Monday, 30 July 2012

Hot Key Books Extravaganza!

It's not often that we get a brand new children's publisher on the block, and very shortly they shall be releasing their very first books on the universe. It's very exciting indeed. So, in celebration of the glory of Hot Key Books, I thought I'd share with you what gorgeous goodies they have coming our way in the near future...

Look how the proofs are numbered at the top! I don't know about you, but I think that is pretty, pretty cool. So now a bit more about the books; and despite the proofs being ordered by number, this isn't the order that they're being released in, so I shall now present them to you, complete with covers and snippets of info, in publication order:


Angel Dust by Sarah Mussi
An epic tale of forbidden love between an angel and a young gangsta

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Exciting first instalment of a thrilling trilogy perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz, Robert Muchamore and Eoin Colfer


Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Award-winning Sally Gardner has sold over 1 million books in the UK and been translated into 22 languages. 

Shrunk by F.R. Hitchcock
Perfect for fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Stanton - a new author with a great imagination. 


Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan
Eighteen spellbinding tales from the best children's writers, blended together for the witching hour, including Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and Holly Black. 

Constable and Toop by Gareth P. Jones
A comic ghost story perfect for fans of Eva Ibbotson and Chris Riddell

A World Between Us by Lydia Syson
A powerful narrative from a strong and passionate heroine will appeal to younger fans of Atonement and Charlotte Grey.


Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh
Singular and imaginative, blending historical figures with an inspiring coming of age story. Strong fantasy that has a central romantic hero quite unlike any other. Includes violence, love, astrology, astronomy, and a beer drunking moose.

The Cloud Hunters by Alex Shearer
Quest adventure that covers theme of climate change and segregated society

And there you have it folks! All the brand new titles that the fabulous Hot Key Books are going to be giving us this year. May I add that all comments above about the books come direct from the backs of the proofs - there were no actual blurbs on the back of the proofs (peers over glasses at Hot Key Team), although I would have love to have given you those. Go and check the books out, look out for my reviews in the coming months, and let's have three cheers for a brave and exciting new children's publisher! Hurray!!!


  1. As Nicole looks over her glasses, we cough and look away. Then try a distraction technique... but, ooh aren't they pretty?

    Thank you for the lovely introduction.

  2. Thanks for showing these. Some good looking books/stories there. Have been following Hot Key on Twitter and have not been disappointed. Looking forward to your reviews.

  3. Read Insignia! I was going to take it as a disposable read while on holiday to save on weight but it had to come all the way back with me as I couldn't bear to part with it! Maggot Moon is a proper tearjerker and I could easily see it becoming a school discussion book. I'm still making my way through the pile too but I've loved what I've seen so far!