Author: Alexander McCall Smith Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's books ISBN: 9781408886137 Published Date: 5th April 2018 RRP: £9.99
Start your engines and get in gear for an action-packed story from the bestselling author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, with fun and energetic illustrations by Kate Hindley.
When Max finds an old car that has his last name – Champion – on the bonnet, he learns that his grandfather used to make some of the best cars around ... and race them! That is, until his ideas book and his favourite car, Arabella, were stolen by greedy rival Mr Grabber.
Can Max find a way to get back what Grandfather Gus lost? And will Arabella ever be seen again?
The Mars Room
Author: Rachel Kushner Publisher: Penguin Books ISBN: 9781910702673 Published Date: 7th June 2018 RRP: £16.99
Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy’s estranged mother.
Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive. The deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner details with humour and precision. Daily acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike. Allegiances formed over liquor brewed in socks, and stories shared through sewage pipes.
Romy sees the future stretch out ahead of her in a long, unwavering line – until news from outside brings a ferocious urgency to her existence, challenging her to escape her own destiny and culminating in a climax of almost unbearable intensity. Through Romy – and through a cast of astonishing characters populating TheMars Room – Rachel Kushner presents not just a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, but an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex.
Author: Rex Stone Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0-19-276892-6 Published Date: 24th May 2018 RRP: £4.99
Are you ready for the best adventure ever? Jamie and Tom are back in their secret world of dinosaurs and are ready to explore. But when a herd of triceratops heads their way, it looks like the boys might be squashed. There's only one thing for it - they'll have to hitch a ride on a dinosaur's back!
The You Are Awesome Journal
Author: Matthew Syed Publisher: Hachette Children's Group ISBN: 9781526361660 Published Date: 23rd August 2018 RRP: £7.99
Boys and girls everywhere have been discovering that they can be awesome thanks to bestselling author Matthew Syed. Now he's created an interactive journal full of life hacks, challenges and activities to give kids the confidence to come up with their own plan of action to be the best they can be. Because, with the right mindset, you really CAN do (almost) anything, whether you want to supercharge your maths, try out for the team or be the first person to walk on Mars.
Whether setting out their goals, planning the best practice ever, keeping calm with breathing exercises or making paper aeroplanes to understand marginal gains, readers will love the brilliant activities inThe You Are Awesome Journal. This is the perfect toolkit for anyone who dreams big - and who wants to make those dreams come true.
The Wild Folk
Author: Sylvia V. Linsteadt Publisher: Usborne Publishing ISBN: 9781474934985 Published Date: 2018 RRP: £6.99
In the land of Farallone, the City dwellers' greed for stargold threatens to destroy the mystical Wild Folk. Their only hope rests with two young hares and their human companions – Tin, a City boy with a passion for invention, and curious Country girl Comfrey.
To protect the stargold Tin and Comfrey face impossible tasks, each stranger than the last. And every creature they meet on their extraordinary journey, from the tiniest ant to the grizzliest witch, has a crucial role to play in saving the land they love.
A timeless adventure filled with wonder, this is the first book in the magical Stargold Chronicles.
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