Half Bad by Sally Green – Guinness World Record holder for most translated book and most translated children’s book pre-publication – adds another deal to its belt, as Penguin releases the news that it has now sold in a staggering 50 languages around the world. Armenia becomes the 50th country to strike a foreign language deal for the global breakout novel, which has proved a hit with young adults and adults alike.
Half Wild – First Chapter Reveal
After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift – a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.
You can read CHAPTER 1 by clicking the link HERE
Half Lies by Sally Green
To keep fans satisfied while they wait for the publication of Half Wild next March, Penguin also announce an exciting new short story by Green. Half Lies is due for release across all digital book platforms on 13 November. Set in the months before Half Bad, Half Lies takes the form of a diary written by Michele, the sister of Gabriel, Nathan’s Black witch friend. Having fled Europe for Florida, Michele falls in love with a local White witch boy. There, she finds that the divide between the Black and White witch communities is just as dangerous as it was in the life she’s left behind.
Ben Horslen, Editorial Director, Puffin Books says: ‘Fan response to Half Bad has been so overwhelming that it seemed very unfair to keep readers on tenterhooks until March for their next taste of Sally Green’s amazing world. I know Half Lies will thrill and intrigue her fans while they wait for the next chapter of Nathan’s story.’
Sally Green says: ‘Gabriel is a key character in the Half Bad trilogy and he also happens to be the one I’m desperately in love with (I know a lot of fans are rather fond of him too) so it was great to write a little more about his life. Half Lies is the story of Gabriel and his sister Michele, told from Michele’s point of view. Of course it’s not a totally happy story, there’s love but there’s violence too, but they are Black witches so what do you expect?’
THE YA BOOK PRIZE
The Bookseller is launching a dedicated Young Adult book prize for UK and Irish literature, it was announced at its annual Children’s Conference for publishers, booksellers, librarians and authors.
Produced in association with story publishing site Movellas, the prize is the first in the UK and Ireland to specifically focus on fiction for young adults and addresses an important unmet need for a prize in the growing YA and teen market. Open to any young adult novel published in the UK or Ireland between 1st January and 31st December 2014, the prize will celebrate great books for teenagers and young adults and aims to get more teens reading and buying books.
Publisher and Chief Executive of The Bookseller Nigel Roby says, ‘I could not be more delighted that we are launching The YA Book Prize. From the very first meetings with publishers and retailers it has been crystal clear that the prize is much needed and that The Bookseller is ideally placed to deliver it… The Bookseller has one simple desire that underpins everything we do – we want more readers reading more books. The YA Book Prize gives us a wonderful opportunity to put that desire into practice’.
Children’s Editor Charlotte Eyre added, ‘In July we wrote an article about the proliferation of children’s book prizes across the UK. Several publishers we spoke to pointed out that despite the huge number of book prizes there was no high-profile, dedicated prize for UK and Irish YA literature. British and Irish YA books are either judged alongside children’s books, or they are over shadowed by their US counterparts. We thought that here at The Bookseller we could launch a prize to fill that gap’.
Movellas C.E.O. Joe Cohen said, ‘We wanted to help launch the Teen Book Award because of our community’s relationships with teen books. If we can help raise the profile of YA authors and their books – we’re playing a small part in helping our community — and all young people — to engage with great writing’.
The judging panel, led by Eyre, comprises leading industry figures such as World Book Day director Kirsten Grant, Waterstones children’s buyer Melissa Cox, vlogger Rosianna Halse Rojas and freelance journalist Imogen Russell Williams.
Teen readers themselves will be involved in the judging process and five from across the UK and Ireland will be asked to vote for their top titles. The adult judges will also pick their top three titles. Votes will be added up and the winner will be chosen out of the top three most popular books.
Submissions are now open and close on 31st October 2014. An internal panel will then choose the shortlist, which will be announced 1st December.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 19th March 2015.