Posted by Jazz on Thursday November 27th, 2014

We're very pleased to announce the results of THE BIG IDEA competition! Our judges received a huge amount of entries, and after a long afternoon of coffee and cake, they crowned Neal Jackson the lead winner with his story idea THE FIRST AERONAUTS. Neal will received £1000 and the promise that his idea will become the inspiration for a story which will be published worldwide and written by a successful children's author. Congratulations Neal!

The five runners-up are as follows:

Victoria Anderson with 21ST CENTURY PANDA

K.D. Faerydae with TROPICAL

Louise Greig with THE BROWN DOG AFFAIR

Angela McCann with THE FANDOM

Kathleen Warminger with MISS MOG

Each runner-up will also win £1000, and the chance of their idea being developed into a book, TV, film or more.

Keep an eye on the BIG IDEA website to find out more about the development of a story idea - and info about the next competition will be shared in due course!

You can find out more information about THE BIG IDEA by clicking here.

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Posted by Jazz on Thursday November 20th, 2014

As you might already know, Cathryn Constable's magical modern tale THE WOLF PRINCESS has been chosen as Waterstones' Children's Book of the Month nationwide! The beautiful reissued cover is a firm favourite in the Coop. Here's a look at the best reviews for this wonderful winter story ...

'... a highlight of this year's fiction.' AMANDA CRAIG, THE TIMES
'Constable's passion for Russia comes across vividly; she knows you have only to give reality a slight push to make it marvellous. A classic winter's tale.' SUZI FEAY, FINANCIAL TIMES
'Absolutely loved THE WOLF PRINCESS and read it in one sitting. Different to anything else I've read this year, and really stands out from all the teen genre publishing that is dominant just now ... it has that dreamy, fairytale appeal, but also a very modern heroine.' FIONA NOBLE, THE BOOKSELLER
'... an engrossing, deeply atmospheric story.' LORNA BRADBURY, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
'It reminded me a little of classic Eva Ibbotson, it's a real classic children's adventure story that'll make you want to go to Russia immediately ...' MELISSA COX, WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BUYER

What's more, there's a little winter treat for fans of Cathryn's enchanting story, as she's also written an exclusive prequel to THE WOLF PRINCESS which you can read here! You can also watch an interview with Cathryn here. Don't say we don't spoil you ...

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