B B Taylor dances into August's summer sun, surrounded with the positive vibes of this month's SCBWI celebrations and great new releases to keep your summer reading lists full. 

New Releases 

We all dream of being extraordinary, now Rashmi Sirdeshpande inspires us to be just that with the help of publisher Puffin and illustrator Annabel Tempest. How to be Extraordinary will inspire you with the real-life stories of extraordinary people, showcasing a total variety of personalities and talents. Out now!

We all love a fairy tale with a twist and Marie Basting is doing a full 360 of fun with her debut Princess BMX, published by Chicken House. Enchanted meets BMX in this hilariously funny new tale that is flipping into shops now. Make sure you don't crash out and miss your copy.

A chilling new read from the author of Lying About Last SummerThe reigning queen bee, Kate, knows that you don't become the most powerful girl at school by playing nice. But when other students start revealing long-held secrets anonymously, she realises someone is playing a much more dangerous game – and they know too much about Kate's past. If she doesn't figure out who's behind this, her final year at Pankhurst could be exactly that: her final year. Dead Popular is the latest exciting instalment from the talented Sue Wallman, published by Scholastic.

Never stay out after the Switching Hour... never let the outside in... Amaya lives with her grandmother, her small brother Kaleb and her pet goat Tao in a land suffering a terrible drought. Every night, the doors must be locked after twilight, the Switching Hour, because the drought has awoken Badoko, a creature that snatches people away to eat their dreams. The Switching Hour is out now, written by Damaris Young and published by Scholastic.

Coming Soon 

Gerald Killingworth is excited to share with us his spooky news as his middle grade novel 'The Dead World of Lanthorne Ghules' will be published by Pushkin in time for this year's Halloween.



Cathy Johnson is partying this month as she has won a Northern Writers’ Debut Award from New Writing North, sponsored by Northumbria University and Arts Council England, for the opening chapters of her work in progress young adult novel, Sacrifice. She receives £2000 and mentoring, and other support such as a pitching workshop and an agents' party in London, over the next year, to help her complete the novel and get it out there. The novel is a contemporary retelling of a Scandinavian myth, relocated to a Cumbrian fell farm, with a Viking twist!



Camilla Chester has reason to celebrate in the sun with ice cream this month as she signs with Laura West, Literary Agent at David Higham Associates. Camilla reminds us persistence is the key to reaching your dreams. 

Have you got a new agent? Don't be shy, let us know so we can celebrate with you too!


Good News

Moose-tastic news for Mo O'Hara this month as world rights to her first graphic novel series has been acquired, you will never look at a moose the same way again! 

Credit: Screenshot taken by Alexander English of announcement from Publishers Weekly


*All images courtesy of authors mentioned above. 

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