Saturday, 28 April 2012

What's going on.....#2

What's going on?  We did a bit of a We Sat Down catch-up a few weeks back and thought we'd make it a bit more regular. What's Going On will be our catch-up on all things books and reading that have caught our eye.

And we thought we'd put a bit of Marvin Gaye and Cyndi Lauper into the mix :)

We Sat Down book love

Highlights of the last week:

Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity Dolls - have a look. These are awesome and the story is touching too.

Our first ‘We Sat Down’ chat series launched with Boundaries in YA fiction and it has started a lot of conversation already. It has featured the colourful Sita Brahmachari and more authors are lined up.

World Book Night – 23 April; we weren’t taking part but in a similar vein we did win a set of 10 books from Booktrust which we will be sharing with readers in a variety of ways (watch this space!).

There's been a bit of a shake-up in the shortlist for The Queen of Teen award; it’s glitzy, frothy image sparks controversy among authors and readers alike and this year has its first male nominee (James Dawson). This already has re-ignited the debate about gender and book awards. 

#fedbkgrp Twitter chat (Sunday 22 April) discussed the theme of war in children’s stories.  Great discussion and a good way to pick up new book recommendations. Next Twitter chat: Sun 6 May 8-9 follow #fedbkgrp or Adam Lancaster for updates.
The #DauntlessUK Insurgent promo from Dark Readers was really good book fun.  Take a look.  (We're Candor faction members, so we're just being honest!)

Coming up….
We’ll be looking out for 'My Suitcase is Packed' (published by English Pen), a project which produced a book by young people who have recently arrived in London from over 20 countries.

A Carnegie Shadowing cake contest is being run by Roundwood Park School Library (ask Miss Adkins for info). It’s open to schools and individuals.  Get your baking photos in by 13th June.

Speaking of war stories, Hitler’s Angel by William Osborne (Chicken House) releases in May; Insignia by SJ Kincaid (Hot Key Books) is set in WWIII and that launches in August in the UK.

The In My Mailbox controversy among book bloggers has resulted in a bit of chirping about a British version taking off.  Some Spooky Letterbox Love might be up! Ask us on Twitter (or in the comments on this page) and we'll point you in the right direction.

1-8 May Insurgent release and Harper Collins UK has arranged a massive online promotion event involving some 70 or so book bloggers who’ve been split into five factions to battle it out for a prize at the end.  So, stay tuned for a week of Insurgent reviews and Divergent chaos. We’re having a bit of a party on here for #CANDORUK on Tues 1 May.  Do come and join us.

Win £20 Accessorize vouchers by decorating your own flipflops as part of the Flip-Flop Club book launch. Send your photo to by 1 June 2012.
Win a signed copy of a Joshua Files book and goodies by MG Harris. 

That's it!  Do you have any fab book news you'd like to share?


  1. M showed me the Insergent book trailer that the DautlessUK team made. It is sooo gooood!!!!! You have to watch it

    1. Of course, I want Candor to win but being honest, Dauntless deserves it, don't you think?


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