Category Archives: Competition

Be Beautiful with Walker Books and Baylis & Harding

At some point, every girl is going to come up with a whole bunch of questions about her skin, her hair, her looks … and when Alice’s daughter, Molly, started asking, there seemed to be so many, you could write a book. With chapters about hair, make-up, spots, skincare, hair removal, manicures, pedicures and how to look good in pictures, this fabulous beauty bible extends a sympathetic helping hand as it guides teenagers through the minefield of often inappropriate beauty advice in a friendly and informative way.

To celebrate the launch of Be Beautiful by Alice Hart-Davis & Molly Hindhaugh, Walker Books in association with Baylis & Harding is giving away a Beautilicious beauty pack to one lucky visitor to Teen Librarian.

To win this stunning prize, simply submit your favourite beauty tip in the comments field. A winner will be chosen at random on the 15th January!

Science Test

I have a spare copy of the excellent We Need to talk about Kelvin that I am offering as a prize. To be entered into the draw for this amazing book you will have to answer these fabulously simple questions set by Marcus himself.

If all the empty space were squeezed out of matter, the human race could fit in:
a) Wembley Stadium?
b) The area of the Isle of Wight?
c) The volume of a sugar cube?

Einstein famously said:
a) God does not play roulette with the Universe
b) God does not play dice with the Universe
c) God does not play poker with the Universe

The faster you travel:
a) The taller you get
b) The slimmer you get
c) The lighter you get

The best place to look for evidence of the big bang in which the Universe was born is:
a) On your TV
b) In your washing machine
c) At the Greenwich Meridian

Most of the Universe gives is currently invisible to our telescopes – but how much?
a) 1%
b) 50%
c) 98%

The scientists who won the Nobel prize for detecting the faint “afterglow” of the big bang thought they had found:
a) the glow of pigeon droppings
b) the glow of street lights
c) the glow of glow worms

Einstein’s mathematics professor called him a:
a) lazy possum
b) lazy dingo
c) lazy dog

Today’s sunlight was made:
a) 30,000 years ago
b) 300 minutes ago
c) 3 seconds ago

Aged 16, Einstein came up with the idea of relativity after wondering what it might be like to travel on a:
a) sound wave
b) light wave
c) steam train

The first time anyone eve saw an atom was in:
a) 1980
b) 1880
c) 55 BC

Answers via e-mail to editor (at) teenlibrarian dot co dot uk – the draw will be in 2010 so there is plenty of time to swot up on your science skills!

Beautiful Dead Competition

Thanks to the wonderful people at Galactus – the digital design, marketing & online PR agency not the planet devourer from Marvel Comics (although that would also be cool). I have three copies of Beautiful Dead: Arizona to give away.


Something strange is happening at Ellerton High. Summer, Phoenix, Jonas and Arizona…

All dead within a year.

To stand a chance of winning one of these amazing books all you have to do is put the names of the four teens that died in the order that they perished (hint: it is not in the above order). You can find the answers here:

Leave your answers in the comments form under this post. The comments will remain shielded until the close of the competition.

The competition will run until the 15th November and is open to all.

Dreadnought Competition and the winner is…..

The winner of the Dreadnought competition is….

Jeremy Baker

of Farnborough in Hampshire.

Congratulations your copy of H.I.V.E. : Dreadnought by Mark Walden will be on its way to you soon!

H.I.V.E: Dreadnought by Mark Walden COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

A renegade faction of the world’s most powerful villains is intent on destroying G.L.O.V.E. (Global League Of Villainous Enterprises) and showing the world the true face of evil. The Disciples begin by hijacking Diabolus Darkdoom’s Airborne command post, then they kidnap his son and his son’s best friend. Unfortunately for them, Nigel Darkdoom (and Franz) also happen to be Otto’s friends. Heading out to America, Otto, Wing et al embark on a perilous and highly unauthorised rescue operation. Cut off from the support of H.I.V.E. and on the run from American security forces the hunt for their friends leads to one of the US military’s most secret facilities. It becomes clear that the Disciples are not all they appear and in a desperate race against time Otto must work out who his real friends are to prevent the Disciples from completing their true objective. Only Otto can save the world from domination by a sinister new world order but it might be that the price he has to pay is just too high. When it comes to the crunch will he be prepared to sacrifice himself?

