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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!

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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!

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
April 11, 2014
Our Book Picks for National Sibling’s Day

Today is National Sibling’s Day, so to celebrate your nearest and dearest we thought we’d round up some sibling-related books!

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
April 4, 2014
Bear Grylls to help in search for Gnasher

Survivalist, TV star, and author of the Mission Survival adventure books, Bear Grylls, is to make a guest appearance in a special issue of The Beano. The issue will appear as a free sampler with the Mail on Sunday on 6th April 2014.

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
March 20, 2014
Museums at Night event with Damian Dibben

Damian Dibben, author of The History Keepers, is going to be participating in a special event at this year’s Museums at Night. On the evening of 16th May children and parents will be able to visit the Great Tower of Castle Guildford and listen to Damian talk about time travelling,

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
March 18, 2014
Three Random House authors shortlisted for CILIP Carnegie Medal

The prestigious CILIP Carnegie shortlist has finally been announced and Random House Children’s Publishers has three fantastic titles competing for the big prize – Blood Family by Anne Fine, which tells the absorbing yet gripping story about a young boy’s struggle

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
March 13, 2014
New Authors Announced for YALC

Today, the next round of authors have been announced as taking part in YALC, the UK’s first YA literature convention, which will be taking place as part of London Film and Comic Con (LFCC) on 12th-13th July this year.

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
March 5, 2014
K M Peyton awarded an MBE

Here at Random House, we’re very proud to be bringing back into print a number of brilliant novels by the inimitable K M Peyton

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
February 20, 2014
RHCP books are flying off library shelves

Books from Random House Children’s Publishers’ authors are among the most borrowed library books for 2012-2013 according to recent data from the Public Lending Right.

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Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
October 29, 2013
Terry Pratchett’s Wintersmith and Steeleye Span

Posted by Philippa

It’s a curious thing this business of having been around publishing for rather a long time. Along with the usual manifestations of the passing years come the puzzled looks from younger colleagues when one mentions working before the advent of the internet, personal computers and even faxes. And then there are references to cultural icons they’ve never heard of.

True, I’ve usually never heard of the so-called ‘celebrities’ which dominate the current ‘reality’ TV they all seem to enjoy, but the blank faces I got when I mentioned how excited I was that Steeleye Span’s latest album was based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel, Wintersmith surprised me. How could they not know the folk-rock band whose All Around My Hat was a UK chart hit (got no 5 at a time when being a chart hit really meant something), or whose Gaudete is a Christmas perennial?

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