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New Middle Grade Novel for A.M. Howell

July 2021

Mystery of the Night Watchers, the latest middle grade mystery adventure by A.M. Howell, publishes today. A.M. Howell is the author of award-winning novels The Garden of Lost Secrets and The House of One Hundred Clocks, both gripping advenures set in the early twentieth century.

MAY, 1910. As the blazing Halley's comet draws close to the earth, Nancy is uprooted to start a new life in Suffolk with a grandfather she has never met. With every curtain drawn shut, Nancy is forbidden from leaving her grandfather's house: no one must know that her or her mother are there.

Yet, when Nancy discovers the house's secret observatory, she watches her mother and grandfather creep out every night... Where are they going? And why mustn't any of them be seen? As the mysteries pile up, Nancy has to bring dark secrets from the past to light - even if doing so will put her own life at risk.

Available now in paperback.

More awards success for The House of One Hundred Clocks!

December 2020

A.M. Howell’s The House of One Hundred Clocks has been shortlisted for the Dudley Children’s Book Award. The Award recognises the best children’s books voted for by schools in Dudley. This marks yet more awards success for A.M. Howell, who recently also won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award. 

Congratulations, A.M. Howell!
 

The House of One Hundred Clocks wins the Mal Peet Award

November 2020

The House of One Hundred Clocks by A.M. Howell has won the Mal Peet Award for 2020, a category of the East Anglian Book Awards. The awards aim to celebrate and showcase the best books from across the whole of East Anglia. Considered by a panel of judges, the six category winners will now enter into competition to for the coveted £1,000 Book of the Year Award. 

The House of One Hundred Clocks is A.M. Howell's second title, published by Usborne in February 2020. Her first historical middle-grade mystery, The Garden of Lost Secrets, received great critical acclaim and was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2020. Both titles have been featured in The Telegraph’s list of Best Children’s Books and have been named as The Times Children’s Book of the Week. 

Congratulations, A.M. Howell!

The House of One Hundred Clocks Out Today!

February 2020

Today marks the publication day of The House of One Hundred Clocks by A.M. Howell. 

JUNE, 1905.
Helena and her parrot, Orbit, are swept off to Cambridge when her father is appointed clock-winder to one of the wealthiest men in England. There is only one rule: the clocks must never stop.
But Helena discovers the house of one hundred clocks holds many mysteries; a ghostly figure, strange notes and disappearing winding keys Can she work out its secrets before time runs out?

The publication was preceded by a big marketing campaign organised by Usborne Books, which included special coffee cups featuring the cover. 

Many congratulations, Ann-Marie!
 

Publication day for The Garden of Lost Secrets

June 2019

The Garden of Lost Secrets, by debut author A. M. Howell, is published today.

Inspired by the discovery of a century-old gardener's notebook, The Garden of Lost Secrets is the story of Clara, who is sent to stay with her formidable aunt and uncle in the grounds of a country estate. Clara soon discovers that her new surroundings hold secrets: a locked room and a hidden key, and a mysterious boy who only appears in the gardens at night… But can Clara face up to her own secrets, and a war she's desperate to forget?

Congratulations, A.M.!

More Awards Success for A.M. Howell

February 2021

A.M. Howell’s The House of One Hundred Clocks has been shortlisted for the 2021 Stockport Children’s Book Award in the Best Reads for Juniors age 9-11 Category.

The winner will be decided by children voting for their favourite books in schools, libraries and homes, with the winners notified in May. The winning authors will then be announced during a virtual ceremony in July. 

Congratulations, A.M. Howell!
 

East Anglian Book of the Year Award win for The House of One Hundred Clocks

November 2020

A.M. Howell's middle-grade mystery The House of One Hundred Clocks has won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award! The title had previously won the Mal Peet Children's Award and had been put forward for the coveted £1,000 Book of the Year Award, which was decided by a panel of judges, with the winner revealed in a virtual ceremony on the 19th November. 

A big congratulations to A.M. Howell on this wonderful win!

The Garden of Lost Secrets shortlisted for the Awesome Book Awards

October 2020

A.M. Howell’s historical middle-grade adventure The Garden of Lost Secrets has been shortlisted for the Awesome Book Awards, a prize that celebrates the best new fiction authors for readers aged 7-10. The winner will be decided by thousands of school children across the South East of England, who will vote on their overall winner. 

The Garden of Lost Secrets is A.M. Howell’s debut novel and was published to great critical acclaim in 2020, earning the author a longlisting for the Branford Boase Award.

Congratulations, A.M. Howell!
 

The Garden of Lost Secrets longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2020

January 2020

A.M. Howell has been longlisted for the 2020 Branford Boase Award for her debut novel, The Garden of Lost Secrets. Longlisted alongside Ann-Marie are the book’s editors, Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker at Usborne. 

For over twenty years, the Branford Boase Award has been celebrating authors of outstanding debut children’s fiction and has often selected the most talented authors at the beginning of their careers. The award is also one of the few to recognise editors and their contribution. 

The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 30th April 2020. The winner will be announced on 1st July at a ceremony in London.

Congratulations, Ann-Marie!