Visit the Hive Hub where you can find out more about the excellent series by Mark Walden, and read interviews with the man himself. There is an evil laugh generator – essential for any budding evil overlord and a grapple hook game. You can also sign up for the H.I.V.E. e-mail newsletter to find out more about what is happening at the premier school for Villains.

Teen Librarian has one copy of Dreadnought that can be won by answering this (relatively) easy question:

Name the main character in the H.I.V.E series

The answer can be found in the Character section of the Hive Hub and in the H.I.V.E books that you should have on your bookshelves.

Answers to editor(at)

For more details on the H.I.V.E series you can download the press release (which also has the answer to the competition question).

The winners name will be drawn on the 15th September.

Rachel Riley: Back to Life by Joanna Nadin and the winners are…

A week late.

I do apologise.

The winners of The Rachel Riley: Back to Life competition (in no particular order) are:

Deirdre Steain

Gaby Koenig

Jo Stapley

Liz Rose

Carol Lavery

Your prizes will be posted out next week!

Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga

The brilliant Barry Lyga is running a competition ahead of the release of his new book Goth Girl Rising. You have to create a video trailer for one of his books, upload it onto Youtube, Myspace Video or anywhere you can host a video and send him the link.

Full competition details are here

This is worth promoting to any Teens who frequent the Library where you work, it could even be good for a Teen Group Library Project! Be quick you only have until the end of August!

It is easy – and to prove this I have entered the competition. My trailer is below!

Hush, Hush competition over at Bella and Edwards

hushhushcoverThe lovely people at Simon & Schuster are giving away 3 signed proof copies of upcoming book Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick on the Bella and Edward site . It’s not published until October, so this really is an opportunity to read the next big thing now.

Falling for the fallen…

Hush, Hush features our heroine, Nora Grey, a seemingly normal teenage girl with her own shadowy connection to the Nephilim, and super-alluring bad boy, Patch. Together they find themselves at the centre of a centuries-old feud between a fallen angel and a Nephilim…

Forced to sit next to Patch in science class, Nora attempts to resist his flirting, though gradually falls for him against her better judgment. Meanwhile creepy things are going on with a mysterious stalker following her car, breaking into her house and attacking her best friend, Vi. Nora suspects Patch, but there are other suspects too – not least a new boy who has transferred from a different college after being wrongly accused of murdering his girlfriend. And he seems to have taken a shine to Nora…

Love certainly is dangerous… and someone is going to have to make the ultimate sacrifice for it.

Enter the competition here

Win a copy of Rachel Riley: Back to Life by Joanna Nadin

backtolifeShe’s had enough of ill-advised liaisons and is determined to find the ONE.

Who knows, if she keeps an open mind, perhaps she can even mould someone into her perfect partner – may the ONE is right under her nose . . . or maybe not!

“Carpe diem i.e. seize the day! Which means utter experimenting as far as snogging is concerned. Am never going to find the ONE if just keep having accidental liaisons with Jack or ill-advised flirtations with Justin. The ONE is out there somewhere. Maybe even right under my nose. I just need to be open-minded. And open-armed. And possibly open-mouthed.

Life, as they say, is what you make it. And am definitely, no doubt about it, going to make mine fabulous. Starting now.”

To win a copy of Joanna’s new book, answer this simple question:

Which of these jobs has author Joanna Nadin not had?

a. Speechwriter for the Prime Minister
b. Juggler
c. Coastguard

Find the answer in the
‘About the author’ section of

Send your answer and your address via e-mail to editor(at)teenlibrarian(dot)co(dot)uk with Rachel Riley in the subject line.

The competition will run until 20th August and winners will be chosen at random. The competition is open to everyone.