We were invited to the Scholastic #BloggersBookFeast and here’s all the insider info

Scholastic invited us to their #BloggersBookFeast and we went along to get the skinny on their latest and upcoming releases. And also for the nibbles…

Read on to find out how the day went because a bookish party is what? That’s right. The best kind of party.


After being ushered upstairs and stickered, we found our tables (and because we’re nerds we assumed we had to sit on the tables that matched the book on our name sticker…)

First order of business after eyeing up the buffet was a wonderful welcome from the Scholastic team and then a video from author CJ Redwine.

She spoke to us about herself and her favourite UK fandoms. But most importantly she told us more about her new book ‘The Shadow Queen’, a Snow White retelling. Is there seven dwarfs? Nay. But there will be seven dragons instead.


So, want to know what’s coming soon from Scholastic?
The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder (June 7th 2016)

“For fans of Rainbow Rowell…seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.”


Girl Heart Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe (4th August 2016)

“An inspiring, uplifting and sympathetic story about sexuality and self-acceptance, Lucy Sutcliffe’s debut memoir is a personal and moving coming out story.

Debut YA Author Beth Garrod talked to us about her book ‘Super Awkward’ coming September 1st 2016.

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Not only was she funny, but probably the perfect personality to be promoting a book called ‘Super Awkward’.

She talked about how the story promotes the idea that it’s totally normal to feel weird or indeed, ‘awkward’ in most situations life throws at you.


The lovely Sue Wallman spoke in a very moving way about her debut book ‘Lying About Last Summer’.

Out in May, ‘Lying About Last Summer’ has been compared to the evocative ‘We Were Liars’ by E Lockhart and tells the story of one girl’s bumpy journey through the grieving process. That cover though! Bookstagram heaven.

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Finally, slick writing duo Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler talked about the inspiration and creation of their action packed teen debut ‘Defender of the Realm’. It follows newly appointed King Alfie as he defends his country with awesome relic gadgetry and crown jewels.

After a quick break to stock up on sandwiches, and in the authors’ case, prosecco, they reconvened with a panel, which included the wonderful Melinda Salisbury and Eve Ainsworth.

With puns galore, the panel was asked everything from literary heroes to things they wished they were told about the publishing process.

Members of the Scholastic editing and commissioning team then took us through some of the process in more detail. How does a book get from a querying manuscript to a bestseller? Fascinating and illuminating, they also took questions from the eager audience.

Then members from the design team proceeded to blow our minds with the cover designing process. We weren’t allowed to film or take pictures through this part due to various copyright issues and such.

They did show us the Australian alt covers for ‘The Hunger Games’ and everyone lost their nut…

Who doesn’t want to own these beauties? Australia, you lucky beans.

And after all this exitement, they still managed to squeeze in a ‘Hunger Games’ quiz at the end. Now we understood why we had different book jackets on our name stickers. It coordinated the quiz teams. Duh!

You would think after all that we wouldn’t have any more fangirl-ing left in us. You would be wrong. Because then there was goody bags and free books. Oh yes.

Possibly one of the best days for book hauls. Ever.

But hey now, don’t feel sad if you weren’t there. You can still get a piece of the action. Enter our goody bag giveaway!

Scholastic have some great titles this year, which are you most excited for? Tweet us @maximumpopbooks


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Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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