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These debuts - written by authors we believe are destined to have a great future as children's writers -have struck a real chord with us. We can't guarantee to find authors of this calibre every month but our scouts are out sourcing the best as often as we can. Here are the best first-time authors you need to know about.
Slick, gritty, electrifying drama from BAFTA award-winning writer, Chris Ould. He's fast becoming the freshest blood in YA crime fiction. This is a new series with 16 year old protagonists who are trainee police officers facing crime situations for the first time. The storylines are hard-hitting and challenging and Chris Ould does not shy away from the stark realities of youth crime. Warning: Contains explicit language and content and we recommend it only for 15+ readers.
Macabre and gruesome and wickedly funny, this is dark story of one boy’s determined quest to destroy those who have hurt him and his family. When Osbert wins a coveted place at the prestigious Institute he uncovers every kind of cruelty and corruption imaginable...Many children and their families have suffered in silence over the years. Osbert is made of sterner stuff; his revenge is deliberate and severe...
October 2018 Debut of the Month | | What’s the best sound in the world? Ray the little lion is determined to find out, because he thinks that will help him become a famous musician (he plays the violin). He spends hours bottling beautiful sounds – the plip-plop of rain in the forest, the tweeting of birds in the mountains, the chitter-chatter of the market – but just can’t decide. His neighbour little lemur Jemmy tries to help, but Roy is just annoyed when Jemmy dances to his music, or claps in time. Indeed, it takes him the whole book to realise that Jemmy’s friendship helps him make the best sounds ever. It’s a lovely story, beautifully told and Cindy Wume’s illustrations are gorgeous. A charming and original picture book that should become a real favourite.
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Readers | July 2016 Debut of the Month | In 3 words : pirates – magic - fellowship | In what is hopefully the first in a long series, Voyage to Magical North mixes together orphans, pirates, spells and an evil magician and in a way that feels fresh and sparky. Brine, foundling and servant, and Peter, apprentice magician, both have reasons for running away from what’s called home. They’ve not got far before they run into the Onion captained by legendary pirate Cassie O’Pia. The adventure that follows includes a search for treasure, heroic librarians, exploits in the belly of a whale and much more. Original, packed with excitement, humour and moments of quiet insight too this is a real treat. ~ Andrea Reece Recommended for fans of Jenny Nimmo’s Charlie Bone series.
Winner of the Older Readers Category (12-16 Years) Scottish Children’s Book Award 2013 - March 2013 Debut of the Month A truly moving, epic love story, that's exciting, scary, funny, thought-provoking and utterly original from a debut author with a very bright future ahead of her. Definitely for 14+ year olds. A Piece of Passion from the Editor, Helen Boyle We're extremely excited to be publishing Claire McFall's debut novel Ferryman on the Templar Fiction list. For me it's a book that has it all: a brooding love story beautifully written, a perilous journey that will keep you awake at night and, in Tristan, a hero who's as wild as Heathcliffe, as aloof as Mr Darcy and as desirable as Edward.I was drawn into Dylan's story from the very first chapter. Claire's writing is fresh and modern, she's a brilliant storyteller and her characters read like real teenagers. I hope you love Ferryman as much as I do. ......................... The winners of each of the categories - 3-7, 8-11 and 12-16 - of the Scottish Children’s Book Award 2013 are voted for by children and will be announced in March 2014. If you would like to register to vote, visit www.scottishbooktrust.com. You can also add a review on their site and here at Lovereading we would also be delighted to receive reviews of any of the shortlisted titles, which we will load on to the site. Just email your review through to email@example.com ....................................................................... In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Ferryman a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'probably one of the best Young Adult romance books I have ever read.'.... Scroll down to read more reviews...
June 2012 Debut of the Month. We found this an utterly compelling debut novel. It is set in a disturbing near future where society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed towards mental illness. There's a real passion for dystopian fiction at present and this one is one of the best.
