Matt Killeen was born in Birmingham, in the UK, back in the war-mad seventies–a hometown largely demolished and rebuilt in his lengthy absence. People tend to dismiss what comes more easily to them as unworthy, so it took him far too long to realize he was a writer. He worked as an advertising copywriter and largely ignored music and sports journalist in the noughties, before fulfilling a childhood dream to join the LEGO® Group in 2010. He left after eight years, and an unconscionable amount of money spent in the staff store, to become a full-time author. A lover of costume parties, he is an avid gamer, soccer fan, toddler wrangler, and warrior for truth and social justice. Although a devout urbanite, he has somehow ended up surrounded by fields in a house full of LEGO® bricks and musical instruments, with his two diversely aged children, Nuyorican soul mate, and neurotic, fluffy dog. Orphan Monster Spy was his debut novel, and he has still not learned to touch-type.
Excerpt Alert: ORPHAN MONSTER SPY
If historical fiction is your jam, then this is your reminder that it is definitely time to jump on the Orphan Monster Spy duology by Matt Killeen. After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah finds herself on the run from the Nazis in Third Reich-ruled Germany. While trying to escape, Sarah meets a mysterious … ContinuedSee More
Every Book Hitting Shelves in January!
New year, new you, and NEW BOOKS TOO! 1/7: All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor – The saga of the Logan family–made famous in the Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry–concludes in a long-awaited and deeply fulfilling story. 1/7: Flowers in the Gutter by K.R. Gaddy – The true story of the Edelweiss Pirates, … ContinuedSee More
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Your Historical Fiction TBR
If you’re always on the lookout for that special book that transports to an older world the second you turn the page, we have a few recommendations you’ll definitely want on your list! Welcome to your historical fiction TBR! Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of … ContinuedSee More
6 Books to Cuddle Up With
Winter is the best time to be a reader because no one tries to force you to go outside and be “active,” leaving you with plenty of time to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Below are a few of our favorites to get all snuggly with, and the … ContinuedSee More
2020 Penguin Teen YA Preview!
It may be a while off, but 2020 for YA books is shaping up to be AMAZING. Obviously it would unfair to not tell you all ahead of time so you can start marking your TBRs, so we’ve created this preview of our breaking news 2020 titles to keep you in the loop of all the best new … ContinuedSee More
Why you need to read DEVIL DARLING SPY like ASAP
Hey everyone! Joy from Penguin Teen here to talk about my favorite read of this month, Devil Darling Spy. In case you missed this month’s book haul, I’ll leave it below! ON WITH THE BOOK. In case this if the first time you’re hearing about it, Devil Darling Spy is the sequel to Orphan Monster Spy–and before you say anything, … ContinuedSee More
Excerpt Alert: Devil Darling Spy
If you like an edge of thriller in your historical fiction, we’ve got some good news for you. Devil Darling Spy is hitting shelves January 21! This fast-paced follow-up to Orphan Monster Spy follows Sarah’s perilous journey as she hunts a rogue German doctor in Central Africa who might be a serial murderer. This unbearably high-stakes thriller pushes Sarah to … ContinuedSee More
2020 YA Sneak Peek!
Hello and WELCOME to the 2020 YA sneak peek! We’re talking all early info on upcoming 2020 books we cannot WAIT for! All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor – January 7, 2020 The saga of the Logan family–made famous in the Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My … ContinuedSee More
17 Books That Will Get You Hooked on Historical Fiction
Here’s the thing about reading a life-changing historical fiction novel. Once you read one, there’s no going back. You need to read another. And another. And another. So we decided to share the love and round up 17 reads that will get YOU hooked on historical fiction. (Welcome to the dark side. We have cookies.) … ContinuedSee More