I was very lucky to attend the Chicken House Big Breakfast last week. It was a fabulous event where the amazing Barry Cunningham showcased some brilliant new Chicken House titles for 2011.
So without further ado, here they are:
(All text in italics from the publisher's website)
Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxley
Giants live on top of Mount Grumble, hidden from humans below. But not all of them are giant-like. Muncle Trogg is so small that he’s laughed at by the others for being human-sized. Fed up, he decides to take a look at the Smallings that he’s meant to look like. But what he discovers is very surprising!
Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2010.
An affectionate and charming upside down fairytale, this is the magical story of the residents of Misty Mountain and the tiny giant who saves the day.
Exciting and laugh-out-loud funny, and filled with joyful illustrations.
First in a series of adventures starring Muncle, Emily and Snarg, the dragon.
Perfect for readers aged 7+
Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse
Jody loves Jackson Gatlin. At his only UK rock concert, she’s right at the front. But when she's caught in the crush and carried back stage she has more than concussion to contend with. Throw in a menacing manager, a super-wired super-star, and a curly-wurly, and she finds herself taking home more than just a poster. It’s the accidental kidnapping of the decade. But what happens if you’ve a rock-god in your garage who doesn’t want to leave? Jody’s stuck between a rock-idol and a hard place!
From the pen of C.J. Skuse, author of last year’s super cool debut Pretty Bad Things, comes a tale of rock star obsession gone nuts. Hilariously and sharply explores the fantasy and reality of celebrity obsession through a teenager’s eyes. C. J. Skuse has been billed as the new Nick Hornby for teens.
Released March 2011.
You can read Irena's review of Rockoholic HERE.
Six Days by Philip Webb
For Cass, the life of a 'scav' is all she’s ever known – scavenging what’s left of London in search of a precious relic no-one, not even her new Russian masters, has ever seen.
But when two survivors from another time show up, claiming they hold the key to the whereabouts of the missing ‘artefact’, scavving will never be the same again. They have six days to find it before their world will come to an end.
A gripping post-apocalyptical adventure set in the ruins of London about a desperate race to find a relic of extraordinary power. Spectacular science-fiction debut from Philip Webb.
For ages 11+
Released July 2011
Other new titles this year will include:
Dreamer Ballerina by Sarah Rubin
Numbers 3: Infinity by Rachel Ward
Ravenwood by Andrew Peters (I've already reviewed this one. You can read my thoughts HERE)
Threads: Sequins, Stars and Spotlights by Sophia Bennett
Wolven: Bad Wolf Rising by Di Toft
Wood Angel by Erin Bow
Oh and there is a zombie book coming in the autumn which Barry Cunningham is very excited about! I can tell you that it sounded very scary indeed so I turned down a very early proof but no doubt about it. This book will be big!
Thank you very much to the publicity team at Chicken House for inviting me to the event and introducing me to all their wonderful authors.