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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
September 8, 2014

It’s Monday again! How did you spend your weekend? I spent most of mine on a train, going up and down the country. Luckily I had a bunch of good books in my bag to keep me occupied!

This week, we got to thinking about some of the stranger habits some of us have whenever we’re reading. For example, last week someone confided to me that she arranges the books on her shelf by colour. Or how about the woman who admitted she leaves scary books in the fridge overnight? I even once encountered a man who tore out pages from books after he’d read them so that whenever he opened the book again he’d be right where he left off before.

It turns out some of us have some pretty odd routines when it comes to books. Well, we asked around the office and some of the confessions we got were pretty bizarre! Here’s a few:

 

“If I’m reading a really exciting series of books, the final one has to be in hardback, because it looks so much more impressive.”

“All of my books are ordered by genre and are in alphabetical order.”

“I listen to Harry Potter every night before I go to sleep and listen to it in theme: for example, Christmas scenes in the run up to Christmas.”

“I have forty-seven copies of Wuthering Heights.”

“After reading a book I really enjoy, I hunt down all the other books the author has written and have to read them all before I move on to a new author.”

“I read the same three books whenever I am ill.”

I sometimes walk the dog and read at the same time. Once the dog pulled on the lead and I dropped my book in a puddle.”

“I have been known to drive and read.”

“Sometimes I sit in the car after work and I don’t drive home (it can get dark) until I’ve reached the end of the book.”

What do you reckon? Think those are pretty weird, or can you match them with any strange habits of your own? Don’t be shy – comment below and let us know!

Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
September 4, 2014
If I Stay

With the film just days away from release, we’re all getting pretty excited, but also rather impatient, waiting to see it. So, we’ve decided to put together a list of 5 interesting (well, we think they’re interesting) bits of information about If I Stay and its incredibly talented, bestselling author, Gayle Forman.

 

1. Did you know that the wonderful Gayle Forman hasn’t always known she wanted to be a writer? In fact, when she was little, she wanted to grow up to be the sun! This was, however, before she realised that being the sun was not a viable career option.

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2. Dakota Fanning was in talks to play the part of Mia but turned it down to focus on her studies. However, it’s a good thing Chloë got the role though, as we think she fits the Mia we had in our heads perfectly. It’s not just us that thinks that, Gayle posted this image on her Tumblr saying:

‘After seeing Chloë Moretz practicing cello for the If I Stay movie, it is so obvious how meant for this role she is. Look at this picture. It’s Mia!’

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3. Despite the many musical references in If I Stay, Gayle Forman actually says she isn’t musical. On her website she is asked ‘Are you a musician?’ To which she replies:

‘Not even a little bit, but if you think I am because of my books, I’m so glad because it means I did a good job of fooling you.’

She fooled us! Did she fool you?

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4. Gayle Forman was asked to sort her If I Stay characters into Hogwarts houses by Buzzfeed recently. She put Mia and Adam in Gryffindor (aww) and Kim in Ravenclaw. Do you agree with her choices?

She also drew some delightful pictures of her characters, which you can see here. (Although, just a word of advice, Gayle, maybe you should stick to writing…!)

5. Our final thing for you will probably make you cry even more than the story itself, but we think it’s very important piece of information. Basically, Gayle reveals in a note at the end of If I Stay that the idea for the story came from real events that happened to a family she knew. She says:

‘Once upon a time there was a family: a mother, a father, a boy like Teddy and a baby. And once upon a time there was a snowy day. And a drive in a car. And a devastating car accident. And an unfathomable tragedy.’

(the rest of the story can be found in the back of copies of her paperback)

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That’s all we have for you today sadly, so you’ll have to deal with your If I Stay pangs a little bit longer. While you wait, check out the trailer here:

Or, if that’s not enough to keep you going, and you want to know more about the inspiration behind the story and read exclusive interviews with Chloë Moritz and Jamie Blackley, who play Mia and Adam, pick up a copy of the book here.

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AND if that’s still not enough!! Check out Gayle’s website for more interesting facts and updates on the film and the book from her super cool tumblr here.

BYE!

Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
July 29, 2014

Attention book lovers! It’s that time of year again and the Edinburgh International Book Festival is right around the corner. For two weeks some of the UK’s top authors will be taking over central Edinburgh in a tented village specially created for the event and many of your favourite Random House authors will be amongst them. From Jacqueline Wilson to John Boyne, Michael Morpurgo and many more you do not want to miss out on this fantastic line up.

Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
July 23, 2014

HF Live Comp

 

“I am so thrilled that Hetty Feather has become a stage play! I’ve written exactly one hundred books but Hetty Feather is my number one top favourite!”
Jacqueline Wilson

Are you a school teacher or a school librarian? Would you like to see the hottest new West End theatre production during the summer holiday break?  We’re giving away 5 pairs of tickets to see Hetty Feather, the stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s bestselling story.

Hetty Feather follows the story of feisty Victorian foundling, Hetty Feather.  Travel on Hetty’s journey from the Foundling Hospital to the streets of London and onto the magical Tanglefields Travelling Circus.  Hetty Feather is an exciting and heartfelt adventure story.

After a hugely successful UK tour, Hetty Feather will transfer to London’s West End this summer and will be at the Vaudeville Theatre from the 5th August – 6th September.

Hetty Feather is set to become an essential story to share in schools.  We want to give school teachers and school librarians the chance to experience the magic of Hetty’s story.

Simply email RHCPEducation@randomhouse.co.uk to be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to the Hetty Feather stage show.   You MUST provide your name, age, email address and name of school. Or alternatively, you can enter via Facebook  

Find out more about the stage adaptation of Hetty Feather here.

COMPETITION TERMS

Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
June 13, 2014
The Dinosaurs are Roaring for Dads on Father’s day!

By Julie Middleton

Are The Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?  is a story of a Dad and his son on a day out together with some surprising consequences.

Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
May 28, 2014
Spread Kindness in Schools with ‘Wonder’!

This year, Random House Children’s Publishers, in association with the Anti-Bullying Alliance, are asking you to join our CHOOSE KIND schools campaign. This nationwide initiative was inspired by a very special book: Wonder by RJ Palacio.

Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
May 1, 2014
Bringing Dinosaurs to life with ‘Dinosaur Roar!’

Here at RHCP we’ve been having lots of fun with the new Dinosaur Roar! appcreated by Immediate Media Co and inspired by the best-selling picture book Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland.

Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
April 28, 2014
RHCP Hay Festival

Hay Fever Festival Season 

22nd May to 1st June 2014

Calling all book worms! It’s getting to that time of year again. The days are getting warmer, the nights are getting brighter, and Hay Fever Festival is almost here. Come along and witness some of Random House Children’s Publishers wonderful authors and illustrators.

Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
April 23, 2014
Great Books for St Georges Day!

What would George be without his dragon? Here are some of the best winged adventures to celebrate St Georges Day!

Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
April 18, 2014
Easter eggs

By Richard Collingridge

As it’s close to Easter, I have decided to blog about Easter eggs – but not the kind that you eat, the ones which feature in stories, films, songs and drawings! They are a kind of secret hidden in people’s work, including mine.

There are several examples of secret Easter eggs  that I can think of:

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