Welcome to Guppy Books

Hello and welcome to the Guppy Books website!

Guppy Books is a newly-created independent children’s publisher based in Oxford, publishing eight to ten fiction titles a year for children of all ages. We promise to produce the highest-quality and most entertaining books for young readers, originating from all around the world.

Small and responsive, inclusive and communicative, the Guppy list will be supported by the very best freelancers in the business, in publicity, sales, marketing and design. The first two titles will launch in the autumn of 2019, and watch this space for details of all our new books to follow.

Bella Pearson

BOOKS

GLOVES OFF cover
THE EXTREMELY INCONVENIENT ADVENTURES OF BRONTE METTLESTONE cover
GHOUL SCOUTS cover
SONG BENEATH THE TIDES cover
SAVING WINSLOW cover
Knight Sir Louis and the Dreadful Damsel cover
MOO cover

NEWS AND EVENTS

YA OPEN SUBMISSIONS LIVE THIS WEEK!

Between 9am Monday 11th May and 11.59 on Friday 15th May, Guppy Books will open its portholes to all unagented YA writers who have a novel to share.

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GUPPY PUBLISHING PART NOVEL, PART MANGA IN 2021!

We are over the moon to announce that Julian Sedgwick and Chie Kutsuwada are joining the Guppy shoal with a part novel, part manga for young adults.

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GUPPY AQUARIUM YOUTUBE CHANNEL GOES LIVE!

Check out our new YouTube channel where you can meet our wonderful authors & illustrators for lots of bookish fun.

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GUPPY YA NOVEL COMPETITION - OPEN SUBMISSIONS MAY 2020!

From 11th to 15th May 2020, Guppy Books will be unbolting the portholes and welcoming submissions of young adult fiction from unagented writers. We are looking for an exciting and fresh new voice in young adult writing.

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GUPPY TEMPORARILY SELLING BOOKS!

If you would like to order any of Guppy's books, then for the time being you will be able to direct from the publisher - please email bella@guppybooks.co.uk and place your order!

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SONG BENEATH THE TIDES PUBLISHED ON APRIL 2nd!

The fourth Guppy book, an evocative YA novel set in Africa, is not being launched into the world in quite the way we imagined. But that's not to say that it will go without any celebration…

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RAISE YOUR PAWS AND SHOW SOME CLAWS FOR GUPPY'S THIRD BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED...

Taylor Dolan's fiendishly funny story of friendship, GHOUL SCOUTS, WELCOME TO CAMP CROAK! hits the bookshops on February 6th - this wonderfully wicked tale is simply the most fun you'll have within the pages of a book, and highly recommended to all readers aged 6 upwards.

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PIRATES AHOY! DEBUT AUTHOR ANTHONY BURT TO JOIN THE GUPPY LIST!

I'm thrilled to welcome author Anthony Burt to the Guppy shoal with THE ANIMAL LIGHTHOUSE, a middle-grade adventure telling the story of a young boy brought up in a lighthouse run by a group of animals who treat him as their own.

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OH YAY, OH YAY, ALL HAIL A CHAMPION NEW ACQUISITION FOR GUPPY BOOKS

We are thrilled to announce that Guppy will be publishing the first fantastically funny novel in a new series from the BAFTA-winning Brothers McLeod, Knight Sir Louis and the Dreadful Damsel. Myles and Greg McLeod are the award-winning brothers behind many collaborations with the RSC, films and animations - Myles as writer and Greg as illustrator. Out in June 2020, we can't wait for Knight Sir Louis, a brave oasis of calm in a completely bonkers world, to get out into the world.

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FACTS ABOUT THE GUPPY

Robert John Lechmere Guppy discovered the species in 1861.

Guppy is the common name for over 300 different species of tropical fish.

They are also known as rainbow fish or million fish.

They can be almost any colour and no two guppies are exactly alike.

Although they live in the Amazon river and can fall prey to all sorts of larger more corporate fish, guppies are nimble, individual and colourful and will always thrive…