBook Vlogger Evening Pub(lishing) Quiz, and then gives the lowdown on Hot Key Books’ hot titles coming up in the second half of 2015, which she heard about at the recent bloggers’ brunch.

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Podcast: Managing the TBR list

Rob and Kate discuss how their manage their TBR lists.

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Podcast: We Have News!

Kate and Rob are back with exciting news!

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Podcast: Nicole Burstein discusses Othergirl

Recorded in Foyles Cafe Charing Cross, here’s Kate in conversation with author Nicole Burstein about her debut young adult novel Othergirl.

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Podcast: In conversation with Ben Fergusson

Recorded live as part of the Essex Book Festival, here’s Rob in conversation with author Ben Fergusson about his book The Spring of Kasper Meier.

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#UKYAday – loved that? Read this!

I’m a big UKYA reader, but then I’ve had a lot of practise – nearly 20 years worth of eagerly devouring fantastic books written for young people. I was lucky to be that age which coincided with the first big wave of books for teens, laying the foundation for the amazing range being published now. So, I thought I’d use those now-classics to recommend some newer UKYA writers you might like to try, if you haven’t already…

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True Face – Siobhan Curham on Empowering Books for Women and Girls

True Face coverWhen I received an email recently from Faber, offering me the chance to read True Face by Siobhan Curham, and to host a guest post, I jumped at the chance. The effect of the media on young women (and men), in the twenty-teens, is huge – not only is there a bombardment of images telling you what you should look like and how you should act in TV and magazines, but our total immersion in a world of social media means that your appearance is constantly up for discussion and distribution.

While I – thankfully – didn’t have to cope with the combined effects of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and tumblr aged 12, I definitely felt that pressure myself as a teen, and one of the big things that helped me feel positive and empowered was reading about some fantastic female characters and the amazing things they were able to achieve. I asked Siobhan if she could share some of her recommendations of empowering reads for women and girls, and I’m glad to say she’s obliged. Read on, and discover them for yourself… Kate x

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Really Bad Film Podcast: Superman IV

You won’t believe a man can fly in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace!

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Review: Othergirl by Nicole Burstein

A teenage girl with a burning secret…(…and a lot of homework).
A worldwide network of superheroes looking for hot new talent…and a best friend left behind to pick up the pieces.
Louise and Erica have been best friends since forever. They’re closer than sisters and depend on each other for almost everything. Just one problem: Erica’s a freaking superhero.

When Erica isn’t doing loop-the-loops in the sky or burning things with her heat pulse powers, she needs Louise to hold her non-super life together. After all, the girls still have homework, parents and boys to figure out. But being a superhero’s BFF is not easy, especially as trouble has a way of seeking them out. Soon Louise discovers that Erica might be able to survive explosions and fly faster than a speeding bullet, but she can’t win every fight by herself.

Life isn’t a comic book: it’s even crazier than that.

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Podcast: Birth of the Book Parts One and Two

Here’s your chance to listen to the recent Essex Book Festival Event ‘Birth of the Book’ with Kerry Hudson, Jo Unwin and Francesca Main.

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Podcast: UKYA Blogger Awards and the YA Book Prize

This month, Kate talks about two firsts, the UKYA Blogger Awards, which are – we think – the first industry-sponsored awards for book bloggers, and the YA Book Prize, the first book prize exclusively for YA literature. Kate chats to Andy Robb, the founder of UKYABA, and Rob guests.

 

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