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Bookish News (#45)

Bookish and Blogish news is my weekly wrap up of the news around the YA industry and my blog this week. This includes cover reveals, new book announcements, new author sign ups, book trailers, blog tours and more. I hope you enjoy!


Sony Young Movellist of the Year Winner Announced
Random House and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman chose the winner of the Sony Young Movellist of the Year this week and the book is now available in ebook format from the Kindle store and other retailers. The full press release can be read below:

From over 100 entries, Helen Hiorns, age 19 chosen as winner by Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman and Random House Children’s Publishers.

Online writing community,, and publishing giant Random House Children’s, are delighted to announce winner if the Sony Young Movellist competition, which launched in February 2013 is 19 year-old Helen Hiorns from Coventry.

Helen’s novel, THE NAME ON YOUR WRIST was chosen from over 100 entries by Random House editors and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, her prize is a publishing contract from Random House Children’s Publishers.

Malorie Blackman said of the winning entry ‘Wow! What a story! And what I loved about this was the way all the major characters were so fleshed out and real. And I couldn’t predict the ending. In fact, I didn’t even see that ending coming. I loved that! I loved the idea of each person’s soulmate being written on their wrist, but Corin, the heroine, is full of questions about how her soulmate has been chosen and why. She is a loud rebel. Her sister Jacinta is a quiet one. And the story was such a satisfying read.’

Natalie Doherty, editor at Random House Children’s Publishers said ‘This entry instantly stood out to us, for the quality of the writing, the feisty and complicated but extremely likeable main character, and the fact that it gripped us right from the first paragraph. The concept of the story is brilliant: at first glance, very simple, but incredibly complex under the surface. And it’s thought-provoking, too. All the way through, you’re asking yourself questions: what would I do if I lived in this world? What choices would I make? Would I fall into line, or would I rebel? For us, it has all the marks of a really talented writer, and we think it’s a very deserving winner.’

Yvonne Biggins, Movellas Community Director added ‘We loved this story. The protagonist Corin is a complex character who we come to love through her rebellious and inquisitive nature. Helen Hiorns has created a world not to dissimilar from the world we live in today, but yet so different. The subtlety in her writing is a real strength. We can’t wait for the sequel!’
THE NAME ON YOUR WRIST ebook publishes today with Random House Children’s Publishers. Winner Helen Hiorns said ‘I feel like I’ve fallen into a novel myself. I wrote the book in a mad rush and found out about the publishing contract whilst backpacking round Europe. It’s been incredible! Thank you, Movellas, Random House, Sony and The Reading Agency.’

The runners up were MY CORRUPTED LUNGS by Kyra Schlachter and GIRL WITH A THOUSAND FACES by Emma Yeo.

The winner and runners up were announced at a glamorous awards ceremony on 15th July, at King’s Place, London, sponsored by Sony Reader Store.


Strange Chemistry sign new author

Strange Chemistry announced this week that they have signed debut author Lisa O’Kane to a two book deal. The first book, Essence will be published in Spring 2014 and the sequel, currently unnamed, will follow in 2015. Lisa O’Kane is a former zoo-keeper and current zoo-keeper-in-residence on

Amanda Rutter, head of Strange Chemistry commented: “Reading Essence was a completely immersive experience – Lisa is an incredibly imaginative writer who has created a world that is very easy for the reader to believe in. I’m so excited about Essence, and having Lisa choose Strange Chemistry for her book is a great honour.”

Essence blurb: 

Essence combines The Beach’s illusion of paradise with Divergent’s adrenaline-fueled adventures.

Neutrality is the key to longevity. This motto has governed 17-year-old Autumn’s life in the mid-21st-century Centrist cult, which believes that expressing emotions leads to Essence drain and premature death.

But Autumn’s younger brother’s death casts her faith into question. While sprinting through a park in violation of Centrist teachings, she encounters Ryder Stone, an Outsider who claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic. She agrees to join his Community, a utopia of adrenaline junkies living in the abandoned remains of Yosemite National Park.

Autumn learns about sex, drugs, and living life to the fullest. But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community’s perfect exterior, she realises that this illusion of paradise could be shattered…


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