May 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: follow your dreams | Young readers will gallop through Clare Balding’s utterly delightful book – in fact, they’ll be smiling from the very first sentence. Steeped in farm and family life and full of fascinating details from the world of horse racing too, it’s the rags to riches story of Charlie who buys the racehorse no-one else wants and goes on to enter him in the Derby. With a terrific cast of characters, animal and human, it’s a properly heart-warming story. Noble Warrior isn’t the only one to prove what he’s made of thanks to the support of those who believe in him; Charlie too finds the confidence to ignore her brothers’ taunts about her thighs, and even persuades them to work as part of her team. Heaven in a feed-bucket for pony-mad readers, this will win everyone’s heart! To read about more determined, lively pony-mad heroines see the Jinny series by Patricia Leitch, Olivia Tuffin’s Palomino Pony books and the One Dollar Horse by Lauren St John, or classic National Velvet by Enid Bagnold. ~ Andrea Reece
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: follow your dreams | Young readers will gallop through Clare Balding’s utterly delightful book – in fact, they’ll be smiling from the very first sentence. Steeped in farm and family life and full of fascinating details from the world of horse racing too, it’s the rags to riches story of Charlie who buys the racehorse no-one else wants and goes on to enter him in the Derby. With a terrific cast of characters, animal and human, it’s a properly heart-warming story. Noble Warrior isn’t the only one to prove what he’s made of thanks to the support of those who believe in him; Charlie too finds the confidence to ignore her brothers’ taunts about her thighs, and even persuades them to work as part of her team. Heaven in a feed-bucket for pony-mad readers, this will win everyone’s heart!To read about more determined, lively pony-mad heroines see the Jinny series by Patricia Leitch, Olivia Tuffin’s Palomino Pony books and the One Dollar Horse by Lauren St John, or classic National Velvet by Enid Bagnold. ~ Andrea Reece
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: fast-moving, funny, highly-illustrated story with a very unusual central character | Seven-year-old Harriet makes an unusual new friend in this hugely appealing new series: Horace – or to give him his full title Lord Commander Horatio Frederick Wallington Nincompoop Maximus Pimpleberry the Third – is a statue in her local park. One day, totally fed up at being decorated with graffiti, pigeon poo and traffic cones, he climbs down from his plinth to find a new home. Harriet seems to be the only person who notices and is soon recruited to be his helper-in-chief. Horace, who has been on his plinth since the late 1700s, refuses to be confounded by modern life and their adventures are daft but very satisfying. Harriet and Horace make a great double act and the illustrations, also by Clare Elsom, capture the sense of friendship and fun perfectly. ~ Andrea Reece Newly confident readers are being particularly well-served by publishers at the moment and this can be recommended to fans of the Dotty Detective books by Clara Vulliamy and the Claude books by Alex T. Smith.
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 - Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, August 2015 A laugh-out-loud story told in a bouncing, rhyming text about the very unexpected things that can happen while you are sleeping…There are rapping lemons, partying pears, wriggling apples, grapes doing the conga and a very cool pineapple. And they are all dancing to the disco beat. Whoever would have thought that the fruit bowl would come alive in the dead of night? Or that they could have so much fun! ~ Julia Eccleshare
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - May 2014 Debut of the Month Heartbreak is made bearable by humour in this gripping and touching story of sixteen year old Pearl, struggling to keep going after the death of her mother. Pearl’s mum dies after giving birth to The Rat as Pearl designates her tiny, newborn sister. How can Pearl ever forgive The Rat for all the grief she has caused? Locked into her own sadness and refusing to let anyone help her, Pearl knows that only her mum can help her. What would she say if she turned up and knew what Pearl was thinking? How Pearl grieves for – and with – her mother is a tragic tale beautifully told. A Piece of Passion from Ingrid Selberg, Publisher, Simon & Schuster Clare Furniss has that rare ability only the very best writers have: to provoke an authentic emotional response. Clare describes grief that cuts to the bone at the same time as making you smile wryly at life’s unpredictability...If you’re a daughter you can’t help but immediately want to pick up the phone to your mum after reading this… Teens love to read and in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
January 2019 Debut of the Month | Shortlisted for the Peoples Book Prize 2019 | All the best adventures start with a map and there’s a corker in Clive Mantle’s new thriller. Freddie’s Uncle Patrick gives him a huge and beautiful antique map of the world as a birthday present, little suspecting – or does he? – that it will magically transport Freddie across the continents and through time, to the Himalayas. He shares the adventures that befall him there with his best friend Connor, who has his own challenges at home with a gang of bullies. The two plotlines connect and this is thoroughly satisfying edge-of-the-seat boys-own stuff. Readers who enjoy this stories should also look out for Josh Lacey’s Island of Thieves, or Tamsin Cooke’s Stunt Double series.
LoveReading's debuts are titles that have struck a real chord with us here by a debut author who we believe has a real future as a children's writer.
We can't guarantee to find authors of this calibre every month but our scouts are out sourcing the best as often as we can.