Author: jennymclachlan

The Land of Roar

Believing is just the beginning . . .

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s attic.

Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure – as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow. . .)

Now the twins are eleven, Roar is just a memory. But when they help Grandad clean out the attic, Arthur is horrified as Grandad is pulled into the folding bed and vanishes. Is he playing a joke? Or is Roar . . . real?

‘A vividly imagined adventure, […] full of heart, humour and a terrifying villain’ Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

‘This is proof, not that it’s needed, that Jenny McLachlan is a writer of enormous heart and versatility. I’m a really big fan’ Phil Earle, award-winning author of Being Billy and co-author of Get Me Out of Here! with Andy McNab

‘Roar is an exhilarating, hilarious, vividly drawn tribute to the power of the childhood imagination, the love of family and the magic we risk losing as we grow up. If you plan to visit one new place in 2019, make it Roar’ Sarah Driver, author of The Huntress trilogy

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Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019
Winner of the Dudley Children’s Book Award 2018
Annie is starting college and she can’t wait for the adventure to begin.
No more being told what to do. No more rules. No more labels.
As a teenager with cerebral palsy, independence matters more than anything to Annie. The last thing she’s looking for is romance.
Fab is starting college too.
He’s wild and energetic and he believes that the greatest adventure in life is falling in love.  He’s left his home in Poland and he feels adrift in the world. The one thing he’s looking for is romance.
What will happen when Fab and Annie meet?
Will either of them find what they are truly looking for?

Praise for Truly, Wildly, Deeply:
“In contemporary fiction, Jenny McLachlan is a consistently wise, warm voice and Truly, Wildly, Deeply is no exception…McLachlan, with her enviable comic timing, reminds me of the wonderful Louise Rennison.”  Fiona Noble, The Observer
“A sparky, funny romance by one of our best writers for teens” Books For Keeps
“A goodly dollop of wisdom wrapped up in a wit that is generously funny” The Bookbag
“Simply the most excellent comedic young adult author I’ve ever seen…Jenny McLachlan is in a league of her own” Diva Book Nerd
“If you haven’t read it yet you desperately need to find a copy so you can meet Annie and Fab.” The Overflowing Library

Stargazing for Beginners



Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mum leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her Big Important Causes. But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a complete mystery to her.

And Mum’s disappearance has come at the worst time: Meg is desperate to win a competition to get the chance to visit NASA headquarters, but to do this she has to beat close rival Ed. Can Meg pull off this double life of caring for Elsa and following her own dreams?

She’ll need a miracle of cosmic proportions …


“Funny and moving, this book is a treat.” The Guardian

“One of the best contemporary writers we’ve got”   Anna James

“My boys and I love, love, love Stargazing for Beginners. Laughed so much, so often, I couldn’t read!” Lisa Heathfield

“Perfectly made…one of my favourite books of the year so far, if not ever.”  Heart Full of Books

“A gorgeous, funny and warm read” Karen Gregory

“Her best book yet (which is saying something)” Perdita Cargill

“So gorgeous” Abie Longstaff

“Oh my, this book was so adorably cute, I can’t handle it…If you are a fan of contemporary YA, you definitely need to read this book.” Reviews From A Bookworm

Stargazing for Beginners is published by Bloomsbury on April 6th 2017.

Pre-order it now at Waterstones, Amazon, WHSmith, Foyles and Bloomsbury


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The Ladybirds Series

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‘Hilarious’ Sunday Times

‘Smart, fresh and funny’ Booktrust’s Best Book Guide 2015

‘Laugh out loud…hilarious’ Books For Keeps

‘Hysterically funny, poignant and irresistibly fluffy’ Metro

‘Perfect for girls in years seven, eight and nine’ Guardian

“Laugh out loud escapades and moments of poignancy…the sort of series you would want your about-to-be teenage daughter to read.”  The Teacher

“I can’t think of a better contemporary series for teens right now” Wondrous Reads

Book 1 Flirty Dancing

Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside.  When national dance competition Star Wars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up.  It’s just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris.  Bea will fight back!  But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl’s boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands.

Book 2 Love Bomb

Betty Plum has never been in love. She’s never even kissed a boy. But when H.O.T. Toby starts school it’s like Betty has been hit with a thousand of Cupid’s arrows. It’s like a bomb has exploded – a love bomb!

More than ever Betty wishes her mum hadn’t died when Betty was a baby. She really needs her mum here to ask her advice. And that’s when she finds hidden letters for just these moments. Letters about what your first kiss should feel like and what real love is all about .

Is Betty ready to fall in love? Will she finally have her first kiss?

Book 3 Sunkissed

Kat can’t believe her family are sending her to Sweden for the summer. But without her friends, or even a phone signal, can Kat make it on her own?

In a land of saunas, nudity and summer sun, Kat soon realises she has nowhere to hide. It’s time to embrace who she really is, underneath what she’s been thinking people want her to be. Especially if she’s going to win the heart of mega fit Swede Leo! Can Kat find her inner strength and prove she’s got what it takes?

Kat soon finds that when you’re surrounded by phosphorescence and wonder it’s easy to sparkle. Or maybe that’s what happens when you fall in love . Or maybe you only shine when you’re true to yourself.

Book 4 Star Struck

In a huge fantastic final hurrah to our lovable heroines – Bea, Betty, Kat and Pearl – Jenny McLachlan’s latest book tells Pearl’s story. Pearl is the ‘bad girl’ of the group – she drinks, she smokes, she swears – and she’s mean to Bea and Betty. But she did fly halfway round the world to rescue Kat in Sunkissed. If there’s one thing Pearl knows deep down, it is how to be a friend. And now, more than ever, she could really use a friend.

There will be laughter, there will be tears and there will definitely be kissing. Most importantly, Pearl will be keeping it fierce!

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