Thursday 22 December 2011

Countdown to Christmas: Megan Larkin of Orchard Books

Megan Larkin is publishing director of Orchard Books, part of Hachette Children's Books. Orchard Books offers a sparkling range of very special titles that sell all over the world. Picture book characters from Daisy the Duck to Charlie & Lola, authors such as Michael Lawrence and Giles Andreae, illustrators from Jane Ray to Angela Barrett and best-selling fiction series such as Rainbow Magic and Tiara Club, make for a rich treasure-trove of talent.

Megan's Christmas Wish:

I love books that make you laugh, and books that make you cry. If a book can make me laugh AND cry then I’m in heaven. A few years ago, Orchard published a glorious book called Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli, a wonderfully moving story about a lovable, quirky character who will stay in my heart for ever. I would love to find another Stargirl in my Christmas stocking.


Slushpile note: Megan and Orchard Books are also publishing one Teri Terry, part of the Slushpile team! Slated will be out in May 2012, as reported here.


  1. I loved Stargirl, such a brilliant story! And here's wishing loads of success to Orchard and Teri!

  2. What Nicky said! Thanks for appearing on the Countdown!

  3. Ditto to the others and can I add my thanks for publishing our own Teri too!

  4. I've never read it - how can this be? Another one for the reading pile!

  5. and thanks from me, too!
    @Jeannette - our own Teri? Aw, shucks

  6. I'm sooo looking forward to reading Slated! And Stargirl is on my wish list.

    Thanks again for this wonderful series!

  7. My wishlist is getting longer and longer. I may need new eyes by the time I've read them all. I too, can't wait to read Slated. Thank you to Megan for taking on Teri Terry!

  8. (in fact, CONGRATULATIONS on discovering our Teri Terry!!!!)

  9. Awwwww.... I feel we are getting a little off topic here!

    Megan wants laughter AND tears.

    ...come to think of it, can't remember any funny bits in my book.

  10. I love how interested you are in the emotions of the reader - and that you appreciate the quirky and off-beat.Here's to the original and involving!

  11. Yes, stargirl is one of the best - read it to my 9 year old daughter and 11 year son at bedtime last year. We all cried (and laughed). xx


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