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Hot Key Books And Fleur Hitchcock Launch Free Interactive Writing Project For Children

Posted at 1:02AM Tuesday 11 Dec 2012

Hot Key Books has launched 'Fleur Hitchcock's Story Adventure', a free interactive writing project running between 21 January and 13 May 2013 aimed at children aged 7-11 years, to help author Fleur Hitchcock write the sequel to SHRUNK!, The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week.

Using a secure site hosted on a Ning community platform, will launch on 11 December 2012 when children can pre-register and read Fleur's prologue for the book and put forward ideas for the title. Fleur will then post her first chapter on 21 January 2013 and invite children to answer questions and complete off-screen activities. The best ideas will be incorporated into the following chapter, with a new chapter every Monday until 13 May 2013. The final book is due for publication in January 2014.

The project and associated activities have been devised with the help of primary school teachers to ensure that it fits into the KS2 curriculum. Children who offer outstanding contributions to the project will earn a place on the Star List and have their names included in the book. There will also be an opportunity to win a school visit from the author for the most active school. The book will be available for pre-order on the site, as well as tickets to the book launch party.

Fleur Hitchcock recently completed the Writing for Children MA at Bath Spa and her first book, SHRUNK! published in September 2012 to critical acclaim.

Fleur Hitchcock says: 'I spent a lot of time working in schools, and realised that children were bubbling over with great ideas, so many of which never got the chance to come out. When Hot Key proposed the Story Adventure it seemed the perfect way to let children have their say and explore the possibilities of their incredible imaginations. I can't wait to get started.'

Hot Key Books Editorial Director Sara O'Connor says: 'Fleur's notion that children's ideas are not often listened to has exploded into this fun and interactive story shaping project designed to celebrate reading and writing for pleasure and get children excited about reading books. It is an ambitious and admirable project for any writer to take on, but Fleur is the perfect author to do it.'

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Notes to Editors

About Fleur Hitchcock

Fleur Hitchcock was born in Chobham in Surrey and grew up in Winchester. She studied English at Swansea University and then ran an art gallery in Bath for 20 years before going on to complete the Writing for Children MA at Bath Spa University. Her first book SHRUNK! was a Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. Her next book DEAR SCARLETT (Nosy Crow) is out in February 2013 and THE TROUBLE WITH MUMMIES (Hot Key Books) is publishing in May 2013. Fleur lives near Bath with her husband and two children.

About Hot Key Books

Hot Key Books, part of Bonnier Publishing, is a top quality, strongly commercial and diverse fiction list for children and young people aged 9-19 years old, publishing both traditionally and digitally. Publishing since August 2012, our books have already been widely critically reviewed with one book on the Costa Children's Book Award 2012 shortlist.

The company name derives from the power of stories to open doors and feed the imagination of readers. Hot Key Books seeks to unlock the power of reading, a love of books and a joy of stories for readers of all ages. It also reflects the digital age in which we now live through its association with 'hot key' commands – the short cut command on a keyboard.

About Bonnier Publishing

Bonnier Publishing is a rapidly growing children's publisher based in the UK, with offices in Australia and France. It is owned by Bonnier Books, which is a top 20 world publisher with a turnover of £600m. Bonnier Publishing is primarily the English language arm of Bonnier Books and it currently comprises of children's publishers Templar, Autumn, Five Mile Press, Weldon Owen, Piccolia in France and the newly launched Hot Key Books.

Bonnier Publishing was named a Top 5 Climber in The Bookseller's Independent Children's Publisher list in 2011 and Bonnier Publishing CEO, Richard Johnson, was named one of the top 100 influential people in publishing by The Bookseller in 2012.

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