We spent an afternoon with Faber Children’s and got the lowdown on all of their fab upcoming titles

One of the best things about being a writer on MaximumPop! Books is being invited to publishing houses for events full of cake, books and bookish chat, and last weekend we were invited to the gorgeous Faber offices for a sneak peek at all of the bookish excellence they have coming up in the next few months.


When we arrived and followed the trail of post-it notes, we found ourselves confronted with these everywhere:

Highly Illogical Behaviour Cupcakes

Bookish cupcakes!! AND sweets! Quite frankly, anything that combines cake and books is a winner with us and these ones, featuring the 3 different proof covers as well as the actual cover for ‘Highly Illogical Behaviour’ by John Corey Whaley, were extremely yummy. (We had one of the white ones.)

And then came a sight that makes every reader sigh with happiness: goody bags!

Goody bags

They tormented us for the whole presentation… But it was super worth it – look what was inside!

Goody Bag Contents

Good, huh? It’s entirely possible we’ve already devoured one of these books…

Even though the cupcakes were delicious and the goody bags full of exciting books, what we really went to Faber for was to hear about all of the upcoming titles that we can’t wait to get our hands on. Here’s the lowdown on the ones we’re most excited for.

‘Rebel of the Sands’ by Alwyn Hamilton (out now!)

Alwyn Hamilton

The Wild West meets Arabian Nights in this gorgeous debut that actually came out at the beginning of February. We loved it so much that we’re still going to shout about it, though. Alwyn Hamilton was actually there at Faber and told us a little about the book and answered some questions. Apparently Faber pitched to publish ‘Rebel of the Sands’ by sending Alwyn their pitch letter in a bottle of sand – how cool is that?

#RebelSands is about Amani, the best sharpshooter in her old, crumbling town, Dustlands, and she’s desperate to get out. When a foreigner turns up and saves her life, she takes her chance and flees, but the desert isn’t the safest place to escape to…

‘Highly Illogical Behaviour’ by John Corey Whaley (June)

Highly Illogical Behaviour proofs

We were treated to John Corey Whaley himself telling us about the book and reading a little excerpt in a special video. (It’s entirely possible that the whole room fell a bit in love with him at this point…)  And then we were told that we each had a proof in our goody bags, but there were three different colours! We snagged a gorgeous blue one.

Soloman is agoraphobic and hasn’t left his house in three years, but he doesn’t mind.  Then Lisa comes barreling into his life. She’s convinced that if she can ‘fix’ Soloman and writes about it in her university admissions essay, her place will be in the bag. But what about when friendship is thrown into the mix?

rebelbullygeekpariah‘Rebel Bully Geek Pariah’ (3rd March)

Erin Lange is already pretty well loved for ‘Butter’ and ‘Deadlands’, but her third novel is something a little different. It’s a thriller set over a single night about four teenagers who would never have been friends before, but are now running from the scene of a crime together: do they tell the police, or are they running from the police?

‘Time for Jas’ by Natasha Farrantt (18th August)

Time For Jas

The ‘Bluebell Gadsby’ series is a little younger than we’d normally read, but we’ve fallen head over heels in love with the Gadsbys over the course of this series. And this is the fourth and final book. Though we’re desperate for more from this loving, chaotic family, we’re going to be very sad to see them go.

It’s the start of a new school year and everything’s a little mad. Jas is being bullied by the Cupcake Crew, Twig has taken on some violent new sports and Blue seems to have caught the attention of a mystery graffiti artist, and that’s without the general chaos of being a Gadsby…

‘The Monstrous Child’ by Francesca Simon (5th May)

The Monstrous Child

And before you ask, yes, that Francesca Simon – the creator of ‘Horrid Henry’! ‘The Monstrous Child’ is a little different to Henry, but considering Hel’s been made the goddess of the Underworld and she’s completely furious about it, they do have a few things in common. This is an up-to-date take on mythology with an angsty teenage voice and we can’t wait!

‘The Graces’ by Laure Eve (1st September)


‘The Graces’ is another huge title for Faber and the buzz is already coming in from super early readers on Twitter. Laure read us the first chapter and the whole room had a silent moment of awe once she finished (she’s also extremely cool so we were a bit in awe of her too). It’s going to be properly awesome. Here’s what it’s all about:

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

We had a really lovely afternoon at Faber catching up with bookish friends, eating cupcakes and learning about all their new reads.  Thanks for the invite Faber!

Which of these are you most excited about? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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